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Using GD resize() on Image objects in a page controller


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18 March 2009 at 6:33pm Community Member, 55 Posts

I'm writing a function that selects an image at random and returns an image tag. I'd like to scale that image, but I can't work out how.

class HomePage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

function RandomImage() {
$galleryItem = DataObject::get_one('GalleryItem', 'MyHomePageID != 0', false, 'RAND()');
$g = DataObject::get_by_id("GalleryItem_ProductImage", $galleryItem->GalleryItemImageID);

//somehow scale $g here

return "<img src=\"$g->Filename\" alt=\"$galleryItem->GalleryItemTitle\" />";   


As I understand it, my get_by_id() call should be returning an Image (GalleryItem_ProductImage extends Image) which means that I should be able to use GD functions on it.

But if I create a new GD object and use resize() it, how do I then get the filename for the src attribute?


19 March 2009 at 1:28pm (Last edited: 19 March 2009 1:30pm), Community Member, 55 Posts

Here's the workaround that I used. In mysite/code/HomePage.php.

I now have:

function RandomImage() {
   return DataObject::get_one('GalleryItem', 'MyHomePageID != 0', false, 'RAND()');

In my template I just wanted to have $RandomImage, which would output an <img scr="blah.jpg" alt="blah"> tag.

Instead I do this in the template:

<% if ClassName = HomePage %>
   <% control RandomImage %>
      <img src="$GalleryItemImage.Scaled.URL" alt="$GalleryItemTitle" class="Logo{$LightLogo}" >
   <% end_control %>
<% end_if %>

RandomImage() returns at GalleryItem, and I used RandomImage to "iterate" through the set of one GalleryItem.

In mysite/code/GalleryItem.php, after the GalleryItem model class I have:

class GalleryItem_ProductImage extends Image {

   function generateScaled($gd) {
      return $gd->resize(552, 561);

} //end class

I'm not really sure why but this allows me to use "$GalleryItemImage.Scaled" in the template. SS chops off the 'generate' part of 'generateScaled' and 'Scaled' returns a GD object, which for some reason I don't understand I can then access its URL property.

I hope this helps someone, and I hope someone else can explain to me the things I don't understand :-)

(ps wow, tabs work in "code" blocks!)