Dealing with the illustrations, as with text and headlines, is a crucial part of page planning and editing. Photographs of the right subject, size, shape and quality have to be selected and presented to the reader; where appropriate, graphics and diagrams have to be provided.

Subeditors working on pages cannot detach themselves these days from the picture content. Selection and quality assessment might begin at the picture desk but, having been chosen, a picture is still subject to editing. Editing begins at the art desk, or at the scanning studio. Here, pictures are cropped, sized and retouched in the scanner, colour corrected ...

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