Text art? With the right app, a dot matrix printer could print out a scanned image or photo into art which was embedded with text. That’s much easier to do these days, but knowing how it works means you’re probably older than you’d like to admit. Here’s a look at a few ways to convert photos into text art.
ASCII, Ye Shall Perceive
First on my list of photo-to-text art is the appropriately named TexToPix which takes text and converts it into an image. Phrases, words, sentences, whatever the text, can be converted to an image using any of the fonts already installed on your Mac.
Drop in a photo or image, select the font, adjust the Scaling Mode, zoom into fit (or, crop to fit), add the text to Text Fill, then adjust the characters per line and distance between lines and you’re ready for a finished product.
TextToPix seems to have the most features and configuration options but that’s needed to justify the higher price tag. For text art lovers on a budget there are other options.
One that works OK but I don’t recommend because it hasn’t been updated in years is called Photo To Text. Click to Load an Image, then select the characters and a few other options, none of which include using specific phrases, sentences, or anything beyond the basics.
Cute, simple, inexpensive but that’s about it.
A few more features are found in ASCII Art, a Mac App Store utility which convert text character sets– but not phrases, sentences, etc.– into ascii art.
Drop in a photo, add the character set to be used, adjust the configuration settings, and you’re done.
You get the idea, right? The advantage of using TexToPix, despite the price tag and difference in price between the others, is the option to use more than just ascii characters in the art.