If you’re like many of us, you don’t have a lot of money to buy stock images or hire a graphics designer. So that means you’re stuck using the free resources that come with PowerPoint. In previous posts, I’ve discussed ways to ungroup your clip art and create your own clip art. It only takes a few clicks to get from one image to the next.
Even with those free resources available, it’s still time-consuming to find the right clip art to use. So what I’m doing today is helping you get started by listing fifteen of my favorite clip art styles. These are the ones that I commonly use for my elearning courses.
About Clip Art Styles
As you search, you’ll notice that not all of the clip art belongs to a “style.” The reason I like to use clip art from the same style is because I can mix and match them and they’ll look like they belong together. It gives your course a much more professional and polished look.
I like to find styles that have a lot of variety. For example, I may not be interested in all of the clip art images in a particular style. However, by ungrouping them, I can create an assortment of assets like characters, props, and shapes. And since they’re all from the same style they’ll look like they go together.
In the example below, you can see how images from “style 148” provide characters, various props, and some shapes that I can use in my elearning courses.
Tips on Finding the Right Clip Art
Here’s a post that shows you how to create a consistent look for your courses. It covers some of what I’m talking about today. I also created a video that shares a few tips about how to search clip art. Those might come in handy.
Below are some of my favorite clip art styles. I’m fond of some because of the characters. However, some I like only because of their colors and shapes. For example, “style 1592” doesn’t have a lot of images, but here’s an example where I ungrouped one and used parts of the clip art to create a Flash intro screen demo in Quizmaker ‘09.
15 of My Favorite Clip Art Styles
Style 1366 (no longer available)
Style 1423 (no longer available)
Style 1426 (no longer available)
Style 1441 (no longer available)
Style 1445 (no longer available)
Update (6/8/10): Apparently some of the styles are no longer available. Here are some additional ones to replace the ones missing.
Sometimes it’s fun to just type in a style and see what comes up. For example, the clip art images in “Style 13” turned out to be lucky. They’ll work great in a future elearning course. Do you have any favorite clip art styles that you’d like to share? Add them to the comments section.
I’m hitting the road in a few days. Here are some of the places I’ll be. If you happen to be at these conferences, swing by the Articulate booth and say “Hi.”
- PowerPoint Live 2009: October 11-14 in Atlanta, GA. Tweet me if you’ll be there.
- Educause Conference 2009: November 3-5 in Denver, CO.
- DevLearn 2009: November 11-13 in San Jose, CA.