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Bug #47946 ImageConvolution overwrites background (fix included)
Submitted: 2009-04-10 16:26 UTC Modified: 2009-06-23 00:57 UTC
Avg. Score:4.8 ± 0.4
Reproduced:6 of 6 (100.0%)
Same Version:3 (50.0%)
Same OS:3 (50.0%)
From: jcolby at acsol dot net Assigned: pajoye
Status: Assigned Package: GD related
PHP Version: 5.2.9 OS: openSuse, CentOS, FreeBSD
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 [2009-04-10 16:26 UTC] jcolby at acsol dot net
When using imageconvolution on an image containing alpha, the background color on the resource image will be replaced with opaque black regardless of any alpha or background settings. This is because of the gdimagecopy internal to the function without the proper savealpha flags being set & no transparent image fill after gdimagecreatetruecolor is used inside the function. 

This is similar to bug #34992 but I've had a chance to break it open and actually fix it.

This affects all versions of php 5, up to the latest 5.2.9 stable build, and I wouldn't doubt it currently affects 6 as well. 

Now, I managed to fix it in my own build, but I don't know how to get it advanced from there. This is not my realm of experience, I just had to repair it.

Patch: php-5.2.9\ext\gd\libgd\gd.c

Add in var initialization:
/* patch */
gdImagePtr  srctrans;
/* patch */

Add after "srcback = gdImageCreateTrueColor..."
/* patch */
srcback->saveAlphaFlag = 1;
srctrans = gdImageColorAllocateAlpha(srcback, 0, 0, 0, 127);
gdImageFill(srcback, 0, 0, srctrans);
/* end patch */

Thats all it requires.

Reproduce code:
  function makeFilter($resource, $matrix, $offset=1.0) {
        global $$resource;
        (float)$divisor = array_sum(array_flatten($matrix));
        if ($divisor == 0) {
          $divisor = .01;
        return imageconvolution($resource, $matrix, $divisor, $offset) ? true : false;
  $edgeMatrix = array(array(1, 0, 1), array(0, 5, 0), array(1, 0, 1));

  $file = "images/anypngwithalpha.png"; // path to png image
  $im = imagecreatefrompng($file); // open image
  imagesavealpha($im, true); 
  makeFilter($im, $edgeMatrix);

  header('Content-type: image/png');

Expected result:
Convolutionmatrix should apply to all opaque or semi opaque pixels, and background should remain unchanged.

Actual result:
Convolutionmatrix applies to all opaque and semi opaque pixels, background reverts to solid opaque black regardless of any external settings.


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 [2009-04-10 16:31 UTC] jcolby at acsol dot net
Missing function from test case:

function array_flatten($array) {
  (array)$tempArray = array();
  foreach ( $array as $value ) {
    if ( is_array($value) ) {
      $tempArray = array_merge($tempArray, array_flatten($value));
    } else {
      $tempArray[] = $value;
  return $tempArray;
 [2009-04-12 14:45 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PHP better.

 [2009-04-12 16:59 UTC]
Assigned to me, not completely happy with the fix. 
 [2009-04-12 17:58 UTC] jcolby at acsol dot net
Looking at it, I did initialize the srctrans variable incorrectly. If you have a better method have at it! I'm not a C developer of any form. Since imagecreatetruecolor does a black fill and defaults to alpha off, in order to have a transparent background on the srcback/temp convolution image the reverse becomes necessary or all alpha areas of the image will inherit the black background of srcback.
 [2009-06-23 00:57 UTC]
Currently the variable assignments have been fixed so it compiles, since it broke the build on a few platforms but thats fixed now. Pierre said he would look into a correct fix for this one
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