Tuesday, September 9, 2008

About Clip Art and A Freebie

One element of Digital Scrap booking is incorporating ready-made clip art into your layouts. Upon doing a Google.com search you'll find loads of websites that offer Clipart for free, fee per download, or a membership.
You'll find pre-made colored or perhaps black and white that you can color yourself.
I would highly recommend using Vector Graphics. These are created in a higher resolution with more detail. .Jpg's, .gif's, and sometimes .png clip art will give fuzzy edges and pixelation. Vectors are optimal for resizing and print-out. Some of the more common Vector Graphic extensions would be;

.AI = Adobe Illustrator
.CGM = Computer Graphics Metafile (an older "universal" format)
.CDR = CorelDraw Drawing
.DWG = AutoCAD Drawing (common format for building industry)
.DXF = AutoCAD Drawing Exchange Format
.EPS = Encapsulated PostScript (common format for publishing industry)
.PFB = Adobe Font (mainly used on Apple Macintoshes)
.SVG = Scalable Vector Graphics (latest "universal" format)
.TTF = TrueType Font (mainly used on IBM PCs)
.WPG = WordPerfect/DrawPerfect Graphic
.WMF = Windows MetaFile (Microsoft Windows' native format)
.EMF = Enhanced MetaFile

Double check to see if the graphic program you're using will be able to open and manipulate Vector drawn clipart. Another important tip is to read the TOU of the creator of the clipart. Is it only for Personal Use OR can it be used in Commercial Use? What are the limitations, etc. etc.

Here's an early Holiday Freebie for you that I combined 3 clip art graphics.
Special thanks to Shilo for use of her Googly Eyes. Facebook


Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 10 Sep [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

Pattycakes said...

I just love the santa!! Thank you! :)

Jody said...

Thank you for the adorable santa.

I was wondering if you are gong to post the elements for the BoysToys All at Sea?

Anonymous said...

Jody you would need to ask Sue Wood. She's the Designer on that kit.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Sue. This is so cute.
Hope you soon feel better.