Technical illustration is a skilled area of activity. A picture
is worth a thousand words, and in these days of web based
information this has never been more true.
But using a photograph to show users how to carry out a task
has its limitations and can often be misleading. An illustrator
can generate a graphic of how something should be rather than how
any number of pictures show it to actually be.
The use of cutaway or sectioned illustrations is not easily
replicated in real life and the illustrator can bring certain
aspects of a view to a higher level of prominence that others,
helping the reader to focus on specific aspects.
Using electronically generated design files for technical
manuals also has its limitations, as although nearly all these
files could be drawn in three dimensions - only 5% of them
actually are. Skilled illustrators can bring together various
components from a variety of sources to provide the most useful
view for the reader as well as injecting life into flat data.
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