Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What are Clipart, Digital Papers and Printables?

In the Chapulines Collection shop there are Digital Clipart images, Digital Papers, and Printables (so far).

1. Digital Clipart Images. They're like digital stickers, they usually are JPG or PNG images, and you can use them to create graphics (cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations and decorations, school graphics, etc.) using computer software like: Corel® Coreldraw®; Adobe® Illustrator®, Photoshop®; Microsoft® Office® Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, etc.

Regular JPG and PNG images have a white background, but some PNG images have a transparent background, and you can use the background (color or image) of your choice.

*If you want a transparent background PNG image, make sure the image you want actually has a transparent background.

Image 1. Regular JPG/PNG image (white background) and transparent background PNG image.

White background JPG and PNG images are perfect if you're going to have a white background in your graphic/design, but if you're going to use a different background color, a transparent background PNG image is your best option.

*Be careful with PNG transparency effects (like drop shadows) this kind of effects doesn't print well from Microsoft® Office® software or similar, but the 100% transparent background PNG images don't have this problem. 

Besides the JPG and PNG images (pixel images), another popular image format is: EPS, the EPS is a vector image, vectors are really cool!!!, but I'll talk exclusively about them in another post, vectors topic needs a special post!

2. Digital Papers. They're like the scrapbooking papers, but they're in a digital format. And just like the Clipart images, they usually are JPG and PNG images.

Digital Papers can be used for digital scrapbooking, cards, etc., but they also can be printed to be used for traditional paper crafts.

Image 2. Digital Paper Sample

3. Printables. They're ready to print files, usually PDF files (party printables, paper dolls, cards, wall art, etc.). You need the Adobe® Acrobat® software to print them, but don't worry, it's a freeware and you can download it from the Adobe® website.

Image 3. How to print a landscape, letter size PDF (It's simpler than it looks!)

Would you like a free sample of the Chapulines Collection Clipart, Digital Papers and Printables? You can find some freebies here: Freebies

Have a nice day!

María Salas

*Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
*Corel® Coreldraw® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in Canada, the United States and/or other countries
*Illustrator®, Photoshop® are registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.