Today millions of people are using clip arts for their projects is school or university, for their job or just to put an advertisement in local newspaper.
In general, clip art is a number of graphic elements that is used to create one huge design. Clip art could be made in any graphic format – from small parts of photos to one huge photo. It could be used for decoration in magazines or newspapers or on web sites to show people what they want to buy.
The name of clip art comes from the technology of preparing illustrations for the wall newspapers. People just cut what they need from magazines or other newspapers and put it inside their wall newspaper. Then, when in 1970s people found out the technology of photocomposition, clipart was also used there.
First clip art was made in 1983 for IBM PC (first personal computer of IBM company). The first clip art library was made in 1995 and contained 500 000 pictures there. It was made with the help of the vector art, which is popular today. The open source Openclipart contains hundreds of images made with the vector art.
Today people found the way of earning money with the help of the clip arts. In early times, they could download their images on the drive and sold it. You do not need to be a professional photographer; you just need a good camera. You could take photos of everything that you want. If you collect 1000 images or more, you can download it on the drive. However, today it’s hard to earn a lot of money by selling
pictures from countries like Ukraine, Belarus or Russia because most of the pictures came from the USA photographers, who could sold their photos for the clip art sites or some publishing offices. They do not need other photos, because they already have what they need.
There are many clip art libraries with millions of images on different topics: Christmas, New Year and Easter. It could be something that is connected to the specific topic: school, university, job, nature, sport, literature, music etc. It could be like photo in frame or just like background, so you could make collage on it. Many people think that clip art is just a photo, but it is not 100% true. Clip art could be only a fragment of this photo, without unnecessary details. It could be very important for people who are choosing the right imagine because if they made the wrong choice, it will be ineffectually