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.) Posters and fliers: Professional grade images can really enhance posters and flyers that advertise holiday parties and other events. The climax of course is Christmas day. As a child, you wake up at 5am just to sit and wait anxiously at the bottom of the stairs until the sun comes out. As a parent, you wake up early to un-package a box or set up a toy train, imagining your children's faces the whole time.
While colleges have the budget to have a professional graphics department oversee the licensed used of their mascot to ensure it's consistency and integrity, high schools do not, and typically rely on generation after generation of student volunteer artists to create art for t-shirts, banners, the yearbook and other school projects. The problem is the lack of consistency. If you had 100 artists draw a panther, they'd all look completely different - each with their own style; and inconsistency is the single biggest factor in deteriorating a brand. The Pillsbury Doughboy doesn't look a lot different now than he did 50 years ago, and for good reason. And of course, what's a scrapbook without clipart and graphics? You can find hundreds of sites that offer you free clipart and graphics to use in your scrapbook pages. There's no need to pay a fortune for fancy little stickers anymore when you can download all kinds of free images. The type of clipart that I use is important for all of the different effects that I'm creating. It needs to be a vector drawing for sure, as non-vector drawings are bitmaps that don't resize nicely... they'll just get all bumpy and not look good. Also, I'm drawn to simply line art because if it's too complex sometimes it doesn't look as good in the different sizes. It's also good if it's a single color, usually black, because then I can change it to whatever I want quite easily just using simple graphics software. Just remember, simple is better, is cleaner, and usually creates a more sophisicated look. On the other hand, vector graphic clipart can be enlarged without losing any distinctive form. It can be enlarged without becoming diluted but you need software that can import them. Vector graphics are used a lot for machine applications such as vinyl cutters, laser machines, CNC machines, etc. This is because the computer machine can follow the lines to cut the clipart out on something.
You might want to consider buying clipart as well, but free is more fun if you can find what you need. There will be clipart from Spiderman, the newspaper boy, Angels, and anything else you can conjure up. The colors and styles are endless, and only your creativity and the artist will limit you. These sites often have other designs besides Christmas pictures as well. You can find websites that have 4th of July clipart and Halloween clipart and even Easter and St. Patrick's day clipart. These are usually divided into sections of the website that are separate form where they keep all the snowflakes and carolers and Christmas present clipart. It just takes a little bit of looking around to find the right sections of the website. Scrapbook enthusiasts love to journal in their creations. There are tons of cool and interesting fonts available online that make the art of scrapbook journaling even more fun. These wonderful, unique fonts are very often designed by other scrapbookers and come in an array of colors, styles and sizes. Implementing different fonts can bring out the creativity in anyone. There's no better way to have fun with a newborn's arrival than to make all of the special mementos yourself. If you use the Internet, you have millions of creative possibilities at your fingertips, and you can use your free time to create completely original designs using baby clipart.