Photos and Clipart

The Difference between 2 Major Types of Pictures: Photos and Clip Art Microsoft’s use of words in PowerPoint may be rather complicated. There’re 2 most important kinds of “graphics” that can be added to slide, both recognized by Microsoft Office as “pictures.” These two terms are: photos and illustrations. In contrast with photographs illustrations don’t seem to be very realistic, and professional graphic designers usually recognize them as clip art.

Clip art is commonly associated with “vector” format, which illustrates the image mathematically. Traditionally, illustrations have a smaller amount of colors and detail in comparison with photos. File size, however, is lesser and clip art may be decreased or increased without loss in detalization.

The word “clip art” is applied by Microsoft in different contexts. To begin with, in the context of Clip Art task panel, the term relates to media kept in Clip Organizer, categorized for effortless search. If, however, you employ Clip Art task panel and seek media, it relates to the illustrations solely.

In turn, photos are associated with “bitmap” format, which illustrates every color dot in an image. In such a way, photos have considerable detalization and color choice, but this leads to a larger file. Anyone who has ever extended a photograph, knows that it may become very pixilated. The converse case is also true: when you decrease a photo overmuch, small details in it almost disappear.

Thus, despite the fact that both – photos and clip art – are related to pictures, there’re many dissimilarities between them. These are:

  • Photos provide additional color and detail
  •  Illustrations can “size” more efficiently, increasing or decreasing without loss in
    quality
  • Many photographs support transparency. In its turn, illustrations are only
    transparent where there’s neither backdrop nor fill color.
  •  Illustrations may be colored in PowerPoint. You’d never require a photo editor to
    work on a photo.
  • From file size point of view, clip art is far more effective in comparison with
    photographs.