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How and Why To Credit Your Stock Providers

Journal Entry: Fri May 25, 2012, 11:26 PM

Hiya 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 :iconmanips-central:, require you to have your stock resources properly credited before your submission can be accepted. Not all groups will give you a chance to correct any mistakes on crediting your sources. They’ll simply decline it without comment.  In most groups, you’ll find that having a link to the stock provider’s name and a direct link to the stock you used in the artists comment is non-negotiable. It’s easier to simply do it right the first time.

Most deviantART stock providers (me included) require at the very least a “Credit and Link” clause in their rules. This means that you; the artist must leave a link to both the stock provider’s account and the direct link to the stock you used next to their name. It also means that you should leave a link to your finished artwork on the page where the stock is listed.

Here is a tutorial called “How To Credit Your Stock Providers” for those who simply don’t know how to properly credit stocks that you use in your art:

How To Credit Your Stock Providers Tutorial by CelticStrm-Stock

In Example:  I used Elandria’s castle as a background in my recent manip found here:  

Legend of the Celtic Rose by CelticStrm

If you look at the artists comments in the manip, You see this:

:bulletpink:  Cathedral:  :iconelandria:      Long Gone by Elandria"

I also went to original stock page and left her a comment like this:

“Heyas! I used your stock here:  fav.me/d50o4yi  Than… you! :heart:

Why is this important?

:bulletgreen:  It lets the stock provider know where their stock is being used and how. Stock providers will usually give a fav for art that’s created with their stocks, and sometimes do a feature with art from their stocks. By linking it back to them, you could be included in a feature later on.

:bulletgreen:  Believe it or not, it gives your art more exposure. I often sift through the links left on a particular stock image to see how they’ve been used to avoid any theme or style duplications. Other artists do this too, which means more views for your art.

:bulletgreen: Some stock providers require you to follow a certain set of stock rules. If you fail to follow their rules, you could be facing being declined when you submit your art to a group, or have to delete your art completely.

:bulletgreen: By crediting your stock providers, you let other artists know where you found the stock and have an opportunity to use it or another stock from that artists gallery. This gives the stock provider more exposure which is a nice “thank you” since they allowed you to use their stock for free.

:bulletgreen:  I’ve noticed that  :devart:’s search engines crawl by names in the artists comments as well as keywords.  If I forget to search in the “Resources and Stocks” section and wind up tying in Elandria in the main search page for :devart: I come up with a lot of art that has her stock in it. This means it could be your art that’s being seen.  This can also result in more views and favs for your art.

It may seem tedious to credit every single stock resource that you’ve used. Even though it may be, it’s still incredibly important. One tip I can give you that I do myself is to open up a word file for the particular manip that I’m creating and give it the same name as the manip I’m working on. I begin coding the artist’s comments right into the word file so I can copy and paste it later. I save the links (or thumbs) as I download them to each stock so I don’t lose track of which stocks I use or leave anything out. Just because a pair of candle holders may seem like a minor detail in the grand scope of your manip, it isn’t a minor detail to the stock provider who let you use it for free. They may have gone out and specifically purchased those candle holders for stock photos. (I’m a nerd. I’ve done this.)

The free stock that you use can be an expensive adventure for the stock provider. I purchased a medieval dress for my sister to model in (which will be a forthcoming series this summer) for stock. This dress cost $205 USD. (Here is a link to the dress:  www.renaissancemodel.com/gothi…) If the stock gets ripped off, I’m going to probably blow a fuse. That dress cost a little less than half a month’s rent for us. I’m not exactly rolling in the big bucks, so that was a pretty big purchase for us to use as stock.

