Since we're receiving a lot of mails concerning the use of our stock, it may be helpful to make a journal about our rules.
Free for uncommercial use as references and photomanips, free for print sales inside of dA, free for SIM games outside of dA. Photo must be edited somehow! Don't repost the original picture anywhere and claim it as your photo! Credit us! </b>
That means in detail:
Uncommercial use Our stock pictures are free to use for photo manipulation and drawing/painting practice. You are allowed to manipulate or re-draw the pictures and show them to the world (on deviantart, twitter, facebook, and so on), you are allowed to use our pictures as references for drawings as long you don't sell them for money (a present for a friend is okay). You may not use our pictures as references for paintings/drawings you want to sell, you may not use our stock as base for photomanipulations you want to sale.
Why?</b> We spent a lot of time (and money! Professional photo equipment is expensive!) to make our stock photos. We payed entrance fees to equine shows to make the pictures. We spent hours of editing the pictures to make them usable as stock. We do this mainly to support young artists to improve their skills. Sharing is caring. Share your artworks as well to help others. So please do not make profit out of our work!
Photomanipulation means that you manipulated the picture somehow. Saving the picture to your hard drive, placing a text on it and resubmitting it on deviantart or somewhere else is NOT photo manipulation! This is stealing our work. Don't claim to be the photographer. Always make clear who made the photo (e.g. "Photo by www.LuDa-Stock.deviantart.com") and what you've changed (e.g. "I edited the picture in vintage style"/"photo optimizing practice"/"photo manipulation made out of 6 single pictures").
Free for print sales on dA You are allowed to use the print sale option on deviantart, as long you changed our pictures artisticly (any traditional artwork with our pictures used as reference is fine, and photomanipulations with a visible amount of manipulation, too).
SIM Games as howrse, Horse Eden Eventing: You are allowed to use our pictures for your own profile page as long you give credit to us. You are allowed to make Layouts and Profile Pictures with our pictures. In this special case, you don't need to manipulate our pictures to repost them, it's fine if you upload them without manipulation, but please give credit to us on every single picture (www.LuDa-Stock.deviantart.com)!
You are allowed to use our stock to make horse designs like the Black Pearl, to earn SIM game money from them. You are allowed to make profile layouts for other SIM Gamers, as long they pay you with SIM game money. You are not allowed to make Layouts, Black Pearl Designs and so on for REAL money!
Credit us: Whereever you want to use our pictures, give credit to us: "Photo by www.LuDa-Stock.deviantart.com" written on the picture/artwork itself or in the description below (for videos, it's fine if you place our name in the credits)
You do not need to link back to your finished artwork, but of course you are allowed to link back in our deviations. We sometimes click on the links to see what deviant artists made with our stock, and we fav the good pictures!
Commercial use We do allow commercial use under special circumstances. If you want to use our stock commercially, NOTE US and describe what you want to do with it. We will write back and tell you if it's okay. For example, if you want to sell artworks made with our photos used as references, we may ask you to pay a small fee for each use which will be used to improve our stock account.
If you're still uncertain if your way of using our art is okay, feel free to comment here or write a note