How to create pictures in ASCI

Everyone has seen it, everyone wants their own signature in email. Here is one, easy way with GIMP.

“The Gimp” is available for Unix, Windows and Apple.

1. Open an image and SAVE it.

FILE -> SAVE AS

2. From FILE TYPE menu, choose “ASCII art”

3. Choose TEXT (.txt), HTML, or other type.

Gimp automatically creates a text (txt)

with your image in ASCII (black and white).

NOTE – If you want an email sig or text sig, the best way is to make sure your image is black and white, and in the NEGATIVE mode. (see pic).

Here is an example how a picture looks before I use it:

Road

Here is the negative of the picture to turn it into ASCII

Here is the negative of the picture to turn it into ASCII

You also will want to make sure your image is very small and the width is twice the size of the height, generally. This will make the image look more the way it should, in a TXT. A good size (for me) has been 100×200 pixels. Smaller images fit in the text properly.

Have fun!

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