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Stinqbug
11-15-2000, 03:17 PM
I have been having trouble finding free vector clipart but I have found a whole bunch of "clipart" that was already on my computer -- dingbat fonts! (For those who don't know, a dingbat is basically a font character that is a picture instead of a letter, so when you press the "F" key you might get a flower instead of the letter "F".) Fonts in KoolMoves are inherently a kind of vector graphic that you can size and squish, etc. This example was done almost entirely with font characters (the exception is the "transporter beam")

http://members.home.com/stinkbug/ufo.html

The flying saucer is from a font called "Mini Pics Art Jam" that I apparently got with Adobe Photodeluxe (it came with my digital camera). If you have this font and choose the letter "c" you get a flying saucer. What I especially like about this font is that all the objects are done in a cartoon style with lines around them that makes them look like they are moving. You can find dingbats of people, animals, cartoon characters, etc. You can also try converting a letter (or an alien penguin) to a shape and then filling it with a gradient or a bitmap, etc (Transforms | Break Apart Text | Convert to a Shape with Points).

Using dingbats isn't as elegant as drawing shapes from scratch, but it IS really quick and easy. Also, if you use dingbats I suggest using something better than the default Character Map program that comes with Windows. CharacterMap Pro is good (and free) at - http://www.photoshopclub.com/stuff/index.php?chmap .

johnie
11-15-2000, 04:11 PM
You are Indeed Correct. I also want to add that Kool Moves can also be used for text effects. Unlike Swish or Flax or Flash Typer-ETC, you can create any text effect you want and then save it and re-use it. Since Kool Moves has a WYSISWYG environment it is more suitable than these boxed text effects generators.