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Earlier we brought up the importance of providing valid and safe resources as stock providers. We are the front lines, so to speak, on ensuring the quality and validity of our resources. We mentioned in our last blog (which you can read below) about a way to become verified safe stock providers. There was a lot of positive feedback on the idea. The question was how to prevent those who would abuse a stamp from using it.

hyenacub-stock suggested creating an alternate group that only certain members can join as a method for preventing the "posers." EveLivesey suggested the name "Safe Stock" for the project. So, by combining the two ideas, we now have a sister group called Safe-Stock-Resources. I've spent some time this evening fleshing out the group page, and I believe that it's a good start.

Safe-Stock-Resources can be that marker, the seal of approval, on great and trustworthy stock resources. If you would like to become a part of it, let me know, and I will send you the invitation. I've already sent a few of you the invitations to start with, but if you'd like to beat me to it, please do join us in the movement. However, I only want you to join it if you're committed to following :devart: terms and guidelines. The membership levels are equal, so if you do not want to be a contributor in the group, simply join as a member.

It's not going to be a high volume submissions group to flood your inboxes. I did open up the Featured folder so that you can feature your favorite or personal best stock items. The vast majority of our blogs, discussions, and submissions will remain right here in this primary group.

The concept of the sister group is still fluid, and I want your feedback still.

Our Sister Groups:

:iconsafe-stock-resources:  :iconstock-for-premades:

I hope you are all doing well!

Love,

- Cheryl



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Hiya Darlings,

So by now you've realized that I've been on a cleaning spree of our galleries for a while. I'm nowhere near finished yet, and I will be going back over the other folders to ensure that they are properly categorized soon. We've had a few discussions regarding the validity of stock, and the importance of following the guidelines. It was mentioned by slight-art-obsession that she hopes we start a movement. What kind of movement? That we as stock providers on :devart: make a pledge to provide valid and safe resources for artists to use. This came about after I uploaded a stamp to compliment my stock rules update. I think it is a fantastic idea, and would love to get the group involved in the concept. If it goes over well, I'd also like to get our affiliate stock groups involved.

Here is the rough idea of what I was thinking:

- We make the pledge via a blog or poll and "sign" it via the comments, that way the names of the stock providers are listed in a single source as being "safe zones" for valid stock.

- Add a stamp or statement to your profile, stock rules, or artists comments. (All of the above if you'd like!) That way we have an identifier for the valid stock resource.

Here is the one I made. You're welcome to use it, make one of your own, or we could make a project-specific one that everyone has.

Certified Stock by CelticStrm-Stock by CelticStrm-Stock

- Stick to it! I know most of us don't have a problem with that, but to be blunt, I don't want someone saying that they will do it, and still distribute invalid stock.

I want your ideas too!

I'd really love to hear your feedback on the idea and what ideas you might have for the project. I'd love for this to be a community effort and your participation is key to this idea taking off. It also needs a great name! I'm running short on time at the moment. The hubby is trying to rush me off to the store. lol I look forward to hearing from you!

Love,

- Cheryl


Here is a recap of our previous stock discussions:

