In today’s post I will be reviewing; a few books collectivly. Dover Clip Art CD ROM books.
- Publisher: Dover Books
My Reason for Buying
I’ve had these books for a while now. I wanted some oriental images for cards and book covers and it was getting very expensive to buy stamps. With the CD ROMs I have the option of resizing the image in a graphics package. Useful if I want to make a batch of similar cards/projects.
I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)
These books contain the images that you will find on the CD ROM. When you put the CD into the computer you need to instal the reader for the images, but not the images themselves so it doesn’t take up too much space on your computer. Some of the books contain pre coloured images, others just black and white outlines. Refer to the copyright agreement in the front of the book to check what is and isn’t acceptable use of the images before you start using them.
- Space saving; To get this many images in rubber stamps would take up an awful lots of space, the discs and books offer you lots of images on each disk and take up next to no space to store.
- Cost effective; You get a lot of images on each disk, it would be a lot more expensive to buy stamps for each image.
The biggest advantage for me was the option of being able to print multiple images on a single sheet and to be able to resize the images too. You do need to take the jpeg that is on the desk into a graphic packgage or Word document to be able to do this. Straight from the disc you would get a single image on your page in the size the disk gives you.
Not a con as such, but if you do choose to enlarge the image in a graphics package, don’t over do it. If you increase the size of the image from the disc too much it will pixilate.
Value for Money
Excellent, these are a great visual resource. You can use them for all kinds of creative work. Simply print an idividual image to colour in, or use as a template to create on a range of surfaces. I’ve printed one of these off and traced a design onto a wooden blank to burn using Pyrography. Do check the small print for what is and isn’t acceptable use for the images before you create something for profit though.
Would I buy it Again?
Yes, I am building quite a collection of these books on a range of subjects.
These books are great. The book gives you a visual reference for whats on the disc, which is nice as you can sit and browse through till you find an image you want to use then print off your favorite one. Once you open the image if you put it into something like Word you can alter the size, which is useful. I like these books and highly recommend you try them out.
- Clip Art Design on CD ROM: CD ROM area of Dover Books site.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon