I have a clipart addiction. It’s out of control. I’m serious. Sometimes I just go through and buy clipart with the idea that eventually I may get to that brilliant product that I don’t have time for now, but if I BUY the clipart today, that is just one step closer to creating that masterpiece.
I have this wonderful idea of creating a reading/ geography cross-curricular unit about traveling the world. Can you guess how much clipart that requires? Let’s just say I’m GLAD my husband doesn’t check to see how much $ I spend on clipart or I would have some ‘splainin to do! Shhhhh, it’s our secret.
The problem then becomes finding these little cuties when I do get to working on my masterpieces. My laptop recently got a virus and I had to completely uninstall and reinstall my operating system. I’m not techie, by any means, but with enough Youtube videos, you can figure a lot of stuff out! What better time to reorganize everything? It’s like when your deep freeze dies and you suddenly find culinary treasures that would have been great, but you realize they had gotten buried in frozen hamburger and now they are useless. Luckily clipart doesn’t get freezer burned, but it can get buried and I forget I have it.
I have a Mac, with photoshop and all the bells and whistles that go along with it. I found a teacher deal one time a few years ago and snagged it while it was super cheap. I don’t remember the details of the deal, but I think it had something to do with when I bought my Macbook. (Which I LOVE, by the way. I would never go back to a PC again.)
So, to do this, I went through each and every folder I had in my ClipArt files, which were so haphazard after the great crash of 2015, I ended up going back into my TpT site and re-downloading much of it. I downloaded it into Adobe Bridge and from there, there is a handy little tool that says “save as pdf”. Check out the image below.
So then a screen will pop up that will look like this:
I save it under the same name that the clip artist saved it so that when I’m searching for this file, I can easily find it.
I like to go through and organize it by skill set. I have tabs for Reading, then tabs within that tab for Short Vowels, Long Vowels, R-Controlled Vowels, Diphthongs, Digraphs, sight words, functional reading skills. In math, I have Geometry, Measurement and Numeration. I have tabs for Geography, Science, History, Fonts, Digital Papers, Decorations and Elements.
Probably the best part is when I go to search for an item, I type in the exact name of the image I’m searching for. The purple arrow is pointing to where I entered my search. The yellow arrow is the folder or area of my computer I am searching and ta-da, the red arrow is pointing to the image I’m searching for.
I’m not going to lie and say this is an immediate shortcut. It takes a lot of work to print all of the thumbnails and sometimes people prefer to keep them in a cloud, but I guess I’m totally old school and I like paper. Sorry, trees. I like the touch and feel of actual books. In fact, I LOVE the smell of new textbooks, and always have. I’m a total nerd, I know. iPads just don’t have that “new book” smell.
Anyway- I hope this was helpful to you and if you are interested in seeing any of the products I have created with this clipart system, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
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