WPClipart is an ever-growing collection of artwork for schoolkids and others that is free of copyright concerns as well as safe from inappropriate images.
Usage in school research and reports is my main focus when creating, or finding and editing -- but there are photos and clips here that work great
for commercial uses, book illustrations, office presentations, and some just for fun...
Today's image count:
All the images here are Public Domain. So enjoy, come back often and tell your friends!
Clip of the Day
Trouble in the Ukraine
I'm not one to get caught up in the political --
but the world seems to be becoming a less stable place of late.
Perhaps I was spoiled by being born in an era of relative tranquility
for much of the world (post WWII.)
It seems to me that we humans are, historically, incredibly violent.
Here's hoping things work out without a lot of bloodshed for the folks over in the Ukraine...
The image search atop each page is inter-site, and as such is safe and fast. I have written an algorithm that outputs thumbnail
image links of to up to 25 images per page and also displays folders (sections) of images if there are any that match the search.
Below those thumbnails appears a Google keyword search -- which also searches just on WPClipart. Since Google uses a much
different search algorithm, this yields additional images that may be of interest.
WPClipart is a fast, clean and safe site for children and others to find good-quality, printable images
that have no copyright restrictions. All the images are in the Public Domain. Ads on pages are minimal
(one per page, also one on "related" section of display pages) to eliminate confusion and to make the site as fast as possible.
While there are literally thousands of "fun" images -- I take great pains to find, edit and retouch images
of historical and/or general educational value.
Browse though American History, flags, geography (maps) and other sections to see what I mean...
While I realize folks trying to be courteous will generally want to ask first, I get several requests a day and
responding to each becomes time consuming. I would feel badly if I were to ignore someone's email... so please,
feel free to use the images with my unwritten blessing : ) The only REQUEST I make is that you do not use large
numbers of the images in another ONLINE gallery or application -- therefore competing with wpclipart in image searches.
If you have any questions you are welcome to
email me. But please take a peek at the
legal and/or the
legal FAQ pages first... one of them may have the answer to your
Use with Google Docs
Easy to use wpclipart with Google Docs, see the example I Published to a web page that shows how to insert images without even downloading them.
"Google Docs and WPClipart"
Image File Formats
PNG was chosen as the default format because it is lossless but compressed -- meaning it retains a higher image quality
than JPG, makes a much smaller file size than a .tiff, is better supported and versatile than an SVG (especially to convert to/from),
and finally, GIF images simply have too limited a color palette.
Despite false information spread by some overzelous SVG supporters, PNG is lossless. From the PNG site at:
libpng.org, "Since PNG's compression is fully lossless...
restoring and re-saving an image will not degrade its quality..."
WebP emerging file format from Google, meant to speed up the web via smaller file size while retaining quality.
JPG versions of all images are now also available. These are especially useful for use with photographic images
and keeping file size reasonable, but also if you link/post to websites, jpg is sometimes allowed while PNG is not.
Transparent PNG images are not used by default because this can cause printing problems, however, because folks often want to
use these images on the Web (sometimes over backgrounds and colors), and also sometimes combine images (one image over part of another)
-- so I create transparent PNG versions whenever possible.
And last but not least, SVG versions of images are now also included when appropriate.
There are loads of "fun" images at WPClipart, but a big part of
what is being attempted here has to do with historical/research value. Maps,
geography, flags, historical figures, American History, rocks and minerals, religion, mythology --
these are not popular or fashionable image groups, but they can be quite useful
in documentation, school papers and, ultimately, to enable people to
get a more visceral feel for who and what the images represent.
Toward this end I have done a lot of retouching of images, at times taking some
"artistic license" by manipulating the originals. I can attest that
in the case of historical photos, this is never done with an eye to change any
impression put forward by the original -- editing is done first and foremost to
ensure that if a visitor needs to reprint the image, usually scaled down and on
a modest inkjet printer, then the details of the image will still be visible.
All the photographs I take are presently done with an Olympus E-500 I bought in 2006 along with a macro lens.
Photos appear in "plants/Pauls_Garden", "plants/Tennessee_Flora", quite a few animal pix, some computer parts, my daughters eye closeup
and probably more I don't remember...
I also use a macro lens to digitize images from out-of-copyright books. Many of the images in fictional characters, American History,
world history and images from several other sections were digitized using my Olympus.
to track/prevent any malicious activity on-site, but are checked and dumped daily (deleted permanently, without backup).
WPClipart uses advertising from Google.
They run ads that I believe are appropriate for this site's audience. I have yet to see an ad be crude or overly intrusive.
The ad layout onsite is never meant to confuse ads with content. There is only one ad per page (and one in the "related"
framed page that appears below the image display pages.)
That said, Google is a contexual advertiser, and as such they use anonymous cookies on the user's machine to track web visiting habits.
(In order to serve targeted ads.)
However, since Google is part of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) you have the ability
to OPT OUT of the use of their tracking cookies. Ads are still served, just no cookie is used, and no
tracking information is collected as you visit. To see the NAI opt-out list:
the NAI opt-out page
The images are vetted for public domain status more rigourously than any user-submitted site, I tweak/improve clips I don't create myself, especially
conscious of printability. The images will always be OK for kids to view.
I rent a dedicated server that I configure and maintain myself, and wrote custom databasing software just for WPClipart. (Yeah, I'm a bit of a geek.)
I do computer repair as a profession -- but the more money I make from the website, the more time I can devote to it's improvment.
And if you have a question or problem -- you can email me, and I will usually be helpful :-)
That's what I offer, and my dream is to work on the site full time.
So if you'd like to donate a couple bucks through PayPal, much appreciated!
WPClipart: is here to maintain and grow an online collection of artwork for schoolkids and others that is free of
copyright concerns as well as safe from inappropriate images. To ensure these qualities, no direct user-uploaded images are allowed. All artwork is collected/edited or created for use
by me with the
Inkscape and some
GIMP extras on
Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. And thanks for stopping by :-)