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I am going to write some guides and I'd like to start to make some beautiful illustrations/pictures.

This kind of pictures are often seen in product manuals I think. How can I make my own?

Is there any software which can do this? Or online web tools...

Thanks a lot!

Here is the example picture.

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closed as not a real question by Farray Feb 22 '12 at 0:32

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the example picture seems to have gone. – Colin Coghill Oct 27 '11 at 20:07
Closing this as it's a very broad question and the only specific detail (the linked image) is no longer valid. If you edit your question and flag it, it may be reopened. – Farray Feb 22 '12 at 0:32
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Broadly speaking, that's called 'technical illustration'. More specifically, that's an 'exploded view'.

'How' you do that is a rather huge question. Typically, it involves going to school for architecture, mechanical drafting, technical illustration, industrial design or the like. It's a skill that isn't just picked up from a tutorial.

As for software, you could use a wide variety of tools to varying degrees...CAD (AutoCad, SketchUp, Turbocad), illustration (Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.), or good ol' paper, pencil, markers and maybe a drafting table.

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Good keyword:) I am googling "technical illustration" and find lots of stuff now... Thanks! – limi Oct 24 '11 at 23:22
SolidWorks does great exploded views. Of course, that's assuming a hefty budget of both time and money... – Farray Oct 25 '11 at 1:40

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