These images appear in my new Decoded Science article, "Introducing Math Symbols for Union and Intersection".

I publish any images that I produce on a site that I control, before sending them to a magazine site where they are included in an article.
"Five Math Symbols", image by Mike DeHaan
Here are five introductory math symbols, created with Microsoft Word. A reader had asked about four of them; the "caret" for exponentiation was a bonus.

"Venn Diagrams for Union and Intersection", image by Mike DeHaan
I also drew these Venn diagrams to distinguish intersection from union.

Publicity for my Intro to Math Symbols Article

My other publicity articles include DeHaan Services ("The Math Symbols for Union and Intersection") and my Xanga blog ("In Union with Simple Math Symbols").

One Writing Tip for This Article

This multi-part writing tip is for those who illustrate their articles by making their own images...especially using a simple program like Microsoft Paint.

First off, consider using another tool to get started. For the first image, I immediately planned to use Microsoft Word (in the Office suite) to create the math symbols. Once I had the layout, I zoomed in on the document and made a "screen print" using the PrtScn key on the keyboard. Paste into Paint, crop the image, and the job is 90% finished.

Secondly, I used Word again for the next image. All I needed were the words in the title, but I cropped the image to ensure I had lots of white space for Paint's ovals.

Third, I added borders to the images. Many of the web sites I use, or to which I submit articles, have a nearly white background. Images like these just fade into the background, so I add my own border.

I've sometimes touched up other people's images with borders, but only if their Creative Commons license permits modification (or does not forbid it).

To conclude, it's perfectly feasible to make your own images to illustrate your articles, especially those dealing with math symbols that can be generated in Word.

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