Re: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?

Subject: Re: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?
From: Jeff Hanvey <techwriter -at- jewahe -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 11:25:12 -0800 (PST)

--- Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com> wrote:

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?

My experience in graphics editing has been in different levels. There have been times when I just plugged-and-chugged (to use a phrase from my business statistics professor years ago), and other times when I've created the images or cleaned them up. I'm by far not an expert in graphics editing, but I rarely just adhere to the let the chips fall where they may philosophy. Graphics are too important to the message to let them simply be.

Just a quick rundown:

Park Palace: I mostly scanned images, although I did create a few. However, this was my first time dealing with graphics, so they are horrible. At least I tried!
Dobbs: I scanned in pictures, adjusted brightness and color, cropped, et cetera.
FedEx: I created screen shots, but only cropped and adjusted the size of the graphics. I worked with a graphic designer to create cover styles and produce a few images.
Personal Website: I created all the graphics using PageMaker, CorelDraw, and Photoshop. These are mostly simple images that I haven't had to fiddle much with.
Cingular: I'm creating screen shots, but not doing high-level editing of them (Hey, I'm not getting paid for this manual, so they ain't getting The Great American Manual).


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