> To: gimp-user@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU
> From: for...@gimpusers.com
> Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:16:15 +0200
> Subject: [Gimp-user] [Offtopic] Design learning
> There are literally thousands of gimp tutorials out there, many concentrate on
> web graphics.

I know I'm hijacking this thread but I've been trying to find the right audience
to ask this question. In the past, "web graphics" or at least primitive
computer graphics consistented of ASCII characters arranged
in a way which when viewed from a distance created the illusion of 
an image. I was recently browsing through an old disk trying to figure out what
was what and I was using ssh which is text oriented but had no way to figure
out what some images were- if I could just "type" them out that would have
been a big help even if the result was very crude. Also, there are times when 
you WANT to 
convert an image into a more concise representation ( compression does this)
that captures the perceptually important stuff while tossing out
other detail ( you can imagine issues with image indexing too). 

I guess my question is , " does anyone know of tools that can convert 
images to ASCII characters, 
say like imagemagick, or does GIMP provide a way to catagorize blocks
of pixels, say based on wavelet coefficients for each block, and convert
an arbitrary image into a smaller block of text, probably limited to
80 character width?"


> Here's what I'd do.
> 1. Create your new image using the desired dimensions (make it slightly wider
> than you need, you can crop it later)
> 2. click on the gradient tool. Choose foreground colour white, choose
> background colour grey
> click and drag the gradient tool from the top of the image to the bottom.
> 3. Choose green as foreground colour, use the rectangular selection tool to
> select a thin line at the top of the image (doesn't matter if you go the edges
> of the image) then click EDIT> FILL WITH FG COLOUR
> 4. Use the same tool to select a second rectangle further down (again it
> doesn't matter if your selection goes off the edges), and fill with FG colour
> again
> 5. Then choose white as foreground colour. Click EDIT> STROKE SELECTION -
> choose line width of the stroke in pixels, click OK.
> 6. Now crop your image to size.
> --
> Bill (via www.gimpusers.com)
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