Vintage images are a good source of cherishing memories and refreshing the values of our prosperous past. There is good news for all passionate art lovers, those who are deprived from their passion of getting in touch with gorgeous memories of the past. Victorian images ephemera and vintage ephemera are not totally gone behind the permanent veil of time forever. These are still reconcilable in the electronic form and in the collection of tens of thousands of vintage images. These collections are made accessible to the art lovers and become a perfect avenue to understand the glorious past. Whenever the layout editor needed a graphic for the paste up, two options were available: produce it or find it. In both cases, the graphic was located separately before being cut out or "clipped" to fit the space on the paste up. This clip art procedure carried over to the introduction of the first desktop computers with VCN Execuvision developing a professionally-drawn digital clipart library in 1983. Throughout the '80's and '90's, the popularity of clipart grew to fill the increasing need made by the rise of desktop publishing. Soon, gone were the days of physical camera-ready paste ups-though, as with clipart, the term persisted-and in came the days of Illustrator, PageMaker, Publisher, and more. Adding elements to clipart can also produce pleasing results. Let's say you have an image of a house that you think is boring. By adding a sunburst behind the house, you can produce a unique new look. The possibilities are endless. Just be aware that clipart can be as plain or exciting as you choose.
All over the internet 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. The following design guidelines assume that you have scanned a drawing into your computer or have located a piece of artwork and imported the image. All images that enter your computer have an extension relating to what format they are in. You may have an image from a scan, a clipart disk or downloaded from a clipart service. Some are .eps and .wmf files (Vector line format more common for logos or line drawings) and others jpeg an .gif (Bitmap pixel photos and illustrations)
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. 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. One effective option schools turn to is clipart, but beware - there is a lot of poor quality clipart. One important factor to consider is if the clipart image you find comes in a set with matching graphics. It is best to use the clipart from a source that specializes in school mascots, so you can get your mascot in a variety of poses. Using the exact same image each time gets tiresome. Being able to inject some variation, without losing consistency-of-style, is important. Look for clipart sets that feature your mascot doing a variety of things suitable for yearbook, banners, posters, t-shirts and other school related activities. When prompted, select "Clip Organizer" for the "Open with..." option and click "OK".