[Annelida] techniques for illustrations intended for publication

Jason Williams via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Jason.D.Williams from hofstra.edu)
Sat Mar 14 10:27:18 EST 2009

Hi Scott & others,

I produced a quick guide for use of Adobe Illustrator in creating final
line drawings for a workshop at the IPC meeting in Maine (the document
is attached). An excellent, and much more comprehensive guide (but
geared toward entomologists) can be downloaded from Ralph W.
Holzenthal’s website:

As indicated by others, of interest along these lines also are Coleman
(2003, 2006), but unlike in arthropods, digital picture conversion to
line drawings is difficult in polychaetes due to the narrow focal plane
and the lack of contrast in specimens. 

Coleman, C.O., 2003. "Digital inking": how to make perfect line drawings
on computers. Organisms, Diversity and Evolution, Electronic Supplement,
http://senckenberg.de/odes/03-14.htm, 1–14.
Coleman, C.O., 2006. Substituting time-consuming pencil drawings in
arthropod taxonomy using stacks of digital photographs. Zootaxa 1360,

Best wishes,

Jason D. Williams, Ph.D.
Biology Department
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

Phone: 516-463-5524
Email: biojdw from hofstra.edu
Website: http://people.hofstra.edu/jason_d_williams/
>>> Scott Jones <msjoneser from gmail.com> 03/13/09 4:55 PM >>>
I would like to survey the list for the most common and/or most
way for non-illustrators to generate illustrations of specimens for

Do most of you rely on the camera lucida?

What about importing digital images into editing software such as
Illustrator to create line drawings?


Scott Jones

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