How to translate a character from a picture into text? Tried different OCR tools but didn't get much success. I want to convert:
For the second image, because its background is white, it's easy to handle. Upload it to https://pearocr.com (*). The site will tell you that the character is 祿。
For the first image, which has a complex background, you'll need to remove the background. First crop the image to remove the outer "gray frame". Then upload the cropped image to https://bgsub.com/webapp/. This site will remove the background of the image. Save the converted image and upload it to https://pearocr.com (*). This site will tell you that the two characters are 興隆。
(*) On the upper left corner of https://pearocr.com, you'll see "识别语言: 简体中文". Click it and a popup window will appear with five options. The first option is simplified Chinese, the second traditional Chinese. Since you may not know to which your characters belong, you may want to try both.
Bookmark these two sites for future use.
Another answer that may be easier is to simply handwrite these characters into software like Pleco. I find OCR or machine based interpretation of characters to be very hit or miss, so I prefer to handwrite them personally into character dictionaries. An example of how that can be done is seen below: