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Add Clip Art to a Page

FrontPage 2003 includes a library containing thousands of clip art graphics, photos, and other multimedia files. These can be freely incorporated into your own Web pages.

Although some of the offerings are unspeakably hideous, if you comb through the library using FrontPage's search engine, you will probably find some suitable icons and other eye-catching imagery.

The clip art library includes graphics from FrontPage and any other Office products you have used, such as past versions of FrontPage. It also might include some graphics, digital photos, and other images on your computer—the Microsoft Clip Organizer included with Office searches your computer for graphics files and other multimedia.

To find and add clip art to a page, follow these steps:

Place your cursor at the spot where the art should be displayed.

Choose Insert, Picture, Clip Art. The Clip Art pane opens to the right of the editor (see Figure 3.8). You might also be asked whether the Clip Organizer should catalog the multimedia files on your system. This takes a lot of time and can be done at any time (I'll describe the process later this hour), so there's no need to do it immediately.

Figure 3.8. Searching for clip art.

In the Clip Art pane, type one or more words in the Search For box that describe the kind of art you seek.

To narrow a search, use the Search In list box. FrontPage can search its own clip art collection, other Office art, clips you have organized, or all three at the same time.

To narrow it further, use the Results Should Be list box. The clip art library includes several types of multimedia: clip art drawings, photos, movies, and sounds. You can search for one type or all of them.

Click the Go button. Files matching your search are displayed in the pane. Thumbnail images of each clip art graphic and photo are displayed—use the scrollbar to view them. Figure 3.8 shows results from a search for saxophone images—to give you some idea of the size of the library, 107 different illustrations of a saxophone were found.

When you find a graphic you like, double-click it. The graphic appears on the page, often at a size much larger than you need. You'll be able to resize the graphic as needed.

Clip art from the library is usually much larger than you might expect. This is by design because it's easy to shrink a graphic to the desired size without losing its image quality. It is much more difficult (often impossible) to increase the size and maintain the same quality.

When you add clip art to a page, the original graphic remains in the library. None of the changes you make to the graphic will alter the original copy of the image.

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