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As others have said, images found on Google image search are not free to use unless they are licensed as such. Google does however have advanced search features that will show you images that are licensed for reuse, commercially or non-commercially. When you are doing an image search, click on "Search tools" then "Usage rights" and you will get a dropdown ...


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Unless the image in question is accompanied by a specific statement telling you that it is royalty free and / or public domain then it is subject to copyright. There doesn't have to be a copyright symbol or registered copyright message present for copyright to apply. Trying to trace any given image back to its source, identifying the copyright holder and ...


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If you have copied something from a design on Shutterstock and it is in distinctive enough to be recognised then you are in danger of being pursued for copyright infringement. However, Shutterstock images are sold as royalty free for commercial use, so all you need to do is purchase the image that the copied / used as inspiration on behalf of your customer ...


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2016 Creative Commons CC0 license & Public Domain: Sites that exclusively list images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons CC0 (or equivalent) license. Pixabay Pexels Unsplash Stocknsap gratisography moveast Creative Vix Cupcake freeimages.red New Old Stock Negative Space skitterphoto Pickup Image Public Domain Photos Public Domain Archive ...


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If you infringe upon a copyright, then you are responsible, not (only) your client/customer. You are creating the artwork and it’s your responsibility to act without negligence. Using artwork from a source you know is infringement is clear negligence. Beyond that, you’d need to speak to an attorney. And I am not an attorney. None of this should be seen as ...


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Traditionally stock sites allow you download a free, watermarked "comp" image which can be used in your design until the client approves the piece. Once the client has approved, you can then go back and purchase and download the non-watermarked image. You are free to purchase and download the non-watermarked image whenever you'd like however. It's not ...


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2016 Creative Commons CC0 license & Public Domain: Sites that exclusively list images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons CC0 (or equivalent) license. Public Domain Vectors openclipart clker Pixabay (Not exclusively vector art but easily filterable) Not exclusively free or variable licences Sites that list vectors for sale and offer free ...


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If it were me, I'd find a photo of gravel that was similar to the background of that image. Then extract the turtles from the original image and place them on the other (larger) background image, recreating shadows as necessary. Extracting the turtles and using a separate background image will provide much better results than trying to extend that limited ...


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There are thousands of similar — and possibly identical — icons on the Noun Project website.


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You could also check out http://openclipart.org/. And from the companion site, inkscape.org you can download Inkscape an easy-to-use, free, and cross-platform vector graphics program.


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If you think it came from Getty, send them a message and see if they can dig it up for you. They'll be happy to do a little image research if they know you're going to pay.


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Best to try to use stock images as the other folks here have said. However, if you would much rather use the image in question. You can try to get permission to use the image, thusly upholding the 8th commandment and avoiding eternal hellfire. Going to google reverse image search. Clicking the camera button to paste a link or upload an image to the search ...


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The safest bet is not to use the original file in the building of a derivative. If you were inspired by another person's art to create something, great! Now create a new and different version with that inspiration from scratch. Make your own sketch on a blank canvas with that spark of inspiration in mind. At the most, use a piece here or there from the ...


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Cool product called TinEye will do this reverse image lookup for you. Results vary depending on the source image, of course, but it could save you a bit of time.


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Photographers selling photos through a stock agency have their own agreement with the agency. The agency then has an agreement with the customer. Who can have objections to the commercial use of such public like places, bridges or buildings? Plenty of people. But note that in most cases, it's not the public place that is copyrighted, but the particular ...


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Some general considerations: Positioning of the title I don't feel there is an obvious advantage to any of the two/three versions, but I do prefer n. 4 because the white background highlights the image more, and the overlay of the font at the top looks pretty nice. Pick of photographs I am nor particularly tempted by the cookies, and the lemon pie ...


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You should not use images found in google image search unless you have the proper usage right. see Creative commons licenses. You can also set your google image search to filter by usage rights (under search tools). There are may sources for stock images such as thestocks.im a collection of roality free stock libaries. Getty images also allows you to ...


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I use both. If I place my original designs front and center and accompany it with stock image "filler", can I still call it my own? The design? Absolutely! Simply not the artwork. You don't honestly think the guy building that "climbing" web site can go out and take photos of Mt Everest because the client wants a photo, not a drawing do you? There are ...


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Be very careful of using free vectors from sites like these. A lot of the work is stolen content from stock sites like Shutterstock and iStock or traced copyright designs. If you are making designs for clients I would not advise using any of those sites. A couple of good options are GraphiRiver and Vector Stock. They have many images for $1 for commercial ...


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Unsplash and Death to the Stock Photo are two favorites of mine. Great resources if you're trying to rid yourself of that typical stock photo look. More here. Albumarium is another cool site for finding nice looking photos. Be aware that the licensing differs though, not all of them are free to use for commercial projects or without attribution.


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Is it acceptable to use stock materials in design? Yes it is perfectly acceptable. Make sure you follow the licensing agreement but otherwise have at it. Think of it this way, Helvetica, one of the most used fonts in the world wasn't designed by any of the current designers that use it. Max Miedinger, the designer, passed away in 1980. Most fonts in fact ...


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A celebrity is a brand. That brand is marketed to generate revenue, by using that brand to endorse products or services. By providing royalty-free, commercial use, photography you are asking that a celebrity grant the right to use their likeness to promote anything anyone wants. They don't do that for very good reasons. Suppose the celebrity has publicly ...


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It's perfectly ethical. The same as purchasing stock photography for freelance projects. As long as you stay within the purchased license agreement there's nothing to feel bad about. Now, passing off purchased art as your own original art may be another matter. But, if asked, stating it's a purchased image is generally fine.


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As others have said, it's poor practice as a designer and I would personally be very unhappy. And there may very well be legal issues. The use of shutterstock images for a logo has been discussed here. The image on shutterstock says: Copyright: majivecka This is from the shutterstock license: YOU MAY NOT: i. Use Visual Content other than as expressly ...


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On Shutterstock I was able to find some useful stuff with Mountain Topography and Mountain Rendering. If you scroll down and look at the Similar Lists you can then find more: It kinda reminds me of something made in the 3D software Bryce which isn't widely available anymore. If budget allows then for something this specific you might want to hire someone ...


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99.99999% of Royalty free stock image sites will allow for the download of 72ppi images, but then you traditionally open the image in Photoshop and resize without resampling. Note that the Resample option is NOT checked. And the pixel dimensions of the image (2738x1825x - seen at the top of the animation) do not change. Same image, same quality, merely ...


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To give yourself extra reassurance, you might try using Google's search by image function. Other search engines do this too. Drag and drop the image onto Google and the search results will show you sites that are displaying that image. If an image has a source other than the site you found it on, you will likely be able to find it this way. Here is a URL ...


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Pixabay.com offers over 200.000 photos, cliparts and vector graphics, all of which published under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain. So the pictures may be used worldwide without giving credits and without asking for permission for any purpose and without limitation. I'm one of the founders of Pixabay.


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Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I am an intellectual property attorney, and my practice focuses entirely on copyright and trademark issues. Since I am an attorney and you are not my client, I am unable to provide legal advice to you. However, I will comment that the above answers, while thoughtful and well-intentioned, are not accurate statements, at least ...


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