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Safety of using images found through Google image search

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 ...
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Safety of using images found through Google image search

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 ...
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Will I get sued for my logo, even though the customer doesn’t know me?

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 ...
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Where are some good places to find royalty free stock images?

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 ...
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Will I get sued for my logo, even though the customer doesn’t know me?

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 ...
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Free vector graphic images, for commercial use

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 ...
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Unorthodox question, but I need help knowing where these images came from

There are thousands of similar — and possibly identical — icons on the Noun Project website.
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Safety of using images found through Google image search

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 ...
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Safety of using images found through Google image search

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 ...
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When to use original artwork / when to use stock

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 ...
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I'm looking for mountain image like this

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 ...
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Should a logo contain stock images?

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....
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What are good resources for royalty-free stock images that are at least 300 DPI?

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 ...
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What to include in my portfolio?

Short answer—Yes, include anything you want to show. Using stock images and client supplied content or material is generally how things work. I rarely complete a project that doesn't involve content ...
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Good sources for hand-drawn stock illustrations?

You might have better luck at a book store / Amazon than online for this. Or hiring an illustrator since you need a consistent visual language. There are books dedicated to royalty free illustrations,...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

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 ...
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What is considered a "Logo" for stock photo use?

If art contains any stock graphics - i.e. images which have either been purchased or downloaded from other sources... technically it will never be a logo in strictest terms, because you don't own the ...
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Can I use a photo I took that contains real products in my designs for commercial use?

If you get permission from the store and make sure your photograph doesn't contain specifically recognizable candy brands, I think you're safe--but I am not a lawyer. Because the candy store is ...
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When to use original artwork / when to use stock

I find myself in a similar situation, but don't think there's a problem with that. Most stock items I use are: Photos of things or places that would be impossible for me to photograph directly or in ...
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Why do people upload their work to Adobe and other stock sites if they can't be used for intended purposes?

There are a few different ways a logo could be used: As a central part of the branding of your company. This is probably the way people usually think of logos. But certainly not the only one. The ...
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Can I place a logo on a stock image?

Really depends upon the license for the image. In many cases it would be fine. However, if the image contains people, there are some licenses which state people can't appear to be endorsing anything....
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Should a logo contain stock images?

TL;DR it seems they are inexperienced or unprofessional. I'd personally not feel comfortable and would cut my loss and find a more experienced designer. Stock photos and vectors are there to make ...
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How to search for logos to use on google images without all the stock photo sites coming up in results?

Put the characters "-stock" in the search terms, without the quotes obviously. Be very careful about "deriving" logos from others. Taking inspiration from looking at the design of other logos for ...
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How do I change 'your text here' in vector files from Adobe Stock?

Stock art almost always comes with the text converted to outlines. You can edit it as a regular vector shape by manipulating anchor points, but it is no longer editable as live text. Instead, you have ...
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Can I use freepik web element in website?

Freepik employs different licenses. Sometimes you need to pay to use, even when attributing explicitly! The only way to be sure is to look at the license. If this is unclear, you need to contact ...
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Unorthodox question, but I need help knowing where these images came from

In Windows search for Character Map and There select the Webdings or Wingdings Font to get these type of Icons Just Copy them and Paste in any Software by taking Text Tool Thanks
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Can i used stock images in a portfolio for university?

Stock images are typically how things are done. It not possible to travel to, or set up a custom photo shoot for every image necessary. it's fine to use stock image in a portfolio. Be sure you ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

The dozen or more stock image companies that I buy from or have bought from STRICTLY forbid using their content for corporate ID/logos, probably because logos are protected by trademark, not copyright,...
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