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Subject:Re: What graphics tasks do you perform? From:Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:30:31 -0800
I used to use SnagIt for screenshots, but now use (the open source)
Much of my editing is still done in Windows Paint—just because it's a
no-brainer. Many of my screenshots from prior user manuals, in which I had
to create elaborate "dummy" scenarios, only require minor modifications in
subsequent editions, so Paint lets me do a lot of no-fuss "fudging".
For logo work and a few other projects requiring more attention to detail
regarding approved typefaces, Illustrator is the tool of choice. I also
occasionally use Illustrator to create GUI images that end up in our
software; these usually also require a special typeface. This tool is
frustrating, however, in that I'm using a CS3 version that obviously needs
a lot of UI enhancements (and Adobe doesn't bother to solicit any of my
I use Visio for all product labeling, inasmuch as I need to spec out
specific dimensions used in commercial stock. This tool lets me do it in a
straightforward manner, without having to reteach myself every time I go to
For batch photo resizing, I use a PhotoShop script that ships with the CS4
version I have.
The graphic manipulation features of InDesign (CS4) are quite useful, so I
rely on those a lot when creating user manual covers, marketing collateral
Being a former instructor and technical book editor for the product, I'm
more acquainted with CorelDRAW! and still use version 7.0 to design MP3 DVD
labels and jackets for fun.
For photo manipulation, I find Picasa to be really easy to use for my
simplistic needs. Not having the motivation to become a PhotoShop guru, the
"fast and easy" method is good enough.
On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:
> One: What tasks do you perform? Here are the usual tasks I perform --
> please add to the list or clarify as needed:
> --Making modifications to line drawings
> --Making modifications to photos
> --Sharpening elderly graphics
> --Resizing high-res photos for use in user docs or online help
> --Creating new graphics from scratch (very rarely)
> Two: what are your biggest areas of difficulty (and what tools do you use?)
> Thanks very, very much. I'll write a more useful review if I know what
> kinds of info you are looking for!
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