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The following script works with Uniserver3_2a, but fails with Uniserver3_5

Error messages says that the font file is missing.

Where can I get a font file and what is the location I have to put it?






function vertText($text, $id)


// Create the image

$im = imagecreatetruecolor(20, 80);


$background = imagecolorallocate($im, 253, 208, 23);

$black = imagecolorallocate($im, 0, 0, 0);

imagefilledrectangle($im, 0, 0, 19, 79, $background);


$font = 'arial.ttf';


// Add the text

imagettftext($im, 12, 270, 5, 5, $black, $font, $text);


// Create the image with vertical text

imagepng($im, "$id.png");



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You need to supply a path for the font.


If using this : $font = 'arial.ttf'; copy the font to the folder where your script is located.


Alternatively change the line to $font = 'C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\arial.ttf';


All the best

Ric :)

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Putting a copy of the arial.ttf from c:\windows\fonts in the scripts folder has the effect of not showing an error message. But the created image contains no text.

Any explanation why uniserver3_2a does not need a font file in the script folder?

I searched php.ini for a font directory, I searched the uniserver3_2a directory tree for font files, but I found nothing. Where is 3_2a getting the font definition? Is 3_5 doing things differently?



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As RIC said, the only thing you need is

$font = 'C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\arial.ttf';

and copying the font to your script is not need.


works fine. tested with the fresh uniformserver 3.5.


ps: if you have the png file already please delete it first and test again.

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  • 10 months later...

Hi there,


The problem is that the var $FontName (or $this->FontName) of the pChart-class is initiated as NULL. Unless you change that value by using setFontProperties, this NULL is used as the path to that ttf-file.


So please set this by using for example:



It worked for me


O I'm sorry, I tought that this was about pChart, because it also uses imageftbbox. I just couldn't delete this answer. So don't mind.

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