Illustrate: Software for Biomolecular Illustration

David S. Goodsell, Ludovic Autin, Arthur J. Olson

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The small program Illustrate generates non-photorealistic images of biological molecules for use in dissemination, outreach, and education. The method has been used as part of the “Molecule of the Month,” an ongoing educational column at the RCSB Protein Data Bank ( Insights from 20 years of application of the program are presented, and the program has been released both as open-source Fortran at GitHub and through an interactive web-based interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1716-1720.e1
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 5 2019
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


  • ambient occlusion
  • biomolecular visualization
  • computer graphics
  • non-photorealistic rendering
  • protein structure
  • science education

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