Art made using characters typed on your keyboard is called text art or ASCII art. The term ASCII stands for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange," a character encoding scheme. You can make your own ASCII art by building up the image character by character in a text editor or use an ASCII art generator. You can also find libraries of existing ASCII art to copy.
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Things you need
- ASCII art library
- Sketch or line drawing of a heart and arrow
- Text editor such as Notepad
- ASCII art generator
Open your browser and navigate to an ASCII art library such as ascii-art.de. Look for categories such as hearts or Valentines. Find a heart and arrow picture you like.
Left click just above the image and continue to hold the mouse button. Select the entire drawing by dragging the mouse over it. Make sure you include the signature, if there is one. When you get to the bottom of the image, release the mouse button. Right click inside the image to bring up the Edit menu and select "copy." Alternatively, hold down Ctrl and C to copy the image.
Paste the heart and arrow picture into the location you want, such as an e-mail or a text file. Preview before you send to make sure the image appears undistorted.
Sketch the heart and arrow you want. Open up a text editor such as Notepad.
Duplicate your sketch line by line using keyboard characters such as slashes, commas, colons and semicolons, hyphens and periods. It can help to make a transparency of your sketch and tape it over your screen.
Save your ASCII heart as a text file so you can copy and paste it into e-mails or posts in future.
Upload your heart sketch to your computer by scanning it. Alternatively, make your sketch using a graphics program such as MS Paint.
Navigate to an ASCII art generator such as glassgiant.com/ascii. Upload your sketch. Choose the size and colour range you want. Output the ASCII version using the generator's controls -- Send, in the case of GlassGiant.
Copy your ASCII heart and save it to a text file so you can use it later.
Tips and warnings
- When copying other's ASCII art, it's good manners to include the signature if there is one.
- Add HTML colour tags to your ASCII art for added interest or change the font colour using your e-mail program's rich text controls.
- You can type in Unicode symbols from your keyboard; these include hearts and arrows. You'll need to know the correct character codes and the method for your specific computer and operating system.
- Try to keep the lines making up your pictures under 80 characters long if you want to paste them into an e-mail program. If the lines have more than 80 characters, the email program may wrap them and ruin your image.
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