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    Hello! Love this program, thank you, and very happy to have found it.

    I eventually figured out how to create ANSI art in Adobe Illustrator using the ANSI characters in Arial with a matching font size and leading of 16px. I guess with PD, I was hoping to save the ANS as Vector, as I saw the option in the Edit Sauce menu. But saving the ANS in multiple formats in PNGs or BMPs results with, ironically, pixelation and not a clean translation.

    Is there a way to do this that I’m missing or is it not possible with this program? I’ve got artwork from my old art group, Lint, from the 90s I’d love to revive. Thanks!

    #3916 Reply
    Christian Vozar

    Heya! So your requirements could possible be solved by some of the tools that the Ansilove group puts out. The libansilove and its command-line tool ansilove produces PNG files upsampled to incredibly high resolution (we just merged in some code to handle the new @3 scale in high res mobile phones) and should give you the function you need.

    Feel free to PM if you need any help getting your files out. Also, if you have the itch to get back into ansi art be sure to check out Blocktronics (

    #3922 Reply

    Can you help me.
    How to install this tool to make high resolution ?
    I wanna make print like ofline exebitions.

    #3924 Reply

    Thanks, Christian! I’m trying to understand how to use all this. I’m on a MAC – El Capitan. I installed Brew and CMake GD but I haven’t the slightest clue how to use this.

    I just want take one of the ANS files I save from PabloDraw and get a pixel-perfect version in PNG or ideally in Vector that I can use for creating print-ready files in Illustrator.

    Blocktronics looks great, some very cool work there. Would love to submit to it someday. I actually see examples in the Blog where artists are printing these out and doing gallery installments, so I can see it’s possible. It seems like it would be easier to do. In Adobe Illustrator, I can take text and convert it to vector outlines. I can download AnsiLove BlockZone and try doing it that way, but it’s not the same with the foreground and background way of designing. Is there a sauce setting or something I can use to get a high-quality output directly from PabloDraw?

    Thanks for your help!

    #3925 Reply

    Quick update, I found this on Blocktronics:

    I was able to design and open new and previously created ANSI artwork to export as PNGs and the results were great in PhotoShop. This gets me the quality that I was looking for for high-quality output for print.

    Thanks for the help!

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