Clip art

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Clip art (also clipart, clip-art), in the graphic arts, is pre-made images used to illustrate any medium.wikipedia
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Dennis Fregger

The illustrators who created the first "serious" clip art for business/organizational (professional) use were Mike Mathis, Joan Shogren, and Dennis Fregger; published by T/Maker in 1984 as "ClickArt Publications".
Dennis Fregger (born August 13, 1942, Idaho Falls, Idaho) was on the team (also including Joan Shogren and Mike Mathis) that produced the "serious" clip art images.

T/Maker

The illustrators who created the first "serious" clip art for business/organizational (professional) use were Mike Mathis, Joan Shogren, and Dennis Fregger; published by T/Maker in 1984 as "ClickArt Publications".
They expanded into the Apple Macintosh market, releasing the ClickArt line of clip art.

Openclipart

Open Clip Art Library
For vector art, the open source community established Openclipart in 2004 as a clearinghouse for images which are legitimately donated to the public domain by their copyright owners.
Openclipart was a community and collection of vector clip art that is free content, entirely dedicated to the public domain.

Graphic arts

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Clip art (also clipart, clip-art), in the graphic arts, is pre-made images used to illustrate any medium.

Computer

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Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography.

Stock photography

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Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography.

Paste up

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Before the advent of computers in desktop publishing, clip art was used through a process called paste up.

Line art

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Many clip art images of this era qualified as line art.

Phototypesetting

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After the addition of text and art created through phototypesetting, the finished, camera-ready pages are called mechanicals.

Camera-ready

After the addition of text and art created through phototypesetting, the finished, camera-ready pages are called mechanicals.

Desktop publishing

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Since the 1990s, nearly all publishers have replaced the paste up process with desktop publishing.

Personal computer

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After the introduction of mass-produced personal computers such as the IBM PC in 1981 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984, the widespread use of clip art by consumers became possible through the invention of desktop publishing.

IBM Personal Computer

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After the introduction of mass-produced personal computers such as the IBM PC in 1981 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984, the widespread use of clip art by consumers became possible through the invention of desktop publishing.

Macintosh

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After the introduction of mass-produced personal computers such as the IBM PC in 1981 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984, the widespread use of clip art by consumers became possible through the invention of desktop publishing.

VCN ExecuVision

For the IBM PC, the first library of professionally drawn clip art was provided with VCN ExecuVision, introduced in 1983.

LaserWriter

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The LaserWriter laser printer (introduced in late 1985), as well as software maker Aldus' PageMaker in 1985, which helped to make professional quality desktop publishing a reality, with consumer desktop computers.

Laser printing

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The LaserWriter laser printer (introduced in late 1985), as well as software maker Aldus' PageMaker in 1985, which helped to make professional quality desktop publishing a reality, with consumer desktop computers.

Aldus

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The LaserWriter laser printer (introduced in late 1985), as well as software maker Aldus' PageMaker in 1985, which helped to make professional quality desktop publishing a reality, with consumer desktop computers.

Adobe PageMaker

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The LaserWriter laser printer (introduced in late 1985), as well as software maker Aldus' PageMaker in 1985, which helped to make professional quality desktop publishing a reality, with consumer desktop computers.

Bitmap

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Early electronic clip art was simple line art or bitmap images due to the lack of sophisticated electronic illustration tools.

MacPaint

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With the introduction of the Apple Macintosh program MacPaint, consumers were provided the ability to edit and use bit-mapped clip art for the first time.

Mountain View, California

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One of the first successful electronic clip art pioneers was T/Maker Company, a Mountain View, California, company, which had its early roots with an alternative word processor, WriteNow, commissioned for the Macintosh by Steve Jobs.

WriteNow

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One of the first successful electronic clip art pioneers was T/Maker Company, a Mountain View, California, company, which had its early roots with an alternative word processor, WriteNow, commissioned for the Macintosh by Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs

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One of the first successful electronic clip art pioneers was T/Maker Company, a Mountain View, California, company, which had its early roots with an alternative word processor, WriteNow, commissioned for the Macintosh by Steve Jobs.

Adobe Inc.

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In 1986, Adobe Systems introduced Adobe Illustrator for the Macintosh, allowing home computer users the first opportunity to manipulate vector art in a GUI.