Free images and clip art are great to find. After all, they allow you to make use of other’s work without paying a single penny. Unfortunately, just because something is free does not mean that it is Copyright-free. See, Copyright-free (often referred to as public domain) images and clip art are those that can be used under any circumstance. They can be used for personal projects or commercial endeavors. They can be kept as is or modified to your hearts content. All of this can be done, legally, without any form of attribution. In other words, if you use a public domain clip art image in a commercial project, you need not contact its author to ask for permission.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best copyright-free (public domain) clip art image sites on the net today.
The Open Clip Art Library is probably the largest public domain clip art site out there. They currently host over 34,000 clip art images, with hundreds more being added each month. Most clip art images hosted on the Open Clip Art Library can be found in both PNG and SVG formats. Furthermore, the site allows you to either download single images or large packages of images. At one point in time, searching for particular clip art was a weak point of this web site. However, recently, they have added the ability to view pictures by category.
Clker.com is another great place to find public domain clip art images (as well as a reasonable array of stock photos). Unlike the Open Clip Art Library, you can not download huge packages of clip art images from Clker. However, Clker’s easy to use interface allows you to find the pictures you desire with relative ease. Once again, images are most often available in PNG and SVG formats.
WP Clipart is a mixture of public domain clip art and stock photo images which are nicely organized (using a multi-level hierarchy). Unlike the two sites mentioned above, WP Clipart images tend to be only available in PNG format. However, it does have a neat feature where it can automatically convert a picture to JPG.
If you do not wish to search for images using the web interface, you are free to download the entire archive as well as use the author’s specially created image viewer. The image viewer, although simple, allows you to perform a few simple operations quite easily, including: rotation, and simple color manipulation.
Public Domain Clip Art is a simple, no-frills, site which allows you to browse for a public domain clip art images according to a wide variety of categories. It also comes with a search function, allowing you to find an image according to a particular description. Images on Public Domain Clip Art are available in PNG format.
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