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Drawing dynamic arcs with PHP

A few years ago I was managing a web project where part of the requirement was to render a coloured rainbow representing achievement against a number of dimensions. The (existing) solution used Flash to achieve this, but this caused our users a lot of issues because they (variously) had flash disabled, the wrong version etc etc

Our developers at the time had dismissed alternate versions as not possible. However, I had a little spare time one weekend and built a solution using PHP.

The code

This page is just a simple html form allowing the values to be entered as percentages. In the production system these would be calculated from a range of metrics, which I’m emulating here using the form. Then, these values are used to dynamically create the image using this PHP. The approach I’ve taken is to draw a series of concentric segments, decreasing in size, so the subsequent segments are drawn on top of the previous segments, resulting in the concentric arcs.

// create a 600 by 300px image
$Image = imagecreatetruecolor(600, 300);

//set some colours
$Grey = imagecolorallocate($Image,220,220,220);
$White = imagecolorallocate($Image, 255, 255, 255);
$Black  = imagecolorallocate($Image,   0,   0, 0);

$Green[0]= imagecolorallocate($Image, 166, 206, 57);
$Green[1] = imagecolorallocate($Image, 23, 206, 57);
$Green[2] = imagecolorallocate($Image, 0, 174, 57);
$Green[3] = imagecolorallocate($Image, 0, 141, 51);
$Green[4] = imagecolorallocate($Image, 0, 126, 57);

//set the centre position for all the arcs
$CenterX = 300;
$CenterY= 250;
$arc = array(470,430,390,340,300);//an array holding the starting point for each arc 

//calculate the ending value of each arc in degrees based on form values
//set 181 as the minimum value otherwise the arc doesn't display properly

$Start=180;//starting point for all the arcs

imagefill($Image,0,0,$White);//white background

imagesetthickness($Image,1);//set the thickness of lines to 1px

//loop through all the arcs
for ($i=0; $i<=4; $i++)
	// draw the arcs
	imagefilledarc($Image, $CenterX, $CenterY, $arc[$i], $arc[$i], 180, 0, $Grey, IMG_ARC_EDGED);//draw the whole arc in grey - to cover anything from the previous green arc
	imagefilledarc($Image, $CenterX, $CenterY, $arc[$i], $arc[$i], $Start, $end[$i], $Green[$i], IMG_ARC_EDGED);//draw a green filled arc in green to the right size
	imagearc($Image, $CenterX, $CenterY, $arc[$i], $arc[$i], $Start, 0, $Black);//draw a black line outside the green arc

imagefilledarc($Image, $CenterX, $CenterY, 260, 260, $Start, 0, $White, IMG_ARC_EDGED);//draw a white filled arc inside the last green arc 
imagearc($Image, $CenterX, $CenterY, 260, 260, $Start, 0, $Black);//draw the last black line inside the last arc

// output image in the browser
header("Content-type: image/png");

// free memory


The demo

Here’s the result:

Rainbow chart

One response to “Drawing dynamic arcs with PHP”

  1. BRIKA says:

    Thanks, bon site

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