Header defined for an image to browser

When we are drawing images on the fly we have to tell the browser about the content we are sending to it. We can't display an image by telling the browser that we are sending text or html code. To this we have to use header declaration at the first line of data we send to the browser window.
header("Content-type: image/jpg");

Without this line at the starting of the data (not the starting of the page) if we send an image browser will display non recognized characters on the screen. So we have to tell browser that we are sending an image. We also can't send any text or data along with the image. So we will be using another window to display any graph or image not the existing window were some text or data is already there. We also can't mix both in the new window.

By default browser is set to display text only.

Let us use this to create an image and then display the same in a web page.
<?php
header ("Content-type: image/jpg");
///// Create the image ////////
$im = @ImageCreate (100,40)
or die ("Cannot Initialize new GD image stream");

$background_color = ImageColorAllocate ($im, 204, 204, 204); // Assign background color
$text_color = ImageColorAllocate ($im, 51, 51, 255);      // text color is given 

ImageString($im,5,10,10,'PLUS2NET',$text_color); // Random string  from session added 

ImageJpeg ($im); // image displayed
imagedestroy($im); // Memory allocation for the image is removed. 
?>
Output is here



To display the above generated image we used this HTML code.
<img src=gd-imagestring-demo.php>
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