The Clip Gallery

Clip art refers to a canned collection of professionally drawn, cartoon-like illustrations designed for use in a wide variety of documents. Designing a birthday card for a child? You can count on finding a soccer ball or kite in any self-respecting clip-art collection. Need a sketch of people at the office for a newsletter article about business travel? Off you go to the clip-art collection.

Fortunately, Office comes with hundreds of pieces of ready-to-use art in a collection called the Clip Gallery. And they’re not all cartoonlike graphics either. You’ll find 86 stock photographs you can use in your documents without having to worry about securing copyright permissions—everything from flowers, cute animals, and babies to businesspeople, landscapes, and athletes. To review them, choose Insert → Picture → Clip Art. The Clip Gallery opens, as shown in Figure 19-1. (Or click the Clip Art button near the middle of the Drawing toolbar.) The Object Palette gives another portal to your Clip Art collection (see Ditching the Project Gallery). From there you can simply drag thumbnails to your document, however, it doesn’t have the searching or importing features of the Clip Gallery.

Note

In Entourage, you get a “Choose a File” dialog box instead of the Clip Gallery. You have to actually navigate over to the Applications → Microsoft Office 2008 → Office → Media → Clipart folder in order to select your clip art.

Categories

The Categories button in the Clip Gallery window opens a ...

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