Instead of having a single color background you can easily have an arbitrary image as the background. The image may be in either PNG, JPG or GIF format depending on what your installation supports.
A note on GD: If you are using GD 2.xx you must make sure that the define USE_TRUECOLOR is set to true. This is also the default. Failure to do so in combination with GD 2.xx will make the background image just look like a solid black square.
To use a specific image as the background you just have to use the method Graph::SetBackgroundImage() The arguments specify file-name, how the image should be positioned in the graph and finally the format of the image (if it is in JPG, PNG or GIF) format. If the format is specified as "auto" (the default) then the appropriate image format will be determined from the extension of the image file.
The file name is of course obvious but the second argument might not be. This arguments determine how the image should be copied onto the graph image. You can specify three different variants here
You might often find yourself wanting to use a background image as a "waterstamp". This usually means taking the original image, import it to some image editing program and then "bleaching" the color saturation, reducing the contrast and so on. Finally you save the modified image which you then use as a background image.
This whole process can be automatically accomplished in JpGraph by using the method Graph::AdjBackgroundImage() which allow you to adjust color saturation, brightness and contrast of the background image.
to achieve the "watercolor" effect to avoid the image being too intrusive in the graph.