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PostSubject: How to Make Pictures out of Text   Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:10 pm

"Have you ever wondered how the Graphics Professionals make pictures out of different textual characters with the combinations of different special characters? With this article, you can also make such pictures(known as Ascii Art(pronounced ask-ee)) and enjoy setting them on your Desktop or using them on your website, so other Internet surfers can see your art. "

1. Find a simple image that you would like to reproduce as text.

2. Open Microsoft word or another program (see tips). On most computers you can do this by going to the Start menu (bottom-left corner), then “Programs” and selecting “Microsoft word”.

3. Place the image into Microsoft Word.
If you found the image on the Internet then right-click the image and select “copy ”. Then go to your MS Word window, right-click again somewhere on the page then select “paste”.
If you have the image saved on your hard-drive then, in your MS Word window, go to “Insert”, then “Image”, then “…from File”. Find your saved image and press insert.

4. Re-size your image. Click on the picture then place your cursor on one of the corners. Click and drag. The more complicated the picture is the larger you’ll want it to be. However, if you want to use the image on, for example, a poster then Get it to the right shape now as it will be difficult to re size it later without ruining it.

5. Insert a text box. Go to “Insert” then “Text box”. Click on the page and drag. The text box needs to be a tiny bit larger than your image. Move the text box if necessary on-top of the image by clicking and dragging the border.
If, when you insert the text box, it doesn't go on top of the image but pushes the image to the side, then right click on the border of the text box, go to "format text box" then click on the tab called "layout" at the top. Choose the option "in front of text". This should solve the problem and you can go onto the next step of making the text box transparent.

6. Make the text box transparent. Right-click on the border of the text box (not the inside of the text box!) and select “Format Text box…”. Make sure you’re on the ‘Colours and Lines’ tab then change the fill colour to “no fill” and the line colour to “no line”. Now you should be able to see the image behind.

7. Fill the text box with text. It doesn’t really matter what you write except it can’t have any formatting, e.g. Bold, Italic, Underline, New Line, Tab. Use only single spacing. It’s also best not to use long words as this can often leave large gaps at the end of a line. This may take a long time however, quick ideas are:
Copy information from the Internet. E.G. A picture of the Eiffel tower, copy a paragraph about the history of France.
Copy and paste the same word. This can often be the most effective. Write one or two words about the picture (“Cow” if the picture is a cow, “Eiffel Tower” if you picture is the Eiffel tower”) or a phrase (“Happy Birthday” on a picture of a cake). Then highlight and press CTRL + C. Now press CTRL + V but hold it down to paste the word over and over again.

8. Change the font size. Press CTRL + A to select all of you text then change the font size on the formatting toolbar (usually already at the top of the page). You can also change the font however simple fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial usually work best. Smaller fonts are necessary for details images, but for a simple image a larger font will save you time.

9. Stop the spell check (optional). Depending on your text, your work may be covered in red and green squiggles – even though it’s how you want your text to appear. While this step is not mandatory it can really help. Go to “Tools”, “Spelling and Grammar”, “Options” then check the box next to “Hide spelling errors in this document”.

10. Change the text colour to the colour you want the background of your picture. White may be the obvious choice but it doesn’t look best for all images – especially if there is a lot of white on the object. Same with black. Try to choose a colour that doesn’t feature (or at least not much) in the main focus of the image. To change the colour press CTRL + A then find the font colour button on the formatting toolbar (it looks like an A with a rectangle underneath). Click the small arrow to the right of the symbol and then select a colour. By clicking “more colours” and then “custom” you can create virtually any colour.

11. Change the colour of the text over the object. Use SHIFT and the arrow keys to select sections of the text that is ontop of a block of colour on your picture behind (you can also highlight by clicking and dragging your cursor however it will only let you select whole word that way and you may want to only colour part of a word). Change the colour in the same way as the previous step. If necessary, try to use different shades of colours to show shadow etc. In the best images your text will become practically invisible by the end because it is the same colour and the image behind it.
Step 11 Completed (Note that text on the cow is barely visible)

12. Move the text box away from the image beneath, once you think you have completed step 11. Now you can easily see if you’ve missed anything out. If you have then press CTRL + Z (once!) to undo the move. Once you have definitely completed step 11 and you text has been moved from the image, advance to the next step.

13. Change the background colour of your text box (optional). You may like you image as it is, in which case you can miss out this step. However, many text images look better with a background other than white. Therefore you can change the colour of the text boxes background by right-clicking on the border, select “Format Text box…”. Make sure you’re on the ‘Colours and Lines’ tab then change the fill colour to whatever you want. You may need to experiment to find the best colour.

14. Save your work. You should be saving your work regularly as computers can be unpredictable. However, at this point you should save your work as you’ve practically finished your image. Go to “File” then “Save as…” and choose a suitable file name. For this document you should leave the file type as it is (i.e. the default word document). Once you have saved it once you only need to click “File” then “Save” or CTRL + S.

15. Make your picture into an image rather than a word file. This allows it to be uploaded onto the web (if you want) among other things. Technically this step is optional but it’s probably necessary or at least useful for most things you want to do with your image. To do so, make sure you can see the whole of your picture on the screen then press the “Print Screen” key. It’s usually located toward the top-right above the insert key – often it’s abbreviated. Now go to an image-editing program – even Microsoft paint will do. Press CTRL + V and a screen shot should be pasted. Crop it so that there is only your text image there and then save in a similar way as in the previous step (see tip about file for more help).
Here is the image next the the original. Click to make it larger.


p.s: have fun,but i doubt you lazy :ha: rtw player gotta try do small 'art' lol!
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