June 9, 2013

Operation Organize Clip Art

I started making Teachers Pay Teachers products at the end of December and have bought so much clip art, it's borderline crazy. Any other clip art fanatics out there?

I was getting so overwhelmed with keeping it all organized. Before I made TPT products I just organized my clip art by topic, but now I need to remember whose clip art it is so that I can give credit.

I recently downloaded Pixa from the Mac App Store and I am in heaven!
You import all your clip art and then you can organize them into folders and tag the graphics! There's even a notes section where I add the credit and any unusual terms of use. I'll admit it took me most of a Saturday to get everything set up, but now I am reveling in the organization! As I buy more clip art it gets added and organized into Pixa. It automatically tags the color(s) and size and then I add tags for the categories. Then I sort the categories into folders (all customizable).

Some of my tags have a lot of clip art in them, like my "frames" tag. You can use the search bar to search for a term within the tag. If I know I want a green frame I can easily narrow it down to those to make my search faster.
Now when I'm making a product I can see exactly what I have. When I made a Valentines product I ended up forgetting about half of my Valentines clip art. Now I have a tag for that! If I need patriotic clip art I just click on that tag and I can see everything I have. When I click on an image I can see the notes I've added about credits. And ready to hear one of my favorite parts? From Pixa I can drag the image into whatever program I'm using to make my product!!!! So simple! I love it!


  1. Looks awesome! I just got new computers and can't find any clip art. This will be my new project. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, I really like that program, thanks for sharing!

    ~Diving Into Learning

  3. Great Program...is there one for a PC? I had a computer crash about a month ago, but was (luckily) able to have it restored:) Afterward, I went through and organized my clipart/downloads/fonts like crazy and now things are fairly organized, but I like having that "tag" option.

    Deniece, This Little Piggy Reads

    1. It's just for Mac, but I'll let you know if I come across anything similar for PC.

  4. Oh I wish they had something like this for Windows 8!


  5. Thanks for sharing! I just got a mac book and I am definitely going to try using this over the summer. I think I have an iTunes gift card somewhere to keep my husband from throwing a fit...

    Literacy Spark

  6. Are you still loving Pixa? I'm finally in need of an app like this and not sure whether it's worth the money or not. Is it time consuming to organize?

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