hi i have been editing our church magazine for several years and I find the parish pump site really useful. However if the graphics for the month are not what you are looking for it is difficult to find a suitable graphic. Could we not have a search engine relating to graphics, a bit like when you go into clip art. Say we were looking for a book we could type in 'book'and all the illustrations for books would appear or if we wanted an illustration of say a coffee morning we could type that in to the search engine and all illustrations of cup of coffee or people sitting enjoying tea and cakes would appear. I don't know what others think but I think that would be very useful
Try doing a 'google' search and when the list of sites comes up, click on 'images' at the top of the page. You will get hundreds of pictures - most of them are photos, but I usually find something I can use.
if you choose the 'black and white', and/or clipart options on the left hand side in Google images, it will filter out the coloured ones.
I'm sure that many editors use the vast wealth of pictures provided by Google for their magazine - but a cautionary note - not all are copyright free!
I agree with the opening comment. The illustrations are so good from Parish Pump, and ideal for our purposes, but they are so impossible to find as to be useless most of the time. A decent search programme on the site would improve its usefulness 100 per cent.
I endorse the suggestion for a searchable clip art gallery on the Parish Pump website. Over the years PP has delivered a great range of illustrations for parish magazine use, but as already pointed out, it's not easy to find something specific - you can remember seeing something that would be useful for the magazine issue you'rfe currently working on, but to find it you're going to haveto go through all the PP Graphics folders you've got access to to find it. Being able yto locate by category at would be good.
I copy all parish pump line illustrations into Word documents - I can get about 8-10 on a page. The documents are called by names I can remember eg Christmas, Easter, Harvest, headings, etc. As a subscriber for about 6-7 yrs this still does not make for a huge number of pages to flick through when looking for a suitable filler. I have also found it a worthwhile expenditure to buy a 3 disc clip art compilation to supplement this. It is also really worthwhile pursuing parishioners for their digital pics taken at events.
I always keep Parish Pump images that I like, and think may be useful in the future, in a separate directory, with sub-directories for each month. It is then quite easy to find a suitable image from the past: I use the image browser in Paint Shop Pro, but other picture-editing applications have similar browser facilities.
Thank you for producing the graphics in .jpg format too. That saves me from my usual task of converting them to this, to suit the DTP package I use. Incidentally I quite often modify graphics for local use (e.g. converting 'Vicar' to 'Rector') or else removing the Month part of a header to use just the picture within our own header. This is done by putting it into Photoshop Elements and using the "clone" tool to paint over any lines or words I don't want using the background (white) colour to paint them out.
I bought a "once only" on-line Christian Clip art and picture source (£14 for eternity!) which has provided some pics but many topics have a "Victorian" feel if related to a Book or reading. Checkout as a possible help.
If I cannot find a suitable graphic I use 'Google images' and use the lectionary reference to find a suitable graphic checking the biblical text graphic are correct.