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imagecreatefrompngCreate a new image from file or URL


resource imagecreatefrompng ( string $filename )

imagecreatefrompng() returns an image identifier representing the image obtained from the given filename.


A URL can be used as a filename with this function if the fopen wrappers have been enabled. See fopen() for more details on how to specify the filename. See the Supported Protocols and Wrappers for links to information about what abilities the various wrappers have, notes on their usage, and information on any predefined variables they may provide.



Path to the PNG image.

Return Values

Returns an image resource identifier on success, FALSE on errors.


Example #1 Example to handle an error during loading of a PNG

function LoadPNG($imgname)
/* Attempt to open */
$im = @imagecreatefrompng($imgname);

/* See if it failed */
/* Create a blank image */
$im  imagecreatetruecolor(15030);
$bgc imagecolorallocate($im255255255);
$tc  imagecolorallocate($im000);


/* Output an error message */
imagestring($im155'Error loading ' $imgname$tc);


header('Content-Type: image/png');

$img LoadPNG('bogus.image');


The above example will output something similar to:

imagecreatefrompng() example
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User Contributed Notes 5 notes

12 years ago
If you're trying to load a translucent png-24 image but are finding an absence of transparency (like it's black), you need to enable alpha channel AND save the setting. I'm new to GD and it took me almost two hours to figure this out.

= imageCreateFromPng($strImagePath);
imageAlphaBlending($imgPng, true);
imageSaveAlpha($imgPng, true);

/* Output image to browser */
header("Content-type: image/png");
marcos at assl-site dot net
9 years ago
I had the same problem as jboyd1189 at yahoo dot com but I solve d it allocating more memory dynamically.

Usually the memory_limit var on php.ini is set to 8M. Unfortunately, the required amount of memory to manage a PNG image about 1000x1000 could be bigger !

The approach I used to solve the problem is:

1-Calculate the memory required by the image
2-Set the new memory_limit value
3-Create the PNG image and thumbnail
4-Restore the original value

1-The following value works for me:
$required_memory = Round($width * $height * $size['bits']);

Note that for JPEG the requirements are not the same:

2-Use somthing like:
$new_limit=memory_get_usage() + $required_memory;
ini_set("memory_limit", $new_limit);

4-ini_restore ("memory_limit");
admin at wdfa dot co dot uk
7 years ago
When using imagecreatepng with alpha blending you will lose the blending.

To over come this use something like the following
imagecopyresampled($dstimage,$srcimage,0,0,0,0, $width,$height,$width,$height);
Where $width and $height are the width and height of the $src image.

This will create a true colour image then copy the png image to this true colour image and retain alpha blending.
1 year ago
The image size (width x height) should not exceed INT_MAX ... It's still thrue on a 64 bits computer.
jboyd1189 at yahoo dot com
10 years ago
I was having a terrible time with the imagecreatefrompng function as it was working perfectly for one image and not at all for another.  After many hours of frustration, I discovered that the problem was the image size (number of pixels).  It appears that the maximum number of pixels this function will process is 1,040,000.  So, be sure that the pixel resolution of the image (eg. 1040 x 1000) does not exceed this value.
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