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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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Designing book covers with stock images

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 ...
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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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Who owns copyright to photos of public places? (Editorial Use Only license)

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 ...
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Critique: How can I make the imagery used for these Dessert e-book covers more appetizing?

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 ...
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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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Where can I find celebrity photos for commercial use?

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 ...
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Using vectors/stock graphics in designs?

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

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 ...
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Is it generaly acceptable to use purchased vector graphics in paid work?

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

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 ...
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How to create a consistent style across stock images for a website?

Colours Tune the clarity, vibrancy, and saturation to a similar level across the entire collection of images as much as possible by eye Your images look a bit washed out/desaturated to me, but this ...
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Critique: How can I make the imagery used for these Dessert e-book covers more appetizing?

Definitely cover 3. It looks healthier, which is probably what most people will be looking for when search for low carbohydrate deserts. The food is also presented a lot better than in the other ...
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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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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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