As we have mentioned earlier, most of the images on our CDRom are part of complete ads which include text and layout, (as opposed to being individual clipart images on their own). Some customers have expressed concern that it might therefore be difficult to use the images by themselves.

Here we'd like to explain just how easy it is to take parts and pieces out of these ads, and use them as individual clipart pieces. To our right we have image #829, exactly as it appears in our catalog.

Before you begin editing, you should first convert the image to greyscale, and then to RGB (if you want to apply color). This high resolution file will balloon to 45 megs in size, so you'll have to reduce the file size (ppi) substantially in order to make the image easier to work with.

Next, we isolate the 'fella', because we've decided this is the 'clipart' image we really want to use. This is as easy as drawing a marquis around the face in Photoshop, then selecting 'inverse', and deleting the surrounding area.

After that we can easily colorize the image and background, then perhaps add our own text. In this case we've used the font 'Churchward Brush', because it really has that serious 'retro' look.

Now we can take it even one step further. This time we've added color to our 'fella' by filling areas on a layer below him in Photoshop. Once again we can add some text using retro-friendly fonts, and finally we place a graduated tone in the background which ties all these elements together rather nicely.  

The advantage to having such high-resolution files as are found on our CDRom is that you can isolate a small part of any image and still be left with a very high-resolution file. When browsing through this collection you will find hundreds of items that could easily be separated from their respective ads and treated as individual clipart. So don't be afraid to chop'em up!

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