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bortonia
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:05PM
Text in Illustrations

iStock will now accept illustrations that include text elements. Design elements are a big part of our collection and we want to free up our illustrators to incorporate words into their creations. So we're loosening what used to be some pretty tight restrictions. Here's what we're looking for:

• Banners, badges, and other design elements that include text
• Wordmarks: text-only treatments that convey a concept. (We will be picky about these — bring your 'A' game.)
• Holiday illustrations with captions. ('Merry Christmas', 'Happy Valentine's Day')
• Original text designs (letters made out of balloons, etc)
• Multiple languages — think beyond English.

Submission requirements
• You must have the necessary rights to any existing font that you include. By uploading, you are warranting that you either own all copyrights to the font or typeface that you have used or that you have licensed the font or typeface for commercial use. Do your homework. Find out which fonts permit commercial use and which ones don't.
• All existing fonts must be converted to outlines prior to submission.
• Text must be interesting and useful. Don't just fire up illustrator, type a word, and expect it to be accepted. We are looking for original and unique type treatments, not 'I Love You' in Times New Roman Bold (or, God forbid, Comic Sans).

This change is effective immediately: you can upload these files now. To help, we've gathered some tips for choosing the best typefaces for your designs in this thread.

You can read original announcement here, but we've decided to start another Illustrator Forum thread for vector contributors.
Susan_Stewart
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:07PM
Woot! Now that's goodnews. Does this mean I can now upload vector version of calligraphic hand made letters? (original designed illuminated capital type things?)


 

(Edited on 2012-08-23 15:09:03 by Susan_Stewart)
bortonia
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:16PM
Absolutely
Susan_Stewart
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:25PM
Cool. Do you have any feel on how you would like files for things like an alphabet of illuminated letters, In terms of number of letters per file etc? I guess a relatively simple design could have the whole alphabet in one file (although the thumb would be hard to see), while something complex would stand in its own right with one letter as an individual upload (I have both types in my archives, although mainly not vectorised yet)

(Edited on 2012-08-23 15:26:43 by Susan_Stewart)
bortonia
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:34PM
You could do either. We'd like to keep alphabets as a full set because it's easier for clients, although including all of the uppercase AND lowercase characters for a single font would be overkill (that's over 50 objects in one file!). So please split upper and lower case designs into separate submissions. You could also do number sets.

As to individual characters, you're right, it'll probably depend on the complexity. Decorative initials would be awesome to see submitted individually since it's unlikely someone would need an entire alphabet at once!
mightyisland
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:32PM

This opens us an whole new range of possibilities for IS - illustratated lettering is something tha has been missing for W A Y too long.


This is a good thing, a very good thing.


I might even go so far as to give it a wooyay.
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:27PM
What about if we hand tool the text ourselves, can you expand on that a bit? What I mean is, what if I hand design my own text word like "bulls" without using a stock font, I just build it myself.
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:38PM
so exciting! I'm looking forward to purchasing illos with text!
bortonia
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:46PM
Posted By daveturton: What about if we hand tool the text ourselves, can you expand on that a bit? What I mean is, what if I hand design my own text word like "bulls" without using a stock font, I just build it myself.


We're currently calling these 'wordmarks' and yes they're acceptable.

But please note we'll be a little picky on them: typing in a word in Arial and slapping a gradient on the text isn't good enough, but original, high quality wordmark designs will be accepted.

Two things: Remember to keep your reference sketches on hand to upload as reference, and please make sure you double check that the word isn't already associated with an existing company name, trademark or slogan.

(Edited on 2012-08-23 22:48:42 by bortonia)
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:37PM
Wow! That's cool. Somewhere on my harddisk there is an old but good Happy Easter submission waiting for this day
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:58AM

This is great news. I understood the issues of avoiding font licencing before, but I'd had things rejected in the past that I thought were fair use of text, so ended up never including any text on anything.


The whole illustrated/hand-drawn type thing has been really popular over the last couple of years, so it'll be good to be able to tap into that market.
mikemcd
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:59AM
Late to the party as always, istock, but better late than never I guess.

