Have you ever wondered how people create drawings from various text characters? It looks very impressive when the selected picture consists of the corresponding text. In this article, you will learn how to do this using "ASCII Art" (pronounced ask-ii art). You can take a finished drawing or photograph as a basis, or create images from scratch.
Step 1. Select the image you want to play as text
Step 2. Open Microsoft Word or another text editor (see Tips below)
On most PCs, this can be done by going to Start> Programs> Microsoft Office> Microsoft Word.
Step 3. Paste the image into a blank Microsoft Word document
If you find an image on the Internet, right-click and select the "Copy" function. After that, go to the window with the MS Word document, right-click and select the "Paste" function.
If the image is saved on your hard drive, in the MS Word window, select Insert> Picture> From File. Find your saved image and click "Insert" to complete the process.
Step 4. Resize the image
To do this, click on the picture, and then move the cursor over one of the corners of the picture, press the left mouse button and drag. The more complex the image, the more it needs to be done. Be that as it may, if you need an ASCII drawing of a certain size - set the desired size right away.
Step 5. Insert a text box
To do this, select Insert> Text Box from the menu. Click on the window that appears and stretch to the desired size so that the window with the text is slightly larger than your image.
If, when you insert a window with text, it does not fit on the image, but shifts the image to the side, then you need to right-click on the window border, select “Format” in the drop-down menu and click on the “Page Layout” tab at the top. Select the "Before Text" option.
Step 6. Make the window with the text transparent
Right-click on the border of the text box (not inside the box!) And select "Format". Go to the Colors and Borders menu. Change the fill color to No Fill and the Line Color to No Line. You should now see a picture below the text.
Step 7. Fill the text box with text
It doesn't matter what you write, but the text should not have any formatting (for example: bold, underline, indentation, etc.). Use only one space between words. It is also best not to use long words - they can leave large spaces at the end of the line. Here are some ideas for text:
Copy information from the Internet (for example, for a picture of the Eiffel Tower, copy a paragraph from the history of France).
Copy and paste the same word. This is often the most efficient way. Write one or a couple of words about the picture (for example, the word "cow" for the image of a cow or "Eiffel Tower" for the image of the Eiffel Tower) or a whole phrase ("Happy birthday" in the picture with the cake). Then select what you have written and press CTRL + C to copy the text, and then press CTRL + V until you fill the entire area of the picture with text.
Step 8. Change the font size
Press CTRL + A to select all the text, and then change the font size in the format bar (usually at the top of the page). For images with small details, it is better to use a smaller font, while a large font will save you time when processing large images.
You can also change the font type, but simple fonts like Times New Roman or Arial work best
Step 9. Uncheck spelling (optional)
Depending on the text, it may be underlined with red or green wavy lines, even though this is the way you want the text. Go to Review tab> Language> Spell Checker Language and enable the Do Not Check Spelling option.
Step 10. Change the color of the text to the color that you plan to make the background of the picture
White seems to be very appropriate, but it is not the best option, especially for images that already have a lot of white. The same goes for black. Choose a color that will not draw all the attention, but will successfully emphasize the color scheme of your drawing.
- To change the color press CTRL + A - select all the text. Now find the text color button in the format bar (it looks like the letter A with a rectangle below it).
Click on the little arrow to the right of the symbol and choose a color. By choosing Other Colors> Normal / Spectrum, you can create almost any color.
Step 11. Change the color of the text within the borders of the image
Select the required areas by clicking and moving the cursor; in order to select several areas at once, hold down the "Ctrl" key while selecting the text. Change the font color in the same way as in the previous step.
If necessary, use different shades of color to show shadow, etc. It is best when the text is almost invisible against the background of the image - this is possible if the font color matches the color of the image behind it.
Step 12. When you think you have completed the previous step, move the text box off the image below it to see if you missed something
If you missed it, then press CTRL + Z to undo the previous action to offset the text box. When you are already sure that you have completed step 11, transfer the text from the image and proceed to the next step.
Step 13. Change the background color of the text box (optional)
If you like your drawing as it stands, you can easily skip this step. Nevertheless. Most text graphics look better on backgrounds other than white. Change the background color by clicking on the border of the text box and choosing the "Format" option. In the Colors and Lines panel, choose the fill color you like. Experiment to find the best color.
Step 14. Save your work
In fact, it is worth periodically saving your work in Microsoft Word, as computers are unpredictable. Anyway, at this stage, be sure to save your drawing, because he is almost ready. Select the "File" tab, then "Save As" and give the file a suitable name. Leave the extension in the file name unchanged (for example,.doc or.docx). Having saved the file once, you can then click only "File" and "Save" (or CTRL + S).
Step 15. Make an image from your text file using a screenshot (translated from English
- screenshot). Make it so that you see the whole picture on the screen as a whole and press the Print Screen key. As a rule, it is located at the top and to the right of the input keyboard. (If you have a Mac, press Command + Shift + 4). Now open any image editing program - Microsoft Paint will do. Press CTRL + V and you will paste the screenshot into a new document. Crop it so that only your drawing remains, and then save the same as in the previous step. (see Hints below about "file").
- Make sure that your drawing does not have extraneous icons and images, such as the cursor, otherwise they will appear in the screenshot.
- This will upload the image to the internet (if you want). This step is not technically necessary, but it should be done to enhance the imaging experience.
Step 16. Show off your finished piece
- Try this with a family photo. Print and compare with the original.
- Be sure to save your work in text format if you want to edit or print it. Saving a work as an image is beneficial for many reasons, but it will only be possible to edit it in text form, and it is also better to print a text file.
- If you are working in Microsoft Word, use the Format Painter button to select a color and transfer it to other parts. Click on the color you need in the picture, and then double-click "Format by Sample" and select the area whose color you want to change.
- Perhaps you are looking at your picture and you don't like it. Try to move a little further - then your eyes will perceive the picture as a whole, and not be distracted by the text.
- Feel free to use fonts like Broadway or Curlz
- When choosing a file type (for an image), keep in mind that.bmp files are the largest (take up the most memory) but are the best in quality, so they are ideal for printing. But if you plan to upload your work to the Internet, then it is better to choose the format.png,.gif or-j.webp" />
- If the image is selected when you insert the text box, then you need to deselect it. To do this, press the down, left, or right arrow key. You can also click on the gray box to the right of the page.
- Different font sizes and styles may not work well for some pictures, so keep experimenting in Microsoft Word until you are completely satisfied with the result. If you want to keep a lot of detail in your drawing, choose a minimal font.
- You will have to work hard to create any drawing, but the quality of each work will be different. If you didn't succeed the first time, try again on different pictures.