To Add Clip Art to Your Drawing
Hundreds of fully editable vector clip art graphics are available in the Styles & Clip Art palette. Use the Clip Art Stamp [y] tool and select the clip art and stamp it onto your drawing canvas. Alternatively, click-hold and drag clip art from the palette directly onto your drawing canvas.
To resize any clip art, select it with the Select [s] tool and drag one of the object’s bounding box corners, holding the Shift-key to maintain the aspect ratio. Alternatively, enter the object dimensions in the Geometry panel (click the "lock" icon in the Geometry panel to lock the aspect ratio when resizing).
HINT: Many clip art are made from "grouped" objects and must be ungrouped one or more times to edit – see "How Do I Edit Objects Grouped in Clip Art?" below. All clip art, except country flags, are fully editable.
To Edit Clip Art
Many of the built-in clip art are complex objects made up of grouped objects. To edit clip art after placing, first ungroup the objects as necessary by choosing Graphic > Ungroup from the main menu, or right-click and choose Ungroup from the context menu. Note, some clip art may have groups within groups. Text may be edited within a group without ungrouping. Styles may by picked up with the Style Dropper tool without ungrouping.
To Add Your Own Clip Art to the Library Manager
Your graphics can be saved as your own clip art in Artboard. Create your graphic and group the objects as necessary. Choose Edit > Add Clip Art to Library from the main menu, or click the Add Clip Art icon from the toolbar (note, the Add Clip Art icon can be added to the toolbar by customizing the toolbar). The clip art is automatically added to the Library Manager and is available immediately under My Library from the Styles & Clip Art Palette.
Double-click the name to rename clip art in the Library Manager to rename it. Drag the clip art to a new category and/or collection to organize your clip art as desired.
To Make Shape Objects from True Type Fonts
True Type Fonts (TTF) can be converted into individual editable shape objects. These objects can be further styled, grouped, and saved as clip art as desired.
1. Place TTF glyphs in the drawing area using the Text Box tool. Choose the font you want to use, or choose Edit > Special Characters from the main menu to open the Special Characters window.
2. After typing one or more glyphs, select the text box and choose Graphic > Convert To > Shape Group from the main menu (or right click and choose Convert to Shape Group) then Ungroup to obtain each glyph as a separate object.
3. To further explode and modify multi-layered objects, choose Graphic > Combine > Break Apart from the main menu and modify the shape or re-color individual components.