Why This Site is Different?
Most web sites that "showcase" Celtic artwork have very few designs to look at and/or to download without buying them. That's not what I'm going to do. I intent to have thousands of Celtic knotwork clip art images available for you to download for free. Each knotwork design will be provided in a variety of sizes, because one size does not fit all when it comes to clipart. There will also be . . .
A Variety of Celtic Art Styles to Choose From:
Below are examples of the various Celtic styles that will be available. These examples also demonstrate how the appearance of one design is changed from one Celtic knotwork style to the other.
The same Celtic knotwork design is repeated in Arced Celtic Knotworks, Chevron Celtic Knotworks, Folded Ribbon Celtic Knotworks and Mixed Style Celtic Knotworks. The number of possible variations to a single design greatly expands in the mixed style category.
Sizes and Formats Available:
Clip Art Types:
Celtic Knotwork Designs' Promise to You
I'm in the process of building CelticKnotworkDesigns.com website. I'll start out with simple clip art and expand the selection to include other options (different color backgrounds, colored strands, borders, etc.). I'll also include other Celtic knotwork artwork information (jewelry, cross-stitch, embroidery, etching, etc.).
I promise that I'll continually add images and information to this site until I've listed my entire collection. My collection of Celtic knotwork designs is quite extensive and continually growing. I've been drawing and producing items with Celtic knotworks since 1988.
These Works Include:
All of this information, designs and techniques will be shared here.
Converting My Celtic Artwork Collection
The task of converting this collection of knotwork designs and design variations into clip art is equally as extensive. When I tried scanning my drawings to produce the clip art the images were "okay" but not perfect.
One of the problems with the scanned images was that the edges of the knotwork lines were rough and jagged, not the smooth flowing lines I prefer. The reason for the rough and jagged lines is how graphic lines are displayed in computer clip art.
A scanned image, in this case a knotwork design, is created in one of the two types of computer image formats known as a bit mapped image. A bit mapped image is created from a series of dots (or pixels) neatly laid out in columns and rows. Because of this the angled lines and arcs of Celtic knotworks are displayed as jagged lines or line segments.
Above is an enlarged view of a scanned knotwork image. The section of the knotwork was scanned at 300dpi so you can easily see some of the problems. As you can see this bit mapping of a knotwork design is not at all attractive.
Another problem with the scanned images has to do with how the paper the knotworks were originally drawn on absorbed the pigment used. If you look closely at the lines (especially the horizontal lines) you'll see that they look fuzzy.
When scanned at even higher resolutions (1200 dpi) the lines of the knotworks drawn and/or printed on paper showed that they have "spider legs." The pigment (ink, paint, etc.) was drawn into the fibers along the edges of the lines giving it the appearance of having hundreds of very fine "spidery legs."
When you combine these two problems, a scanned bit mapped image of the "spider legged" original, you end up with a fairly unattractive knotwork image. But that's not all, seeing as my collection of drawings date back to the early part of 1988 many of the drawings have yellowed with age.
This yellowing showed up in the scans of my earlier drawings. Even the slightest discoloration of the page was captured by the scanner and would be reproduced when the clip art was used. Not only was the knotwork discolored but the area within the clip art surrounding the knotwork was also discolored giving the clipart an ugly border.
In order to provide you with the best possible Celtic clip art to use I'm redrawing all of my designs directly on the computer in vector graphic format. A vector graphic is created from a series of computer commands, or drawing instructions. That's why clip art created from vector commands have smooth flowing lines.
Finally, I convert these vector graphics into gif format images. The reason for this is that with each generation of computer operating system released there are fewer programs that are capable of reading the vector formats. Or the formats are changed and the older ones are no longer compatible. Also, vector graphic formats tend to be system specific (Mac or PC).
There are only two image file formats that work equally as well on both Mac and PC computers, not to mention, compatible with almost every program - they are gif and jpg. The gif format works best for the Celtic knotwork designs because it compresses the designs into smaller files while still retaining the quality of the design.
The smaller file size means you can download the clip art images faster, and reduce the file size of the documents you create with them.
On the sub-pages listed on the right you'll find information specific to the printable Celtic knotwork clip art available for download on this site and the downloadable clipart sample pages available at this time.
Each of the various designs are presented on a page of its own. I provide a variety of sizes for each design, because one size does not fit all.
I've learned through the years of producing Celtic knotworks that different projects require different sizes of the designs. So that is what I'm providing for you, as many design variations as you'd need to for the variety of projects you have in mind. Click Here or the links above to learn more.
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