Text to PNGs: A tool to prepare image files which contain text

You can find instructions, an explanation of the settings and other matters here. This is version 1.0.0 of this application.

Why you need this

Many psychology experiments put text on a computer display, either as prompts or as stimuli for participants to react to. Inconsistency in psychology experiment conditions is bad: unless varying the stimuli is the point of the experiment you want all participants reacting to exactly the same stimuli. Theoretically any experimental software could render (draw) the text on the display itself. The problem is that the way the text is drawn -- the pixels that the computer chooses to turn black or white -- varies tremendously with things you wouldn't expect. Different versions of the operating system may draw text differently. Text can be drawn differently on two identical computers plugged into different displays. Text can be drawn using slightly different colours depending on which other colours are visible on the display.

This tool allows you to pre-render your text as image files in PNG format (a widely used format which can be used by many programs on many different platforms. Then you can tell your software to display one of these images and know exactly what will be in front of the eyes of your participants.

Work area

To make the program generate new text images, make changes in
the work area then press the tab key, or click outside the work area.

Report On Your Settings

Report on settings goes here.


The results of your settings should appear here. You can drag these images into a folder one by one or click here to download a .zip of them all.

But there aren't any yet.