shading ascii - using the upper/lower case design thing / nootropic

here's a neat little tutorial that shows two things... first, shading an ascii.
this is much different than just colouring it, or flipping some blocks, or what
not.. i've seen many people attemping shading, but it's really just toon stuff,
in essence. here's how you get that shaded effect.

in addition, i am covering the upper/lower case thing i have talked about in
other tutorials. it's neat and all, so check it out. remember, the fate of the
scene lies in your hands.

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                                          ² s,
                                        ,δ$Ss `   _.,ss
         ,s@á$7²"$$Sç   ,s@á$7²"$$Sç.  ,$$$$',s@δ$7²"    ,s@á$7²"$$Sç
        ε$$$$'    ~^   ε$$$$'   ,$$$7  d$$$'ε$$$$'      ε$$$$'∙--²~^
        `ª%$$s,.sá$7'  `ªδ$$s,.sá$7'   $$$$s`ªδ$$s,.    `ª%$$s,.sá$7'
           `^"²²'`        `^"²²'`      `δ$7'   `^"²²'`     `^"²²'`


first i whipped up some neat looking holocaust-style letters. <shrug> i had
never tried it before, thought i might have a certain style with it. apparently
i do not, and i don't plan on doing any more hO stuff :) let the master do it.

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          $$$$$$$$$$Ss   $$$$$$$$Ss,    $$$$$$$$$$$$   $$$$$$$$$$$$
          $$$$    `²²'   $$$$'  `$$$b   $$$$      `²   $$$$      `²
          $$$$           $$$$    ss$$   $$$$           $$$$
          $$$$   ,       $$$$   ,$$$7   $$$$       ,   $$$$       ,
          $$$$ss$$       $$$$sss$$²'    $$$$ssssss$$   $$$$ssssss$$
          $$$$   `       ss$$ `Y$$S,    $$$$       `   $$$$       `
          $$$$           $$$$   Ç$$$,   $$$$           $$$$
          $$$$           $$$$   !$$$b   $$$$      ,s   $$$$      ,s
          $$$$           $$$$    ss$$   $$$$$$$$$$$$   $$$$$$$$$$$$

next i made a neat upper case looking "free"... it's the shittiest font possible
methinks.. when doing the upper/lower case merge, it's a good idea to keep them
similar to the basic dos font.

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            ,sS$$$$$Ss
          ,$$$'   `²²'
          d$$$
          $$$$   ,
          $$$$ss$$       $$$sS$$$$$Ss     ,sS$$Ss,       ,sS$$Ss,
          $$$$   `       $$$$'   `²²'   ,$$$'  `$$$,   ,$$$'  `$$$,
          $$$$           $$$$           d$$$ ss%$S²'   d$$$ ss%$S²'
          $$$$           $$$$           `$$$,  ,s%s    `$$$,  ,s%s
          $$$$           $$$$            `²S$$$$S²'     `²S$$$$S²'

next, the lower case letters. essentially they are rather shitty... both upper
and lower case fonts tend to look real shitty. now we merge em:

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      ,sS$$$$$Ss                                 $Ss,
    ,$$$'   `²²'                $$$$Ss            `$$$,       `$$$,
    d$$$$$$$$$$$$$Ss   $$$$$$$$Ss,`²²'     $$$$$$$$$$$$     ss%$$$$$$$$$$$$
    """"$$$$    `²²'   $$$$'  `$$$b        "²$$      `²        $$$$      `²
    """"$$$$    ,      $$$$    ss$$     S$$Ss,`          d$$$  $      ,
        $$$$  s$$      $$$$   ,$$$7       `$$$,       ,  `$$$, $   ss$$
        $$$$s   `   "$sS$$$$$$$$²'         $$$$ssssss$$   `²S$$$sss   `
        $$$$         $$'   `²²',S,         $$$$       `     $$$$
        $$$$         $$        $$$,        $$$$             $$$$
        $$$$ss$      $$        $$$b        d$$$ ss%$S²'    $$$$$      ,s
        $$$$                   ss$$        `$$$,  ,s%s      `$$$$$$$$$$$
          $$                                `²S$$$$S²'     s%$S²'

