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An editor's guide to editing illustrations

Updated 2021 BadgeAn editor's guide to editing illustrations aims to enable copy-editors to understand how to process and mark up drawings for a publication.

Most editors will meet illustrations, so it is important to recognise the various types, including graphics files, and how to deal with them – including documentation and ensuring the best possible quality. To edit illustrations effectively, copy-editors also need to know how illustrations are handled during the printing process.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. Types of illustrations
  3. Computer graphics files
  4. Colour
  5. Placement, arrangement and sizing
  6. Documentation
  7. Marking up
  8. Putting it all together

e-Learning modules are optimised for desktop and laptop devices and not tablets and smartphones.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module you will gain a clearer understanding of:

  • how illustrations are reproduced in print
  • computer graphics files
  • sizing and placing illustrations
  • documentation for illustrations
  • marking up illustrations

How does the course work?

An editor's guide to editing illustrations has eight study sections along with quizzes to test your knowledge. Completion of all sections of the course will lead to a certificate of completion being issued.

If you would like to register your interest in enrolling on this course please email us to be alerted once it is launched.

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This e-Learning Module was developed with the support of the Unwin Charitable Trust.



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Five to seven hours with eight months access to the module.

PTC e-Learning Modules are concentrated, online courses that focus on specialist topics relevant to publishing working life. They are designed to build on a foundation of existing skills and experience.