It’s the same for a lot of :devart: stock providers. Stock isn’t cheap, and we use our personal funds to supply you with great stock.  Costumes are not the only high dollar items we require for stock shoots.  There are also backdrops, props, lighting tools, and equipment such as digital cameras that can cost a lot of money. I have my eye (and a kidney for trade j/k) on one of the new Nikon D800 cameras. I want it badly, and for stock purposes. This camera runs on average about $3,000 USD. These are some of the reasons that stock providers get incredibly creative at inventing ways to save money and still get the shot.
Stock providers also go through great lengths to get the perfect stock photo for you to use. Sometimes this results in injury or a chat with the police on why exactly you’re dressed like an elf and rolling around in the park grass. The same holds true to premade background stock. Some stock artists spend hours creating a background for you to use. (While on that subject, it's also against :devart: policy to use stock from outside websites such as sxc.hu and others to create premade backgrounds. It violates the stock redistribution terms. There are safe places for those who want to create premade backgrounds from unrestricted stock such as our affiliate group Stock-For-Premades )

I recently held a poll for stock providers over at The-Stock-Directory to see exactly what kind of injuries or immediate dangers stock providers have been in to get the shot. I’d like to share with you some of the responses so you can see exactly what the people taking stock go through for you. You can view the entire poll here: the-stock-directory.deviantart…

Here are some comments from stock providers on their injuries or dangerous situations:

:icontasastock: “i got severely bruised on the Attuann shoot, and the Apocallyptica one a little  too much jumping off sanddunes and acting like a prat. In my recent Star Wars one (which hasnt been uploaded yet) I accidently whacked my mate Mike in the face with a lightsaber so far no serious injuries.. *touch wood* i need to do a shoot with a compound bow soon... so uh... it'll be fiiiine im sure.”

:iconcharligal-stock:  “I've fallen out of a few trees, been bitten by bugs, was bitten by a fish once but that wasn't stock... Sprained ankles, winded myself, jarred my knee, just fallen over, stacked it jumping, fallen off a chair, cut myself climbing a rocky outcrop... The list goes on... I am just clumsy and a tad accident prone I think.”

:icondaftopia:   “I tried to get a couple of good shots of some deer from a heard in my front yard, needless to say the buck of the herd chased me all the way into my house.”

:iconraine-angelstock: “the undertow pulled me under. drowned mermaid wouldnt have been so cool.”

:iconfenrir49:  “I fell out of a tree and "heeled"(my heel went under) my crotch (hurt like hell) shooting this: fav.me/d50m37d Because I was in the tree and had to lean over the branch I was on and use both hands to film. I took the picture and then I suddenly fell sideways and turned just enough that I landed on my legs but sadly I was crouched and as said before, heeled my crotch. XD Also when I shot this fav.me/d50m1q1 a bee came and I swatted it mistaking it for a fly and then it chased me and I ran into a bush with a stray cat in and I got scratched by a stray (I'm fine, no diseases) and stung by a bee.”

:iconfuguestock:  “I've had people mistake me for a thief and call the police, but no actual bodily harm issues. There have been a few issues with horses getting angry at me being in their field. Although frankly the worst one was a when I approached a horse and it got a giant erection and started slapping it against his stomach. I'm not sure why I seemed to have that effect on it, but I really didn't want to hang around his field to find out X-)”

:iconsynyster-stock: “I've almost been ran over by multiple horses shooting stock.”

:iconsenshistock:  “Just pulled muscles and that kind of thing. Stubbed toes, etc. Nothing serious (yet) xD”

:iconcathleentarawhiti: Yep, nearly wrecked my camera getting bowled over by a wave shooting this fav.me/d37sy61

:iconmalleni-stock:  “Not sure if this counts as being in danger but my camera got really wet while I shot some wave stock photos and there was a huge one coming^^, and the factory were I took my recent stocks is about to collapse and there were some rooms that looked really dangerous. Moreover when I wanted to leave I heard about 5 people coming to the entrance and it is not allowed to go there so I was really scared   But I think it was worth it!”

