Book Cover Resources
Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:22 AM
Though there are a TON of stock photo sites, the cost can vary widely, with most medium size photos (usually the size you'll want to be working with) running between $4- $1200. Needless to say, I usually hit the $4 sites which have an amazing amount of great photos, though I'll admit, $1200 buys you some GORGEOUS photos.
Licensing also needs to be taken into account for fonts and also for any brushes you may use-- and it can and will vary so again, make sure anything you use specifies that it's ok for commercial use.
Here's a list of sites I use for stock photos-- they're all in that $4 range for a M-- and also other sites for fonts and brushes. Feel free to add any sites you use!!
http://dafont.com (an advanced search can narrow things down to just fonts that can be used commercially)
I tend to go to http://deviantart.com and search under their resources/stock category for brushes (and sometimes stock photos, also) BUT you need to be very careful with regards to the allowed use, since each artist differs. Some ONLY allow the image/brush to be displayed on deviantart, others allow commercial use but with a link back.
Hope this helps!
Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:48 AM
The commercial use of a font would be embedding it in a PDF file or a Word document. That embeds the scalable lines, points, and curves inside the document and you must have the rights to do so. Even thought we authors have free ebooks, that is still a commercial use (we are pricing it at free to build an audience thereby benefiting front it). Some other programs and uses where it potentially saves the font with the file would be Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe InDesign, MS Powerpoint... basically anything where if you take the file to another computer that does not have the font installed, you can still see the font and edit the text or scale the text. If it is reduced to a bitmap image you are good.
Patents are another question. If you want to find out if there is a patent on a typeface in question, you would have to check with the patent office. If you know that the typeface in question has been used for over 17 years (the duration of a patent in the US), you are safe. At nearly $400 a patent, I don't know of too many amateur designers who have taken that step, but you should check to be sure, either with the artist or the patent office. To my knowledge this is a step very few people are aware of or have done. I do know that the typeface used in the Titles of Star Trek the Motion Picture was patented in 1979 (which expired in 1996).
And remember that laws outside the US are very different. If you use a font protected by some other jurisdiction, the laws will very greatly. The above applies only for typefaces and fonts designed and created in the US.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:32 PM
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:44 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:19 PM
Edit: Pfft! Silly me, I just noticed you already had that listed in your original post. I must have missed it.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:24 PM
I love this man's work: http://neodecay.deviantart.com/
Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:35 PM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:58 PM
Cape, I've had clients who looked into hiring artists or just getting permission to use their artwork, and it's always been VERY expensive (usually upwards of $400). Even taking your own photos can be difficult if you need a model, since trying to find a model that is willing to take the photo for not a whole lot of money, coupled with it being someone who has the right look, isn't easy. Stock photos are quick, easy and give you a huge selection -- all for about $4. Can't beat that, even if you don't always get EXACTLY what you're looking for.
HarperCollins licensed original artwork from me for use on a book cover (coming out in winter 2013) and they paid me almost double your suggested quote there. Keep in mind this was to license my art, not actually buy the copyright (waaaaay more for that). I didn't create the piece custom for them; if I had, again, even more expensive.
Stock photos, really, are the way to go. Great topic!
@Robin: I did not know that! Thanks for the lesson. :)
Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:25 PM
I know - I'm nuts, but cover art I think is so critical.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:18 AM
I'm at the stage where I'm considering cover art, but I'm sort of stuck on the font copyright issue. What do you think of http://www.1001fonts.com as a site for searching for free for commercial use fonts? I looked at http://dafont.com but I had a hard time searching for free for commercial use fonts (perhaps I'm missing how to search for that). Thanks.
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