If you are a practitioner, design applications are like your free throws. They are relatively straight forward to prepare as long as you're working with a legit patent illustrator, and the examination process is pretty seamless. I recently received a notice of allowance for one of my design patent applications (yay). But looking through the notice of allowance, I noticed that the examiner made an examiner's amendment and objected to the drawings.
In the correspondence, the examiner wrote in an "Examiner's Amendment" and made notations to one of the figures. In addition to requesting me to accept or deny the changes, the examiner requested me to make the appropriate changes as suggested in the examiner's amendment and submit replacement sheets for the drawings.
If this is confusing, it sort of is- the examiner didn't articulate this very clearly. Patent examiners do not make examiner's amendments to drawings (I think they may have done at some point, but they don't do it now.). So use the examiner's amendments as a reference when making amendments, and remember to submit the replacement sheets.
Normally, i submit a short paragraph with amendments to drawings. Something like this works:
The drawings are objected to [REASON WHY THE DRAWINGS WERE REJECTED]. [WHAT YOU DID TO FIX THE DRAWINGS] Applicant respectfully submits that this amendment overcomes the Examiner’s objections. It is further submitted that the amendments introduce no new matter into the application.
Submit your new drawings as attachments and label each page "REPLACEMENT SHEET."