PNG Transparency with PHP

Hey having some trouble trying to maintain transparency on a png when i create a thumbnail from it, anyone any experience with this? any help would be great, here's what i am currently doing:

$fileName= "../js/ajaxupload/tees/".$fileName;

list($width, $height) = getimagesize($fileName);

$newwidth = 257;
$newheight = 197;

$thumb = imagecreatetruecolor($newwidth, $newheight);
imagealphablending($thumb, true);
$source = imagecreatefrompng($fileName);
imagealphablending($source, true);

imagecopyresized($thumb, $source, 0, 0, 0, 0, $newwidth, $newheight, $width, $height);

imagesavealpha($thumb, true);


I have had success doing it like this in the past:

$thumb = imagecreatetruecolor($newwidth, $newheight);
imagealphablending($thumb, false);
imagesavealpha($thumb, true);  

$source = imagecreatefrompng($fileName);
imagealphablending($source, true);

imagecopyresampled($thumb, $source, 0, 0, 0, 0, $newwidth, $newheight, $width, $height);


I found the output image quality much better using imagecopyresampled() than imagecopyresized()

Forget the color transparency index, it never works in all rendering products. Instead use an alpha layer mask:

$image = imagecreatetruecolor($size, $size);

imagealphablending($image, false);
imagesavealpha($image, true);

$trans_layer_overlay = imagecolorallocatealpha($image, 220, 220, 220, 127);
imagefill($image, 0, 0, $trans_layer_overlay);

imagecopyresized does not support transparency properly.

imagecopymerge does, but it doesn't resize.

The solution? You'd probably end up resizing the thing manually.

Those functions access the underlying gdlib library, which is a fine toy, but not something that makes for nice results. If you have the option, use imagemagick instead. The downside is that there are currently no good php-bindings, so you need to access it over the shell, which you're usually not allowed on shared hosts.

See dycey's answer to "How do I resize...". Essentially, you need to fill the entire background with transparency before you do any other operations.

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