This is an excellent volume, which I believe is an important contribution. It is clear that the manual is based on a great deal of experience in the field and will serve as a wonderful introduction for those wanting to transition from traditional methods to digital methods.
The manual has been produced using the advantages associated with the electronic format it has been published in. Including links to video demonstrations of techniques discussed.
The manual starts by describing the tradition methods of epigraphic recording and then discusses drawing conventions which will help anyone examining completed works a much deeper understanding of the images and how they’re produced.
The third chapter of the manual delves into the digital drawing tools. This is particularly valuable as it describes the reasons that the Oriental Institute chose to work with Photoshop as opposed to illustrator, which would at first glance seem the more logical choice. The material following serves as an excellent introduction to the use of Photoshop for anyone interested in extracting the best details from an image and will serve any technically minded historian allowing them to get the most out of available images.
The following material is perhaps the most valuable of the entire manual, and covers the skills involved in digital inking. This section is in effect a targeted Photoshop course and this alone would make the manual well worth reading.
There is a lot more in this manual than has been discussed in this review, the manual is excellent and I highly commend the author Krisztián Vértes for an excellent job on the manual and I would also like to congratulate the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago for making this manual available free of charge for anyone interested in the subject.