Providing Stock+Resources - A Beginners Guide Pt01

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The following five part guide is a collection of tips and tricks for stockers and those who would like to become stockers but don't know where to start - based on my personal experence. While reading, keep in mind that most of what is outlined below are guidelines and not a set of rules you never ever cross - there are exception to everything but the very first rule (I would say copyright is not debatable, after all, you expect others to respect yours, too). Also, this has gotten very long and still, I feel I forgot stuff... So if you have any additions you'd like to see in here, feel free to comment!

>> What you will find in this guide:

  • Part 01: Introduction & Note on Copyright [you are reading it]
  • Part 02: What should I put online? incl. Subject Choice | Dealing with Abuse | Technical Basics for Stock Images | Lighting setup | Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your camera | Post-processing images
  • Part 03: Stock Rules incl. Where to keep the Stock Rules? | What to put in your Rules | Refining as you go along 
  • Part 04: Uploading your stock to dA incl. Packs or Singles | Making sure people remember it's your stock | Upload choices | The right category | Keywords | Artist's Comment | Organizing your Gallery
  • Part 05: Premium Content incl. How to sell Stock | What information not to forget to give

Respecting others' copyright is NOT optional

The first (and only) rule of stock:
only upload what is actually yours to upload!

That means:

  • Respect other people's copyright! Everything is copyrighted as soon as it is created, no registering is needed; just because you don't see a (c) does not mean you can use it! 
  • You need explicit permission! Stock rules / Terms of use give you permission to do certain things -- just because something is not listed does not mean it's okay! Don't assume. Especially when doing stock from stock - that's something not everyone will like their stock used for, even if they don't explicitely forbid it!
  • If you want to upload resources or art where you did not create everything from scratch / take all photos yourself, you need to make sure they are okay with you using their images/brushes/etc for your specific use. This means that just because someone offers stock for people to use in their photomanipulations, does not mean they also allow the use of their stock to create other stock from it (premades, cut-outs, brushes etc). You need explicit permission.
  • Putting "work" into something does NOT make it yours! Again, you need explicit permission. It doesn't help to cut up your stolen jeans and declare them your work and then resell them - the pair of jeans is still stolen goods. No amount of "work" will make it yours. Same goes for resources: if you want to offer cut-out stock and premades, only use your own stock or make double & triple sure that you are allowed to do what you are planning on doing! 
  • Not making money doesn't make it okay either. If you take the stolen jeans from the example above and give them to the homeless, it may be a nice thought, but it's still a pair of stolen jeans. That doesn't change.
  • Make sure you follow any and all rules attached if you use other people's stock! And I mean ANY - if you are doubtful you can comply, use something else. For example, if the original stock provider says you need to credit them, do so (actually, always do so, reason below) and if they want you to tell your users they have to credit the original stock in their manips as well, make sure you say so in your artist's comment; you cannot promise the end users will comply, but you have to! And if you see someone not complying, you can tell them that they need to do "x" to be able to use this premade / cut-out / etc.

It is very important to make sure your stock is legitimate!
Illegitimate stock will eventually get reported and taken down and with the stock, all the art that was done with it, gets taken down as well! You do not want even one incident of people getting into trouble because of you! Not only is it illegal and unfair, but it will also most likely mean no one is going to use your stuff again.

It should go without saying, but apparently, it doesn't:

Google is a search engine, not a stock site where you get images you can use. is not a valid source for your premades/brushes unless you ask the individual stock provider for permission (make sure to say you got that permission in your artist's comment and be prepared to show it to admins if needed).

The list of what doesn't work is quite long and I'm not going to go into details here.

I'm only going to give you the following advice:

Read other people's rules and comply with them!

And if you are unsure, then ask. Basically, that goes for everything you want to use: if it does not explicitly say you can use it for manips and redistribution as stock but you still want to use it - ask the copyright holder! Maybe he will say no and put it in his rules (so others don't have to ask) and maybe he will put in his rules that it's okay for everyone -- and maybe he will even grant you an exception. But don't just take the image and pretend "putting work into it" and "not using it for money" makes it okay to upload. It simply doesn't.

Which brings me to celebrity images, game screenshots, movie promo images and the like: they are copyrighted and off-limits.

Whenever you upload something that is created from other resources (be it other people's or your own), ALWAYS credit your sources!!!

Always Link Back!

Help ease people's minds by letting the stock users know your stock/resources are legitimate and they do not need to fear some third party logging a complaint leading to removal of the illegit stock and the manips created with it.
  1. Make sure people can see you used legitimate sources by linking back to the site/userpage/rules for the images/brushes/etc you used.
  2. If using your own stock, say so in the artist's comment.

Also, you should keep in mind that certain subjects can make things a little more complicated, too. For example, you should have a person's consent before you upload pictures of them, especially since stock pictures on dA are there to be dragged through Photoshop (not everyone wants to end up in someone's art); also you may want to be careful when it comes to trademarks like Disney, Coca Cola, car brands etc -- laws may differ from country to country, so I am not going to give advice here, just a note to be cautious.

>> Further Reading

If you are not familiar with copyright and you plan on uploading resources made with not only your own stock photos, you should definitely read up on the subject to save yourself and the resources users a lot of hassle. For this, I suggest the following article, which may also help you to know your rights to your own stock photos better:

Of Copyright + Premades

Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer, I do not work for deviantArt, I'm merely someone who has been doing photomanips for quite a while and has taken the time to read quite a few articles on the topic. The views expressed hereunder are mine alone. They do not reflect any "official dA opinion" nor are they to be taken as "legal advice". Furthermore, you may live in a country that hasn't signed any of the treaties that govern international copyright law, so you'd have to check with your country's national laws.
I strongly urge you to not only read the journal, but also the comments underneath it as there are a lot more examples of what you can and can't do as well as more links to information being shared by your fellow deviants!
What is Copyright?
I'll paraphrase/quote the wikipedia article on the topic for this:
"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclus
PE S and R Sourcing Your ResourcesSourcing Your Resources
You may think that the creation and sharing of stock and resources is a no brainer.  Clearly however its not, and there are a growing number of deviants who for some reason or another seem to not be able to grasp the basic principles.
As the last article we will be launching for Stock & Resources Project Educate week, we are going to attempt to lay it out for you in clear and easy to understand terms.
What YOU own
The gallery details for stock and resources read:
Gallery Info: Resources & Stock Images
Resources submitted by deviants for others to use in their own works and/or learn from.
Gallery Info: Stock Images
Stock Photography which the provider has granted a licence for incorporation into other Deviant artists work.
By submitting work into the stock and resources galleries, be they a photograph of your cat, a pack of brushes you have created, a texture you have developed, or a tutorial you've spent weeks resea

>> Now online: Part 02: What should I upload?

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Voyager168's avatar
Thanks, it's very clear and precise :aww: