AsciiConvert Examples

The results from this program can vary significantly, depending on the input. In general, art converts best when it consists of dark, thick lines against a light background. Color images are possible inputs, although they are converted internally to monochrome for the conversion process.

Below are some of the results from various inputs, and how to handle them.

Example #1

This image is line art with a relatively thin line gauge. These will convert relatively well, although there may be some detail lost in areas with a fair amount of surrounding white space.

Example #2

This image was done in much heavier line gauge, and consequently appears in much thicker characters when converted. To avoid the excessive "pixelization" caused by heavy use of the block characters, you'd need to deselect them before running the conversion.

An example of a very poorly suited image, this one has entirely too much black in it for the program to capture anything but the vaguest shape.

A complex photo, this one still manages to convert better than the previous image, as it is substantially lighter. However, in images this like this with significant fine detail, only a blocky, pixelated output will result.


This clip art image converts relatively well, possessing strong, thick lines. However, the output can still be made less blocky by deselecting certain characters.


By removing many of the characters with more dark pixels, a somewhat more varied image can be produced.

New with version 1.1, AsciiConvert has some (limited) ability to handle color images. First, to process one, click the "Black and White" text on the toolbar to change it to "Color" then convert your image, like above. It needs to be a colored image against a white or grey background (all non-color shades, i.e. true greys will be interpreted as not part of the characters.) The output will look the same from AsciiConvert, but opening the .BIN file in AsciiEdit will reveal the color information.