FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

   Fat Free Clip Art 4000 is a collection of 4000 black and white drawings by cartoonist Ron Wheeler. These drawings have been collected to offer you a chance to enhance your documents for any occasion! With this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, we hope to provide you with an ongoing resource for any and all questions about how best to use our product. If you have questions, suggestions, or find out cool stuff that we haven't mentioned, we'd love to hear from you. Send us an e-mail:

FAQ Directory

What is clip art?   [Directory]

   Put simply, a piece of clip art is an existing drawing that you can place in your own document. In this case it is stored on three CDs in four black and white file formats, each explained under "Which file format is for me?"

How can clip art help me?  [Directory]

   Clip art can be used in many different ways. You can give life to documents like church bulletins and mailings when you add an image or two. Selecting art to match upcoming promotions is a snap with a search for "Promotional" images. You can these images to create a flier, poster, or even a banner by simply adding your own text! Create certificates for Sunday School students, lesson plans with lizards, and stickers with style! Clip art can turn what was once boring into something fun! Read the file "Sample Uses of Clip Art" for more ideas.

How do I use Fat Free Clip Art 4000?  [Directory]

   First you need a computer. FFCA4000 runs on both Macintosh and Windows 95 computers. It uses Portfolio Browser 3.0 as a catalog. The system requirements for Portfolio 3.0 are:

Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 or higher
486/33 or higher
6 MB of RAM

System 7.5 or higher
68030 or higher (includes PowerPC)
6 MB of RAM

   The images can be used on other systems, but the Portfolio catalog will not work. Unfortunately, Portfolio 3.0 does not run on Windows 3.x or DOS based computers. However, if you have a program that reads TIF, EPS, or WMF files, you can still use the FFCA4000 images on your system if you know how to import them.

Which menu should I choose first?  [Directory]

   To get started quickly, choose "Catalog" and "Find" to bring up a "Find" box. Type in your own keywords or use a "Saved Find" to locate images. Once images are displayed in the gallery, you have several options, depending upon how you wish to use the artwork. Browse through the gallery and see what kind of ideas begin to form! You can scroll up and down using the scroll bars. When you see an image you like, double-click on it to bring up the thumbnail.

What's the best way to work with the images?  [Directory]

   There are several ways to use the images on our CDs. If you never or seldom need to move a file to another computer, or print if from another location, you can import them directly to your publishing program, such as Word or Pagemaker. To do so, select an image and choose the "Item" menu. Select "Find Original" to open the folder where the image is located on the CD. Once you have the location of your file, import it into your publishing program and have fun!

   However, if you routinely use more than one computer, cross platforms, or send your electronic files to printers or service bureaus, we suggest the following. Select an image and choose the "Item" menu. Select "Copy Original" to save the file to a disk. Once you have the location of your file, save it to your desktop, hard drive or work folder. Now you have your own copy of that file, and when you collect your document's imported images for printing purposes, you will not have to go back and retrieve them from the disk.

   Remember, if you DON'T take your images with your document, the printer can't print them!

   Hint: To view some of the most common searches, choose "Catalog" and "Master Keywords Palette."

Where are the images themselves stored?  [Directory]

   All the image files are stored in the folders labeled "EPS Images" "WMF Images" "WIN TIFS" or "MAC TIFS", depending upon the disk you've selected and placed in the drive. You can view the contents on your desktop: simply open the disk window, open the folder "EPS Images" and then choose from folders categorized alphabetically (A, B, C, etc.). Within these folders, you'll see simple file names such as "cat1.eps".

Which file format is for me?  [Directory]

   You have the choice of TIF or EPS files for Macintosh, and TIF and WMF files for the PC. The TIF files are bitmaps while the EPS and WMF files are vector-based images.

   A bitmap file is an image composed of dots. Normally, you can edit these in programs such as Photoshop. Vector files are composed of lines telling the computer what shape to draw, these can be worked on like most other Illustrator or Freehand files.

   While vector files look better when enlarged, bitmap files are more widely supported and have less printing problems. If you have a printer that you know doesn't support Postscript, the bitmap files will probably work better; this may also be true if you own an older Postscript printer with very little memory. Otherwise, vector files are the better choice. Try some of each to see which you prefer, and experiment with different applications as you have the opportunity.

