A giant source of public domain SVG files

March 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm 5 comments

Finding art that is legal to use can be frustrating, but here’s a tool for images you can know are OK for just about any purpose. The Open Clipart Library is a repository of SVG files started by the folks that develop Inkscape. It is a growing source for public domain artwork. If you have created original art in SVG format, you might consider uploading it to the open source community there. Some versions of Inkscape have an openclipart import/export feature in the file menu, making it even easier to download or upload images. The disadvantage of the OCL has been the lack of thumbnails and inefficient search tools. But now another site, clker.com has made the contents of the OCL available with thumbnails. The search function is still kinda quirky, but at least you can scan visually to find images that might be cut-friendly.

Screen shot of clker.com

Screen shot of clker.com

Update 5/3/10: the Open Clipart Library now has thumbnails so either it or clker.com are good options.

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  • 1. Lora  |  March 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

    This looks interesting but the link is not working for me right now. I’ll check again later. Thanks for sharing.

  • 2. Chris  |  June 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks so much for all the great information you provde us!

  • 3. Diana Miller  |  July 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I cannot find out where or how to obtain this font. Can you help me?


  • 4. Diane  |  May 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    The link doesn’t work, but if you do a search you can find it. The link is OpenClipArt . org (With out any spaces)

    • 5. Kay  |  May 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

      Fixed the link.

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