Photo Manipulation Week
Free: The Best Price
While plenty of photo manipulators create their own stock, or purchase stock from sites like Depositphotos, Shutterstock or 123rf, a good chunk of us use DA's own magnificent resource section
! When it comes to free, or nearly free, resources I honestly don't think there is a better place on the web!
"Hey! This is photo manipulation week not "Stock" week!". Yup! I firmly believe that the PM community wouldn't be half of what it is today without DA's vast resource section, and that it is extremely important for an artist to learn that you give credit where credit is do!
Not only can you land yourself in some hot water with the stock artist for not fallowing their rules of their stock, causing your art to be taken down, but not listing your resources and giving proper credit will also make you ineligible
for things like Daily deviations
What are the rules then?
Stock artist on DA set their own rules and terms, so there is no one list of terms to fallow
, but there are some common trends:
- Link and credit the resources used in your art's description. I personally do this required or not.
- Alerting the stock artist that you have used their stock, and where it will be posted.
- Restrictions in stock containing children.
- Off limit subjects: hate speech, violence against children/animals, and porn
Again, every stock artist is different!
So you will have to check each stock artist's individual set of rules. Some may have no rules, and you are simply able to use as you please!
Where might you find their rules?
You will commonly find them:
- In the stock's description.
- In a journal on the artist's profile. It is also commonly linked to in the stock's description.
- In a widget on the stock artist profile. Possibly in their "About Me" section
And I can't say it enough....every stock artist is different!
Things To Look for!
Are their commercial and non commercial rules the same?
For some artist they are, for others they may have specific or special rules for commercial use
. Also keep in mind that some stock artist may not even allow commercial use.
Is the stock really theirs?
Always always double check your resources to make sure the are legitimate images coming from a legitimate stock provider! Stealing an image off of google and uploading it to DA's stock section does not make it stock!
Be especially careful of "cut outs" or "PNGs"
, and premades
. Make sure the stock used to create them are 100% legitimate otherwise your art could pay the price.
Less Complicated That It Sounds
Most stock artist rules are not only promptly displayed so you can easily find them, but also incredibly simple and fair.
Using stock you did not create does not
make your art any less, giving credit does not
take anything away from you and your ability! Think of it this way: if the photographer or model likes your work so much they want to share it or add it to their portfolio...you'd want credit wouldn't you?
It's all about one artist showing respect to another. So go out and thank a stock artist today! And link them credits!