How to Draw Clip Art

By James Mascia

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Computer

  • Adobe Photoshop, Corel, or other art program that uses layers

  • Photograph

Clip art is just a simple drawing used for websites and presentations.
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Clip art pictures are just small, simple drawings with little detail in them that are used for electronic documents like websites and PowerPoint presentations. They aren’t hard to make. Anyone with even simplistic artistic skills has the ability to create clip art. All you need is the proper art program on your computer and know how to trace an image. With a few minutes work, you can have decent looking clip art that is suitable for many presentations.

Find an image of a person or object similar to the clip art you want to create. Save the photo in a folder on your computer you will easily be able to find.

Open an art program on your computer, such as Adobe Photoshop. Click “File” and then “Open”. A window will open for you to select a file. Find and select the photo you saved previously.

Create a new blank layer and overlay it on top of the photo you selected. Select the color black and then select a pen or paint brush tool and trace the outline of the photo on the new layer. Do not worry about details, only get the basic outline.

Delete the layer with the photo on it so that all you now see is the outline you created. With the pen or paint brush tool, fill in any gaps you may have missed. Then if you wish to have color, color the file in.

Click “File” and then “Save As”. A box will open. Name the file with the name of the object you just created clip art for. Then select the file type “JPEG” or “GIF”. Click “Save”.


Clip art files don’t have to be perfect; so if your lines aren’t straight or the coloring is a little off, don’t worry. As long as the object is recognizable as the object you started off with, it is acceptable as clip art.