Free Clip Art

Barbara J. Feldman

Although plenty of it exists, finding free clip art can be a frustrating experience because so many clip art sites simply point to other sites, which in turn send you off to yet more sites. Today’s picks, however, are guaranteed to deliver. When using them, be sure to remember the two golden rules of free clip art. 1) Do not steal bandwidth by pointing to images on other people’s sites. Upload all images to your own web server. 2) Read and obey the terms of use for each site. Some sites may grant you unlimited use, but most include restrictions.

  • Bing: Image Search4 stars

    Bing Image Search has a feature where you can search for images by license, but in order to even see the drop down License selector menu, you need to do an image search. So this page is a search for the keyword "toys." Now, click on License and select Public Domain. Voilà! There is however one more necessary step. Before grabbing any of these images, you still need to visit the publisher's website and verify the terms of the using their art, which might involve emailing the webmaster and asking.

  • Discovery School: Clip Art Gallery5 stars

    With original art in both color and black and white, and topics geared especially for students and teachers, Discovery School Clipart Gallery is sure to please. Although there is no search function, the collection of several hundred illustrations is organized into nineteen topics and is easy to peruse. If you're looking for art to spruce up a web page, don't miss the animations. For tips on using clip art with Word or on a website, follow the How To Use Clip Art link near the bottom of the page.

  • morgueFile5 stars

    Created by a college student in 1996, the "morgueFile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. To acknowledge the artist's accomplishments, we ask that you credit the photographer when possible." Although these images are free, they are not in the public domain, so be sure to read the complete license for each photo.

  • Pixabay5 stars

    Pixabay is a repository of public domain pictures. "Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author." Well, that makes it easy, and also makes Pixabay my pick of the week! As with most of the free clip art sites, they are sponsored by companies that sell clip art, so be careful when choosing an image that is actually from Pixabay, and not from another site.

  • Stock Photos for Free4 stars

    Stock Photos for Free is a subsidiary of the stock video company Video Blocks. And most of their free images are stills from the videos they license. As for the photos, "there are never any licensing fees. Literally the only thing you can't do with our photos is redistribute them or sell them as stand alone stock photos." Again, this site is sponsored by sites that sell images, so just be aware where you are grabbing images from.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Free Clip Art." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 31 Dec. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/free-clip-art/ >.


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