• Can you use computers to make ASCII art easier? (Indeed you can!) [Competition post 4]

    By Peter Law -

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Now I’m going to show you a few more cool things you can do with ASCII art.

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        /  \    /  \____   ____    __| _/___________  _____ |__| ____    __| _/
        \   \/\/   /  _ \ /    \  / __ |/ __ \_  __ \/     \|  |/    \  / __ |
         \        (  <_> )   |  \/ /_/ \  ___/|  | \/  Y Y  \  |   |  \/ /_/ |
          \__/\  / \____/|___|  /\____ |\___  >__|  |__|_|  /__|___|  /\____ |
               \/             \/      \/    \/            \/        \/      \/

You can also make ASCII art out of photos and things using special websites. That’s how I made the amazing picture of Alice in the last post.

Here’s another example. From this picture of my cat:

I made this:

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Then from this photograph of her:

I made this:

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Hmmm. Both of those are going to need a bit of work (see below about how to make your pictures brilliant).

Try out these sites for making ASCII art:
Glassgiant.com

Text-image.com

(you can search for ‘ASCII art generator’ and find lots more)

These sites all do sort of the same thing. You upload or link to a picture, choose how big you want your ASCII art picture to be and click a button. Pow! An ASCII art picture is made for you. The first picture you make is often not great. You need to try out different pictures and sizes of ASCII picture (the bigger it is the more detail you get) until you get something that works really nicely. Then you can cut and paste your picture into an email or print it out (cutting and pasting like this can be a little bit tricky – your picture can start to look a bit wrong if you miss out some spaces or line breaks when you cut, or if you change the font, so look for the instructions on the websites, or ask for some help if it’s not going well). Or you can take a ‘screencap’ of your picture. To do this on a PC press the ‘print screen’ button, then open a graphics programme like Paint or Photoshop and ‘paste’ the image and trim and edit it. Or on a Mac press command-shift-4 and choose the bit of screen you want to capture, then look on the desktop for the image file.

You could also use the websites to try a bit of HTML art. In HTML art you’re allowed to use coloured letters, numbers and symbols. Try using this site to easily make an HTML picture. Here’s one I made of my cat again, out of the word ‘Cat!’ (look closely if you can’t see).

This is a picture of my cat, made from HTML characters

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                  _____    ____    __| _/
                  \__  \  /    \  / __ |
                   / __ \|   |  \/ /_/ |
                  (____  /___|  /\____ |   /\ /\ /\
                       \/     \/      \/   \/ \/ \/

The other cool thing you can do with HTML art is choose which letters and numbers and symbols to make a picture with. You could make a picture with the letters of your name. Go to the site above and type your name into the ‘Characters’ box. Click on the ‘Sequence’ button and load in an image file. Click on ‘Convert’ and bingo! You’ve got a picture made out of your name. You can be even cleverer if you like and cut and paste a few paragraphs from Alice in Wonderland into the ‘Characters’ box and then ‘Wham!’, you’ve made a picture out of the text of Alice in Wonderland. Remember the text of Alice is all online. Have fun fiddling around!

You may also have noticed the really nice title on this blog post. It’s made from ASCII characters too. I have another confession. I used a website to make that too. You can do it too! Have a look here. You can choose all sorts of ‘fonts’ and sizes. Type some text into the text box on the site. Try fiddling around and choosing different fonts (the best option is ‘_all fonts with your text_’). What you get looks:

                  .____    .__ __              __  .__    .__
                  |    |   |__|  | __ ____   _/  |_|  |__ |__| ______
                  |    |   |  |  |/ // __ \  \   __\  |  \|  |/  ___/
                  |    |___|  |    <\  ___/   |  | |   Y  \  |\___ \
                  |_______ \__|__|_ \\___  >  |__| |___|  /__/____  >
                          \/       \/    \/             \/        \/

or

                    .    _
                   _/_   /      `   ____
                    |    |,---. |  (
                    |    |'   ` |  `--.
                    \__/ /    | / \___.'

or

                  _|_|_ o _
                   | | ||_\

I’ve made a signature to go at the end of my emails like this

                  o--o       o              o
                  |   |      |              |
                  O--o  o-o -o- o-o o-o     |     oo o   o   o
                  |     |-'  |  |-' |       |    | |  \ / \ /
                  o     o-o  o  o-o o       O---oo-o-  o   o

PHEW.

**COMPETITION**

That’s all from me except for the final puzzle. Remember, there’s a puzzle at the end of each of the four ‘Rabbit Hole’ posts. Write your answer for each puzzle in the comments. Then, when you have all four answers, email them to kids@tate.org.uk. If you’ve got the answer right you could win an iMac! GOOD LUCK!

This is the fourth and final puzzle question. I’ve made an ASCII art word using the text generator above and the ‘Two point’ font, and then craftily I replaced one of the ASCII characters with ‘e’. Can you work out what word it spells?

                  |~\    e|e  e e e
                  |e/|e|(e| |}ee\e\

(Hint, It’s the name of of another character in Alice)

It’s a tricky one!

Discussion Area

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