The Great Premade Clean Out is Underway!Hiya Darlings,
So we're at that time of year when we put aside the old year and ring in the new. The same goes with our premade background folder. I am about to begin cleaning out and removing any premade backgrounds that are not properly credited or uses stock from outside websites. I'm sorry that if your premade gets removed and you're offended. I don't intend it as a slight, but this group will not provide illegitimate resources. If you'll remember, I gave fair warning about this clean out, and an opportunity to remove it beforehand, in August.
This will be a two part clean up. Over the next few weeks, I will begin the same with the pre-cut stocks. I will be removing any cut out images that were found on google etc. All pre-cut images must be from your own resources. You should be able to verify this with the original image.
This group will adhere to all dA terms and guidelines regarding stock. It is my mission both as a stock provider and as the founder
  Premade Backgrounds and Group Submission ChangesToday we’re going to address the “Circle of Stock.” Cue Disney’s “The Lion King” theme song and call me Mufasa. Just like in the circle of life, what we do affects another group, and returns to affect us again. We have a responsibility to the artists that use our stock to provide legitimate and safe stock resources. As an administrator for a few art groups as well as stock groups, I have seen what happens to the artists who use invalid stock resources. They have had their art declined, or had to replace stock elements through no fault of their own.  This especially includes those who includes celebrity or otherwise copyrighted material, even if it was uploaded to the Resources and Stocks section of :devart:. It isn’t fair to the artists who use the “stock” and hurts the credibility of not only the stock provider who uploads it, but the stock community itself.
Premade backgrounds have always seemed to be flo
  How and Why To Credit Your Stock ProvidersHiya Darlings,
Today I am going to tackle a subject that all photo manipulation artists should pay attention to. (Yes, this means you!) It is my hope that this article will save you the headache and trouble of getting a submission declined, having to delete your work, or worse; be sued by someone because of it.
Why Properly Crediting Stock Is Important
All artists know that the secret to a great manip is finding stock that is just right for the theme you are trying to convey. On :devart: there are literally thousands of fantastic high quality images that are absolutely free. Some of these images are even created by and featuring professional models and photographers.  You could pay a lot of money for the rights to use the type of stock resources in your art that are found here free of charge. This is part of why  :devart: is unique and an amazing place for artists to frequent.  
You’ll find that a lot of art groups, including :iconmanip
  Extremely Important Info for ALL Group Members! 2Hiya Darlings,
If you are skimming this headline, please take the time to read the entire blog. This blog contains important information that applies to all group members! Over the next couple of days, I am going to be reorganizing and restructuring the group. The basic group that we all love will essentially stay the same. It's just going to be a little neater and more streamlined. I'd also like to say Welcome to All of our New Members! :heart:
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:new: Update # 2 :new: Phase 2 Complete! I've finally finished going through the folders. I have officialy hovered over every single image in this group to check to see if they are listed in the Resources & Stocks section. All non-stock listings should be removed from the group by now, unless I overlooked one. It kind of makes me sleepy going through all of those folders. lol
Now, I want to say that just because an image was removed, it was not a personal attack on anyone. I really don't want anyone to be upset because they
  DD Feature, A Word About Pre-Cuts, and SkypeHiya Darlings,
So here is the promised feature of our group members who have received a DD so far this year! I’d like to say congratulations to everyone! For those who haven’t received one yet, don’t give up hope! Everyone submits some fantastic stock and I absolutely love seeing the daily submissions.  I’d also like to take a moment and welcome all of our new members!
Before we get to the feature I want to take a moment and talk about Pre-Cut Stocks. Like any stock, they should adhere to our group and :devart: rules. This means:
:bulletgreen: They must  be your own work, or have written permission from the photographer to create them from.
:bulletred: You absolutely, under no circumstances, ever take photos from GOOGLE IMAGE or other online retail, blogs, photography, or other websites to create pre-cut stock.  The same includes stock websites like sxc.hu. This also applies to ALL pre-made backgrounds or Photoshop/GIMP brushes!
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:iconphotographyflower:
photographyflower Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I'd love to be invited to the group, I love this idea of safe stock :)
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:iconbkennedy-photography:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
I wrote about it in my art account journal! [link]
Not sure how much more exposure that will bring our venture, but every bit helps! :D
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww Yay! Thank you! :D
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:iconbkennedy-photography:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
:D
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:iconsenshistock:
SenshiStock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll join! :la:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :squee: I sent you an invite!
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:icontangobear-resources:
Tangobear-resources Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Great idea! I would definitely like to join! And the stamp is perfect!
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D :glomp:
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:iconthe-average-alex:
The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Hi there, could you please send me an invite to the group. I'm going to be releasing a lot more stock over the year.
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. :D Just did!
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:iconthe-average-alex:
The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Thankee
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:iconevelivesey:
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
I've stolen the stamp :-)
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :D
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:iconevelivesey:
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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:iconaustriaangloalliance:
AustriaAngloAlliance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
There are things people could do to kind of verify that the work is their own - one way for some people (not all) might be to show you a link to their Flickr site, or their website or perhaps something like Dreamstime or Getty Images ? And I think everyone should embed copyright labels in their photos (bearing in mind that not everyone can - depends on the software they use to process their photos) :hug: - I'm so pleased this has come about !
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd love to be a part. The stock on my page (located in the STOCK folder) is 100% original, non-commercial stock.
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:iconnolamom3507:
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I love the idea(s) put forth here. On camera/file info - should we add embedded name information? I just recently noticed this option in Photoshop when I was doing some post-processing.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know I always add full copyright info to my exif data before uploading to DA, its helped a lot of times to track down stolen stuff so as far as I'm concerned its worth doing :nod: I use Bridge and have a metadata template I apply to everything. I did a tutorial here if that helps - [link]
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:iconnolamom3507:
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Thank you! I've put it in my tutorials folder for future stock uploads.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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:iconsnowys-stock:
Snowys-stock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Would texture stock accounts be allowed to join?
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep :D If it's stock and listed in the Resources & Stock section, it counts! ;)
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:iconfellmekke:
Fellmekke Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
What do you mean by "safe stock"? I just started watching journals here.
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a way of verifying that the stock a certain person submits comes from their own resources. There are a lot of people out there who have been using celebrity or copyrighted images as stock, or violate copyright law when they create premade backgrounds or precut stock items. Unfortunately there's also been a few incidences (though rare) where a person has put a virus into a brush pack to be distributed as stock.

