Clip art is a relatively prosaic or even trite concept for home users today, but it was a more striking idea in the 1980s. Before
programs like Macpaint became available, computer graphics were a strictly professional thing. Even within the professional
realm, the Mac was a monumental development. The idea of desktop
publishing did not exist, and Mac users who had absolutely no eye for drawing could not take full advantage of Macpaint.
Ready made images for professional print use already existed, but the digital version of clip art gave consumers access to professional
level graphics. Many clip art packages became available through 1984. All samples shown here were drawn with Macpaint.
This page provides a limited number of samples of early digital clip art. As the site expands, more from each collection may become available.