How to Make Pictures Look Computer Generated

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How to Make Pictures Look Computer Generated
When a computer draws, it uses numbers as its brushes. (artist's brushes image by MAXFX from

If a computer could draw using a brush, it might create a painting consisting of ones and zeros. Modern computers communicate with humans using binary data. In the binary world, the only two numbers are one and zero. Software exists that can turn an ordinary photograph into a computer-generated image that contains nothing but ones, zeros and other symbols found on a computer keyboard. To experiment with this technology, upload a picture to a website that can make your image look computer generated.

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    Visit and click "Browse" to display a "File Upload" window.

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    Select an image file from your hard drive and click "Open."

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    Enter the keyboard characters that you want to use in the image. The default characters are "1" and "0." If you do not choose other characters, the site will.

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    Select a font size from the "Font Size."

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    Enter a number between one and 500 in the "Image Width" text box to set the image width.

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    Select "Color," "Grayscale" or "Monochrome" from the "Show it in" drop-down box. The value that you select will determine the picture's colour.

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    Enter a colour for the image background. The default colour is "Black." Click the drop-down box next to "Extra Contrast" to select "Yes" or "No." Choosing "Yes" will increase the image's contrast.

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    Select your Web browser from the "Web Browser" drop-down text box. Choose "Other" if you do not see your browser.

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    Click "Convert." The site will convert the picture into a computer generated image.

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    Navigate to GlassGiant and enter the URL of a Web image in the "From the Web" text box. To use a file from your computer, click "Browse" and select one from your hard drive.

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    Click "Black on White" or "White on Black" to select a colour scheme.

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    Click "Send." The site will convert the picture into a computer generated image and display it.

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    Visit the ASCII Poster website.

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    Click "Paper Size" and select a paper size. The choices are "A4 Paper" and "Letter Paper." This site creates a computer generated wall poster of your picture composed of multiple sheets of paper. Choose the paper size that fits your printer.

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    Click "Next Step." Enter a number in the "Pages Wide" text box and a number in the "Pages High" text box. The site will create an image based on the dimensions that you choose. For example, if you select "3" for "Pages Wide" and "2" for "Pages High," the site will generate an image that is three pages wide and two pages high when you print it.

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    Click "Make Poster." The site will create a PDF containing the picture. Click "Change Image or Paper Size" or "Change Number of Pages" if you want to change either of those properties. The site will walk you through the process again and generate a new PDF.

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    Click "Download Your Poster." The site will download your picture as a PDF. Depending on your browser, the image will open in the browser or Windows will prompt you to save the PDF.

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    Print the PDF. It will consist of multiple pages. The page count depends on the values that you select for "Page Wide" and "Page High." Join the pages using tape or glue to create your wall poster.

Tips and warnings

  • If a website does not return the computer generated picture immediately; give it time to process.

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