Convert Images to Text Images

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 5, 2006
Updated • May 1, 2013

I was not sure how to name the article appropriately. You can convert any image on your computer into a text image at The result looks great, just take a look at the sample image that I reduced in size. The normal size looks much clearer and brighter though.

Update: Text Image is still available as a service on the Internet. When you are on the service's homepage, you can select the convert option at the top to open the image to text conversion options. Here you select the image file that you want to turn into text, as well as the characters, font size, color options, image width, background color or contrast options.

Customizations are nice, allowing you to select the desired image size (up to a maximum of 500 characters in width), the background, and if you want extra contrast for the image.

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The service offers three conversions options: First conversion to HTML, second to ASCII, and third a Matrix conversion. You may want to run test conversions first to see how the resulting text images look like, before you decide which design choice is the most appropriate one for the image that you want to turn into a text image.

The help page may also aid you if you run into configuration issues. It is also interesting to note that the developer has created mobile apps both for the Android and Apple iOS mobile operation system, which both unfortunately cost  money to download and install.

One thing that you may be interested in is the samples page which highlights some of the image to ascii art conversions that the online converter is capable of. The news section on the website lists a Windows application, but it can't be found on the website anymore, which may mean that it has been pulled from the website again by its developer


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