Creating Excel Art from Images [spreadsheet fun]

convert-image-to-excel-cellsAmit at Digital Inspiration features a lengthy way of creating beautiful excel cell art from an image. I guess we all can use a method that is little simpler and smarter.

The objective: to convert an image to cell art by adjusting background color

The Means: obviously VBA

The Solution: Of course someone already solved it, and it is none other than Andy Pope. Download the tool for converting BMP files to XY Scatter  charts or cell art from his site. Once you have the file,

  • Take any image you want to convert and open it in an image editor like Paint.NET or photoshop
  • Reduce the number of colors in the image to 56
  • Save the image as BMP
  • Now go back to the downloaded file and open the VB Editor (Alt+F11)
  • Open the form frmBMPLoader and hit F5 to run the form
  • Specify the BMP file path to convert the image to cell art
  • Once the processing is done, adjust zoom (to 10%) to see the entire image

What next? Now that you know a cool way to have some fun with excel, why not get serious and read some of the past posts on PHD 😛 ?


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5 Responses to “Creating Excel Art from Images [spreadsheet fun]”

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  2. Ivan F. Moala did some similar in x-cel files.com some time ago.

    You can look at his ImageToExcel converter in http://www.xcelfiles.com/ImageToXL.html#anchor_93


  3. Vicki P says:

    I want to be able to do this. My Dad is a painter. I would love to take his pictures, bring them into Excel and print them on fabric to embroider or do counted cross stitch.

  4. Das Menon says:

    Thank you

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