Seed Clipart Q&A
Before moving on the the clipart for your seed packet project, here are answers to some commonly asked questions that will help you choose the clipart that is best for you.
How does one determine what clip art to use for a project? The answer to this question is literally as infinite as the variety of projects. Generally speaking, however, Those who are looking for the old fashioned packet look should look for drawings or sketches rather than photographs. Also,
Should the user worry about high resolution graphics? This depends a lot on the designer's preferences and purpose. High resolution graphics are larger files, but often print better than low resolution files. Clipart of different types and resoultions are listed here to help readers find choices that are suitable for their project.
When should I use vector graphics? Software programs that create and edit vector graphics use mathematical equations to represent images rather than drawing them with pixels. When vector images are resized, they do not lose quality because the application recalculates their appearance based on the new dimnsions. Raster files will often become distorted and lose quality when resized because they merely attempt to display pixels proportional to the size of the image.
Generally speaking, raster graphics such as digital photographs and clipart that comes in the form of .jpg or .gif files look better when resized from large images to smaller images rather than vice versa. These images are edited using programs like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP or Microsoft Paint while vector programs are edited in vector graphics editors such as Adobe illustrator or Inkscape.
Because vector graphics can be edited without the loss of image quality, they are generally considered more valuable to designers.
There are ways to convert formats between raster and vector graphics, that help make the use of clipart and other images more flexible.