How do I find and view an image?  [Directory]

Portfolio 3.0:

   FFCA4000 uses Extensis Portfolio 3.0 to catalog the images. Two basic elements of Portfolio are the Find command and the Gallery. The Find command allows you to locate images that are related to a certain word. The Gallery is where the images are displayed. Included are predefined Finds. Predefined Finds can be located by choosing Find under the Catalog menu. There is an option of "Saved Finds," which lists all of the predefined Finds. You can also look through the text file "Keywords" to view all of your search possibilities.

   Note: Portfolio displays a thumbnail of the image, not the actual image. Do not be alarmed if the images appear to be poor. The thumbnail has a much lower resolution, making it look rough or jagged, and it may be difficult to see. Double click the thumbnail to preview the actual image.

   Under the Catalog menu, choose Find to open the Find Box.

"Find" Box Options:

Saved Finds - Menu of predefined searches. Good if you are unsure what you want to look for.

And - Refine your searches to include both words (using "and") or either word (using "or").

Keywords - This menu gives you options of what type of search to do, including filename, date created, and date modified. Keywords will be the most useful. There is no reason to change this for FFCA4000.

Starts with - This menu gives you the option of how broad of a search to do. "Starts with" and "contains" are the most useful options here.

Find in gallery - If you have already done a search, but want to refine it using only the images in the gallery, mark this box.

Display results in new gallery - This box lets you keep multiple galleries open at the same time.

More choices - If you want to search for more than one keyword at a time. Portfolio allows you to use 5 keywords at a time. This is a very useful tool and should be used often!

Fewer Choices - If you want to search for fewer keywords at a time.

Find all - This allows you to browse through all 4000 images.

Find - Starts the search.

Can I print out a catalog of the thumbnail images?  [Directory]

   Yes! You may have need for a printed reference catalog of specific items such as animals, sports related cartoons, or promotional items. Portfolio allows you to print either a gallery of thumbnails or just a single image. To print a gallery, select the gallery you want to print, choose "File" and "Print." The thumbnail printout will appear as a rougher image than the screen display, so it should only be used as a reference.

How do I print out an image I have selected?  [Directory]

   To print a single image, double click the image you want and it will open in a new window. You can enlarge this window to see the image better. However, the image will print out in its original size. (Images are not all the same size.) An alternative is to use a desktop publishing, word processing, or graphics editing program. Many computers come with one already installed. Windows 95 comes with WordPad and Paint. Other common programs include Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, ClarisWorks, Adobe PageMaker, and QuarkXPress. Graphics editing programs include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, and CorelDraw.

How do I place or edit an image into my document?  [Directory]

   Note: Commands may vary depending on your version of a program. Consult the documentation for your program for further reference. Generally, if your application normally uses an Import or Place command, FFCA 4000 can be accessed the same way. Conversely, if you normally use an Open File command, FFCA 4000 images should also be accessed that way.

WordPad - From the menu bar, choose "Insert" then "Object." Select "Create from file." Choose "Browse" to locate the image on the CD.

Microsoft Word - From the menu bar, choose "Insert" then "Picture" then "From file." Browse to find desired image.

Microsoft Publisher - From the menu bar, choose "Insert" then "Picture file." Browse to find desired image.

ClarisWorks - From the menu bar select "File" and then "Insert." Browse to find desired image.

QuarkXpress - After creating a picture box, choose the Get Picture command, and select the image from the CD or your hard drive or desktop. TIF files can be scaled and flopped, EPS files scaled only.

Adobe Illustrator - Select File and then Open, and make a selection from the CD, your hard drive or desktop. EPS and WMF images (vector based) are not only editable, but can be stroked and filled.

You can also use the cut-and-paste method. While previewing an image, choose "Edit" and "Select all." Then choose "Edit" and "Copy." Go to the program you wish to place the image into and select "Edit" and "Paste."

What does "browse" mean?  [Directory]

   Browsing is a way to locate your file, just like the search engines used on the web, only not as powerful, and restricted to a limited set of files. To locate a file while browsing within a program, open your desktop. Open "EPS" to get a list of files and folders. Open the "EPS Images" folder and a list of letters will appear. Select the folder with the first letter of the name of the image you are going to use. From there, you will find the name of your image!

