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= Acrylic -- Photoshop for <s>cool people</s> dorky programmers Acrylic is a collection of tools for generating images with Ruby code. It is built on top of Cairo, and depends on the Ruby Cairo bindings available from the Ruby-GNOME2[http://ruby-gnome2.sourceforge.jp/] project. In order to use Acrylic effectively, you will need to understand the basic concepts of the Cairo API. This information can be found in the tutorial on the Cairo[http://cairographics.org/documentation/] website. Features of Acrylic: * Path Management Images can be generated directly in the Rails /public/images directory. * Preview View your work in progress just by running the file. * Vector Tools Margins, Shapes, and a model for Spline Continuity. * Raster Tools Layers, Gaussian Blur, Noise, Downsampling, Bump Maps, and Shadows. * Text Tools Wrapping, Centering, Measuring, and Circular Text. * Tools for Managing Sets of Images Suites, Variants, and Templates. * Border Generator Automatically slices images and generates CSS for custom borders. * A Simple Color library HSL and RGB with an implicit Alpha channel. These features augment an already a very capable vector graphics library. Cairo was chosen because of it has a clean, well-designed API, and is actively maintained. == Philosophy Every feature of Acrylic was written to help generate some specific image. Every image I create is a learning experience. This library is the cumulative effect of what I've learned so far. As my technique has improved, the shape of the library has changed considerably. It is still very lightweight, and I find it very easy to adapt it as I need to. == License Acrylic is released under the MIT license. == Author Acrylic was created, and is maintained, by Austin Taylor. Austin is a freelance Ruby and Rails developer in Apex, NC.