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How to Use Clipart

From time to time, I get questions about how to use clipart. If you are new to the world of clipart, this post is for you! I will do my best to go over every little step in this tutorial, but first, please keep in mind that not all computers are the same…so my screen might not look exactly like your screen!

If you are reading this, you are most likely a teacher who bought the clipart to print out for decoration or something along those lines. IMPORTANT: READ THE CLIPART TERMS OF USE BEFORE YOU USE IT FOR ANYTHING. This post will detail how to go about doing that if you don’t already have a system in place that works for you. If you are considering being a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers and find this tutorial useful, I would love it if you could use my referral link by clicking here when you are ready to sign up.

Step 1:
Open a word processing application/program. This is usually Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. I’m going to take you through Powerpoint because that is what MOST people making resources use (including me). You are probably thinking, “Powerpoint? Huh?” Just trust me on this.

On my computer, I go to “Applications” and then to “Microsoft Office” to find a word processing program.

After opening up that folder, this is what I see. I open Microsoft Powerpoint. 

This is what comes up when I open Powerpoint. I click “Cancel” and do not choose any of these options.

 This is the next window that appears. It’s an empty “slide” or page that has a couple of text boxes in it already. If you don’t want your slide to be facing this direction (landscape), you need to change it NOW. If you want your page to be “long” as my mom calls it (portrait), go to “File” then “Page Setup.”

 A window will pop up. If you want a “portrait” page, type in the dimensions below.

 Just click “Ok.”

 Then your page orientation will be changed to portrait.

I click those text boxes and delete them. 

 Now I have a blank slate. 

When you downloaded your clipart, it saved somewhere. You are the only one who knows where you saved it. Some computers have a “Download” folder that things go in when you download them. I always make sure mine saves to my desktop so I can easily find it. When you find your download, it will be a “ZIP” file that looks like the one below (it has a zipper image on it and says “ZIP”). Open that up. Take note of my desktop background…it’s my sweet baby boy 🙂 Say hello to Oliver! 

 Now that you’ve opened your ZIP file, a colorful folder will appear. You can drag your ZIP file to your trash now; you don’t need it anymore. Open the colorful folder that you now see.

When you open my folder, here’s what will be inside. 

Logo: The logo is for people that will be using the clipart for teaching resources. If you use my clipart on free or paid items, you must provide me with credit by placing my logo in your document (most people have a page at the end of their resource thanking the clipartist(s) along with their logos).  This is similar to how an illustrator is given credit on the front of a book. If you are just using the clipart for yourself or your classroom, you don’t need to worry about the logo. 

Terms of Use: The Terms of Use file also applies to sellers only, so if you aren’t a seller, you don’t need to read it. If you are a seller, YOU NEED TO READ IT if you haven’t already. 

Preview: This is just a preview of what’s included in the clipart file. It’s purpose is to show people what’s in the download.

JPG: These are the clipart files. These have white backgrounds on them. 

PNG: These are also the clipart files. These have clear backgrounds on them. They work best for people that put clipart on top of other clipart or are using a different color background other than white. Open the PNG folder.

 When you open the PNG folder, this is what you’ll see. Now, again, not everyone has the same SETTINGS on their computer. I have my settings to show the clipart like this. At the top of the window, it says “View” and I’ve selected the first option so I can see the files and not just their names. On the bottom of the window there is a slider that allows you to change how big or small you see them.

Now, you should have 2 windows showing. The one on my left is the Powerpoint slide I got ready earlier. The one on the right is the clipart folder. Select a clipart file that you like and drag it to the blank page in Powerpoint.

 Now you should see the clipart arranged on the page! The little dots along the edges are used for resizing. Click and drag them out or in to make the clipart bigger or smaller on the page.

 Now that you’ve got your clipart on the page, if you want to add some words, click “Insert” and then “Text Box” to be able to type words on the page.

 Now you’ve got a Text Box on your page. Position it where you want it by dragging it and pulling it around.

 You can make the text bigger or smaller by using the dropdown menu shown here.

