Tracing Images to Make ASCII Art

How to make ASCII art by tracing digital images

I got the idea to try making ASCII art by tracing an image. To do so I had to find a way to make my Notepad transparent on the screen. I ended up using Peek Through. It has the least extra features but it gets the job done, with my own Notepad and settings for font, etc.

The two text editors have some interesting features, but I didn’t explore them. I may yet. At the time I just wanted to try tracing an image.

Tracing an image did not actually work out as well as I thought it could. For me it was better to stick with using an image (usually several different images) as inspiration for my own creation.

I found tracing difficult to work with because the font was smaller, in Transparent Notepad.

Most of all – I just didn’t want to work with the image exactly as-is. When tracing I lose the ability to adapt as I go along. It was too much like making a copy than making my own art.

Creating Keyboard Animals in Three Lines

Original source: Keyboard Animals! | Funny Keyboard Faces and Characters

I’m sure you’ve seen these little animals here and there online.

How many little ASCII art animals can you create with the basic pattern used for these? Give it a try. Add different characters for ears, beaks, tails… see what works.  (Stick to ASCII characters).

I made these (below). They got better as I went along. I found it easier to stick to the three lines by planning a head, body and feet in each line. But, breaking the plan worked okay too.