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.) If you prefer to hand make your Christmas cards instead, without using software, you just print out the pictures you want from your selection of Royalty free Christmas clipart graphic images in your computer file, and then cut out the pictures you want to use. Glue them to the card stock you want, add a greeting and you are all done. When scanning a drawing into your computer it will always load as a bitmap image, (a bit like a photograph in a newspaper). This can be sent directly to a stamp manufacturer as long as it is a black and white scan and the line thicknesses do not fall below the minimum. If the lines are too thin you can convert the bitmap image into vector data by applying a trace to the image. Programs that have tracing ability place a vector line around the lines or can be set to follow the lines, these lines can then have a thickness applied to make them suitable for rubber stamp making.
There are many online clipart services that provide excellent clipart for rubber stamping; the best images are from services that are subscription based that charge a yearly or per image fee. If this does not suit and you really want to save money you should find out which service your rubber stamp manufacturer belongs to, it costs nothing to search through the clipart service that he belongs to as he will be the person downloading the images. This bit of lateral thinking and finding the right manufacturer will save you lots of money because you will never have to pay for the clipart. Clipart.com is one of the best services that some manufacturers subscribe to; I estimate that over 3 million images at Clipart.com are suitable for stamp production and they are fine with manufacturers using the images for rubber stamps. These will be your memories, you should make them as you see fit! And if you need an extra copy of an invitation or an announcement you don't have to worry about the time it takes to reorder or have to wait weeks for delivery. You'll save on time and shipping costs, and be able use your money for other special baby needs. Your own pictures or designs that can you paste into a document such as a Christmas card You can also cut out a picture from your Royalty free Christmas clipart graphic images package and glue them to the paper chain, one picture a day.
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. The easiest method for colorizing clipart is to use the fill tool. On most graphic editing programs, the fill tool is symbolized by a bucket. Simply click on the clipart you want to colorize, and fill with the color of your choice. This method does work, but may not always yield desired results. If your graphics program offers a magnetic lasso tool, that may be a better option. Inkscape is also widely used by a lot of people, many of whom have created tutorials showing you how to use the software, and that makes it even easier to download a piece of vector clip art and use it in your project. Avid scrapbookers will tell you how much they love to add vintage graphics and images to their scrapbook pages. You can easily download free vintages clipart images depicting different people, times and places in history. Vintage advertising art or greeting cards are a popular downloadable scrapbook item, along with public domain book art.