In the world of megapixel photos and Retina displays, tiny clipart images could easily feel left out. But these tiny images have their uses which cross over from education to business. So much so that Microsoft is among the few giants who offer an online clipart image gallery that’s integrated with their Office suite.
You might strike gold there, but even if you don’t manage to get that perfect clipart, fret not because there are quite a few other resources you can tap. Among them, the collection and choice is as varied as they are numerous.
Here are three of the best which I regularly access whenever I need one for my presentation or creating an educational tool.
Clker is one of the more well-known free clipart galleries. It is what you call – a place for royalty free public domain clip art. They have vector images as well as a rich choice of raster stock images. There are no restrictions on download and use as each image is in the public domain. You can go through the categories or use the search engine on top. Download options include choices of three sizes (small, medium, and large); and three formats (PNG, SVG, and ODG).
Clker has a strong sense of community. If you register and log in, you can contribute by editing and improving an image; uploading your own clipart; and also by tagging the collection for improving the site. Clker also automatically vectorizes an image if the size is larger than 1024 X 768. Editing a clipart is a very handy with the online editor on Clker.
It is quite probable that you won’t need to come here after a visit to the above site. But hey, we all need choices right! And Clipart ETC gives you quite a few. I like this site because of its old-world style of clipart images that are very different from the ones you will find in any other clipart download service. As you can probably see, the site is very neatly arranged into collections. The quality is apparent because ClipArt ETC is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse and is produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, and University of South Florida.
Images are downloadable in the GIF and TIFF format. The latter is suited for print. Then there are some files also available in the EPS formats which are of course scalable vector images. All images are in black and white, but if you so wish you can color them yourself in an image editor. Do credit this excellent site by including an URL to the source.
As the site tells you – The Open Clipart Library (OCAL) is the largest collaborative community that creates, shares, and remixes clipart. This is also the resource which OpenOffice taps into. If you like creating clipart, you can feature your work here. Images can also be edited. Download formats include PNG and SVG. You can type in a resolution and download the image of your choice. The collection is extensive and richly varied.
It is highly improbable that you need to look beyond these three sites for your clipart search. Which is the one site you would recommend? Is it on this list? If not, mention it in the comments.