each letter is a combination of the lower case letters and the upper case
letters.. all i'd do is take a piece of one letter and overlap it, occasionally
using "U" (under in aciddraw) to put it under the upper case font... here's how:
                                                                 $$$$Ss
                               $$$$$$$$Ss,              $$$$$$$$Ss,`²²'
                               $$$$'  `$$$b             $$$$'  `$$$b
  ALT-B, select an area        $$$$    ss$$             $$$$    ss$$
                               $$$$   ,$$$7             $$$$   ,$$$7
      $$$sS$$$$$Ss           $sS$$$$$Ss$²'           "$sS$$$$$$$$²'
      $$$$'   `²²'  ======>  $$'   `²²'$S,  ======>   $$'   `²²',S,
      $$$$                   $$        $$$,           $$        $$$,
      $$$$                   $$        $$$b           $$        $$$b
      $$$$                     $$$$    ss$$                     ss$$

                          * place it somewhere       touch it up a bit 
                             that the curves 
                              roughly match
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      ,sS$$$$$Ss                                 $Ss,
    ,$$$'   `²²'                $$$$Ss            `$$$,       `$$$,
    d$$$$$$$$$$$$$Ss   $$$$$$$$Ss,`²²'     $$$$$$$$$$$$     ss%$$$$$$$$$$$$
    """"$$$$    `²²'   $$$$'  `$$$b        "²$$      `²        $$$$      `²
    """"$$$$    ,      $$$$    ss$$     S$$Ss,`          d$$$  $      ,
        $$$$  s$$      $$$$   ,$$$7       `$$$,       ,  `$$$, $   ss$$
        $$$$s   `   "$sS$$$$$$$$²'         $$$$ssssss$$   `²S$$$sss   `
        $$$$         $$'   `²²',S,         $$$$       `     $$$$
        $$$$         $$        $$$,        $$$$             $$$$
        $$$$ss$      $$        $$$b        d$$$ ss%$S²'    $$$$$      ,s
        $$$$                   ss$$        `$$$,  ,s%s      `$$$$$$$$$$$
          $$                                `²S$$$$S²'     s%$S²'
                                          ² s,
                                        ,δ$Ss `   _.,ss
         ,s@á$7²"$$Sç   ,s@á$7²"$$Sç.  ,$$$$',s@δ$7²"    ,s@á$7²"$$Sç
        ε$$$$'    ~^   ε$$$$'   ,$$$7  d$$$'ε$$$$'      ε$$$$'∙--²~^
        `ª%$$s,.sá$7'  `ªδ$$s,.sá$7'   $$$$s`ªδ$$s,.    `ª%$$s,.sá$7'
           `^"²²'`        `^"²²'`      `δ$7'   `^"²²'`     `^"²²'`

now i'm going to add blocks to enhance the artistic appeal. stuff like ½ and ¼
smooth out the plain blocky $$ fills. in addition i'll correct any logical
inconsistancies from the merge thing. ie, the shaded area.. that "d" should not
be there to curve things back.

other blocks can be added as well (to the fill): &, %, ░, ▒, G, #, ≥, ¥, etc..

