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Today I’ll be demonstrating how to use Inkscape’s hidden clipart library. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t even know that Inkscape has a built-in clipart library, but it does.
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How To Use Clipart in Inkscape
Simply go to File > Import Clip Art.
You’ll be presented with a menu that allows you to search through a massive library of vector clipart. Watch the tutorial video at the top of the page to see how simple it is to use.
The clipart library is populated by OpenClipart.org — a collection of free vector clipart created and contributed by volunteers. Inkscape’s clipart menu links directly to the OpenClipart library so that you don’t have to download and import files manually from their website.
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According to OpenClipart’s license policy, all clipart found on their site is released into the public domain, meaning it’s free for unlimited commercial use without attribution. This means that you can use it in your own design work as well as work you may do for clients.
What About Logos?
Although the site claims their clipart is free to use in logos, I would highly advise against using it for logo design — especially if it’s for a client.
Clients often file for trademarks using their logo, and if you used clipart in their logo, their request is going to be declined. Not only will you have an unsatisfied client on your hands, but it’ll also hurt your reputation as a designer. Most importantly though, it just isn’t professional to use clipart in logo design. It kind of goes against the entire point of branding in the first place.
Clients hire you to create a unique representation of their brand. There’s nothing unique about clip art that’s been used by thousands of other people. I would recommend limiting your usage of this clipart library to personal projects, infographics, illustrations, and other non-branding-related design.
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I believe the OpenClipArt.org site is down, for good it would seem. It’s been offline for quite a while now (like over a year from what I gather). Which is a bummer, it would have been nice to have a built in feature just as a time saver. But it’s still easy enough to get free vectors on the web.