We currently accept graphics in EPS (vector), JPG and PNG (bitmap), and PSD format. For more information on how to upload PSD graphics please visit the PSD specs page.
Vector / Illustration Quality Requirements
Save your vector file as an Adobe Illustrator 10-compatible EPS file. Then create a separate JPEG thumbnail of your file, sized 2000 x 2000 pixels (minimum). Make the JPEG thumbnail the same filename as the EPS (filename.jpg). And finally, compress them into one .zip file.
Note: We no longer accept bitmap versions of already uploaded vectors. We currently down-convert all vectors into bitmap versions from our end.
Uploading bitmap illustrations is easy - simply upload your file in 300dpi and size of at least 2000 x 2000 pixels.
If your file has a non-standard shape (e.g. a panel or a banner) the curator will take this into consideration and will not ask you to resize your artwork to make the shorter length 2000 pixels.
If you choose to upload your files in PNG format keep in mind that we usually do not accept PNG files that can be re-saved as JPG files instead. The main advantage of the PNG format over the JPG format is the possibility of saving them as simple one-layer graphics with transparent background, and this is why PNG files using at least some level of transparency are preferred.
Note: Please refrain from using the word ‘vector’ in your keywords or titles when uploading bitmap files.
If you are uploading traditional media artwork, we very much prefer scanned files over photographed files. Any photographs of traditional artwork will need to be uploaded with a property release file.
Scanned art should be cleaned up in graphic software before uploading.
At the moment, we only accept .EPS vectors. Please prepare all files as a single .ZIP file, which should include:
- The vector (.eps) file itself.
- A full resolution .jpg version of the vector file with the same filename as the vector version.
Note: Both files in the ZIP file need to have the same title.
We cannot currently accept AI files for compatibility reasons, however, if you wish to do so you may also include an AI version in your ZIP.
All EPS files must be fully functional vectors and must not contain any bitmap graphic elements.
Well-described and clean layering in your EPS files is preferred, as this makes working with files easier for buyers.
We do accept vectorized bitmap artwork as long as we believe the illustration couldn’t have been processed through the traditional vector making process (ex. vectorized watercolor artworks). We reserve the right to reject vectorized photographs.
All type should be converted into curves. If you choose not to do this you must include the name (and a download link) for the font used in your description.
Please make sure that any fonts used are free for commercial use (or that you own a license that grants you the right to use it in commercial work).
As with any other types of files, make sure your file titles describe your file in 3-8 words. Accurate and descriptive titles are the best starting point to ensuring that buyers will find your content without any trouble.
Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters or accents.
Examples: &,å, ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’).
Note: Spaces and dashes are allowed. Also, please do not leave any numbering in your file titles when you’re submitting them for curation.
When creating keyword lists, keep in mind that 5 is the minimum number of keywords needed. Do not feel obliged to come up with 50 keywords, as any keywords that only describe your work in an abstract way (or are just straight up irrelevant) might affect your sales potential negatively.
You must be able to agree to all provisions in our Contributor Agreement in order to sell media files on our site, please read it thoroughly and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.
Submitter must have rights for distribution to the submitted imagery. Found or public domain illustrations cannot be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.
For submitted work that contains any copyrighted material including paintings, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art/advertisements/sculptures/exhibits which are copyrighted, you must either submit releases from the copyright owners or you must note to the curator the images are editorial.
If you are interested in finding out more about copyright, or in registering your work with the US copyright office (this is not necessary, but it can afford you additional legal protections), you can take a look at their website: http://www.copyright.gov/
Model and Property Releases
All commercially-oriented content that contains recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Model Release (available here). Releases need to be signed by the model(s) as well as by a witness other than the cameraperson/uploader.
Even if you are the model in the image, we require a model release, signed by you and a witness. Also, if there is a recognizable minor, a parent/guardian signature is required.
Property Releases are required when copyrighted or trademarked material appear.
You can download standard model and property releases here. We will accept other release agreements as well, as long as the legal provisions are roughly the same.
Note: Scans of signed releases should be uploaded in JPG format.
Before uploading illustrations of public buildings or landmarks, do a bit of research to see if you can legally sell images of it. For example, did you know the Hollywood Sign is owned by a nonprofit trust, and requires their permission for it to be shown in commercial films? For that reason, all clips of the Hollywood Sign on our site are marked "editorial only"). We may be able to answer some of these questions, but you can get much more comprehensive information online.
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