Sunday, June 10, 2012

Free Clip Art Online

Have you ever wondered where some of the graphics come from that people are using for their lessons? (Like this beaut of a smartboard file!)


Babbling Abby shared this tip about Clker.com and I have used it ever since.

Click here for Clker.com.

It is a bit tricky to use though. (Camille, this is for you! ;) )

When you go to the main page, you will see a lot of stuff. Hey, this is free so it isn't hard to deal with a bit of advertising, right? All you need to worry about is this part of the page. It is right at the top so it is easy to find.



Type what you are wanting to find in the search bar and click "search." Sometimes this box can be very light in color so look for it.

After you wait for a bit (fingers crossed for a good internet connection), this is what you will see.


 Don't panic! Scroll down a bit and you will see what you are looking for (hopefully - I have only had a couple of times when I have had to look somewhere else for the image I wanted).


 Click on the picture you want. If you don't like any of those images sometimes there are additional pages of images OR you can click on one that is close and you can see variations of that graphic that might work better for you.

After you make your selection is where it gets a bit tricky. You want to be able to download the image to your computer so you can insert it into the program you are working in (for me that happens to be smart notebook at the moment - summer projects, don't ask, I didn't realize how big of a project it would be.)






Click on the word "Download."




Here you are given several different options: easy embed, download to computer with size options, and other formats available.

I have found that MOST of the images I have downloaded are png files, which are my favorite. I don't know much about the other formats, so I'm not sure if or when you would use them. I usually select the medium size just because. (I know enough about computers to get myself in trouble, it is a good thing that my dad and little sister are patient with me.)

This is what you will see after you choose your size.


You will need to save the image to your computer. I have a mac, so this is what you will see if you have a mac.


Choose "Save Page As..." Then, because there are soooooo many images on Clker you are going to want to delete some of the extra numbers and words that are attached to it. I always choose to save the images to my desktop because I am lazy and don't want to have to find them later.



 You now have some new clip art to insert into your document. Enjoy!








9 comments:

Heidi said...

I happened upon a product that had used their clip art a while back and have been hooked ever since. I have found some really cute clip art for things that I need via Clker.com and Microsoft Clip Art. It definitely helps having these free sites when you don't have a whole lot extra to spend on the priced clip art. :)

Heidi
My (Not So) Elementary Life

Lisa R. said...

This sounds like a great resource for clip art, which I am currently obsessed with! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

J Tilton said...

Thank you for explaining this!
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Becca said...

Hopefully this will help you create some wonderful lessons. Have fun!

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Lory Robinson said...

Thanks for explaining so well Becca, I'm going to try it out when I can.
Lory

Camille said...

Thanks for explaining this Becca, I don't know why I make it so difficult. Luckily you are right next door to help me, if perhaps.... I get a little lost:)

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I love clickr. Another great option (although it has a lot less clipart) is mycutegraphics.com. The graphics there are also free to use.

Lauren Inwood said...

Do you know if there are any limitations to using the pictures? I have used this site a lot, can I use it in the classroom, even if I were to mass produce it?

Thanks,

Lauren.

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