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Finding Pictures Online

Normally, I focus on words but sometimes having the right picture really is worth 1000 words. When I need the right picture I often go online. For personal use, say for use in a party invitation, I will admit that I do not adhere to strict copyright law – but them I usually don’t have to – it’s for personal use. (Here is my favorite copyright site.)

For professional use, I always try to stay on the right side of the law. So, if I don’t have permission I don’t use it. Subsequently I have spent time perusing free clip art sites. There are a lot of them – and most of them are not worth the price. But here are a couple of sites that I think are worth the time – and sometimes cost:

Free Images – You need to sign up for an email list and give credit when using images – but the images look professional and they are free.

Microsoft Clip Art – The site includes photos, graphics, and animated graphics. Use is free – so long as you don’t’ resell the images alone (as part of a project seems to be OK).

Clipart.com – The site includes photos, graphics and fonts. Minimum fee is $14.95 for a week. (The time period is on the time you can download images – not on the time you use them.)

Photos.com – Photos are very professional, but there’s a charge. Minimum fee is $129.95 for a month. You download what you need when you need it. (The time period is on the time you can download images – not on the time you use them.)

Now you’re all set to create clip art Valentines for family, friends, and love ones!

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