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Chapter 13. Picture This (Working with G... > Clip Art for the Lazy and Untalented - Pg. 123

Picture This (Working with Graphics) 123 You also can find gobs of graphics on the Internet, especially on the World Wide Web, as you'll see in Part 4, "Going Global with Modems, Online Services, and the Internet." You can use a Web search tool, as explained in Chapter 21, "Doing the Internet Shuffle," to find clip art libraries and samples. When you see an image you like, just right-click it and choose Save Picture As. (One warning, though: You shouldn't use a picture someone else created in your own publication without the artist's permission.) Inside Tip Before you plop down 50 bucks for a clip art library, make sure your word processing or desktop publishing program can handle the graphics format of the clip art. Most pictures are saved as .PCX, .BMP, .TIF, .JPG, or .GIF files, which most programs support. To determine which clip art formats your program supports, enter the Insert, Picture command (or its equivalent), and in the dialog box that appears, open the Files of Type drop- down list. Pasting Clip Art on a Page Now that you have a bushelful of clip art, how do you get it from the bushel into your documents? Well, that depends. Sometimes, you have to open the library, cut the picture you want, and paste it onto a page. Other times, you import or insert the image by specifying the name of the file in which the image is saved (it's sort of like opening a file). No matter how you do it, the program inserts the clip art in a box as shown in Figure 13.2. You then can use your mouse to shove the image around, stretch it, or squeeze it.