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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:43 am
ALL ABOUT SOURCES FOR PHOTOSHOP CONTESTS
Finding good, usable sources is not very difficult. In this post we’ll explain some of the reasons for certain rules pertaining to source images and their use. We will also explain the particular ways to search on some sites and find the usage terms for the images.
All of the Rules and Guidelines can be found here: http://www.pxleyes.com/guidelines/ They are designed to keep the playing field even for all members and are easy to understand and follow.

WHY DON’T WE ALLOW COPYRIGHTED IMAGES?
The obvious reason is the law. It is illegal to infringe on the rights of authors and photographers who own the image(s) in question.
Another reason is simply respect. We wouldn’t want our own work to be exploited by others for their own gain and it’s only right that we respect the rights of others with the same degree of consideration we expect.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A SAFE SOURCE?
Any image that is declared free to use for any non-commercial purpose even if it is altered or manipulated or combined with other images. This must be proven either by a statement from the source author/owner or the website offering the image or by the license under which the image is displayed. Very often this license is a Creative Commons License. Images may also be in the Public Domain with no copyright connected to them and may be used by anyone for their own purpose. Moderators will check if your sources are copyrighted or if they are acceptable for use as explained.

WHAT IS CREATIVE COMMONS?
This has been explained in other forum posts and Pxleyes blogs. You can read about Creative Commons licenses from their website: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ We have a chart prepared to give you the simplest explanation of which licenses apply to the kinds of images we would use in our contests and which to avoid.
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SEARCHING ON FLICKR
This is one of the largest and best known stock sites. Because the licenses vary with such a large variety of images we need to narrow our search for usable images.
1.) You can start your search by going to flickr home page https://www.flickr.com/ here you can type in what you’re searching for then hit return (enter). 2.) You’ll see a page with images of the subject you entered in the search window. Now you can narrow your search by going to the grey heading that says “any license” with an arrow, click on this and a menu appears. 3.) The best choice to use is “modifications allowed” just click on this selection. 4.) You now will see selections that allow modifications under a Creative Commons license. Select an image, click on it and you’ll see the page with that image. 5.) In the lower right corner you will find the license type for the image. Always double check the license to be sure the image is acceptable. Most of these licenses require credit (attribution) be given to the author. It’s best to always give credit for all sources used, it’s the polite thing to do and it will guarantee you credited those who required attribution.
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USING DEVIANTART FOR IMAGES
You may use images from the Stock section ONLY! http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/re ... /stockart/ Do not use images from the Photography section or anywhere else on DeviantArt as these images are copyrighted and will result in the removal of your entry! DeviantArt authors often have particular rules for stock use. It's your responsibility to honor these rules but moderators will not check whether or not you have complied with them. However if a stock author contacts us (or posts a comment on your entry) about a personal rule breach in the use of his/her stock we will send a warning to that entry or remove it, the source must be replaced in this case. If the entry is in a closed contest we might replace it with an empty image.

STOCK SITES OFFERING FREE SAFE TO USE IMAGES
Be sure to read the usage terms for any site you use. Always double check the image(s) to be certain they are acceptable.
https://pixabay.com/
http://www.freeimages.com/
https://www.pexels.com/
http://www.textures.com/
http://freestocktextures.com/
http://www.pdpics.com/
http://www.morguefile.com/
https://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/
http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/re ... /stockart/
http://foter.com/
http://lostandtaken.com
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SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT USING GOOGLE IMAGES
The name "Google" has become synonymous with searching on the internet. Even so it's not the best way to search for safe images for your entries. The reason is the complexity of the filtering you'll have to do to find a good usable high res image to work with. Stock sites usually offer the highest resolution of their images, some like flickr offer several sizes including huge high resolutions. With Google you may get small low resolution images unless you select the option to limit the images to a minimum size that you can work with. Here we'll show you how to get to the images that allow modifications.
1.) Go to https://images.google.com and enter the image you're looking for. 2.) In the next window that appears select "Search tools". 3.) Another menu comes up, select "Usage rights". 4.) Now choose "Labeled for reuse with modification" from the pop up menu. 5.) You're now on the page with images that should allow modifications. You can see from the example shown that an image of the Apple logo with a ® symbol is included. That image can't be used even though it's shown along with other images that can. This is one of the problems in using Google for sources, you have to check carefully that the image you want is truly safe to use. You would be better off using a recommended stock site rather than Google Images.
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After reaching Step 5 you can continue to filter your search by selecting another filter from the menu. For instance if you see too many small images you can select "Size" and limit your search to a particular range of sizes. Whatever image you finally choose be sure to double check that it is safe to use.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Thanks SR. A wealth of information!! :YMHUG: :YMAPPLAUSE: :-BD

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