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Computer-aided drawing system substitute for camera lucida

Sidorchuk, E. and Vorontsov, D.D.

2014 - Volume: 54 Issue: 2 pages: 229-239


methods techniques scientific illustration morphology


The drawing system we describe consists of a microscope, digital video camera, computer with a mouse or a pen tablet, and freely available software. The system uses an overlay technology that allows drawing with either raster or vector software, using a live image background that is translated either from the microscope via a digital camera or from previously captured images. With some practice, this system allows one to make high-quality illustrations directly from a microscope, omitting the time-consuming steps of drawing and inking pencil sketches or taking, combining and importing photo-stacks to drawing software for subsequent outlining.

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