There is an enhanced communicating power of text when associated with visuals. This is a compelling argument for furnishing medical writers with basic knowledge on how to adapt and create simple figures. This article discusses tips on adding labels and arrows to preexisting illustrations. These elements are fundamental components of scientific figures and should be consistent and designed from the start. By properly adjusting the alignment, style, and negative space of labels and arrows it is possible to convey further meaning and enhance the reading flow of figures.