How to make a tree with keyboard letters

Written by matt scheer
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How to make a tree with keyboard letters
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ASCII art uses the 95 keyboard letters in the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) to create graphic images. The different keystrokes form shapes and boundaries that symbolise aspects of drawings, such as shading, contours, and more. Making a tree with keyboard letters is a process that involves expressing your own desire for how a tree should look through the keys available on a standard keyboard. An ASCII drawing of a tree can range in complexity, but a simple tree can be made out of keyboard letters in a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • Standard keyboard
  • Text editing program

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  1. 1

    Type the space bar twice followed by six "O"s. Press the "Enter" button.

  2. 2

    Type out eight "O"s. Press the "Enter" button.

  3. 3

    Type nine "O"s, followed by "Enter." On the line below this type 10 "O"s and press the "Enter" button. Repeat this process, subtracting one "O" from each line till you have a line of five "O"s. Ensure that the "O"'s of these lines orient so they form an overall ball shape to indicate the leaves and canopy of a stylised tree. Press the "Enter" key again.

  4. 4

    Press the space bar until the cursor begins just below the first "O" of the line with three "O"s. Type two "Y"s in a row and press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Press the space bar until the cursor is below the first "Y." Press the "Shift" button and "i." Repeat to create two capitalised "i"s. This creates the first level of the trunk closest to the tree's canopy. Press "Enter" and repeat until there are several trunk levels--7 to 8 works well. Type the "V" letter in a row to create grass below the trunk, as though the trunk is emerging from grass.

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