By Amell Fuchs. Clip Art. Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 11:56:28 AM.
You have that friend. If I have him, you have him; if I’m writing this and it’s being posted on the web, and you’re reading it, you know the guy I’m talking about. The graphic design friend. He’s a great guy. He’s into anime and Macs and is always there when you need him-well, maybe not when, but he’s around. See, your graphic design friend is your friend, and you’re his. You don’t always rate as top customer. That’s why, when it comes to graphic design, you should never, never, never rule out free clipart. If you do, you’re stuck on your friend’s timing. (And he’s always behind.)
Two popular graphics editing programs are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Either of these programs allow for the modification of clipart. But no matter which graphics program you use, it should be relatively easy to colorize black and white clipart.
Clipart is nothing to be ashamed of. While some graphic designers may be wonderful illustrators, a lot of them are not. That is when clipart is most useful. There’s no need to spend hours trying to create illustrations when clipart can meet your needs. However, it’s not a wise idea to use clipart images straight from the web or a CD without modification.
And then your friend finds out. Will he be a little bit hurt? Maybe. He might claim that this is his first time being late, that he won’t ever be late again-well, that’s not such a big deal. You don’t have to argue it with him. Just explain. Tell him you’re not crediting the clip art to him, so it won’t sully his reputation (and if you have done your work right, the free graphics you’ve got are good enough that he shouldn’t worry). Tell him you’re just waiting and that you needed something in place. If he’s really concerned about his art, it might speed him up; if he isn’t it might slow him down. In either case, with your free clipart, you’re set. You can let things run themselves and go join your buddy on the couch for potato chips and movies. After all, he might not start working on your project any time soon.
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