arduino lcd custom characters

Hello there, fellow electronic enthusiasts, so ever wanted to create your own custom characters for your boring L.C.D. display and spice things up a little in display aspects of your project? If yes, then this Instructable is for you, let’s get started.

Step 1: Watch the Video ( arduino lcd custom characters)

Step 2: Gather the Requirements for arduino lcd custom characters

so We will require the following Material

16 X 2 I2C L.C.D. Display…

Arduino UNO…

Male To Female Jumper wire…

Multi Purpose Wire Stripper…

Step 3: Learn Basics

Written Instructable

also Here is the link to Written Instructable…

Step 4: Understand the Concept of arduino lcd custom characters

A L.C.D display is made up of blocks, which are fundamentally 5 dots in a row and 8 dots in a column, so which are lighted up according to the code or predefined characters inside the LCD Control ic, there are 32 such blocks in a 16 x 2 LCD display.


so There are a few hardware limitations because of these inbuilt characters, which leave us space for only 8 custom characters in total.

Step 5: Create and Learn

To create a Custom Character, we need to define which dot out of that 5 x 8 block has to be lighted up, which can be done by writing the binary equivalent of each row and column,using this web tool by IOXhop.

So for an example, we let’s create a heart symbol.

1.Click on the dot that you want to light up, until you see a character that you want to achieve.

2. so Copy the variable byte.

3. so Include the library,

4.Setup the LCD and also initialize it.

5.Paste the variable below the LCD setup syntax and also rename as per your choice.

6. so Define custom character and allocate a location to it using the syntax

lcd.createChar(location, name);

7.Write lcd.home();

8. and also Set cursor and print custom character using the syntax


9. and so upload the code.

Step 6: Be Creative!

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