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Dress For Success With Open Clip Art Library

Posted on 11.07.2007
Remember the days when you had to dress up those presentations with clipart? While imaging has come a long way, there’s no shortage of places to find that certain element to make your presentation look as though you know what you are actually talking about.

The Open Clip Art Library is a project which aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that can be freely used. Any graphic submitted to the OCAL is within the public domain through a Creative Commons license. That, for you rocket scientists, means that’s it’s free – as long as you attribute the image to the creator.

The website provides some great detailed information on the number of uploads, the most sampled artists, the number of uploads and signups each month, but one of the more interesting areas of the site is that users are able to search for that just right image using a simple tag search. For example, if you’re looking for some images to spruce up your nautical themed MySpace page, you may want to select the “boat” tag and see what is available. There were about fourteen very attractive images, both drawn and turned into clip art and those created with digital imaging software.

The downside of the site is that you may just encounter more broken images that actual files. You can’t beat the value though – just make sure you attribute properly.
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