How to Create ASCII Images

Heard of ASCII art? If you haven’t then it’s a 20th century art movement that utilizes computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII). Confused? Don’t worry, in simple words it refers to text based art.

Nowadays I have seen many photos of personalities, logos, animals, etc being shown in the form of ASCII art. I was wondering about the complex structure of images and the difficulty involved in creating them. But then I came across a web service known as ASCII-O-Matic which completely stunned me. It’s an ASCII art generator that enables you to convert any image into ASCII art with just a few mouse clicks. The service is pretty user friendly. All you need to do is just upload an image, select the output (i.e. black and white or color) and choose between ASCII characters or squares the image should be in. Once you’re done simply click on “Apply” to generate ASCII character image. You can generate an html output of the converted image by clicking the “Generating HTML” button.




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