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asciitopgm – convert ASCII graphics into a portable graymap


asciitopgm [-d divisor] height width [asciifile]


Reads ASCII data as input. Produces a portable graymap with pixel val‐
ues which are an approximation of the “brightness” of the ASCII charac‐
ters, assuming black-on-white printing. In other words, a capital M is
very dark, a period is ver light, and a space is white. Input lines
which are fewer than width characters are automatically padded with

The divisor argument is a floating-point number by which the output
pixels are divided; the default value is 1.0. This can be used to
adjust the brightness of the graymap: for example, if the image is too
dim, reduce the divisor.

In keeping with (I believe) Fortran line-printer conventions, input
lines beginning with a + (plus) character are assumed to “overstrike”
the previous line, allowing a larger range of gray values.

This tool contradicts the message in the pbmtoascii manual: “Note that
there is no asciitopbm tool – this transformation is one-way.”


The table of ASCII-to-grey values is subject to interpretation, and, of
course, depends on the typeface intended for the input.


pbmtoascii, pgm(5)


Wilson H. Bent. Jr. (

26 December 1994 asciitopgm

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