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Section 4.2.6


Illustrations can provide your reader with a large amount of information about an object or topic in a very small space. An illustration can accurately depict the form of an object, help the reader to visualize how the object functions, or show the relationship of one object to another. It allows you to focus your audience's attention precisely on the details that you are describing, as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 12

To use illustrations effectively, follow these guidelines:

Figure 13 presents several overviews of an object, illustrating the overall form of the object as well as the relationship of parts to whole.

Figure 13

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