Organizing Clipart

Over the past 6 months or so, I have managed to amass a lot of clipart/digital illustrations, and now I am in the processing of trying to organize it so that I can finally use them. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for how they manage to organize their large collections of clipart? What categories do you create, and how specific are the categories? Screenshots of your digital organization would be great! :grinning:

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Hi Darsley!
What I usually do for the designs I’ve accrued is I make one mass folder with the title “Designs” then I have sub folders in there such as “Christmas”, “Halloween”, and so on. I don’t get too in depth but probably could. :slight_smile:

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I have created one main folder of ‘cliparts’ and inside that I have sub folders like christmas, halloween, new years etc. If I have tons of Christmas clipart, that all will go inside the ‘Christmas folder’.

Been crafting for about a year and a half and still have yet to organize

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Exactly

I have this same problem. If I was better organized I feel like I could craft so much faster!

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I use this also for my SVGs and not just clipart. I have a Designs Folder; within this folder I created separate folders for each Company I purchased designs from; within these folders it’s then separated in types, i.e. Holiday:Type; Family, Animals, Phrases & Sayings. Also if I need to create sub categories within :wink:

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we sort by type (svg or png) and then categorize by subject for seasons, holidays or what it is… for example mug designs vs farmhouse signs etc so its easy to click thru our folders to find files when we need them

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Thank you for all of these tips. I never know where to start and consequentially, never stumble upon designs I’ve purchased when looking for something to use.

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I use Bridge for accessing my files with tags, and create collections etc. This makes it not so essential to have files in separate folders. But yes, I have a folder for instance for Christmas, and within that I have sub folders for Christmas clipart, Christmas vector, Christmas wordart. Sometimes if I have a lot of files from one source (such as DesignBundles) I will create a DesignBundles folder and put the individual files in that. I save a copy of the license document information in the source folder. My main “Graphics & Vector” folder has subfolders such as “Objects” which will have further subfolders such as “Tools of the Trade” “Weapons” “Household Items” “Sewing and Craft Objects”. Other high level folders are “Animals & Birds” (for which I do not have subfolders), “Environment Conservation vectors”, “Money Finance Vectors”, “Music Vector”. If I use, or have a lot of, a particular type of vector then I will likely have a folder for it. Then I have a back up of all these organised folders on my Network Storage Device as well, so I have to keep them synchronised to make it work well.

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same here

I keep running lists in Microsoft Word, as well as different file folders and subfolders, sorted by designer/bundle/style.

I have so many digital things that I need to keep track of so I have made a habit of making folders with designer name (or web page) (Licensed art is in the top folder, then one folder by designer, then perhaps “themed folders” if I have many different designs but I usually just search the folder if I look for something specific. :slight_smile:

You have some very great ideas. I too was using Bridge, but Adobe keeps raising their prices, so I know I may not always have it, unfortunately, so I quit tagging.

p.s. I make a separate folder for every company I buy illustrations/clip art, etc from.

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This sounds like a good idea to organize

While you do have to pay for most Adobe products, Bridge is free. So once someone installs it during a trial of Creative Cloud for instance, even when their trial ends, Bridge can still be used.

thank you, I did not know that.