Introduction: ASCII-Art

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I'll show you how to do great ASCII-Art the very simple way. Sorry for my bad English - I'm German ;)

Step 1: Choose a Picture

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Choose any image from the internet or from your desktop. It should have no background and not too much little parts. Comic-figures work best.
For this instructable, I'll choose Homer Simpson.

Step 2: Copy the Picture Into Word

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Open a new Word-document and paste the picture into it. You can set the size if you want.

Step 3: Set the Image Properties

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Now do a right-click on the image and choose the last option (In German it's Grafik formatieren, I don't know what it is in English). In 'Position', normally move object with text or something like that is hooked. If it is so, click it, that it doesn't move with the text. Right beside 'Position' is another option, Textfluss in German. Click on Transparent. Then click OK. If the picture has moved down, move it up again. Open the menu again and click on the the option right beside Transparent. It should be named Without or something like that. On 'Graphic', set the colors to grey and the brightness to 70.

Step 4: Set the Font and Begin to 'paint'

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Set the font to Courir New, size 10 or 12. Now type over the image, line for line. For the background simply use spaces. For lightly colored areas use letters like ! or l. For normally colored areas use letters like C, E or F, for dark colored use Ms and Ws. For the edges you can use (, ), V, A, Y, d, b and so on. Try to catch the picture with the letters.

Step 5: Finish

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When you're done, remove the picture and you've made a brillant ASCII-Art-Document. Take a screenshot, if you want.


WMB7 made it! (author)2017-11-28

WOW! I did this, and it worked great! Thank you!

Cute007 (author)2017-03-08

I was used many photo convert to ascii art text but not support games chat cuz very big text art and more text works so game chat box not take it. so I need help about how can text art for games chatbox and photo convert to ascii art text small size?

Xtreme1738 (author)2017-02-14

"Grafik Formatieren" is "Graphic Flow", and "Textfluss" is "Text Flow".

Computothought (author)2013-02-08

n linux:

$ jp2a -b --colors -i hs.jpg

Pictured is the html output version.

More info at:

raser13 (author)Computothought2016-12-04

Awesome - thanks

asciiartclub (author)2015-06-23

That's a great tutorial! I wonder how many guys have taped tracing paper on their old CRT's just trying to do the same. If you're short on time, but like the idea of ascii art, try - it really doesn't get easier. -=cP

Nekolove02 (author)2013-08-12

I Did An ASCII Art But I Made My Username :3

bobalbury (author)2013-07-16

Thank you. You made it clear and easy. Btw my sister in law lives in Herdurn

Machine (author)2013-02-11

Nice job! Homer is my favorite cartoon character too.

Thanks for showing us.

kouraf16 (author)2008-12-27

There is a better and easier way... this program works like candy! But of course it lacks the sweetness and rewarding from doing it manually :-/

YellowBlu Co. (author)kouraf162012-01-24

text-image required no download and DOES NOT have limited features (unless your buy it for $30) BUT I must say, I do love the free draw feature :)

YellowBlu Co. (author)J Moneyman2012-01-24

Wow! That works amazingly!

mmzdaniel (author)2007-08-05

this is really cool! but there are programs who do it for you and they will usually do it better.

rdsouza3 (author)mmzdaniel2011-10-18

can you temme some of those programs.....

rdsouza3 (author)2011-10-18

dis was very useful buddy!!!!thnXX
but can u tell me any software or any website dat can convert fb pics into ascii art so dat i can update it in my status!!!!!!

yoshi1 (author)2011-05-31

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glugnar (author)2010-12-19

i couldn't fin out how to do it like ^^^^^^^^^ but i did it in color and without the picture overlay. Could you comment on how i did? (author)glugnar2010-12-20

Wow! Really great job!

glugnar (author)kamibox.de2010-12-20

Thank you :D It took like 1 hour for each of them and now im proud :D

Mplinnc (author)2010-02-08

Format graphics

lgarzon (author)2009-02-22

this does not work on a mac... i cant get microsoft

tagaiz (author)lgarzon2009-08-28

Yes you can get microsoft word.

j574sbi (author)2009-07-19

"Homer's Rapture in the Land of Chocolate"

PhantomMan3000 (author)2008-09-13

can any1 show me how ta do this on microsoft word 2007? its not da same as w/e dat microsoft is

DuctTapeRules! (author)2008-07-27

I've always wondered how they do that! 5/5 Bad English? Your English is a LOT better than some people here, believe me...

Yeah, especially some of the younger kids (even with English as a native language)

Oompa-Loompa (author)2008-07-27

I just set the picture to show behind any text and it is a lot more simple.

QwertyuioLP (author)2008-06-24

I'm working on a game using this!

lib7 (author)2007-09-07

it won't let me click on text box what do i do? post back on my page thanksx

HBF (author)2007-09-01

Or, alternatively, you could use an ascii art generator

micropreemiemommy (author)2007-08-18

in English it says "Format picture" Additionally the textfluss tab is "Text Box" in english as well.

Ferrite (author)2007-08-02

That looks really cool. It would be fun to change the color of the font.

sona (author)Ferrite2007-08-12

Lets not get too realistic now it's still only ASCII. Just lik I am still only human.

Ora (author)2007-08-12

Eggman from The Sonic TV Show

Closet_RAt (author)2007-08-08

This is SO much easier than havin' to do this by hand just by lookin' at the pic, that's what I do when I make/modify a piece of ASCII art...

ongissim (author)2007-08-02

Good instructable! If you want an easier method of doing this, you can go to this website and it will automatically draw ASC-II art for you! I think your method is much better, though, because you can make your pictures to your own tastes.

Ward_Nox (author)ongissim2007-08-07

this ones good cause u can do it 3 different ways html, ASCII and matrix(green Japanese characters) in the HTML setting u can pick what letters it uses and do black and white or color(you can do some neat stuff w this setting)

schorhr (author)2007-08-07

Yey, more germans :-) Nette Anleitung!
Jave is written in... Java (who would have guessed? ;-) ) and at least version 4 is suppose to work with Mac OS.

I have not tried more recent versions on a Mac since I use windows at the moment. Jave6 rocks my socks. It even has a 3D ASCII Render engine ;-)

thatkidej (author)2007-08-03

Nice method, but an even easier way is this! =]

Ward_Nox (author)thatkidej2007-08-05

yea unless your a mac user ):-< seriously if you know of a mac program that does this id apprisiate it *remembering evil overlord rule 20*

thatkidej (author)Ward_Nox2007-08-06

Here's a program for Mac.

A simple Google search pulled it up, first in the list..

Ward_Nox (author)thatkidej2007-08-06

DOH! didn't think to try a simple google serch

thatkidej (author)Ward_Nox2007-08-06

Hehe, it's cool dude. Enjoy =]

crestind (author)2007-08-05

Cool trick!!

wraith001 (author)2007-08-03

Nice instructable! Never knew ASCII art could be simple! (author)2007-08-02

Thanks for your comments, I didn't expect that you understand me that fine, because I'm still learning English (I'm 15).
The website draws the edges a bit more blurred, here's Homer for example.

rocketbat (author)kamibox.de2007-08-02

im 15 on the 6th and you can speak tons more English than i can speak German! great instructable!

gmjhowe (author)2007-08-02

nice instructable, and your english was better than mine is, and im from england. Really easy to do, i dont kno why i didnt work it out myself lol

megziewoodles (author)2007-08-02

I've never thought of that. I shall have to give it a go. Your English is fine. It was probably easier to read and understand than most of the things I've read on the internet.

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