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Using Graphics

Graphics or images add a wonderful dimension to your word documents and web pages. Take a look at the TAC Web site (http://tac.nvcc.edu/resources) for information about using graphics. You can find images in Microsoft products (Word or PowerPoint), on the Web, or in commercial graphics software.

To insert a graphic/image/clip art into a Word document go to:

  • Insert/Picture
  • Select Clip Art for From File.
  • Click on your selected image and Click OK to place it in your document.

Saving a copyright-free graphic found on the Web is easy. 

  • Place your cursor over the graphic and right click with your mouse.
  • Select Save Image As. It is the second to last option on the menu.
  • In the dialog box that pops up, look for the Save in window at the top of the box; select where you want to save the graphic, such as on your floppy in your A: drive or in My Documents on your computer's hard drive. 
  • You can rename the graphic at this time, too. The name should not include blank spaces.
  • Click Ok.     

Many free graphic/image/clip art sites are on the Web.  Listed below are several good ones:               

  • The Pixel Foundry (http://www.pixelfoundry.com/): Resources and tutorials on Web graphics
  • Pambytes Free Web Graphics (http://www.pambytes.com/): Excellent resource for quality graphics
  • A-1 Icon Archive (http://icons.simplenet.com/index.html): Extensive resource of all kinds of graphics, not just icons                     
  • The Clip Art Universe (http://www.nzwwa.com/mirror/clipart/): Well-organized; selective graphics source

You can also use a search engine (Lycos, Google, etc.) to find other sites. Use Free Graphics for your search. Remember graphics/images files used in your webpages must be placed in your web folder along with your web page file.