:iconcelticstrm-stock:  “Well.. I've suffered bug bites, got tangled in a trot line, twisted my ankle, and almost got hit by a car. I came really close to stepping on a copperhead snake once. I should have gotten a photo of the little bugger, but I was too chicken. The worst though when I was out taking lightning photos, particular this one:  celticstrm-stock.deviantart.co… I got zapped by the ricochet of a nearby lightning strike. That was not fun. I've been trying to get some of tornadoes and well, there ya go. It was sister funnel clouds during a tornado warning. I'm one of those people that run outside when the tornado sirens go off rather than hide in the bathroom with the cats. (I've done that too when it got too bad. The cats were pissed.) I also snapped a few from the storm that produced the F5 Tornado that destroyed Joplin, Missouri. I live in Springfield, Missouri which is an hour east of Joplin. Seriously don't do the tornado thing unless you're with a tour group and trained spotters or have some kind of training in meteorology. It can be dangerous.”


As you can see, stock providers go through a lot of trouble to bring you fantastic resources for you to use in your art. The images just don’t magically appear online because they will it into existence. It’s extremely important that you credit your stock provider and follow their stock terms of use, if anything, because they do this for you.

There are other issues regarding stock in a photo manipulation that need to be addressed as well. Celebrity images, and images found on Google cannot be used as stock. This can result in lawsuits where you can be sued for infringing on copyrighted material. If you do use a photo that is not stock you absolutely must have the written permission of the original author to use the image in your photo manipulation. This includes all off-site resources. The use of celebrity and copyrighted images in a photo manipulation is also against :devart: policy and can result in the removal of your work and the banning of your account. The majority of art groups including Manips-Central will decline submissions that include celebrity or copyrighted content.

FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?

FAQ #193: How do I prove that I had permission to use someone's work?

FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?

FAQ #809: What are DeviantArt's stock image guidelines?

Also please note that language barriers are not an excuse for not crediting a stock provider or following their rules. Google has a nifty little translating tool that will detect a language and translate it for you. You can visit Google Translate here: translate.google.com/

I hope that this article has cleared up any questions that you may have regarding how and why you should credit your stock providers and select stock from valid sources. If you have any other questions feel free to send me a note and I will do my best to answer them. Hopefully this will help you avoid having a submission declined, deleted, or worse.

Love,

- Cheryl

P.S. This article will also be shared with our affiliate group Manips-Central and with my watchers on my stock account CelticStrm-Stock


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:iconesmemi-luniculaire:
Esmemi-Luniculaire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thank you very much for your informative article.
It seems you come at the idea of copyrights from a photomanipulation perspective. I wonder if the same deal applies to images pulled off of Google if the images aren't used for photomanipulation, or as a base (traced over or copied directly), but used as a reference? I didn't do any documentation when I was in elementary, middle and high school when I did paintings copying other people's photos. (I do now!) Can I still be prosecuted for that? What if the pieces were non-commercial?
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:iconfuguestock:
fuguestock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
When I make photomanipulations I download the stock image and copy and past the address bar as the image's file name (minus the 'http:' and all the slashes). Then when I credit people I can just copy and paste the addresses back without having to keep track of all the images I've used in a separate text file.
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:iconade-doodles:
ADE-doodles Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've seen, faved and bookmark many Stock images. I've contacted a few folks and ask permission for questionable uses. I totally respect the work and the effort the photographers and models have given. It's Wonderful.

Now i have a request to make it easier for anyone to credit the folks. In photoshop you can add meta data to your images. In the description (or elsewhere) you can put whatever you like to remind us users WHO the image came from and WHAT type of Credits need to be given. once the image is download off of DA sometimes the stock source gets lost in the shuffle. It's a lil bit more work for the stock builder but it leaves us users with little excuse.

if this is already a practice , great and
never mind.
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Speaking of which.. how do you do put the meta data part in? Hehe that sounds like the making of a great tutorial :D
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:iconade-doodles:
ADE-doodles Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's very easy. And you know You'd probably want to make a habit of informing folks on your pages to check meta data for Copyright and usage info.

but here's a tutorial
[link]
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you for the link to the tutorial! :D Sorry it took me a while to respond too. lol
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:iconade-doodles:
ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
no problem CS-S
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:iconfuguestock:
fuguestock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't know you could do that. I'll be sure to use that feature!
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:iconroberto5751:
Roberto5751 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As somebody who only ever creates stock it is frustrating when somebody downloads something and doesn't even extend the courtesy of showing me what they use it for. For all I know they could be selling the finished piece and cutting me out the deal altogether.

