Microsoft Excel as a drawing tool?

One man makes pretty amazing artwork with this spreadsheet tool

Most of us think of Microsoft Excel as a number-crunching tool. In the right hands, however, the software can produce some impressive art.

Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year old painter, exhibits his elaborative Excel-made artwork in Japan. He uses the program's "Auto Shape" features to create elaborate Japanese motifs, skipping expensive dedicated graphics programs and painting more easily than with actual paint. In an interview with PC Online, Horiuchi says he tried using Word at first, but the page size limitations made Excel a better option.

Take a look:


It takes a skilled artist to transform Excel into a painting tool, but with all the sophisticated shapes, you could try it out too. [h/t Instant Fundas]

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