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Need help in Posting pasted image to PHP via Javascript

Posted on 2016-09-10
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I'm a total Javascript-illiterate, but I need your help in modifying the following code so that it can

  1. allow users to paste their clipboard image (via Chrome), and
  2. upload the image along with other user input to my PHP script via POST.

I'd much appreciate it if you could help....



<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>

<title>Paste-able Canvas</title>
<script type="text/javascript">

function enablePasteForCanvas(canvas) {
  var pasteEvent = function(e) {
    (function() {
      var i;
      // Search image data in the clipboard 
      var items = e.clipboardData.items;
      var imageItem = null;
      for(i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {
        if(items[i].type.indexOf("image/") != -1) {
          imageItem = items[i];
          break;
        }
      }
      if(! imageItem) {
        console.log("clipboard does not contain an image.");
        return;
      }
      
      //convert:  clipboardData.items -> Blob -> Image 
      var blob = imageItem.getAsFile();
      var blobUrl = window.URL.createObjectURL(blob);
      var img = new Image();
      img.onload = function() {
        //Draw the image on canvas
        var context = canvas.getContext("2d");
        context.drawImage(img, 0, 0);
		
      };
      img.src = blobUrl;
    }());
    e.preventDefault();
  };
  
  canvas.addEventListener("focus", function(e){
    document.addEventListener("paste", pasteEvent, false);
  }, false);
  canvas.addEventListener("blur", function(e){
    document.removeEventListener("paste", pasteEvent, false);
  }, false);
}

window.addEventListener("load",function(e){
  enablePasteForCanvas(document.getElementById("my_canvas"));
}, false);


</script>

</head>
<body>

  <h2>Paste an image below</h2>(use Cntl + V)
  <br><br>Browswer:  Chrome only.<br>
  <table border=1 width=640><tr><td>
  
     <canvas id="my_canvas" width="640" height="280" tabindex="2"></canvas>

  </table>
  <br><br>
  

  <form type=POST action=drag.php>

     Text:  <input type=textbox name=text_1 width=10><br><br>
     Color: <input type=radio name=radio_1 value=blue> Blue  
	          <input type=radio name=radio_1 value=red> Red  <br><br><br>

   <input type=submit name=submit value=submit>

</form>
  
  
</body>
</html>

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Question by:golgo
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 41793188
You need to do to things
1. Add a hidden input to your form to store the data in
2. Either in your paste event handler or onsubmit handler put the contents of the canvas into the control

The following sample adds an onsubmit handler to add the image on submit
HTML
	<h2>Paste an image below</h2>(use Cntl + V)
	<br><br>Browswer:  Chrome only.<br>

	<div style="margin: 0 auto">
	     <canvas id="my_canvas" width="640" height="280" tabindex="2"></canvas>
	</div>

	<form method="POST" action="reflect.php" onsubmit="canvastoimage()">
		<input type="hidden" id="canvasimg" name="canvasimg" />
		<input class="btn btn-default" type="submit" />
	</form>	

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JavaScript
...
function canvastoimage()
{
	var canvas = document.getElementById('my_canvas');
	document.getElementById('canvasimg').value = canvas.toDataURL();
}

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PHP
<?php
echo "POST\n";
echo "<pre>" . print_r($_POST, true) . "</pre>";
if (isset($_POST['canvasimg'])) {
  $img = $_POST['canvasimg'];
  $img = str_replace('data:image/png;base64,', '', $img);
  $img = str_replace(' ', '+', $img);
  $data = base64_decode($img);
  file_put_contents('images/canvasimg.png', $data);
  if (exif_imagetype('images/canvasimg.png') != IMAGETYPE_PNG) {
    unlink('images/canvasimg.png');
  }
  else {
    echo '<img src="images/canvasimg.png" />';
  }
}

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Working sample here
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Expert Comment

by:Ray Paseur
ID: 41793279
This is a very cool idea, but I wonder about the efficacy of an application that doesn't work for the majority of browsers.  It might be worth triggering some kind of alternate event to prompt / redirect the client to save the clipboard if a non-Chrome browser encounters the application.  I don't know how to do that -- just a thought...
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Web-browser_usage_on_Wikimedia.png
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Author Comment

by:golgo
ID: 41793335
Dear Julian,

I'm blown away by your codes (including the php script) !!
Thank you so much!  

...but going hidden inputs would make it a two-step process (requiring two pages)...
I apologize for being greedy while I'm being helped so much, is there any way that we could send the image and the user texts (via <input> tags) at the same time...?

And Ray, thank you for the stats, too!  That's a good point, and thank you again, Julian, for adding the filter too!
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Julian Hansen earned 2000 total points
ID: 41793433
I don't understand why you need two pages?

Just add the other inputs to the same form.
	<form method="POST" action="t1569.php" onsubmit="canvastoimage()">
		<input type="hidden" id="canvasimg" name="canvasimg" />
     Text:  <input type=textbox name=text_1 width=10><br><br>
     Color: <input type=radio name=radio_1 value=blue> Blue  
	          <input type=radio name=radio_1 value=red> Red  <br><br><br>
		
		<input class="btn btn-default" type="submit" />
	</form>	

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I have updated the sample to include the other fields - the php script dumps the variables as well as showing the image.
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by:golgo
ID: 41793935
Sorry Julian,
I must have misunderstood what you meant.

Wow....
Thank you so much for your quick help.
You have no idea how thankful I am to you after having pulled out my hair over this for a week and almost gave up.
Thank you SO MUCH, Julian!

Elpmet
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 41793956
You are most welcome.
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