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What are some good packages?

 12:12 am on May 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

I want to get some photo clip art. I need it to be windows compatable. I don't have a photodisc budget. I want something that has good technology and corprate images (I am tired of the tons of nasa shots).

Is masterclips the best package for the price (so much crap art)? I really don't need print resolution graphics. My work is completely web. I also don't like online clip art archives like arttoday. I signed up with them and found their quality was lacking. Most of them are not worth the subscription.

I know there are a lot of mac people in here, but what do you use? They have to have some sort of pc version.



 5:24 am on May 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

I agree there does seem to be a big hole between the "600,000" pieces of clip art collections that include some less than inspired photography, and $40 a pop image services- but I haven't found a solution. Some of those clip art collections that include "high-resolution" (not, but a little bigger images) can be used with some artful cropping and a little manipulation. You might look at photospin -they are an online subscription, but have better quality images. Haven't actually used them, but like their idea. There is always the digital camera.


 5:56 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

I looked at photo objects and the big box of art. The big box of art comes with some photo objects. Has anyone used these? Are they worth the money?


 6:15 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

I usually look online for images being used by other small businesses, and then just ask permission to use them. I've gotten lots of perfectly useable free photography this way, and they're often happy with a link/credit somewhere on your site/brochure.

(YMMV - The odds of a small business having their own good, original "corporate clip art" photography laying around on their website is pretty slim, I suppose.)

You could also buy a digital camera for the same price as a decent photography collection, and take up a new hobby... photography is fun! ;)


 6:47 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thats a good idea thanks mivox.

As for photography I had to take that at art school and I was terrible. I can bearly take family photos with my digital (heads missing, blurry, stuff like that).


 6:51 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

You could also buy a digital camera for the same price as a decent photography collection, and take up a new hobby... photography is fun!

Absolutely, mivox. Not only that but you can get away from the corporate cliche style of photography. Carry your small digital camera with you all the time and you'll be amazed at what pops out at you for use as a possible texture or background.


 6:53 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

I can bearly take family photos with my digital (heads missing, blurry, stuff like that).
Buy a tripod. ;) Corporate clip art pics can be of nice, inanimate objects like pencils, notebook paper, computer mice, whatever... No "blurry" if nothing's moving, and pics with heads missing or bad framing seem to be all the rage in stock photography right now.

Try this sometime: set up the camera on a tripod pointing at an empty side table, lay your objects on the side table so they look neat, snap a photo, and then crop it at a funky 45 degree angle: voila! corporate clip art!

If you want to get fancy: apply one or two filters, and add a transparent color layer over the whole thing in your photo editor. Or, select a seemingly random area of the photo with your lasso tool, and apply a strange burred or streaked effect to it.

(edited by: mivox at 7:12 pm (utc) on May 14, 2002)


 7:10 pm on May 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

I get quite a bit of use from CoffeeCup Software's "10,000 Photo Objects". Comes on 2 CDs, doesn't cost much and the images are all in several resolutions/sizes.

Also has good Windows interface program that stays on your hard drive and let's you search/look at thumbnails without having to insert the CD. Many objects are already "cut out" to white backgound or alpha channel. The objects are not groups of people, but there are good pix of individual people, many in costumes or acting parts (like "jailer" and "crook"). Lots of hands holding a mouse, common objects, tools, artifacts, fruit, etc.

These are good photos from Hemmera.


 9:44 am on May 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

I found this link [webclipart.about.com] online for medical images, but there's links to images of all different topics. If (???) you can sample their wares online, it may save you from wading through a bunch of garbage to find what you might need.

I have clip art from several different packages from the 500,000 variety, Corel, photodisc... etc. My feeling is - its ALL just junk to wade through unless you know for sure what you need is there and just where to find it. (Like making your own shopping cart icons because you can't locate any on your stack of CD's!)

I also resorted to taking images of my own when there's a gun to my head and I can't find what I need. One product photo I took at the last minute out of desperation ended up being used for a national ad campaign.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction...


 10:43 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)


that's all.


 12:13 am on May 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Welcome to webmasterworld, OhMyPixel!

Isn't Hemera the company that puts out PhotoObjects? Are they the ones responsible for those hip youg people in the black turtlenecks that were draped all over everything a year or two ago?


 7:58 pm on May 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Heck I dunno - Did I actually miss something? (maybe you could exp. further?). All I know is that their photo libraries are exceptional and extremely versatile. Thanks for the welcome.


 8:38 pm on May 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Didn't miss anything... I just thought it was funny that a shockingly large number of web oriented businesses were all using this same collection of photos of young hip-looking people in black turtlencks for about a year or so.

Quite a few of the models had their arms crossed as though they were looking over the top of someone's cubicle wall, with everything below their arms removed. They appeared perched at the top of various content boxes in catalogs and websites everywhere.

Since PhotoObjects is the one where all the items are cut out of their backgrounds (right?), I was wondering if they were the folks behind the black turtleneck brigade...



 8:43 pm on May 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

hehe, that is great.

since then they have come out with two more 50,000 volume sets. I try to make changes to the image and use an assortment of them to come up with something respectable. The best is finding an image in imagebank and attempting to recreate it with images you have.

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