I'll be trying some of my text-based stuff here, but just a little at first. I'm not looking to waste a lot of time uploading if the sales volume stays as low as it is right now.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:51AM

Question: Can fonts that were installed as part of Microsoft/Adobe aplications be used for text elements in the illustrations? Ex: Arial, Myriad, Times?


What about fonts from the early 20th century and up to 1980's? These should be in the public domain. Ex: Aachen, Benuiat, Futura? Futura dates back to 1927. Can we use it?


With multiple sites relicencing these fonts under different terms it's very confusing.


Can we get some clarification on this.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:51AM

Posted By bortonia:
• You must have the necessary rights to any existing font that you include.


Will you be going through all the existing files that contain text and apply this rule retroactively?
bortonia
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:16AM
Posted By art12321: Question: Can fonts that were installed as part of Microsoft/Adobe aplications be used for text elements in the illustrations? Ex: Arial, Myriad, Times?


That depends on what the licenses for these fonts say. It's up to you to do your research and ensure the fonts are OK for commercial use. There are some tips for checking licenses in this thread.

As we've stated many times before in the Logo forum: iStock cannot grant you permission to use fonts, because we don't own the copyright to them. This is also why we cannot provide a list of fonts that are OK to use (it's up to the owners to grant you the rights to use a font, not us). If you're in doubt, contact the owner of the typeface you wish to use for permission.

You can read more about fonts in this thread from the logo forum.

What about fonts from the early 20th century and up to 1980's? These should be in the public domain. Ex: Aachen, Benuiat, Futura? Futura dates back to 1927. Can we use it? With multiple sites relicencing these fonts under different terms it's very confusing. Can we get some clarification on this.


As long as you have the proper license for the font you should be able to use it in your illustrations. But don't assume that just because a font is old that it's 'public domain': Most are still owned by different type foundries, which is why you need a license.

(Edited on 2012-08-24 10:25:10 by bortonia)
bortonia
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:17AM
Posted By FreeTransform: Will you be going through all the existing files that contain text and apply this rule retroactively?


If there are files with text in the collection that include fonts that cannot be used commercially, then yes they will be pulled. As always, if you find a potential copyright issue with any file on iStock, please contact our legal team at CE[at]istockphoto.com.

(Edited on 2012-08-24 10:20:55 by bortonia)
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:39AM

What are the restrictions for text in submissions? I notice that on a popular competitior site there are lots of illustrations that include headings, subtitles, masses of body copy, the name of the illustration/set, captions, 'sample/place/your text here' etc. Any guidance on this?


Hopefully we're not going too far down this route.
bortonia
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:53AM
We won't accept illustrations with titles in them, like, 'AI10 EPS Icon Set Business Theme 20 Icons CMYK File!'. We provide ample space in the Description field, and titles belong in the title field. The reason we prefer stuff like this to go in Description/Title is because that text can then be translated into different languages. If it's in the preview itself, it's rasterized and can't appear in any other languages.

We are planning on accepting placeholder text ('your name here'). Clients do find it useful to visualize where their text will go and what typeface will match the design. If people start going overboard we may need to set stricter standards, but we'll keep you posted if this happens. We will be picky about these: Just smacking Helvetica onto an illustration won't be enough. We're looking for appropriate typefaces that suit the style of the design, and well thought out compositions.

As to body copy - Like whole paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum - We aren't currently accepting files containing large amounts of fake text. A few lines to show how the design will look is OK, but we're not looking for full templates with huge text fields. We'd rather see more illustration than text layout.

Hope this helps!

(Edited on 2012-08-24 10:54:41 by bortonia)
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:26PM

As to whether we can use system fonts or not the only answer I could get from Apple was what I found this in my Mac system library under documentation:


Fonts. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, you may use the fonts included with the Apple Software to display and print content while running the Apple Software; however, you may only embed fonts in content if that is permitted by the embedding restrictions accompanying the font in question.  These embedding restrictions can be found in the Font Book/Preview/Show Font Info panel.

(Edited on 2012-08-25 20:09:31 by kathykonkle)
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:46PM

But embedding means that the whole font file is embedded in a document, doesn't it? And that's not the case when selling vectors, so I don't know how to read those EULA files. Maybe selling digital vector files is legally the same thing as selling prints?
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