Using Graphics in Real-World Tech Comm

Sean Brierley


This webinar discusses screen captures, photographs, images borrowed from the Web, illustrations, and logos as graphics. Discussion will include which formats are better for which deliverable and why. Topics for discussion include raster images, vector images, RGB and CMYK color, and resolution. Methods for downsampling images and considerations for online use will also be discussed, along with thoughts on using graphics in single-sourcing environments. Furthermore, the presenter will discuss software used to create and edit graphics, including Techsmith SnagIt, Techsmith Jing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe FrameMaker, and Microsoft Office.

Attendees can expect to come away with real-world knowledge and techniques that they can immediately apply to graphics in their workplace. You'll be able to discuss different needs for graphics based on the deliverable, understand different graphics formats and select the best one for a given situation, and appreciate some of the software available for using graphics in technical communication.

Presenter Biography

Sean Brierley has been a technical communicator for 20 years, in manufacturing, hardware, software, and telephony. He currently also teaches technical communication and business writing to undergraduates as a professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Sean has previously presented at WinWriters in Seattle and London, and has presented FrameMaker and Webworks Publisher training for the Connecticut Chapter of the STC. He is a past president of the Connecticut chapter of the STC. Sean currently lives in Connecticut with his wife of 20 years, three soccer-playing children, dog, two cats, and loving Subaru.