The stock I produce costs me money to make happen.
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:iconsynyster-stock:
Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Photographer
What a very well put together article! It was a great read and hopefully we can get everyone to take a look at it! :D
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you!! :D
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:iconsynyster-stock:
Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Photographer
You're very welcome! :)
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
:clap::clap::clap:
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:icondaftopia:
daftopia Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
awesome :)
Thanks for quoting me!!
Kind of feel like a dink now though because I couldn't even spell the word "herd" correctly! lol
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconcaedy:
Caedy Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
See, this has never been an issue with me.

I've always, always, always credited. Because, if it isn't mine, I need to make sure that the people that see my work are aware of where the parts and pieces came from.
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:iconkirilee:
kirilee Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GREAT article! And so true.
I've destroyed one of my cameras through trying to shoot stock. I have also pulled muscles - the most painful was my main back muscle. Funny thing was I still got a shot from it and it is the most used stock photo out of that set :)

Also I think it is worth mentioning the cost of doing stock photography - cameras, lights, costumes, material for costumes, props etc. It does add up.
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you! :glomp: I hope this gives people an idea of what stock artists go through! I wrote Jade and asked if it was ok to add his videos to our gallery and I think maybe if people see and hear the artists behind it, it might help too. I love those Take:10 sessions. :D He cracks me up with the Blade Runner thing.. lol
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:iconkirilee:
kirilee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be great!
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:iconcathleentarawhiti:
CathleenTarawhiti Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
What they said! :D
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:icondamselstock:
DamselStock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If only we could DD journals so that others across all of dA could see it.
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww :glomp: I just hope it helps even a little bit! lol
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:icondamselstock:
DamselStock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If the people who read it would actually absorb it, it will. I've always been complimented on how I credit stockers on my art account, *ADamselInDesign, but that's because I am also a stocker.

Maybe you should ask other deviants to help translate this into other languages... conversational versions, not Google translator versions...?
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:iconhorsestockphotos:
HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! For taking the time to write this article! As a stock provider who is also a professional photographer, it really means a lot to me for people to properly credit. I want to help people with their work and provide great stock, but I also want to get the credit to help link back to my page and art! That's the point of me providing the stock for free use! I really hope people take the time to read this - it's great stuff!
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe you're welcome! This issue has been bugging me on a daily basis to the point where I've actually caught myself giving myself a head-slap every time I see it happen. lol
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:iconhorsestockphotos:
HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
don't do that or you'll end up with a lot of headache.. There are so many people doing it wrong!
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant article! Now to make it required reading..... :plotting: :lol:
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:iconcelticstrm-stock:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muahahaha that would be fantastic! I love world domination.. err.. I mean.. helping people understand the issue. :D :evillaugh:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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:icondamselstock:
DamselStock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If only we could DD journals so that others across all of dA could see it.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stick it in your faves :) If its in the journal portal its popularity "should" increase the more views/faves it has :)
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:icondamselstock:
DamselStock Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Already faved!
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:iconcharligal-stock:
charligal-stock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is an excellent article and I hope it helps to lessen this issue of ppl who don't credit stock artists. Awesome work hun!!
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:iconcelticstrm:
CelticStrm Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you! :glomp: I hope it helps too! What I didn't know that ^SanguineVamp mentioned on the #Manips-Central version was that they can't feature manips or give them DDs unless the stock sources have been properly credited and the stock artist notified. That should be a big motivator too! lol
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:iconcharligal-stock:
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You would think it would be a big motivator.
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