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Graphic Resources

Our Graphic Resources web pages are for those who use graphics in their work to support The American Legion. If you use graphics in newsletters, fliers, social media or web sites this site was built with you in mind. The Graphic Resources web pages include links to other web pages with Legion related images, some basic information on working with graphic images and a collection of images produced at the National, Department and District 16. A collection of Generic images related to veteran, military and patriotic themes are also included.



Yes, a good picture can help tell a good message. Finding the right picture or graphic to use in your communications about The American Legion can be a challenge. Here are some resources that may help.


On-Line Graphic Resources

Legion Graphics

The American Legion national web site is a good place to find some basic Legion related graphics. Within the the web page and publications there are more graphics that can be very useful. The simplest way to save a graphic image in Windows is to 'right click' on the image and save it to your computer.


NALPA Graphics

The National American Legion Press Association (NALPA) resource page has both graphics and video files available. NALPA and The American Legion national staff have been working together to develop new multimedia resources focused on helping The American Legion grow.


Instagram Photos

Instagram is one of the most recent online locations that The American Legion is using to share photos. Instagram is basically a phone based application, although files can be viewed and downloaded from traditional computers.


Pinterest Photo

  Pinterest is a photo and idea sharing web site. The American Legion board on Pinterest will lead you to a wide variety of photos on many veteran related topics, including The American Legion, with a lot of Legion Riders photos.


DOD Photos

The United States Department of Defense (DOD) maintains a large collection of photos, photo essays and an archive of imagery that is very useful. We love these images as they are royalty free, come with a short description of the images and have a search engine to help find just the right photo for your needs. The Navy Day 2016 image (below) is based on a photo posted in the DOD Photo Gallery.


(Click on the image to see it on the DOD Photo Gallery)



Using the right font or typeface is full of challenges that we cannot fully cover here. However, the right typeface can make a big difference in your graphic designs, especially if you want to use a font similar to those used by the National office. Here are the names of a few typefaces often used in the publications of The American Legion.

Online Graphics Sites

There may be times when you consider using other online graphics sites as you look for that special graphic image. There are some excellent images available online both fee based and free. We use a combination of both, but prefer free services. Be careful when using a fee based service and get authorization from you post before signing any contracts. We have been fortunate to have a district member donate the annual fee for the comercial service we use.

Basics on Graphics

Basic file formats we use:

National Images

Department Images

District 16 Images

Generic Images


It is our duty to properly use and protect the emblem and other imagery associated with The American Legion, this guide helps explain how we can protect our emblem.


Use the Windows Snipping Tool to capture screens-hots


Social Computing Guidelines



Developing a Communications Strategy


Developing a Communications Strategy (Printable)

Developing a Multimedia Strategy

Developing a Multimedia Strategy Presentation


Online Tools Presentation


Pixelated Images

A standard bit mapped image becomes pixelated when we try to make it larger. The smaller the graphic and the larger we try to make it, the worse the pixelation becomes.

Here is an example of what a pixelated image looks like.


Original small graphic. (48x48 pixels)


Image doubled in size (96x96 pixels)


Image now 4 times larger than original or 192x192 pixels.