This is an effort to band all of the reliable stock providers on dA together so that artists know that it's safe to use our stock. We do our best to prevent it through the submissions process here in the group, but this new one is more of an identifier, or badge of verification of sorts. Hope that helps! :D
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:iconfellmekke:
Fellmekke Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Ok, thanks for the answer!
Hm...Can I help with this?
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
It sounds like you're definitely on the right track! :D It's impossible to completely rid ourselves of invalid resources, but with a good group effort to provide some great stock, we can definitely keep the invalid stuff at bay! :clap:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D I guess if we all do what we can, maybe it will help some! :D
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Like Lanny said, a lot of times the problem is that people THINK what they are doing is ok, when it's not. That said, this is a great idea, and I think you're going about it a good way. I believe people will use this project correctly because if they care enough to pay attention to a project like this, then they care enough about their stock to make sure it's legitimate. I love how you're educating people ^.^ This is awesome :heart:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you! :glomp: I love doing the educational pieces, mostly because it helps me learn and grow too. :D I'm one of those nerds that loves to learn.. I could make a career out of college. lol Hopefully the more we harp on the subject, it might sink in. Though I think there will always be those people that just don't care and do what they want anyway. :( I'm hoping we can just be there for the artists that do care where their stock came from.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Yes, the ones that are doing it right need support! It's discouraging to work hard and then see others getting away with stealing and things like that. They need us to assure them we're doing all we can ^.^
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yepyep! :D ~hyenacub-stock suggested that we make a separate group so that only verified stock providers can join. It might help elminate impostors that could stick a stamp on their stuff. What do you think?
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
That sounds like a good idea :nod:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Loving the stamp, its a great idea, but easily abused by people who believe that what they are doing is actually legitimate :/ Having a stamp, or signing a statement is a good first step, but its also absolutely vital that photomanippers are vigilant with what stock they choose to use. We can only do so much to help before the responsibility has to be on the artist using the work, and that's equally as difficult to drill into some peoples heads. Keep it up though! :hug:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been a little worried that it might be abused too. I thought maybe this project could provide a beacon of light in the swamp of google image 'stock' to the artists who really do care. :D That and maybe create a little positive peer pressure to follow the rules regarding stock. lol I'd really like to see art groups be a little more vigilant about double checking resources. They are a great line of defense against invalid stock. I ran across a submission last night that was a mix of other people's digital art, photography, google images, and one legitimate stock photo. Granted, they violated the legit stock rules by chopping off a piece and using that.. >.< It was almost like the perfect storm of violations. lol
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stuff like that just makes me wonder what the hell they were thinking when they "made" the piece lol We will keep plugging at it! As you say, positive peer pressure and education is the best way of getting people to understand just how important this is.
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hyenacub-stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I'm in... but how does one validate one's stock? Mine is all my own, of course, but not sure how to "validate" it. : D
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :D Just make sure to keep the original files if you alter them into premade backgrounds or precut stocks. :D The original file will contain your camera info and such. :D
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hyenacub-stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Oh! Okay that makes sense. I haven't done those at all, but if I do I'll keep the original. Thanks for the info! Do I need to do anything else to be part of the project?
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope :D Feel free to brainstorm on the idea! The more ideas the better! lol
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:iconhyenacub-stock:
hyenacub-stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Hm. Well it's vague so far...are you looking for a sort of certification to give honest stockers...or more like a group that's invitation only once a stocker's proven eligible?
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know.. a certification is a good idea. :D Perhaps if we had something that only proven people could have as certified legitimate/safe resource providers, it might help avoid those that would claim it, but still violate the rules.
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:iconhyenacub-stock:
hyenacub-stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
:nodnod: You should totally ask Elandria or Pirate Lotus for some tips. I bet they could help figure out how to figure out something like that. A group that only the honest ones could join. There'd have to be certin things a person could do to prove himself worthy...er so to speak. ARGH I can't find the right words. Did that make sense? lol
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe it makes total sense and I like where you're going with it! :D
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YBsilon-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Great concept :thumbsup:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconevelivesey:
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'm in - how about 'Safe Stock'?
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :D Ooo that sounds good! I had to come up with something quickly before Todd dragged me out the door. lol
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:iconevelivesey:
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
:hug: I've gotta get out of the door now :-)
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp: Have a good day!
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:iconevelivesey:
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
And you too :-)
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