Andy Makes

ASCII Filter

2011

Based on an example project by Ben Fry packaged with the Processing language, this program takes incoming video and converts it to a text output. Pixels from the original image are considered as a group, and each letter is chosen based on both its overall weight as well as how well the shape fits the pixel group.

Ben Fry’s original required the use of color to show the image, but to have a filter that felt authentic to ASCII art, I wanted to create one that worked in simple black and white.

Mac App: Here

Processing Source Code: Here