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I found too many items -- how can I refine my search?

You decided to subscribe to Clipart.com because we have so many images, and now you're having a hard time finding exactly what you need because, well, we have so many images. Don't be discouraged. There are ways to narrow your search so you don't have to wade through thousands of items to get the one you want.

Use a more specific keyword

General keywords like dog or tree may return more images than you can handle. If you do a search on dog in the Clipart area, for instance, you'll get almost 13,000 items. You'll have more luck if you look for a puppy or a boxer.

Use keywords that must appear in your search and select Match Any from the pull-down menu.

  • Enter boxer dog to find the breed of dog rather than prizefighters.
  • Enter dog cat to find images containing both a dog and cat.
  • Enter cat dance to find images containing a cat (those with dancing cats will appear first).

Enter keywords that must NOT appear in the not these words field:

  • Using the above dog cat example, enter cat into the not these words field to find images that contain dogs but NOT cats.

Use quotation marks to force exact matches.

If you need to search for a phrase (hot dog, Statue of Liberty, question mark), put the phrase in quotation marks.

  • A search on hot dog (without the quotes) will return all items with keywords hot or dog. A search on "hot dog" (with the quotes) will return only hot dogs.

Use "ing" for verbs

If you search for boxing matches by entering the word box, the search engine will return items keyworded box or boxing. To eliminate the images of cardboard boxes, cigar boxes, ballot boxes, etc., enter boxing instead.

Do a category search

Browsing categories can help you eliminate homonyms from your search.

  • To find turkey dinner images (rather than a live turkey), select Food as your category, then enter turkey into the keywords field.

Specify whether you want color or black & white

  • If you don't want a color image, click in the "Color" checkbox in the search tools to deselect it.
  • If you don't want a black and white image, click in the "B/W" checkbox in the search tool to deselect it.

Specify the file type you want.

In the search tool are checkboxes for different file types: GIF, JPEG, EPS, WMF, PSD, etc. If you would like to exclude certain file types from your search, click in their boxes to deselect them.



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