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Picture This (Working with Graphics) 122 Clip Art for the Lazy and Untalented Before we get into the nitty-gritty of graphics programs (drawing and painting programs), I should let you know that you might not need a graphics program. If you want to add pictures to your news- letters and other documents, you can buy collections of computerized clip art, sketches that some person born with artistic talent created using a graphics program. Here's the scenario: You're creating a newsletter, and you want to spruce it up with some pictures. Nothing fancy; maybe a picture of a birthday cake for a company newsletter or a picture of a baseball player to mark upcoming games for the softball league. You create the newsletter and then enter a command telling the program to insert a piece of clip art. You select the piece you want, click OK, and voilá, instant illustration, no talent required! Get It Where You Can: Sources of Clip Art Some programs (desktop publishing, word processing, business presentation, and drawing pro- grams) come with a collection of clip art on the installation disks or CDs. Some of this "free" clip art is very good--but some isn't fit for open house at the local preschool. You also can purchase separate clip art libraries on disk just as you would purchase a program. These libraries typically include hundreds or even thousands of clip art images that are broken down into several categories: borders and backgrounds, computers, communications, people and places, animals, productivity and performance, time and money, travel and entertainment, words and sym- bols--you name it. Figure 13.1 shows a tiny sample of what one of the most popular clip art libraries, MasterClips, has to offer.