 Now you can change how the text font looks. For the purpose of this post, I am going to choose a font that you most likely have on your computer already. For people wanting to get into selling on Teachers Pay Teachers, I suggest you look for commercial fonts and follow the installation guide.

 After you’ve selected a font, just type. You can still play around with sizing, colors, alignment and location. If all of this is new to you, I suggest you spend some time playing around with fonts for a while. And don’t worry, if you make a mistake, just click “Edit” and “Undo” and it will be able to go back a few steps.

 Now that you have your clipart and text, you are probably ready to print. Go to “File” and find “Print.”

And if you want to print it so that it’s BIG or use it for bulletin board decor (YES! You can do that with clipart!!!), just go to File—->Print—->PDF—>Save as PDF.

Then, open up the PDF, select the “Poster Size” option and it will print on multiple pieces of paper (change the percentage and look at the preview image to see how big it will be in comparison to the sheets of paper).

After it prints, cut off the white edge and using tape to assemble and stick them together! Easy peasy!

If you liked the little worm clipart, you might want to download this file for FREE in my TpT (that’s short for “Teachers Pay Teachers”) store by clicking below. There are lots of other free items in my store…so feel free to check those out as well!

And if you haven’t been to this site before, lift that rock up that you’ve been living under (joking!) and go ahead and get ready to be AMAZED. All you need is to sign up for an account (also free, and totally easy and it won’t give your computer a virus or spam your email, I promise). You can’t download anything without one, so take the plunge and you’ll be able to download FREE things. Yep, FREE. And when you’re ready, you can purchase something. Chances are, it’ll be less than the price of a cup of coffee and you can feel good knowing that most of that money probably went to a teacher. I am a teacher (7 years in 2nd grade!), so my products are tried and true.

And if you are looking for a specific store that you already know the name of, it will pop up as you are typing, so just click on it when you see it.

Once you are there, you can choose to “follow” the store. This means that you’ll be able to see when that store puts out new products. If you like that store’s stuff, click the little star under their store name that says “Follow Me.” You can use the main search bar up on top to look for all kinds of things.

You can use the store search bar to locate items in that store alone. Most sellers have categories on the left as well to help you search. Have fun and don’t forget to leave feedback on all of your downloads…it’s the polite thing to do!

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  1. July 23, 2015 / 4:07 pm


    I love your clip art and wish this post was around when I started creating! Your free apple and worm set is fabulous:) I left some love over at TpT for it<3

    The Resourceful Apple

  2. February 16, 2016 / 2:47 am

    If I downloaded free clipart from another user, am I allowed to use it on my own stuff and upload to sell it? Like can I add a piece of clipart on my own task cards I made? Thanks.

    • February 16, 2016 / 2:54 am

      Every Terms of Use is different, so I can't answer that question. You'll need to read the TOU (Terms of Use) file that should be included in any clipart you download. Most clipartists require that you don't just slap pieces of clipart together without adding your own content/text to it, but task cards typically have text so that should work. If you are ever in doubt, just leave a question in the seller's Q and A section of their store 🙂

    • February 16, 2016 / 3:42 am

      Thanks so much. I am just starting to make things to sell on TpT so I want to make sure I am following all of the rules 🙂

  3. November 6, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Hello, I'm new to blogging and want to use clip art on my blog. How do I give credit on my blog to the clip art designers like I do on my credits page on teaching resources?

    • November 16, 2016 / 4:26 am

      Every designer is different, so you'll need to read the Terms of Use or leave them a Question in their Q/A section if you found them on TpT. My clipart cannot be used for blogs, but there are many on TpT that do allow it. Good luck!

  4. Becky Gregory
    April 9, 2019 / 10:02 am

    Wow! You are a wealth of information! Thank you so very much for being so generous and sharing your insight and expertise! I haven’t ventured into the TPT market yet, but this sure does help me have the tools I need to get started! Thanks again.

    • Jen
      April 9, 2019 / 11:28 pm

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad I could help!

  5. Janice Ossola
    July 9, 2021 / 6:32 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this explanation of how to use clipart. I recently bought my first clipart from TpT and did not know how to access it. Now that I have followed your explanation, step by step, I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me! Bless you for sharing your knowledge!

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