Free clip art allows users to add images to documents, presentations, websites or other projects to add visual interest or illustrate specific points without having to pay any up-front costs. Some free clip art is also royalty-free, meaning that the user is able to sell or distribute the project without paying additional costs on the images.
Another benefit of free clip art is that it does not present any cost to the user, meaning that she may place the graphics in any project without either purchasing them first or being at risk of legal action depending on the use of the project. In some cases, the user may resort to using free clip art simply because she cannot afford to purchase other files for the project. Alternately, the project may not be significant enough to warrant the purchase of other clip art or images. Thus, she may choose free clip art out of convenience and to avoid unnecessarily spending money.
In terms of usage rights, many free clip art files are available for use without citation or retroactive compensation, known as royalties. The website hosting the clip art typically explains the usage and attribution rights for the files, such as mentioning the name of the artist or site within the document in order to use the image in a commercial project. In these cases, the free clip art means the user saves money on paying for graphic designs for the project.