RE: techwr-l digest: March 06, 2002

Subject: RE: techwr-l digest: March 06, 2002
From: "Lutey Amanda L" <LuteyAmandaL -at- JohnDeere -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 08:49:34 -0600

> Subject: How Much Editing of Graphics Do You Do?
> From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
> Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 10:54:59 -0800
> X-Message-Number: 63
>
> 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?

I also work for a manufacturing company, and I do quite a bit of graphics
editing. My department uses a combination of digital photos, line art and
rendered images to illustrate manuals. Usually, I take my own photos, then
download them and work with brightness and contrast and gamma correction.
Gamma correction is a great fix when you're taking pictures of an engine
block where most of the parts are painted black. When I'm done, I resize
the photo, convert to greyscale and save the image as a TIF. If I'm using a
photo provided by engineering, I usually have to spend a bit more time
cleaning up the photo, because they aren's as careful about backgrounds as I
can be in the photo studio. My department has a graphics guy, but most of
his time is spent converting Pro-E to use with IPA software, so the writers
can manipulate the models themselves and capture rendered images. He's also
one of our sources for line drawings, if the line drawing is beyond my weak
artistic skills.

-Amanda L. Lutey
Publications Information Specialist
John Deere Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division


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