By Allaryce Kraus. Clip Art. Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 15:35:15 PM.
Call it nostalgia, or homage, or Victorian-inspired shabby chic. Crafters and scrappers are increasingly using vintage images, photos and clipart in their designs. Antique pictures can add color, sentiment, humor, and a reminder that the important things in life are timeless. If you want to use vintage illustrations or photos in your projects, you should be aware of three things: copyright considerations, types of materials, and possible sources.
Artwork is considered ”in the public domain” if there are no laws or copyrights which restrict its use. This applies to all artwork (a) created before 1923, or (b) created by an artist who died at least 70 years before January 1 of the current year. All other artwork is covered by copyright protection, and you must secure permission to use it from its creator or publisher.
However it is important to know the different types of clip art that are available, with most clipart sites being filled with old scanned artwork that isn’t very attractive. In fact a Google search for free clipart is likely to find dozens of sites filled with black and white drawings from the 1970s that was scanned and uploaded. Unfortunately this type of image isn’t easy to adjust the size or manipulate.
And the blind poet patted himself on the back as he watched it all go by. What started three or four thousand years ago with sweeping epics has now spread to three or four thousand websites (or more!) that sweep across the whole range of free clipart, stock photos, and paid image libraries. Humanity is fascinated with imagination and grandiose mental image-making. While the technology of the oral tradition allowed Homer, the blind-but-great Greek poet, to recount dangerous deeds of derring-do by memorizing and reciting, the modern world now allows the average desktop publisher to recount those deeds with a few searches and clicks. And perhaps crested helmets and burnished breastplates aren’t the subject of a given clipart need; still, free clip art covers everything from holidays to handbags and school to superstition. Once the mouth to the pen, now the mouse to the printer: the great skill of capturing and captivating the attention of the audience comes by creating the image. Just think: careening chariots and windswept plains caught your mind’s eye. Imagine how free clipart can do the same.
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