Have you considered attending the next NBA Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on Oct 7-9, 2011, where there will be a comprehensive tactile graphics curriculum?
The University of Washington uses Adobe Photoshop as part of a multi-step process for converting print graphics to tactile graphics intended for printing to puff paper. Dan Comden has given lectures at braille conferences about the software.
Jim Barker, a Specialist at CTEBVI, gives lectures every year at the CTEBVI conference in the spring about using photoshop for tactile graphic production.
As a braillist, I would strongly encourage you to use Illustrator or Corel Draw rather than Photoshop for preparing tactile graphics. Photoshop is really intended for touching up pictures. Illustrator is more of a drawing tool which allows you to create images and add text.
Print graphic images are usually far to complex to be directly converted to tactile graphics. They need to be simplified, in some cases, radically simplified, so that only the essential information is conveyed.
[quote=julie.sumwalt]Does anyone out there use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to make tactiles? I'm brand-new to these programs and could use some help from a braillist's perspective, if I could contact you directly.
Hi JUlie: I just purchased Adobe Illustrator to do the tactile graphics. I have started listening to the tutorials. Do you have information on how to do line graphs? I need some simple steps. Do you use Braille 29 for the words and do you enter the words first and then the graph? I am talking about the title line, page number, Chapter, title of graph, etc. Do you do the actual graph and the entering of the words with Adobe or do you just cut and paste? How do you control the margins? I have so many questions so any information will be greatly appreciated? my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org