An image can set off text or graphics perfectly. Although you can use your own images or photos, there are thousands of free pieces of clip art on the Internet and included with software. However, many clip art files are vector based. Vector files are line drawings that do not degrade or pixelate when the clip art is increased or decreased in size, like raster files. Vector graphics are a wonderful alternative to raster graphics, but many programs cannot use them. So the files must be converted to raster graphics.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Vector clip art
- Converter (online or software)
Vector clip art is usually saved as an encapsulated postscript (EPS) file. However, the clip art may be saved as an Adobe Illustrator (AI) file. You can easily convert the vector clip art in Adobe Illustrator by selecting "Save for Web" or "Save a Copy" under the "File" menu. The clip art can be saved in many formats, including JPG, GIF and PNG.
Adobe Illustrator is an excellent program, but it is expensive. There are a number of other free options online.
Inkscape is an open-source illustration program that is available to download. It is very similar to Adobe Illustrator, but it is free to use. Inkscape's website can be found in References, and it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
Like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape will convert the vector clip art by exporting a raster graphic or bitmap from the vector clip art.
There are many online vector converters. These sites require you to upload the vector clip art to convert to JPG, GIF, PNG and other file formats. Then, the converted files can be downloaded and used. Most sites do not require registration or sign-up and are wonderful alternatives when you require converted graphics quickly. Three free websites to convert vector clip art, Online-Convert.com, EPSConvert.com and EPSConverter.com, are given in Resources.
Tips and warnings
- Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator are wonderful illustration applications that can do many other things besides convert vector clip art. Explore the tools and editors in the programs, and create your own clip art.
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