Although there are several techniques for extracting text from an infographic, let’s discuss the two of the easiest ones here. Thus, without wasting any time, let’s start this topic.
How to Extract Text from an Infographic? Some Tips for Graphics Designers:
Irrespective of the types of infographics, the only way to extract text from infographics is with the help of tools based on a technology called OCR (Optical Character Recognition). So, before getting to the procedure of text extraction, let’s first understand the OCR technology.
What is OCR technology?
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a technology used to scan printed and handwritten text and convert the image representation of the text back into machine-encoded text. This technology can be beneficial in extracting information from any content containing non-textual material, like images, charts, tables and diagrams.
Two easiest ways to extract text from an infographic:
Many people know Google Docs for its word and text processing capabilities. But people do not recognize that it also contains a hidden OCR engine, which works on the infographic design principles of Google’s image to text extracting technology. Therefore, it provides the easiest and most accurate way to extract text from infographic design examples of Latin characters.
1. Using Google Docs:
Google Docs is not a dedicated OCR tool. So, it doesn’t have the file uploading functionality. But Google Drive fills the void of the file uploading feature in this OCR tool. So, let’s get to the steps.
- First, sign in to any browser with a Google account. If a graphic designer has already signed into his Google account, he can skip this step.
- Now, access ‘Google Drive’ and click on the ‘+ New’
- Google Drive will display a series of further options. So, choose the ‘File upload’
- Now, locate the infographics file through the opened sub-window and select it.
- Then, click on the ‘Open’ button to upload the infographic poster to Google Drive.
- Once the file is in ‘Google Drive,’ select and right-click on it.
- Then, choose the ‘Open with’ < ‘Google Docs’ options to open the image file in Google Docs.
- Google Docs will begin the scan, and after some time, it will display the extracted text from the infographics.
This technique is the perfect way to extract Latin text from infographics accurately. But it is not a universal technique because it only works with files having a size greater than 10 pixels. So, suppose a graphic designer wants to extract text from low-quality infographics. In that case, he can use the second method.
2. Using Image to text Converter:
Unlike Google Docs, the image-to-text converter is a dedicated OCR tool. But that’s not the reason for its popularity. Instead, its OCR engine is famous for dealing with low-quality infographics and infographics with mathematical equations. Therefore, if the above situations represent the use case of a graphic designer, he can use this tool.
Now, let’s get to the steps of this tool.
- First, open the homepage of PrePostSEO’s image to text converter.
- Now, graphic designers can upload the infographics files directly from the internet, cloud storage (Google Drive) and local computer storage. So, for this example, let’s upload the same infographics file from the computer’s local storage.
- Once the tool has successfully uploaded the file, fill in the captcha by clicking on the check box against the ‘I’m not a robot’
- Next, click on the ‘Submit’
- The Image to text converter will begin the scan, and after some time, it will display the extracted text from the infographics. So, graphic designers can copy the extracted text with one click.
Suppose graphic designers want to extract text from multiple infographics simultaneously. In that case, this tool will separately show the extracted text from each infographic. So, it is ideal for dealing with various infographics, low-quality infographics and infographics with mathematical equations.
Some Tips of the Trade to Consider While Extracting Text from Infographics:
Infographics are a lovely visual treat and a great way to represent information excitingly. So, everybody loves them. But sometimes, the OCR tools miss important typography details while extracting text from infographics. So, consider the following points to avoid data loss while typography extraction from infographics.
- No doubt JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is the most popular image format. But most graphic designers like to use PNG (Portable Network Graphics) because they support a transparent background. So, most OCR tools provide better results with PNG-type infographics than JPEG infographics.
- Most infographics creation tools allow users to download a created infographic in PDF (Portable Document Format) format. But suppose a graphic designer uses Canva to create Canva infographics. In that case, Canva will allow him to download the designed infographics to his preferred format.
- Although the text extraction tool of PrePostSEO can work with low-quality images, it’s a good practice to use high-quality infographics while extracting text.
- As mentioned earlier, sometimes, even high-end OCR tools miss the typography details in infographics. So, after extracting the text, graphic designers should proofread the typography, such as checking the spelling or punctuation errors.
Wrapping Up – the Conclusion:
This article informs graphic designers about the most straightforward trick of extracting text from infographics. Although several OCR tools are available on the internet, this article describes the two specific methods to extract text from infographics. So, this guide will be beneficial for naïve and professional graphic designers.
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