Copyright-Free Scanning

Clipart can save you hours of work and start making you money immediately. Despite all of the jokes and ridicule about clipart, savvy designers, art directors, and computer illustrators use it regularly in their creative work. When used with Photoshop, it is possible to achieve some inventive results.

Scanning Tips
  1. If the object you select is to be reproduced in a desktop publishing program, such as Adobe Pagemaker or QuarkXpress, scan it as line art at a resolution determined by your output quality requirements. For example, artwork that is to be laser printed requires much lower resolution and less memory (125 dots per inch) than final Linotronic output (300 dpi or greater).
  2. When scanning, always remember to save the image in the file format compatible with the software you will be using.
  3. Scan as grayscale art for great flexibility in altering the object. Color may be added by converting the grayscale file to RGB or CMYK.
  4. If the ultimate output of your work will be a color separation, scan it at the highest dpi possible.
  5. For other color applications, such as a Canon Laser Copier or HP Paintwriter, consult your operating manual or call your printer for specific dpi and file format recommendations before scanning.

Scan This Book
by John Mendenhall

Scan This Book can be helpful to graphic designers everywhere. Unlike other clipart collections, this book has over 2,500 images that have been selected because they are not readily identifiable from a particular time period. These images have been chosen for the thickness of line that makes them suitable for even the most inexpensive desktop scanners, so they are ideal for photocopying as well.