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imagettftextblur is a drop in replacement for imagettftext with added parameters to add blur, glow and shadow effects to your PHP GD images.

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With Composer

This project offers support for the Composer dependency manager. You can find the imagettftextblur package online on

Install using Composer

Either run this command:

composer require andrewgjohnson/imagettftextblur

or add this to the require section of your composer.json file:

"andrewgjohnson/imagettftextblur": "1.*"

Without Composer

To use without Composer add an include to the imagettftextblur.php source file.

include_once 'source/imagettftextblur.php';


// standard method to add text to a GD image
imagettftext($im, 20, 0, 0, 0, $color, $font, $string);

// this will work the exact same as the line above
imagettftextblur($im, 20, 0, 0, 0, $color, $font, $string);

// method to add blurred text to a GD image
imagettftextblur($im, 20, 0, 0, 0, $color, $font, $string, 1);

There are other examples included in the GitHub repository and on

Help Requests

Please post any questions in the discussions area on GitHub if you need help.

If you discover a bug please enter an issue on GitHub. When submitting an issue please use our issue template.


Please read our contributing guidelines if you want to contribute.

You can contribute financially by becoming a patron at to support imagettftextblur and other projects.

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This project was started by Andrew G. Johnson (@andrewgjohnson).

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Our security policies and procedures comes via the atomist/samples project. Our issue templates comes via the tensorflow/tensorflow project. Our pull request template comes via the stevemao/github-issue-templates project. The mountains photo comes via Gabriel Garcia Marengo.


You can find all notable changes in the changelog.