Designing Documents: Using Illustrations

Preparing Illustrations Yourself

With today's computer and digital technology, you can develop high-quality tables using standard word processing programs, or figures using drawing software. By obtaining the appropriate software and learning how to use it, you can prepare many different kinds of figures, such as line graphs, bar graphs, circle or pie charts or line art.

Alternatively, you can prepare illustrations using standard drawing, illustration, and art techniques and then scan them into a computer for importing into a report, article or other communication. A discussion of these techniques is beyond the scope of this Web site module, so check your local library, Books in Print, or a local book store for books on illustration techniques.

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