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FAQ

Q. Do you add images on a regular basis?
A. Yes. We add images regularly to the site.

Q. Can I submit images to ToonClipart?
A. Right now we're a one cartoonist shop. In the future, ToonClipart may consider adding other cartoonists to the mix.

Q. Do you offer refunds?
A. Once your purchase is made we cannot offer a refund. The reason for this policy is because we offer full access to our entire digital collection of images and, as such, there is no way for our products to be returned. On a rare occasion we will make exceptions on a case by case basis.

Q. Are there any restrictions on my use of the ToonClipart images that I download?
A. Yes. While ToonClipart offers great freedom and a wide ranges of uses, we do not allow the redistribution of our images, or allow the use of our images within products that are mass distributed in any type of archive format. Refer to our license agreement for more info.
Contact us for licensing information if you wish to market products containing our images.


Q. If I purchase a subscription are there any other fees I will encounter when downloading from the site?
A. No, an unlimited membership allows you full access to download any images on our site at no extra charge. We do limit the number of downloads to 50 per day.
(If you have a project or a specific need that may require more images on a given day, simply email your request to ToonClipart at ron@toonclipart.com).


Q. Is account sharing allowed?
A. No, sharing an account is no different than distributing our materials to others. Individual accounts must be purchased by your friends and colleagues.

Q. What format are the images in?
A. All ToonClipart images are available in EPS, WMF, GIF, PNG and JPG format.

Q. I'm not sure which formats to use. What's the difference between the various formats?
A. That's a good question. EPS, JPG, PNG and WMF files each have their advantages and disadvantages. I'll attempt to sort out, in very basic terms, the differences so that you can make an informed choice.

EPS
EPS or vector graphics are resolution independant, meaning that you can enlarge them any number of times without having their resolution deteriorate. Vector images give you crisp, clean lines at any size. If you have an illustration program like Adobe Illustrator, Freehand or Corel DRAW you can import and edit the images. EPS graphics are intended for print and are not suitable for computer monitors or the web.

JPG
JPG's are bitmapped graphics. Thay are best used for images such as photographs or paint style graphics. They are versatile and can be imported into most software but their biggest disadvantage is that they are resolution dependant. Bitmapped graphics can be reduced in size successfully but if you try to enlarge them you will be subject to serious deterioration.

WMF
WMF (Windows Metafile) is a Windows format used primarily for clipart. The majority of WMF files are vector based so they can be resized without degradation in quality. If you are primarily interested in using the images in applications like PowerPoint then WMF is your best choice. In the PowerPoint example below, notice that the EPS graphic is not quite up to par. Not only is it blotchy, but it has an ugly white box around it making it unsuitable for placing on colored backgrounds. A jpg file will look smoother but will have the same white box around it. The gif file is a little better in that there is no white box around it, but you have the same problem as with trying to place a gif on a colored web page; that white fringe around the image. That can be overcome in an image editing application but it means more prep work. The WMF image by contrast, looks great on any background and can be sized up or down with no degradation.

PNG
PNG is a format developed for the web that has been gaining in popularity but has not yet overtaken GIF and JPG for internet use. Advantages include lossless compression, 48-bit, true-color depth, varying levels of transparency and better compression, 10-30 percent smaller files than GIF.

I put the chart together below to point out the advatages and disadvantages of the different formats in Powerpoint but the examples hold true for the most part on the web as well. If you're an Apple Keynote user, I suggest using PNG images.

For more detailed information on these and other file formats go to: http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/formatsnonweb/



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