Plug and Play Avatars in Laravel with Laravolt

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The Laravolt Avatar by Bayu Hendra Winata is a package that turns strings like names into avatars effortlessly. This package uses the Intervention Image package under the hood to generate base64 images on-the-fly, saving as an image, and SVG.

The basic usage looks like this in your Blade templates:

<img src="{{ Avatar::create('Joko Widodo')->toBase64() }}" />
 
<!-- SVG markup -->
{!! Avatar::create('Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono')->toSvg(); !!}

This package is highly configurable—you can even configure an individual image on-the-fly while rendering it:

// width = 100, height = 200
Avatar::create('Soekarno')->setDimension(100, 200);
Avatar::create('Soekarno')->setBackground('#001122');
Avatar::create('Soekarno')->setShape('square');

Here’s the full configuration at the time of writing so you can get a feel for all the ways you can customize avatar generation:

<?php
 
return [
 
// Supported: "gd", "imagick"
'driver' => 'gd',
 
// Initial generator class
'generator' => \Laravolt\Avatar\Generator\DefaultGenerator::class,
 
// Whether all characters supplied must be replaced with their closest ASCII counterparts
'ascii' => false,
 
// Image shape: circle or square
'shape' => 'circle',
 
// Image width, in pixel
'width' => 100,
 
// Image height, in pixel
'height' => 100,
 
// Number of characters used as initials.
'chars' => 2,
 
// font size
'fontSize' => 48,
 
// convert initial letter to uppercase
'uppercase' => false,
 
// Fonts used to render text.
// If contains more than one fonts, randomly selected based on name supplied
'fonts' => ['path/to/OpenSans-Bold.ttf', 'path/to/rockwell.ttf'],
 
// List of foreground colors to be used, randomly selected based on name supplied
'foregrounds' => [
'#FFFFFF'
],
 
// List of background colors to be used, randomly selected based on name supplied
'backgrounds' => [
'#f44336',
'#E91E63',
'#9C27B0',
'#673AB7',
'#3F51B5',
'#2196F3',
'#03A9F4',
'#00BCD4',
'#009688',
'#4CAF50',
'#8BC34A',
'#CDDC39',
'#FFC107',
'#FF9800',
'#FF5722',
],
 
'border' => [
'size' => 1,
 
// border color, available value are:
// 'foreground' (same as foreground color)
// 'background' (same as background color)
// or any valid hex ('#aabbcc')
'color' => 'foreground'
]
];

I would like to point out that at the time of writing I tried this package out with the GD extension and a base64 data URI and the image quality resulted in jagged edges. I would recommend experimenting with different configurations. I also tried the SVG output, and it worked well, with perhaps a little bit of font alignment in different browsers.

Learn More

Check out the official GitHub repository for the full readme and install it in your Laravel project with Composer:

composer require laravolt/avatar
 
# Or for Laravel 5.1
composer require laravolt/avatar ~0.3

Note that if you are using Laravel 5.4 or earlier you need to configure the Avatar facade manually to use it in your templates.

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