Ascii art

Today, I am going to introduce to you all how to make ASCII art from your favorite picture. To start the ball rolling I will make a FAQ for this topic.

1) Do you need any software to make ASCII Art?

The answer is “NO”.  All you need is a text editor with a fixed-width font. Examples of fixed-width fonts are: Courier, FixedSys, and any others where the following two lines of letters are the same length



I don’t have any “magic software”.  I’ve created these ASCII pictures by using Windows notepad, my keyboard (and monitor obviously), and plenty of time. That’s it.

Essentially, I sit at the keyboard and type. The more I do, the faster and easier it becomes. Some images come from pictures in books, manga or wallpapers, or from my imagination. I make a picture whenever I feel bored or have too much time to spend.

2) You’ve heard of programs that make ASCII art- do they work?

As you may have noticed, there are different styles of ASCII art. I typically make the “Solid-style ASCII art”. Well, I personally feel that making ASCII art by myself gives me a satisfactory feeling, because it shows that you have done it yourself without any use of programs.

There are converters available to turn GIF and JPG files into ASCII art. The results are usually solid-style –but even so, you still have to do quite a lot of fixing with them to make them look nice.  If you want those programs you can always Google them.

3) How much time is spent on making just one ASCII art picture?

The first picture took a week to make with my friend’s help. However, as I create more ASCII art graphics, it gets easier to make… Usually, I spend about hours on each… a little longer for larger ASCII art, lesser time for smaller pictures and words. In solid art Style there are around 3 types of levels which is level 5, 10, 15. As expected, the higher level types are the harder ones to make. I started out by making words instead of pictures. Here’s an example.


4) How do I make the characters “fit together”?

Playing around with the characters on the keyboard helps a lot…

For instance; the following characters can be use to create a slope:


To change the degree of the slope, you can either add more characters, or delete… of course keeping in mind the “look” of whatever that you are trying to create.

A more gradual slope: __,,..–“”^^^

Top : _.-“

A steeper slope: .-“

Look at all the individual ASCII characters you’ll notice that they are located in various typographical locations.

The periods, commas, and underscores are at the bottom of the character space.  The hyphen, equal sign, and The plus sign are found in the middle of the space. The apostrophe, quotation marks, and caret sign are located at the top part of the character space. The asterisk and the tilde characters are either in the middle or the top of the space depending on the type of fixed-width font you use. When deciding which character to use. It often depends on the creator of the picture. However, I’ve found some characters that are “inter-changeable”, such as:


. and ,

and =

Sometimes it is very helpful to look at the ASCII art pictures created by the different artists. It enables you to see just how that person handled curves, lines, slopes, and details. Well of course u can use Adobe Photoshop and zoom in to help you as well.

5) Are ALL keyboard characters “ASCII”?

No ASCII is an acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange.  There are only 94 ASCII characters (95, if you include the space) these are the ones that are typically found on the standard American keyboard:

< > [ ] { } ( ) ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * _ + | – = ; : ” ‘ ` ? \ / . ,

It is possible to make non-ASCII characters with your computer.  Some examples of non-ASCII characters are the Japanese Yen and the copyright symbol. These should NOT be included in ASCII art images because they are not standardized. One computer may interpret the character code correctly, another computer may not. Trust me; it can make for a pretty bad ASCII art image!

I know that America Online users have “macros” proportional-font text art.  These macros often contain non-ASCII characters.  This will work on AOL because AOL users are all using the same America Online network.   mIRC often uses the non-ASCII characters too (fixed-width  fonts though)  This works on mIRC because that is how the system is designed.  Presently, each computer non-ASCII character is not standardized.  In short, DO NOT use the non-ASCII characters in any international email.

6) Are there other ASCII Art tutorials online?

There are several ASCII Art tutorials available… but, in my opinion, they will not be able to help unless you’ve tried it first. Keep in mind that ASCII artists have their own ‘style’. Thus, each tutorials might differ from each other.

7) What suggestions do I have for aspiring ASCII Artists?

My suggestions for budding ASCII artists are the following:

 – Look at as many ASCII Arts as you can find

 – Learn how the characters are used in those pictures

 – Create something similar

–  Start small- perhaps doodle and see what it looks like.

– Try not to do pictures or images over 200 x 200 until you are very good at it[with white background if possible]

– Do not Fill in white color with ASCII characters

 – Use pictures as a guideline [even with pictures eyes and mouth is hard to do unless u are “pro”]

 – Read the tutorials and the FAQs

–  Post the picture in forums or send it to a friend for opinions

–  Enjoy and keep it =D

Well I did mention above about my friend helping me on the first ASCII pic and here it is:

The body is too much for a newbie to handle. Thus my friend ask me to stop at the neck area.


Well if there is UGUU there must be AYU in fixedys!


I mentioned earlier that Photoshop helps. By zooming in, you can identify the pixels and every pixel is an ASCII character in ASCII art


Here’s the illustrations for the 3 types of level (5, 10, 15).



10 and 15


Some more past works Alicia from aria and Rena from Higurashi



I will end here for now. If you need help,  feel free to post in the comments.I will be bringing more works next time.Credits : Joan Stark

(It is the base tutorial for all ascii creator after all)

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