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Recently I've seen a lot photo-manipulations where the resources used have been listed in a slightly slap-dash fashion. Things like "Resources by fuguestock" or simply pasting my icon at the bottom of the comments. Now I'm glad to be shown what artists have done with my photos, but I do ask in my guidelines (as do most stockists) that you paste a link to the image used in the comments. This is really quite important to me.

Good examples:

Iceberg… by fuguestock


Iceberg 07 - Hole Close Up by fuguestock by :iconfuguestock:

(: devNAME : will display a deviants name and : iconNAME : will display their icon if you remove the spaces between the colons.)

There are a few reasons us stock artists ask to be attributed like this, but really its the first that concerns me most:
  • It makes it easy for other artists to see an element they like in your picture, and quickly find out where they can get it (which helps the stockist and other artists).
  • It makes it easy to tell if you are using legitimate resources (which helps you).
  • People can quickly see your level of skill by seeing how you have transformed the original image (which helps you).

How to credit stockist QUICKLY and EASILY

One of the reasons people do not credit resources properly is that it is actually quite a hassle making a list of stockists and their pictures after you post a piece of art. It's a virtually impossible task to track down the links for all the images you've used after the fact. You might have downloaded a hundred pictures from stockists, each with a thousand images in their gallery. The only way to do it is to save the information as you go. The simplest way to do this is that every time you download an image, save the URL (that's the bit written in the address bar) in a .txt file so you have a list when you come to the end.

However, the way that I use, which keeps all the info in the image file and lets you quickly extract it later is a little more complicated.
I hope this has been useful. If you have a better way of crediting stock I'd love to know!
Edit: I've just seen this much better guide by CelticStrm-Stock so if you are still clueless check this out (it has pictures of each step and everything!)
 How To Credit Your Stock Providers Tutorial by CelticStrm-Stock
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birdsistersstock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for this! lots of artists unfortunatly do not get this yet. I hope this article is a step in the right direction for some.
CD-STOCK Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Very helpful :thumbsup:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
:clap: Nice write up! I hope people will listen! I'd not dream of not crediting a stock holder; it took me a bit to learn to "build my credit list as I go", but it's so much simpler that way! Even if it's an image you feel you only 'might' use at the time; at least you can delete if if you choose not too - SO much easier than having to hunt for it again!
And as you say, the credits make all the difference to appreciation of the work! It's really a win-win for all involved. :)!!
fuguestock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. It is indeed win-win for every one. One of my favorite parts about browsing someones art is seeing how they transformed the original image :D
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Yes same here! In fact, I never much cared at all for photomanips until one day, something made me look at the original stock! I was flabbergasted at what I saw - and the changes! Made me want to try my own hand, and now, I am hooked! :rofl:
RockStocks Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
When I'm gathering stock for an art piece (on my other account) I use notepad to save urls and stockist name then save it into the same project folder as the stock, that way I never forget which came from where, plus I can edit it all and use it to copy and paste into my description.

On another note though I think many people don't always want to admit that they used stock that isn't truly legitimate especially the newbies... But if you are proud of your work then it is well worth remembering that no DD's are given out unless all stock is listed, even if it is open source, and ideally with a link directly to that item, even if it is not here on DA.
fuguestock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Using notepad is a good way of doing it. I've also noticed some people (especially the newbies) leaving credits out because they've used one or two illegitimate images. You can usually tell because its the bit of the artwork that looks bizarrely professional compared to the rest of the picture!
MihaelaJoeDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't like it when I see photomanipulations whithout the direct link to the stock and they only put the provider's name in the descriptions because I want to see how they transformed every photo into their work. I always credit something like this: Model: link, Tree: link and so on and then I go to every stock provider and give them my link. 
fuguestock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A whole part of the appreciation I have of photomanipulations is seeing how the different elements have been transformed. I have so much respect for people who can take a mediocre stock image and turn it into fabulous art.
MihaelaJoeDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, my thoughts exactly! :)
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