Friday, March 7, 2014
If, however, you are someone who feels that using these isn't a problem, have you noticed the fine print along the bottom that states the image you're looking at might be subject to copyright? Using them for free is theft, plain and simple. It's really only common sense to recognize that if you didn't create it, it's not yours to use without express permission from the artist or without paying for it.
The best option then, of course, is to make sure you purchase the right to use the images from a reliable online source, such as iCLIPART.com, Clipart.com, Acclaim Images and AnimationFactory.
The rules are different for every use. Regulations vary on the type of product you are creating with the image. Also, permissions will be unique to each site. For example, some might allow the images to be used commercially without editing, while another site's terms will state that they can only be used commercially if changes are made to them. Then there are that restrictions might be the norm rather than the exception. For example most sites strictly forbid use for print-on-demand and electronic distribution.
Should you go against the terms and get caught you are liable for damages that can be quite high. These companies will not be appeased by your argument that you attributed the image to them. Such action does not negate copyright infringement.
The bottom line is, if time is money, then it's well spent on reading and understanding the terms. if you're not sure, contact the company and ask before proceeding with a purchase.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
But today, rather than get too much of a head start on the magic of March 17, I've decided to broaden my search for clipart collections to feature everything fantastical, from gnomes and elves to witches and dragons.
My hair might be greying, the eyesight weakening, but there's still a little girl inside me who delights in fairytales. I can hardly wait until my tiny granddaughter is ready to curl up with me and fall into the enchanting world of wizards and princesses.
While the stories alone are engaging it's the images that captivate young readers first, that weave the spell and draw you in to what the words are saying. These lovely illustrations tell the tale:
iCLIPART.com Fairytale Illustrations
ClickArt Online Fairytale Illustrations
iPHOTOS.com Fairytale Illustrations
TOONClipart Fairytale Cartoons
Clipart.com Fairytale Illustrations
Acclaim Images Fairytale Illustrations
ClipartGuide Fairytale Illustrations
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
In a recent blog I directed you to several websites that offer some wonderful collections of these particular images. However, if you are truly creative, if your idea of a personal project is that it's only worthy when it's your work start to finish, perhaps you'd prefer the challenge of making these ornamental extras yourself.
Personally, I've often felt there was an artistic vein running through me that has been left untapped. Designing these types of embellishments might be just the inspiration I need to get things flowing.
Of course, I have no idea what I'm doing, so scoping out some expert advice seems the logical starting point. In just a few minutes online I was able to find a number of terrific tutorials to start me on my creative quest. From making straightforward curves to more complex flourishes full of colour, these instructions explain the tools that work best and the steps to take when using them. Taking it further, of course, is up to us.
eHow Make Swirls in Photoshop
Top Photoshop/Illustrator Brushes for Creating Strokes and Swirls
Create a Colourful Swirl in Photoshop
texturemate.com 3 Brush Pack for Photoshop or GIMP
abduzeedo.com Swirl Mania for Photoshop and Illustrator
Free Photoshop Brushes for Swirls and Flourishes
Draw Vector Flourishes in Photoshop
How to Create Custom Flourish Brushes in Photoshop
Monday, March 3, 2014
I would have to say that March 2014, at least in this corner of the world, arrived like a lion. More with an irritatingly persistent snarl perhaps than with a fierce roar, but a lion nonetheless.
For those of us eager to see the tail end of winter, this is a good thing. According to folklore, superstition or the old wives we hear spoken of from time to time, a nasty start to March is the harbinger of a mild end. In like a lion, out like a lamb.
Checking the two-week forecast, the coming weeks aren't promising much of a break from the bitter cold we've experienced this winter, so it's with hopeful heart that I wait for the two following weeks. In anticipation I pray for a gentler finish for the month than the way it began. You could say, that like a famous Mary, I'm surely looking for a little lamb, the featured focus of these adorable collections of clipart, cartoons and animations:
iCLIPART.com Illustrations of Lambs
Acclaim Images Lamb Clipart
Clipart.com Lamb Illustrations
ClickArt Online Lamb Illustrations
TOONClipart Lamb Cartoons
AnimationFactory Lamb Animations