Finding art that is legal to use can be frustrating, but here’s a tool for images you can know are OK for just about any purpose. The Open Clipart Library is a repository of SVG files started by the folks that develop Inkscape.
Update: Please watch the Paint Bucket Basic video here if you haven’t already Wow, the response to the first video has been overwhelming, literally. I am approaching my bandwidth limit at screencast and am looking for a different way to host the tutorials.
Update: these pre-youtube videos have finally lost their homes on the net. My latest videos on the Paint Bucket Technique are here: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/coeIYveKJL Did you know you can use the Paint Bucket tool in Inkscape to trace a bitmap piece by piece?
Update: These files are no longer free. I found a great source for free .scut files and information about Sure-Cuts-A-Lot software. Check out ScrappingTable.com for many great Valentine cuttables like the basket shown below.
Compared to the PC side, there is a dearth of font viewing software for Macs. In particular, none of the freebies and few of the for-pay font utilities I have found allow you to view uninstalled fonts.
As a follow up to the last video tutorial, this time we start with the filled in text and alter it using an Inkscape filter to give it a more hand sketched look. For those of you who are familiar with Illustrator, this gives a somewhat similar effect to the Scribble Tool. Video Tutorial
Update: yourfonts is no longer free 🙁 Try MyScriptFont instead, which was still free as of January 2011. One of my favorite web apps of late is called YourFonts and it lets you create a personal font online. All you need is a printer and a scanner.