Any Tool Suggestions for Creating Images

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I am writing my first non fiction book and looking for suggestions about tools you use to create graphic/images?
I am familiar with Canva as an option.
Or you hire a professional graphic designer?
 

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Moving this to tech help. It's not really a Basic Writing Question.

If you are planning to submit to trade publishers, they will probably have guidelines about graphics, and possibly, will produce them for you, depending on the publisher and the graphic.
 

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I think we need a more precise definition of "graphic/images." Photos, charts, drawings, and maps all are best created on very different software packages. Tell us what you're working on. You can bet that somebody in this group will have had experience with formatting it.
 

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I think we need a more precise definition of "graphic/images." Photos, charts, drawings, and maps all are best created on very different software packages. Tell us what you're working on. You can bet that somebody in this group will have had experience with formatting it.
I am looking at drawings to explain a concept easily and charts mainly. Looking for software suggestions to create drawings easily.
No maps for the book I am writing. Do not think will have photos.
 

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I actually use MS Paint (included with Windows) to make rudimentary technical illustrations, like process flow diagrams. Excel of course is the #1 choice for graphs.

If you need something beyond basic line art, then you're probably in to Adobe Illustrator or the like, which have steep learning curves.
 
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For drawings, I agree that Paint will do well. Just make sure you save them without compression. I recommend TIFF files. They're common enough, can be lossless, and during my modest career, have always been recognized by publishers. I've never submitted charts.
 
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I use Gimp . It has the advantage of being free . Not dead easy to use , but there are some online tutorials and demos on YouTube
 

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