Tactile Graphics

A student's hands explore a tactile bar graph on a desk top.

Tactile graphics are an alternate format for learners accessing content non-visually - conveying non-textual information to the reader through a specially transcribed layout of raised lines, curves, symbols, and textures. Accurate and meaningful representations of visual media in the tactile modality via tactile graphics are an important component of equitable access to learning material for visually impaired students. Qualified braille transcribers create tactile graphics based on both internationally-recognized production guidelines and knowledge of how students engage with graphics.

The alternate format production team at PRCVI produces tactile graphics first as digital files using a vector graphics editing suite - CorelDRAW. These files are then printed onto microcapsule paper and then run through a fuser to create raised lines and areas in the paper. 

In the pages linked below, our team outlines the process that we use to create tactile graphics using CorelDRAW as well as other resources on tactile graphics production. Please see our Transcriber Webinar page for recorded presentations on other topics in braille transcription. 

Creating Tactile Graphics using CorelDRAW

Introductory and advanced topics in tactile graphics production using the CorelDRAW suite from the PRCVI alternate format production team including recorded presentations, step-by-step guides, and downloadable macros. 

Tactile Graphics Resources

Links to online resources on tactile graphics production, including to PRCVI's CorelDRAW Tactile Graphics Catalogue

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