Is there an example I can follow to place an image of a cat?  [Directory]

   Sure! Here's one for ClarisWorks:

  1. Boot up your computer.
  2. Insert the WMF/EPS CD into CD-ROM drive.
  3. Double click the "EPS" icon.
  4. Double click the "Open Me First.fdb" icon. The catalog should open.
  5. Select the Catalog menu, then Find.
  6. Type 'cat' in the blank space where the cursor is.
  7. Choose Find.
  8. Close the Find box.
  9. Look through the thumbnails and find one you like. Try "Cat 3.eps." Note: From here you have many options. The most common is described.
  10. Open ClarisWorks.
  11. From the menu bar select "File" and then "Insert."
  12. Click on the Desktop button.
  13. Select the "EPS" icon.
  14. Choose the "EPS Images" folder.
  15. Choose the C folder.
  16. Scroll down to find "Cat 3.eps."
  17. Choose Insert.

   Your image is there!

   Some programs support drag and drop. Drag and drop is a process of selecting an item in one program (an image in the Portfolio gallery), holding down the mouse button, moving the cursor on top of another program, and releasing the button. This will insert the picture into the program without having to follow steps 10-17 as described above. Consult your documentation to see if the program you use supports drag and drop, and for more specifics on how to use it.

What else does Portfolio do?  [Directory]
  • File: Basic options of choosing what files to work with.
    • Open - Opens a catalog
    • Close - Closes a catalog
    • Page Setup - Chooses orientation for printing
    • Print - Prints the current gallery
    • Quit - Closes Portfolio
  • Edit: Only two options.
    • Select all - Select all thumbnails in the gallery
    • Preferences - Gives you options related to how thumbnails are viewed
  • View: How to display the thumbnails in the gallery.
    • View Master Keyword List - List of often used keywords
    • Thumbnails - Shows thumbnails of images in the gallery
    • List - Lists the name of images with a thumbnail of the selected image only
  • Catalog: Most tools for finding images.
    • Find - Powerful tool to help you locate images using your choice of words
    • Find all - Lists all 4000 images in the gallery
    • Delete items - Remove an image from the gallery (not the CD)
    • Catalog properties - Information about the current catalog
    • List Galleries - A list of predefined galleries
    • Refresh - Refreshes the window
  • Item: Information about individual images.
    • Item Properties - Information about image, including keywords assigned to the item.
    • Preview Original - Shows actual image.
    • Edit Original - After specifing a program to edit, allows you to work with original image. Edited image cannot be saved to CD.
    • Copy Original - Makes a copy of file on CD and saves it to user defined location. Useful if you want to edit files.
    • Find Original - Opens window where image is located.
  • Window: List of open windows
    • New Gallery - Open a new gallery in which to do searches.

   Note: For more detailed descriptions of Portfolio options, read the online help, located under the help balloon at the top right corner of your screen.

I get an error on my PC when I ask for helps -- help!  [Directory]

   That's because your system defaults may be set in such a way as to make them unable to "see" invisible files, or files with common extensions. The helps files really are on the CD, even though your dialog box may be telling you they're not. When you get the option to look for this file yourself, simply go to your CD drive, and select the file named PORTBRWS.hlp. When you've selected this, the helps content will become available. Other system settings may conflict with how Portfolio thinks it can see files, but most issues will be solved by changing views in your window, and disabling or enabling the autorun function.

Troubleshooting  [Directory]

   If you get an "unexpected error" when trying to open Portfolio, there may be one of two problems.

   The first problem may be an incomplete, or mismatched installation of the QuickDraw 3D extensions. Go to your system extensions folder and get info on the QuickDraw 3D extensions. Make sure they are all from the same version, and also make sure that all of the components of QuickDraw 3D are either enabled or disabled.

   The other problem occurs on 6100, 7100, and 8100 model PowerMacs running System 7.5. On these models you must have the PowerPC Finder Update installed in order to run PowerMac native applications, such as Portfolio. If you do not have the Finder Update you can download it with the System 7.5.3 updater available from Apple ().

   Solutions to other problems may be found at Extensis' website: or

   If you have other technical questions, please e-mail or call us, and as we collect questions and answers we will update this document.

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   Limited copyright: © Ron Wheeler, 1998. Permission is hereby granted for educational purposes in churches, schools, and for personal use without further permission required. The materials herein are not to be used for any other purposes without prior approval.

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