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CLIP ART

...the good, the bad and the UGLY

These are the voyages of the Design Center clip art follower and student, as they continue their mission to search out cool new clip art resources, meaningful images and to go where they've never gone before.
You are encouraged to submit your favorite clip art site... and share the adventure!

Once upon a time, I received a call that Xoom software would send me a check for $3,000 for 2,000 of my commercial eps files. This is something that most artists would be very much interested in. Am I a $1.33 hooker?

I think the year was 1998. Early that year we received a new CD collection from XOOM software introducing their WEB CLIP EMPIRE 75,000, claiming to be the "World's Largest Web Clip Collection, with more than 25,000 gif animations, and a whole pile of other stuff followed by equally impressive five-digit numbers.

Just what we need. 25,000 gif animations floating around the web.

Which is why we published this article in DT&G, and now present it for you on the web.

Who is the "leading" producer?

How many times have we read "leading publisher of clip art" on yet another packager of copyright free clip. More importantly, can you use 75,000 images? We know Xoom can't be telling us the truth because later you got a huge box from IMSI, of San Rafael, CA with 220,000 images from around the world. This collection also includes fonts, video clips and sounds. Now, are they the largest?

Then, a few months later, you get the new "HOLY COW" collection from Macmillan Digital Publishing with 250,000 images. Now, are they the largest?

Where will it all end?

We no longer know who to believe -- and you can bet we're not going to count all those images. However we have plunged into these collections, and have observed some rather strange patterns beginning to evolve.

Unique CollectionsAllied Logos

For our sign company friends, and all those who are driving vinyl plotters, one of the best products for your shop was Plotter Art from Allied Compugraphics. We believe they are no longer in business. This was an ideal solution for sign shops, mall sales offices, job printers, stationary houses, newspapers, yellow page publishers, or any firm who needs ready access to brand name logos.

All of the images were EPS, "vector clean" files, and all of those we've tested have cut beautifully on our Rolland Camm1 vinyl cutter. If you need corporate logos... anything from A&P Grocery Stores to Zenith electronics, they were the top dog.

Allied also offered several other collections in various formats including Art Accents (ding-bat art) and Originals which is standard, industrial-grade clip. These don't offer much excitement other than the vector-clean feature specifically for plotting, and large format use. Most are generic, dated looking images, with very little style. They cut very well though and there is a good selection of base images for blue-collar business, and almost all trade professions. In case you're interested in finding out what ever happened to them , Allied was at one point in Satellite Beach, FL., 800-330-4488.

So we continue our quest, but find more and more problems in locating good, quality clip art. It would seem that the good clip art sites on the web have been taken over by the ...

Clip Art Frenzy Sites...

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