A while ago, I played around with a cool Perspective Transformation using SVG and matrix3d CSS transform. It made sense to turn it into a mockup generator like Magic Mockups or PLaceIt. But, I ran into some issues when overlaying an SVG with matrix3d transforms on HTML5 canvas. I found an JSfiddle example of just using HTML5 CANVAS and transformed it into a full mockup generator. Read more
After building a bunch of D3 map demos, I wanted to combine them all into a Map building tool, a Map Creator based on GeoJSON or TopoJSON with many design features, editing capabilities, and proper export to SVG or PNG. It started out as an enhancement to this GeoJSON and TopoJSON Visualizer and D3 Map Starter Template. I wanted to finally use dat.GUI as a visual controller for map creation. I added some preselected maps of the world, individual countries, and even states as well as the ability to add your own map data. You can change the map projection, resize the map container, and control various design elements from colors, opacity, stroke, and even textures via Textures.js.
You also have some powerful editing capabilities: ability to remove individual objects from the map and ability to merge objects together. The best thing is that you can edit the shape of any object by clicking on it and and zooming in. This exposes small green circles on object borders that can be dragged around and the drag event changes the object shape by automatically editing the SVG path data. My previous examples on working with SVG graphics helped in adding this feature. The final image can be saved as SVG or PNG using code from the Save SVG as PNG article. Finally, I integrated SimpleModal which has a textarea where you can add points (latitude, longitude, and location name) that get added as markers on the map. Read more
Today, I will show how to create an Image Proxy with Google App Scripts which would allow you to grab images from other domains or go around the browser’s same-origin policy. Basically, the Google App Script is a server side proxy for your client side request. So, if you are exporting SVG as an image with images hosted on another domain or saving HTML5 Canvas with toDataURL() method, this could help you avoid tainted canvas and browser security errors. But, really, it’s just a simple example of a Google App Script published as a web app. Read more
How do you pin photos on Pinterest automatically? I have covered some elements of the Pinterest API before, but I did not expose the endpoints necessary to pin via the API. None of that is yet publicly available but it got me thinking about doing more programmatically on Pinterest in general. What would it take to automate the process of pinning an image automatically? I think a simple solution is to use a headless browser and recreate the steps to make that happen. Lets go over a simple script that will login into Pinterest, retrieve an image from an external source, add pin it to a board with a pin description. Read more
Are you searching for high quality free stock photography websites and resources? There is a reason why imagery today accounts for over 60% of the page size and high-quality photos are needed in all aspects of design, for web or print. It’s true that websites like iStock or Shutterstock can be relatively inexpensive, but nothing beats free. Some of these require attribution but many others are in the Public Domain and good for commercial use. These photos without watermarks are a perfect way to upgrade your blog or website for free.
Here is a list of the best resources, websites, and search engines for amazing free stock photography. Read more
I was browsing old photo albums yesterday and it made me want to build an image viewer with HTML5. I want it to work with directories that have many files and this raises a question on browser performance. A gallery of pictures can easily consist of hundreds if not thousands of images. Loading all of them at once would probably crash the page or make it terribly slow and unresponsive. The DOM is not built to support so many elements with good speed. Plus, loading everything is wasteful as the screen size can only show a limited amount of images at one time. Read more