Tuesday, July 12, 2011

iCLIPART.com Newsletter ~ July 2011

iCLIPART.com Newsletter ~ July 2011

Jul 12, 2011

Making the Right Choice

Sure, life is about choice, but when you're stepping cautiously through the unknown, making that choice can be intimidating. Take clipart format choice for example. Technology has opened a world of options, for the economical and the creative. With boundless resources literally at their fingertips, everyone, from corporate bigwigs to good works folks, is getting involved in the world of graphic design. While they may leave the actual project to the professionals, most prefer to personally select the image they want to represent the company or cause.
This is, they shall soon discover, not the only decision they will need to make. Among the questions we get from clients is whether they should purchase a jpg or png.
Generally, the answer is straightforward. If you are using a professional designer or printer for your project, ask them what image format they prefer.
However, if you are exploring the world of graphics on your own, then it can quite simply come down to preference. Once you have worked with them a few times, you will soon discover the qualities you like about each.
jpgs are the most familiar of the formats. They will have a background 100 per cent of the time, so if it's transparency you are looking for in your clipart images you would be best to try the png or gif. Keep in mind, however, the latter has less depth of colour so is primarily used for websites.
The type of project you are creating, however, must also be considered. For example, as neither the jpgs or pngs can be increased in size without losing some quality, you will want to choose a vector if that's required. Keep in mind, though, you will need image editing software capable of handling vector files, such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. (There will be more about vectors in the next newsletter.)
Here are two websites that comprehensively offer detailed explanations on the differences among the web-ready formats: http://www.sitepoint.com/gif-jpg-png-whats-difference/ and http://snook.ca/archives/design/which_image_for/.

How To...

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What Folks are Saying About Us....

I just want to let you know that the service you offer on iclipart is out of this world. I've been involved in vector art for my graphics business for the past 6 years and find your products a key part to my success. It's an absolute Alladin's Cave of wonderful vector art and the price is very good compared to other firms. Very happy punter here, keep up the good work. Will P - North Walsham, UK

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