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idollisimo says

Hi guys, I think it was already cleared but I can’t find an answer to my particular question. I just got registered as an Author, read the FAQ and all the documents I could find the links to, but way too many questions were left unanswered, so I just went to the PSD Templates page (that’s because I wanted to work in this direction) to see what’s popular and how the big guys doing the stuff. Now I have even more questions than I had before :) The main problem is the copyright thing, it’s stated clearly you cannot use practically anything if you don’t have a written license to sell it, so it all goes down to 50-60 pictures I could find in the free section and all the pictures and illustrations I can do myself, right? But what about a gallery template where I just need to “illustrate” the way the pictures are structured? Must I use only the pictures I made myself there too?

The reason I’m asking this is this template: http://themeforest.net/item/ornate-multi-purpose-psd-template/3502726 I see really a lot of various stuff here: photos, 3D etc. At the same time almost all the pictures are not the part of design and are there just to show how the pictures in the gallery will look like, i.e. they are not sold with the template, they are replacable. So can I use the clipart pictures in this situation (gallery pages etc.) or not?

Thank you for your answer, I really appreciate it!

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seal says

You can use stockphotos (that you have purchased) for your demo. The package for download though should include only images you have license/rights to resell/redistribute

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idollisimo says

You can use stockphotos (that you have purchased) for your demo. The package for download though should include only images you have license/rights to resell/redistribute

So the actual files for download can not include any images I purchesed at some stock? For example I can just leave some gray squares in the place the pictures were in the demo, right?

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sailcreative says

Yes.. like a placeholder of sort.. On the demo you can use stock photos or credit pictures you’ve used. But the download will not include them

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seal says


You can use stockphotos (that you have purchased) for your demo. The package for download though should include only images you have license/rights to resell/redistribute
So the actual files for download can not include any images I purchesed at some stock? For example I can just leave some gray squares in the place the pictures were in the demo, right?

nope, unless you purchased an extended license giving you the permission to do so. Personally I use picture that I took myself for upload. In any case the clients will change all of them with their own so…

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ikaruna says

Basically what you can do is buy a set of nice stock images, and use those to generate the preview JPEGs that you will post for the template, but for the download, you must not include those, you must either replace them with – as you said – grey squares, or pictures you made, or other images with a free for commercial usage license. A good site for such pictures is for example publicdomainpictures.net. Pictures there are clearly stated to be with the said license.

So the nice pictures you see in people’s templates, they are not included in the downloads:)

Also, if you buy stock images, be sure to read the license term, as some websites ( for ex depositphotos) have different license terms than others, some may not let you use the images in multiple templates, but only in one, so if you want to use the same images for 2+ templates you must buy the licenses again for each template. That is not the case however with all, fotolia for ex doesn’t have this. Good luck!:)

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