making images from scratch

Hi,

A client of mine wants me to make 20 images from scratch around a specific topic using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. These images will be for free download on his website. Is there any royalty free drawings or illustrations that I can use on the web?

He doesn't want me to post his link.

Thanks!
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weikelbobAsked:
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stu215Systems AnalystCommented:
Wouldnt the bottom sentence of their disclaimer apply to what he is wanting to do with them?

Redistribution? ( making them available from his site ) ::

"SELLING AND REDISTRIBUTION OF THE IMAGE (INDIVIDUALLY OR ALONG WITH OTHER IMAGES) IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN! DO NOT SHARE THE IMAGE WITH OTHERS!"
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jonahzonaCommented:
Check htp://sxc.hu for photos. Royalty free stock photography. They may have some illustrations as well.
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jonahzonaCommented:
Sorry. Missed a T!

http://sxc.hu
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Are the images at sxc.hu such that I can post them on my publication website for free download?
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jonahzonaCommented:
Yes, they are royalty free stock photography. You may use them so long as you follow their basic stipulations. (This is from their site)

You may use the Image

    In digital format on websites, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video, cell phones.
    In printed promotional materials, magazines, newspapers, books, brochures, flyers, CD/DVD covers, etc.
    Along with your corporate identity on business cards, letterhead, etc.
    To decorate your home, your office or any public place.

You may not use the Image

    For pornographic, unlawful or other immoral purposes, for spreading hate or discrimination, or to defame or victimise other people, sociteties, cultures.
    To endorse products and services if it depicts a person.
    In a way that can give a bad name to SXC or the person(s) depicted on the Image.
    As part of a trademark, service mark or logo.
    SELLING AND REDISTRIBUTION OF THE IMAGE (INDIVIDUALLY OR ALONG WITH OTHER IMAGES) IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN! DO NOT SHARE THE IMAGE WITH OTHERS!
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Just making sure, I'm placing them for download on my publication website. Are the images from sxc.hu OK to do that with. Just making sure.

Also, is there any other big sites like that other than sxc.hu?
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jonahzonaCommented:
Not that I am aware of. That has always been my go to site for free stock stuff.
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jonahzonaCommented:
You could also try http://vecteezy.com 

I have used that before, though I am not sure of their terms.
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
stu215,

That's what I was wondering
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jonahzonaCommented:
@Stu

I didn't even see that.

GOOD POINT. Sounds like you need to go make your own images, bro!
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jonahzonaCommented:
I guess after all of the annoying emails I have trained my eyes to avoid sentences written in all caps..............
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stu215Systems AnalystCommented:
Hehe, sorry i dont have any sites to offer that jus caught my eye :-P
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stu215Systems AnalystCommented:
Although you may try the content CD's that came with your copy of ( Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator  ) as those clip art images are ones you paid for with your software and I should imagine you can do what you want with them...

You may have to give them credit for the images if redistributing them and read their disclaimer too to be sure.
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stu215Systems AnalystCommented:
Try checking out this site too:
http://www.thoughts.com/emmsanuel98rhode/best-sites-as-well-as-sites-to-find-totally-free-images-for-promotional-use

I'd copy and paste but they list about 15 sites and the restrictions needed to use the graphics on them.
( I would still check individual disclaimers to see what they say about redistribution )

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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
nice link
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David BruggeCommented:
NO! NO! No!

What you are looking for are public domain images. There are images that are either old enough that the copyright no longer applies, or the author (artist) has specifically released them to be used by the public.

Be VERY careful. Just because you found it on the web at a free site, does not mean that someone didn't steal it and put it there. This doesn't mean that the person intended to steal it. It could just be someone like jonahzona who downloads royalty free images but doesn't read the license agreements.

In any event, your client may end up in a ugly lawsuit over some images that you provided them thinking that they were okay to use. And guess where that puts you.

Man up and make the images. If you are afraid that you can't come up with 20 images that are good enough quality, either fess up or produce. BTW, designers get premium price for artwork that is going to be distributed, because they are getting cut out of royalties.

On the other hand, if you are just starting out and didn't negotiate a respectable amount for your time and trouble, cheer up. Many artists would love to have their artwork distributed for free. It gets your work into a lot of hands, and it  looks great in a portfolio!
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jeremyjared74Commented:
D_Brugge makes some good points.

The term Royalty Free is often misunderstood. Royalty free simply means that the original photographer sold his image for a one time price. The one that purchases the images now has the rights to those images. The fact that they are "royalty free" just means you don't have to make a profit for the image owner and the image photographer. There aren't many sites that will allow you to download quality images and have complete rights to those images. When you find a website that does have quality images that are free, it will usually have a few stipulations;

EXAMPLES:
You may use the images on your website, your clients websites/publications, you may offer the images for download. These type of downloads are usually followed with the following restrictions:
You may not: sale the images, claim them as your original work, you must provide a link to the image source. etc...

That being said:
Even if you found a website that offered totally and complete freedom to use the images as you like, you would be doing your employers a great injustice by providing them with images that would be offered as original artwork. What would happen if someone bought one of these images only to later find them on another site, or publication. They would have a bad view of the employer or company you are working for.

There's no shortage of good tutorials and other resources to learn the skills you need to be a productive and successful Graphic Artist. You must be completely devoted to the work if you want to be successful as an artist. Learning to be a good designer doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't come without doing the ground work. The good part is when you have done the work, learned the required skills, and are able to produce Original Artwork that you will be proud to truthfully say is your creation.

I planned on writing more tutorials for EE, but I've become quite busy with my Web Design career lately. I will share with you the tutorials I've created, and some of my favorite websites for design inspiration:

My Tutorials:
Create a Reflection Web 2.0 Effect Using Photoshop

Warp and Reflect Images in Illustrator

Cartoon a Picture Using Illustrator and Photoshop

External Resources for Inspiration:

Hongkiat for Designers

Creative Nerds

WebDesigner Depot

Smashing Magazine

The Learn List (Many Great Design Tutorials)

PSD Tuts *ONE OF THE BEST

Vector Tuts

Those should be a good reference and source for inspiration and learning.

Good Luck!
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Great!
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