b. Standard Format.
Most publications use double-page size
cardstock sheets marked with non-reproducible blue lines to show column
layout, borders, center gutters, page information, cut lines, and bleed
areas as a standard format.
c. The Layout Process. You start the layout process by reading the
copy, reviewing the graphic for the article and general instructions
sent, and formulating an idea of what the article presents. If you have
any doubts about the article or your opinion varies from the authors,
meet with the author and review the article. With the author's expertise
on the subject and your expertise as an illustrator, you can present a
Once you understand the emphasis of the article, draw a series of
thumbnail sketches. Attach tracing paper to the layout board (figure 2-
13) so you can see the layout lines and develop a rough draft of the best
two or three thumbnail sketches on tracing paper. When preparing these
rough drafts, place all the text, titles, graphics, etc., in their
You then use the rough drafts to choose the final
version of the layout for the article.