Databending with Heart - Easy Picture Databending

Databending with Heart - Easy Picture Databending

Hey there, 9-Heart here.

Because I keep posting databent pictures and some dude said sarcastically to me “Thanks for the tutorial,” I thought: “Hey he’s kinda right, I should make one.”  So here it is, a tutorial on my simple databending techniques.

Before we start I’m gonna quickly explain what databending is. I assume you all already saw a picture somewhere that was fucked up in a glitchy kinda way (If not, just type “databend” @ Google) - That’s (most of the time) a databent picture.

This kind of picture is not really photoshopped or edited with any kind of software, it’s just simply destroyed. And I’ll show you today how you can destroy pictures yourself and kinda control the destruction.

This dosn’t end well…

So, you want to destroy your pictures, right? Well, before we start make sure YOU CREATE A BACKUP FILE! Don’t complain, just make one, ‘cause we’re really going to destroy the picture. That means if you databent a picture once, there is no way to restore it. Made a backup? Good.

What we need now is a computer running Windows. If you got one, I’m pretty sure a program called “Wordpad" is installed, if not, google and get it (But it’s a standard program that comes with the OS). This is the main tool you need for the simplest form of databending.

Of course there are other methods out there and with some of them you can control the results even more, but most of them involve programming or .raw-files. If you are into this, look for another tutorial - Google helps, as always. But we are going to use the “Wordpad-Method”, with this, even your mother can make databent pictures of you and hang’em on the fridge!

When you’ve got Wordpad, you are almost ready to go. The only other thing we need is a Picture Viewer & Editor. You can use Photoshop, GIMP or any kind of these, but because it’s faster and easier. I use IrfanView. Just Wordpad and IrfanViewer and now we can really start the Bending!

.BMP is key!

When it comes to databending there are two files: .bmp and .raw (which comes from photoshop). because I assume not everyone has photoshop (like me, i just use GIMP), we are going to use .bmp for the databend. Why do we need one of these file types? Well, remember how I talked about “destroying” the pictures? .bmp and .raw are the most stable files for databending. If you try bending .jpg or .png - Your file will get corrupted, never to return again.

So the first step is to open any kind of picture in IrfanView and save it as .bmp. For this tutorial I’m going to use the adorable picture of the “NoiChan Bazaar Twins”

If we downloaded it and saved it as .bmp we can use Wordpad for the first time. Open Wordpad and select “File” and then “Open” (like you want to open a normal .txt file). If you now can browse through your computer, go to the place where the .bmp-file is located. Now select in the dropdown menu which is named “Files of type” the option “All files” to make sure you can see and load your .bmp.

(Note: Can’t really make a Screenshot, ‘cause i’m using the German Version. But because I’m here on a chip related site, i think you are smart enough to know how to open a file in Wordpad - or any Text Editor.)

Wait a little bit and some fucked up text should appear—this is your picture (If not and Wordpad dosn’t do anything and stops working, you can forget to databend that picture). Now you can try to mess with the symbols and write something like “cock” or “penis” between it, but that doesn’t make much difference. What we must do now is easy - just hit “Save” and wait. As soon the program reacts again look at your picture and you get this:

Nice, huh? But of ‘course a little bit to much chaos. But we can be happy we see something, because sometimes you can’t open your .bmp at all - that’s when the picture is totally destroyed (and one reason for making a Backup!).

If you are happy with the results you can stop reading, but if you want it to be a little bit less chaotic, continue reading.

Make another .bmp from the Original, because we are going to alter the picture before Bending to try and have greater control over the outcome. When it comes to Wordpad-Bending there are some ways to control the process of bending. Inside of Wordpad you can barley do anything - Hell, some say even the program itself doesn’t know what it’s doing, except for destroying the code.

Now, inside IrfanView go on “Image” and then on “Color Correction”. Following 3 Parameters are in some way important: Contrast, Gamma Correction and Saturation. Start experimenting with these and you will get different results. Here are some hints:

  • When it comes to Contrast, if you go high on it you’ll just create more chaos. Go into the -50 or less area, there the picture will come out less disorientated. Best combined with a High Saturation.
  • Gamma Correction makes the picture darker or brighter and it’s best you combine it with the other parameters. Expirmentation is key!
  • If you want it colorful, go with a high Saturation. But be aware that more colors equals more chaos. Combining it with a really low Contrast ist helpful.

Let’s use the combination of Contrast and Saturation on our picture. I’ll go with -100 Contrast and a full Saturation of 225. I wonder what will happen when I bend the adjusted picture:

Hey! That’s way better than the chaotic one! Of ‘course it’s a little gray-ish from the low contrast, but we’ll fix that by using IrfanView again and just putting the contrast with a value of 100 up to the original picture.

But what about the other parameters like “Brightness” or The Color Channles (“Red”, “Green” and “Blue”)? What if i use “Sharpen” or make a “Negative”? Well, guess what? That’s all up to you, when it comes to databending you never can tell what the results will be. For myself, I also found out that the size of the picture makes a difference!

Thanks for reading, i have to excuse myself, this maybe wasn’t my first tutorial, but my first i made in English. So, I hope you can forgive me for my bad Grammar and my German Instinct to write with upper-case letters ;)

Happy Databending!