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Graphics and Your Ploud Site

From low cost, library-specific clip art to free online graphics editing tools, this site aims to provide one-stop shopping for Michigan Ploud libraries.

Graphics Editing Software

No budget for graphics editing? Here are some great, free online tools that don't even require you to remember a username and password.

  • Canva - Don't miss this resource! A subscription account will allow you to develop your own branding standards but even a free account will allow you to create a range of graphics and size them perfectly for your website, social media outlets, flyers, and more.
  • Pixlr
  • Fotor
  • Photoshop Express Editor

Ploud-Specific Tools

In order to obtain the correct aspect ratio (16:9) for carousels, you need to adjust your photos. Here are free tools that will allow you to do that. 

Free and Low-Cost Graphics

Need a place to get inexpensive artwork or photographs to spice up your site? Check out the great options below. On the left are free image sources. Please note that artwork from some of these sites requires attribution and not all art at those sites is free. Be careful as you search and happy searching!

On the right are low-cost image sources. They generally charge $1 - $2 per image. There are, of course, many other sites with high quality graphics but they generally require a monthly subscription and I have not included them in this list as they tend to be expensive.


Tier One (modern graphics and photos)

Tier Two (historical photos and drawings)

  • Old Book Art
  • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection
  • Digital Public Library of America -  The copyright status of items in DPLA varies. DPLA links to a wide variety of different materials: many are in the public domain, while others are under rights restrictions  but nonetheless publicly viewable. For individual rights information about an item, please check the “Rights” field in the metadata, or follow the link to the digital object on the content provider’s website for more information.


These four services allow you to purchase pay-as-you go credits (often in small credit packs) for a dollar or two per image.

Library Logos

Need a logo? Try these sources which sell them for approximately $1 - $30 a piece.