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March 4, 2014 12:32 PM   Subscribe

I have been making greeting cards and would like to sell them. I have been doing rubber stamp and scrapbook paper stuff so far, but started looking for graphics I could print and incorporate. My google is failing me. It looks like shutterstock has great images, but even with the enhanced license, I cannot use them on things I will sell (unless i'm misreading what i find there). I'm getting really confused and getting a headache reading fine print everywhere and I must not be finding the right blogs or using the right words. Where do I find images (illustrations and graphics, NOT photos) that I can download, print, and use on my stuff that I will sell?

I'm willing to pay. I haven't found what I'm looking for at wikicommons but maybe I'm not using the right terms. On shutterstock, i can search for illustrations and get exactly what I'm looking for but that doesn't seem to work across all the various stock sites - cute little graphics of owls and animals and stuff.
posted by McSockerson The Great to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It's hard for me to tell if CreativeMarket's Simple License falls into this category or not, but their FAQ has "gift card makers" as who uses their service, which means it might be okay? (For all I know they're talking about twee crafters though.) Maybe drop them a quick email and clarify? Also, no harm in actually asking Shutterstock's customer service as well, if it's hard to figure out.
posted by foxfirefey at 12:38 PM on March 4, 2014

You might want to look specifically for public domain images.

When I was doing this sort of thing, I used a lot of stuff from Dover publishing. Not everything they sell is public domain, though.

Not being able to use stock illustrations for commercial purposes seems a little weird to me, though. That's kind of the whole point of stock photo companies. Without seeing the specific images you want to use and what the lincense agreements look like, though, it's hard to advise you on this.
posted by Sara C. at 12:40 PM on March 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sara C. -

here's the link to the shutterstock Enhanced License

the parts i find confusing...
under part II

"Produce or otherwise create for resale or distribution, printed reproductions of any Image as wallpaper or wall art, on billboards, or on canvas, paper, plastic or any other medium, unless such reproduction is expressly permitted in PART I. "

and Part I says it can be used in print media, but it doesn't mention if that media can be sold. i'm worried about making something and then violating this license somehow because i sold it rather than gave it away or used it as a promotional item.

maybe i've been reading too many licensing agreemnts on too many sites and my brain is mush.
posted by McSockerson The Great at 12:48 PM on March 4, 2014

The Shutterstock license says you can use the images you buy in a commercial work
Shutterstock hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide, perpetual, right to use, modify, and reproduce Images in the following ways, subject to the limitations set forth herein and in Part II hereof:

Incorporated into merchandise for resale or distribution, without regard to the size of the manufacturing or duplication run of such merchandise (including downloads), including, without limitation, computers, computer peripherals, clothing, artwork, magnets, posters, and online and paper greeting cards, provided that such merchandise: a) combines words and an Image or Images; or b) the Image is not the primary factor driving the sale of such merchandise.

That last means you can't just slap the image on the cards, and call it done. Has to transformed or modified in some way.
posted by Ideefixe at 12:51 PM on March 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

thank you for translating that. and for also finding the part F. i obviously missed that part.
posted by McSockerson The Great at 12:54 PM on March 4, 2014

You can use -- it's all public domain and free. There's some truly great Victorian stuff.
posted by wintersweet at 1:39 PM on March 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

You could find commercial & derivative-ok items on Flickr (their advanced search will let you be that granular) and turn them into line art. A little less easy that pre-rolled illustrations but possibly a more interesting/creative result.
posted by phearlez at 1:56 PM on March 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

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