                                 BE CREATIVE!
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      ,sS$s$$$Ss             .  .               º¼Ss,                .
    ,É$$'   `²²'               `$$$¼Ss            `$$¼,       `$$¼,  °
    d$₧$$Å$Ü$$$É$¼Ss  `$$½$$$$¼Ss,`²²'     ƒ$$¼$$$É$$$$   . ss%$$$$$$Å$$$$¼
    """"$½$$    `²²'   $$$Ñ'  `$$¼b        "²$$          `$$$₧   
 ` `""""$$²$    ,      $¼$$    ss$$ . s S$$Ss,`        . d$$¼  ¼      ,
        $$s½  s$$      $$²$   ,$$$7       `$$$,       ,  `$Æ$, $   ss$$. .
       ,Ñ$$$s'  `   "$sS$s$$$¼$ܲ'         ½$żssssss$$   `²S$$Üsss   `
       .$$ö$         $$'   `²²',S,         $$$$       `.    $Ñ$$            .
        s$$$         $$        $$$,, .     $¼$$             $$½$         .
        $$Å$ss$     ,$Å        $$$b        d$₧$ ss%$S²'   d$¼$$$      ,s'
   .  ..¼$$$       '       . ..ss$$        `$½$,  ,s%s   '  `$$¼$$$$¼$$½
        s ½ƒ                                `²S$¼$$S²'   . s%$S²'      ` 
                                          ² s,                           
                                        ,δ½Ss `   _.,ss          
         ,sΣá$7²"¼$Sç   ,s@á$7²"$½Sç.  ,$$$$',s@δ¼7²"    ,s@á¼7²"$½Sç
        ε$½$$'    ~^   ε$¼$$'   ,$¼$7  d¼¼$'ε$≥$$'      ε¼$$$'∙-⌐²~^
        `ª%$$s,.sá$7'  `ªδ$¼s,.sá$7'   $$$$s`ªδ½$s,.    `ª%$¼s,.sá¼7'
           `^"²²'`        `^"²²'`      `δ½7'   `^"²²'`     `^"²²'`   
                                        
here it is with a bit of colour, and a few touchups with various characters. 
you'll notice that if you don't look really hard, you wouldn't normally see the
oddball characters. it all tends to blend. 

now ya shade. this is the part that no one seems to get.

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                                           .                . 
      ,sS$s$$$Ss             .  .   ,          `º¼Ss,        .       .
    ,É$$'   `²²'  ,            `$$$¼Ss    `.      `$$¼,       `$$¼,  °
    d$₧░$Å$Ü$$$É$¼Ss  `$$½$$$$¼Ss,`²²'     ƒ$$¼$$$É$$$$   . ss%$░$$$$Å$$$$¼.
    """"$½$$    `²²'   $$$Ñ'  `$b        "²$$      `²       `$$$₧      `² 
 ` `""""$$²$    ,      $¼$$    ss$$ . s S$$Ss,`        . d$$¼  ¼      ,
    . .,$$s½  s$$      $²$   ,$$$7       `$░$,       ,  `$Æ$, $   ss$$. .
       ,Ñ$$s'  `   "$sS$s$$¼$ܲ'         ½$żssssss$$   `²S$Üsss   `
       .$$ö$         $$'   `²²',S,         $$$       `.    $Ñ$$            .
        s$$#         $$        $$$,, .     $$             $$½$         .
        $Å$ss$'    ,        $$$b        d$₧$ ss%$S²'   d$¼$$      ,s'
   .  ..¼$$$       '       . ..ss$$        `$½$,  ,s%s   '  `$$¼$$$$¼$$½
        s ½ƒ.                    `  ..      S$¼$S²'   . s%$S²'      ` .
           ` .        ░░                  ² s,                ` ,        
                  `       ..            ,δ½Ss `   _.,ss           
         ,sΣá$7²"¼$Sç   ,s@á$7²"$½Sç.  ,$$$',s@δ¼7²"    ,s@á¼7²"$½Sç
        ε$½$'    ~^   ε$¼$$'   ,$¼$7  d¼¼$'ε$≥$$'      ε¼$$'∙-⌐²~^
       `ª%$$s,.sá$7'  `ªδ¼s,.sá$7'   $$$▒s`ªδ½$s,.    `ª%$¼s,.sá¼7'
           `^"²²'`        `^"²²'`      `δ½7'   `^"²²'`     `^"²²'`   
                                        

you'll notice that the character has many many uses. it blends well with red,
brown, and purple, and fits the colour coding of this anscii. when you're
picking your colours, remember to be sensible! that's what most people tend to
forget: make a colour scheme that looks good with just plain -letters-.. here:

                         $$$$   $$$$   $$$$   $$$$

etc... be creative, again :) anyways, that's all i have to say about that. look
at the thing... pretty nift i think :) later.
                                                                -nootropic
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