Technical Artwork Creation
Technical Artwork Creation Best Practice
- Use proper illustration software designed expressly for vector graphics (e.g. Illustrator, Canvas, etc), and never use software meant for another purpose (e.g. PowerPoint, Word, etc).
- Create the artwork (from the start) with exactly the dimensions and font sizes needed for the final document. Do everything possible to avoid zooming the illustration.
- Use the same font as the final document (unless instructed otherwise).
- Any variables and equations must be formatted the same way, with the same font, as the final document.
- Only use fancy text formatting (e.g. bold, underline, italic) when it actually accomplishes something.
- Only use color or other fancy effects when it actually enhances the clarity of the artwork content.
- Export the artwork as an image file (e.g. JPEG format at 80% compression), usually at 300 dpi. This can then be imported into the final document (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, etc). Occasionally, an alternative format (e.g. PDF or EPS) must be used (e.g. LaTeX).