Photographs vs Line Illustrations

Subject: Photographs vs Line Illustrations
From: Michael J Maloney <mmaloney -at- EPIC-ISTI -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 08:24:49 -0400

> A photograph taken by a machine can
>do part of a job that used to be the exclusive domain of illustrators.

For many reasons, photographs are generally NOT as effective as technical
(line) illustrations. The specific item of attention (subject) is often
"lost" in the background of a photograph. Copier reproduction often destroys
the value of photographs. It is difficult to emphasize the "subject" in a
photograph. Photographs are usually expensive to print (if high quality
half-tone reproduction is required). The size and slowness of a TIFF (or
other bitmap file type) can add cost in the production and reproduction
process. An electronic (vector) line illustration is quite small (file size)
and does not significantly "slow-down" ($) the publishing process. Sometimes
saving money at the beginning of a production process can cost you as much
or more in the long run.

These are but a few arguments.

Michael J. Maloney
President, EPIC Creative Services
2230 Lyndhurst Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203 USA

President, ISTI (International Society for Technical Illustrators)
Business Phone: 1-704-523-6907
Business Fax: 1-704-522-7504
Home Phone: 1-803-366-6763

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