November 29, 2015, Sunday, 332

Technical Artwork Creation


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Technical Artwork Creation Best Practice

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Use the same font as the final document (unless instructed otherwise).
  4. Any variables and equations must be formatted the same way, with the same font, as the final document.
  5. Only use fancy text formatting (e.g. bold, underline, italic) when it actually accomplishes something.
  6. Only use color or other fancy effects when it actually enhances the clarity of the artwork content.
  7. 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).