A reader wrote to ask if I had any lighthouse "clipart" drawings. Another said he wanted to save a cartoon attached to an email he'd received, but didn't know how to do it.
Well, there was a time when most clipart came on a disk, or could be purchased from commercial "art" sites. However, I have 100s of drawings, paintings, and photos on my site, most of which were obtained by going to Google.com, clicking Images, and typing in a search phrase.
If you're looking for, say, a drawing of the Lincoln Memorial (rather than a photo) try adding the term GIF to your search phrase. GIF is an image format that is often used for Web page and email graphics. GIF is also used for creating most of the cute animations found online and in emails.
A Web page or email image can usually be copied to your PC by right-clicking it and choosing Save Picture As. Accept the graphic's name — or type in a new one — click OK, and a copy will be sent to your My Pictures folder (or you can choose any location you prefer, including your Desktop).
Alternatively, you can right-click an image and choose Copy, whereupon you can right-click into an open word processing page or an outbound email and choose Paste. You can even use Edit>Paste to put the image on a "canvas" in Windows Paint or Irfanview for subsequent editing.
If a Web page graphic won't respond to a right-click, you can still copy it by pressing your PrtSc (Print Screen) key, opening an image-editor and choosing Edit>Paste. Or you can right-click into an open word processing page and choose Paste. Either action will paste in an image of everything currently on your Desktop.
I do this all the time with Irfanview (free from pcdon.com) since the pasted graphic can immediately be cropped by mouse-drawing a rectangle around it and choosing Edit>Cut. It can then be immediately pasted back in as a new graphic with Edit>Paste, and resized to any dimensions I prefer with Image>Resize.
Speaking of image-editing, TV celeb Katie Couric was once in the news because someone criticized a photo which made her appear slimmer than she actually is. Well, my point is that anyone with a PC can edit any digital photo with a comprehensive image-editing program, such as Adobe PhotoShop.
When I started work at the Fallbrook Enterprise in the mid-1990s, I was handed a photo of a group of Special Ed students receiving certificates. One boy was absent that day, but was photographed later on the steps where his peers had stood the day before.
When I suggested to Enterprise Editor Betty Johnston digitally integrating the boy into the first photo so he would appear to be standing with the others, she replied, "Don't you dare! What if he had been out doing something illegal when the first shot was taken, and then tried to use the newspaper photo as an alibi?"
Both pictures were published
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