I like using the Google Drawing and Presentation Slides image options tool. This tool allows the user to change the color of the clipart from a wide variety of choices. It also lets the user adjust the brightness, contrast, and transparency.
I especially like the transparency feature. The transparency feature allows me to place a textured clipart layer behind a solid colored shape. This creates an interesting effect. Here is a shape with a textured underlay.
NOTE: The above shape was made from these two shapes:
- The underlay shape
- Top layer shape
- To use a solid shape you created in Google Drawing download the image as a .png and then re-upload it as an inserted image. This will allow you manipulate the solid colored shape with the image option tool.
- When using clipart found in an internet search make sure is okay to reuse and manipulate the image. Most Creative Commons and Open Clipart Sources will state if the creator permits the clipart to be used in this manner. The sites generally provide guides on how to attribute the source.