RE: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?

Subject: RE: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 14:32:42 -0500


I consider graphics to be as much a content item as conceptual or overview
text, and instructions. I picked a style that seemed to fit the audience
and product. When I capture, I make those adjustments to fit the generic
style, which often includes cropping them so they fit in popups without the
need to scroll. Usually the only writing I remove or change is something
that's obviously a test case, nonsensical strings of characters and such.

It takes a bit of time to do, but not overly much. I guess you just have to
like mucking around in Paint Shop :)

Connie P. Giordano
Senior Technical Writer
Advisor Technology Services
A Fidelity Investments Company
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"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to
do it." - Pablo Picasso

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Byfield [mailto:bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 1:55 PM
Subject: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?

Yesterday, I was talking with another writer, and was surprised that his
attitude towards screen shots and photos in documentation was nearly the
opposite of mine.

Without mentioning my own attitudes for now, I was wondering: how much
do other people on the list edit graphics? Do you crop them? Clean up
moires? Remove writing in the background that's incomplete? Touch up
photos? Adjust contrast and brightness? Change their sizes to emphasize
their importance or improve page breaks? Is editing of graphics part of
your production routine, or do you just insert them and forget about them?

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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