Hello WordPress experts,
I have someone who wants to startup an online business whereby users are able to upload an image from their computer onto a number of different template images that can be selected from the website. When the image is uploaded, it would either need to auto-fit to the max width or height dimensions of the template, or else another option would be to allow the user to scale the image themselves. The user would then pay and submit the design.
I'm not a programmer so I may be looking to hire a programmer to help out, however I do love WordPress and have been trying to determine if this could be done by using a number of plugins combined with perhaps some altering of some CSS code. I've already spent hours trying to find a combination of plugins that could work.
I was thinking that the templates could be background images on Pages. Then, the user could upload an image and the image could perhaps be auto-resized to fit to the template dimensions, or the image could be placed at specific coordinates so would be positioned directly on top of the template.
Hope that makes sense. Let me know if you need more details or if you have any ideas on how this could be done with WordPress...or if you know a good programmer!
I'm not sure if you can do this with WordPress, but there are a ton of jQuery plugins out there that allow you to manipulate and crop images.
Here is a good list: http://www.pixelzdesign.com/blog_view.php?id=59
And here is a demo of one doing what you want: http://www.nwhite.net/2009/02/25/lassocrop-preview/
It should be pretty straight forward to build some kind of form using WP, where the user can select a template, upload an image, then reposition/resize it using one of these plugins.