For the Love of Stock!
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The Dedication of Stock Providers:
Stock Providers on DeviantART work to provide free or low cost stock for the community. They put in their own time at their own expense to provide quality stock for use by any Deviant (and often allow offsite use as well). Because of their generosity, time and expense, the very least anyone can do when using the stock is to Read the Rules and to Properly Credit the Stock Provider!
Credit is important. First of all, it shows respect for the stock artist; Secondly, when a Stock Provider is properly credited in the Artist Description at the same time the Deviation is submitted, then the Stock Artist will be notified via mentions. When the stock credits are typed in when editing later, then the mentions will not notify the Stocker.
HOW to Properly Credit the Stock Provider:
Type or copy/paste a Direct Link to the stock used into the Artist Description. Simply putting the stock provider's site name isn't sufficient. Why? Stock isn't always readily recognizable once edited, and it helps the Stock Provider to show others the stock that is available on his/her site. Even when using your own stock, at least put in the Artist Description you're using your own resources. It avoids confusion when submitting to groups that check resource links.
Core Members can use up to six (6) thumbs in the Artist Description; however, it works best to keep the thumbs at FIVE (5) until ALL the stocks and brushes are credited, because, for some reason, DeviantART's code won't allow another thumb to be pasted in order to be converted to a link after six thumbs have been placed into the Artist Description. So, to avoid issues, decide which five to use until all links have been included, then choose the sixth thumb. Also, it is best when using a thumb to provide a text link as well, in case the Core Membership runs out sometime in the future.
Non-Core Members must use links in the Artist Description, since using thumbs is a Core benefit.
Once the Deviation has been posted, notify the Stock Provider as per the Stock Provider's Rules (more about this below*). Rules may require notification in a comment of the stock or brush, via note or profile comment. If multiple stocks are used from a single Stock Provider, it may be okay to notify the Provider via Note explaining which stocks were used. Check the Provider's rules to be sure.
Proper Crediting Example:
The following is a Mixed Media Deviation along with the Artist Description showing Credits for Stocks and Brushes (mixture of both links and thumbs ~ click to open full size in Sta.sh):As Posted by TheStockWarehouse
Read the Rules:
Since Stock Providers ARE so kind as to provide free or low-cost stock to the community, then the Rules of the Stock Artist should be read and followed. After all, the stock belongs to the Stock Provider. All Stock Artists have a right to create Rules as they see fit, as well as expecting the Rules to be followed.
Stock Providers have a varied way of publishing their Rules, whether the Rules are brief, have some restrictions or are restricted in several ways.
Stock Rules may be posted in a Journal, in a Profile Widget, in the Gallery Folder description or even in the Artist Description of the Stock Deviation.
Examples of Various Ways Rules can be Posted:
Brief Rules in the Artist Description (click to open full view in Sta.sh):As Posted by nitchwarmer As Posted as AreteStock Stock with Restrictions Posted in Journals:As Posted by Malleni-StockAs Posted by poserfan-stock
These TOU apply to all of my free/NC stock and backgrounds. provided as PSD/PNG resp as JPG for backgrounds.
Please if you download, so I know what members like the most and want more of. Thank you!!
All of my stock is produced/rendered using Poser Models and Textures and is rendered under most neutral lights without any shadows for your artistic freedom. Preview Images are usually (much) smaller then the file itself.
1. Credit the stock used in your description!
You have to credit the used stock in the description of your final image/artwork (which must be uploaded to Deviant Art) with links.
As Posted by WDWParksGal-Stock
*Many thanks to the Stock Providers who gave me permission to use screenshots of their rules for this tutorial.
Tutorial and Stock Credit Example by @thestockwareouse
'Rules to Follow' by
nitchwarmer AreteStock Malleni-Stock poserfan-stock WDWParksGal-Stock
Remember, Respect the Stock Artist!
And be SURE to FAVE the stocks you use!