Clip Art

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.

 
ClickArt Personal Graphics: This is one of the few surviving brands of clip art, now published by Broderbund and offering millions of images. The images shown here were released on one disk in the first half of 1984. This early collection was composed of 37 Macpaint files in the categories animals, farm, people, presidents, statues, stuff, and things.

©1984 T/Maker

©1984 T/Maker

©1984 T/Maker
MacArt Department: Publisher unknown. Please contact if you have any information.

©1986

©1986

©1986
McPic! Volume 1: Publisher unknown. Please contact if you have any information.

©1984

©1984

©1984
PrintShop Graphics: This software started out on the Apple II and made its way to the Mac and is now only available on Windows. The Mac version included this moderately sized clip art collection. Before Pagemaker, this was a relatively powerful desktop publishing package. Besides the types of images shown here, it included 8 files of borders for spicing up letters and other documents.

©1987 Broderbund

©1987 Broderbund

©1987 Broderbund
WetPaint: Please contact if you have any information on the publisher, Dubl-Click Software.

©1986 Dubl-Click Software

©1986 Dubl-Click Software

©1986 Dubl-Click Software
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