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convert image to ascii
// taken from http://thecodeplayer.com/walkthrough/cool-ascii-animation-using-an-image-sprite-canvas-and-javascript
//some variables
var r, g, b, gray;
var character, line = "";
//sprite stuff
var sprite = document.getElementById("sprite");
var W = sprite.width;
var H = sprite.height;
//temporary canvas for pixel processing
var tcanvas = document.createElement("canvas");
tcanvas.width = W;
tcanvas.height = H; //same as the image
var tc = tcanvas.getContext("2d");
//painting the canvas white before painting the image to deal with pngs
tc.fillStyle = "white";
tc.fillRect(0, 0, W, H);
//drawing the image on the canvas
tc.drawImage(sprite, 0, 0, W, H);
//accessing pixel data
var pixels = tc.getImageData(0, 0, W, H);
var colordata = pixels.data;
//every pixel gives 4 integers -> r, g, b, a
//so length of colordata array is W*H*4
var ascii = document.getElementById("ascii");
for(var i = 0; i < colordata.length; i = i+4)
{
r = colordata[i];
g = colordata[i+1];
b = colordata[i+2];
//converting the pixel into grayscale
gray = r*0.2126 + g*0.7152 + b*0.0722;
//overwriting the colordata array with grayscale values
//colordata[i] = colordata[i+1] = colordata[i+2] = gray;
//text for ascii art.
//blackish = dense characters like "W", "@"
//whitish = light characters like "`", "."
if(gray > 250) character = " "; //almost white
else if(gray > 230) character = "`";
else if(gray > 200) character = ":";
else if(gray > 175) character = "*";
else if(gray > 150) character = "+";
else if(gray > 125) character = "#";
else if(gray > 50) character = "W";
else character = "@"; //almost black
//newlines and injection into dom
if(i != 0 && (i/4)%W == 0) //if the pointer reaches end of pixel-line
{
ascii.appendChild(document.createTextNode(line));
//newline
ascii.appendChild(document.createElement("br"));
//emptying line for the next row of pixels.
line = "";
}
line += character;
}
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