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Updated Group Submission Guidelines

Hiya Darlings,

We've had a large influx of new members, and I'd like to say welcome to all of them! I've gone through and updated our group submission guidelines. If you are new to the group, or just want a refresher on what is accepted and what's not, please read the rules below. Remember, If it's violating any of the rules, it will be declined. No arguments will be accepted. If you are going to submit it to this group Love it, Live it, Learn it. :) We will not be one of those sub-par groups that accepts invalid resources.

General Submissions:

- All submissions must be listed in the Resources & Stock section of deviantART. Everything else will be declined.

- You must be a member of the group to submit stock.

- All submissions must be a minimum size of 1000 x 1000 pixels. The only exception is for vintage images, but really.. most scanners can scan a higher resolution than that anyway.

- You may submit your stock or photomanipulation related contests and features directly to the group blog. It will go through the submissions process for approval.

Premade Backgrounds:

- Every single element in the background absolutely must be credited in the artist's comments. This includes any brushes or texture overlays. You must credit if it's your own stock, another stock provider's image, or a public domain image. If there is a mouse having a cup of tea in the corner, you must credit the tiny little brush stroke you used for the steam. It's the group rules and part of dA Terms of Service. You must provide a link to every image you use in the background.

- You MUST have permission from a stock provider that allows you to create premade backgrounds with their stock. You can't just use any image you find in any gallery, or on the web. Just because a stock gallery has been inactive for years, doesn't mean you can just do what you want with it. For the love of all that is holy, DO NOT use images you find on wallpaper and try to submit it to this group. This includes Premades, Precuts, Photomanips.. ANYTHING. EVER. Continued violations of this rule with result in you being booted from the group.

- NEVER use images from, depositphotos, dreamstime, etc. for premade backgrounds. This includes any images you may have purchased. Unless you spent the $250+ USD for the exclusive rights for the image, you do not have permission to redistribute it in any form, manipulated or not. This information is generally found in the FAQs of the site in question, or their policy agreements/Terms of Service area.

- NEVER use someone else's premade background, digital art, photography, or photomanipulation to create your premade. 

Overview: Premade Backgrounds are the photomanipulations of the Resources & Stock section of deviantART, and the same rules apply. By using invalid stock or not crediting all of your resources, you are doing a disservice to the artist who uses them. They will be denied a Daily Deviation feature or have their art declined. There are many art groups now that are declining art submissions with uncredited premade backgrounds. If I were that artist, I would be supremely pissed. Artists are being advised to avoid using premade backgrounds that do not come from legitimate sources or not credited. This means you will not have as much traffic, and I will not consider featuring premade suggestions that do not follow the guidelines. While we're on the subject, not only should you credit the stock provider who is nice enough to let you use their stock for it, you should let them know that you used it.

Solutions: We have a sister sub-group for stock that can be used to make premade backgrounds. The only stock that is allowed in the gallery is the stock that can be used to make them. If you provide stock for premades or like creating them, please visit this group:


Remember: If you are going to make premade backgrounds with someone else's stock and then demand that artists follow your rules, you need to be following the rule of the provider who allowed you to create the premade in the first place.

Pre-Cut / 3D Images / Photoshop/Gimp Brushes / Action Previews

- These need to come from your own resources, whether it's your own photo, or you made it from scratch in a program. Very few stock providers will allow you to make them from their stock. 

- The resources need to be credited. If you rendered in a program like DAZ, Apophysis, etc. You need to state it in the artist's comments. This includes your own photography. No Exceptions.

- This should go without saying.. but seriously? Celebrity images and Anime cut outs not allowed in the Stock & Resources gallery. They are NEVER considered valid stock. EVER. You can't use them for your action previews, backgrounds, precuts, brushes, etc. This includes what they call "renders, blends, and editions." 

Off-Site Resources

We do not accept off-site resources into this group. Any resource that requires a download from another website will not be accepted. This includes personal websites, or other websites such as graphicriver.

Public Domain Images

Not all public domain images are legitimate. Be leery of wikipedia or Photobucket/Flickr "public domain" images. I can't count how many times my stock has been taken and put on Flickr as a public domain/copyright free image. Those places are land mines for illegitimate stock being redistributed. It's part of why my entire gallery is now premium content. 

Keep in mind that some of the public domain sites still require attribution linked directly to the image used.

Also, do not use images you find on personal blogs for stock, photomanips, or mixed media pieces. My stock and probably many others have been lifted to be put on blogs by those who will redistribute anything. If it's not a valid known stock website, avoid it like the plague.

In Closing

If you have questions about group ruless, please direct them towards me or our admins in a note or comment below. If you have general stock inquiries, please keep in touch with our current Resources & Stock CVs Elandria, PirateLotus-Stock, or myself. We :heart: you and our community!

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Rembrandt2007 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I especially agree about the celebrity photos (which are pretty much always stolen anyway and are most often of foreign celebrities that are unknown outside of their home countries) and the anime stuff, but unfortunately, the Resources & Stock Images category continues to be used as a dumping ground for such images by their posters, who are most often either too lazy to put the images in the proper category (in the case of Manga/Anime) or are ignorant of DA's rules (frequently both).
the-horse-lover Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Photographer
What about for those stock providers who do allow their stock to be used for pre-cuts?
Can't upload those pre-cuts either?
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can as long as they allow it and you credit them. :)
the-horse-lover Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Photographer
Okay, awesome, thanks for asnwering! 
DamselStock Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just an idea, you may want to add a section to this that lists the group admins who can help/answer questions. Maybe add the admins who have been here the longest or are most likely to respond in a timely manner.
YBsilon-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Great journal, thanks for making it :thumbsup:
lichtschrijver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm so sorry, I was one of the new ones who got it wrong.....:sprint:
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries :) I don't get frustrated with the new members who haven't gotten used to our rules yet. :huggle: It seems like I have to post a blog similar to this about every three months to remind everyone. lol
lichtschrijver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
maybe save it and send it to every new member? but that would be a lot of work I guess...maybe just leave it on the page somewhere. I will try to remember all the rules in the future, I'm new at this so I will do my best:D
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're doing just fine! :D We don't mind coaching new stock providers at all. We've made this group into a learning based group for the purpose. :)
lichtschrijver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
well I got a shoot tomorrow...we will see what comes out of it!!
Elandria Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well said and I leraned something new!
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
A pleasure :hug:
BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   General Artist
Very well written and very clear!
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe Thankies! I hope it helps. :D
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