Tutor Tanith

Additional Resources for Print on Demand design contributors.

Advertising and Promotion

Creating "feeds" for Google Base and other advertisers

Managing Fonts

Accounting Aids


How many people are visiting your shop, and how did they get there? These sites provide code that you can add to your premium shop to track visits. Sorry, they can't be used in basic shops. If you subscribe to the announcements forum it is easier to keep up to date on announcements such as: You also have the option of installing other visit trackers, and have been able to do so for years. [url=http://www.tutortanith.com/resources4.htm#statistics]http://www.tutortanith.com/resources4.htm#statistics[/url]

Browser Tools

  • CafeLink
    • It is a toolbar helper to provide quick links to your CP Account, CP Forums, Templates, and CP's Contact page
    • Search bar for the Marketplace
    • Scrolling RSS feed that features any news about CafePress

Legal Stuff

Copyright is not the only issue in producing legal designs. There is a lot to be aware of in the area of legal rights and responsibilities.


Most images you find on the Internet are not legal for use regardless of whether it is for your web site, a product for sale, or something just for yourself. Read More


If you want to keep yourself out of trouble the guideline is "Does my marketing, or the design itself, make people think of a particular product, movie, tv show or otherwise specifically identified producer." Read More.

Rights of Publicity / Privacy

Rights of publicity and privacy apply to uses of a person's image, likeness (e.g. cartoon), name, nicknames and other information that identifies a specific individual. Read More

Protecting Your Rights

Do you think that you are wrongly accused of infringment? Are you seeing red because someone is using your work. The first step is to make sure of the situation, and make sure you understand the law. Read More

Law Links

Potential free image sources

**Be extra careful to read image use rules before using an image. Just because you can use an image on a web site or company newsletter does not mean you can use it on items for sale. Especially be careful of the subject of the photograph. Identifiable people must sign releases. Publishing a photograph of copyrighted material e.g. art, may infringe on the artists copyright. The photo may show something protected by trademark. Owning the copyright to the photo is not the same as owning the rights to publish the subject of that photo. **

Creative Commons licensing varies. Be sure to read the particular license. Do not assume that you can use a Creative Commons licensed image commercially.

Watch out for "released to the public domain" that are not actually public domain. Some sites that sell graphics will draw you in by claiming to offer "free public domain images." "Public domain" works are generally works that are either ineligible for copyright protection or with expired copyrights. That means no copyright protection. That means conditions cannot be attached to the use of the image, at least not under copyright law. Collections might possibly be covered, but only as a collection. If the copyright owner offers two sizes of the exact same image, one claimed to be public domain and the for a fee under a licensing agreement - do not trust that the image is truly public domain.

Yoto Photo searches multiple sites for finding free photos that are public domain or subject to Creative Commons, GNU FDL, and various licensing levels. Some terms may require crediting the author/artist/photographer or may restrict whether the image can be altered. Indexes Flickr, Wikipedia, Stock.Xchng, Morguefile, Pixelperfect Digital and OpenPhoto.

Image After - explicitly permits commercial use. Some images may require attribution. Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

USDA - images from the United States Department of Agriculture.

US Agricultural Research Service The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) image gallery.

Open Clip Art Library - All images are public domain which means they may be used in commercial works. Files are SVG (scalable vector graphics) format so requires an appropriate application to use them. Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

Stock Photography at Foto Search - a search engine - so results vary. They may be free, or may have a cost, or may not be useable on POD products.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources - lists a variety of public domain resources.

Images are Creative Commons licensed.

May be used for personal or commercial purposes. Forbidden uses are those connected with any pornographic, obscene or immoral materials or the promotion of drugs, alcohol, physical abuse, contraband, crime, discrimination or defamation excepting the situation or situations when used to combat, fight or discourage such activities. Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

Selling prints, selling the images directly or claiming the photo is yours is prohibited. Request to credit the photographer. Images may not be used any manner which may be considered offensive, indecent or objectionable, or to defame, libel or discriminate, Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

A variety of creative commons licensed images - some are OK for CafePress, some are not. Each image will have a license defining allowed use

Free Stock photos for designers. You're free to contribute your own photos or take what you need. As a courtesy to the photographer please let them know how and where you use their images, and do not bundle them in a package for redistribution. Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

A variety of copyrights/licensing such as Creative Commons Attribution/Attribution ShareAlike copyrights, GNU Free Documentation Licenses or under no copyright (public domain). Use may be restricted by rights other than copyright.

This search service helps you quickly find those authors and the work they have marked as free to use with only "some rights reserved." If you respect the rights they have reserved (which will be clearly marked, as you'll see) then you can use the work without having to contact them and ask. In some cases, you may even find work in the public domain -- that is, free for any use with "no rights reserved."

Example of sources probably not suitable for CafePress products or for which a fee must be paid to use the image on CafePress products. They may be useful for site graphics.

http://www.stockvault.net/ The images may be used freely for personal, educational and non-profit projects. You may not use them commercially, claim authorship and/or sell them.

http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp Free to private non-commercial users. Commercial users must pay a fee.

http://www.sxc.hu/ - terms of use expressly addresses use such as by CafePress and requires permission from the photographer

http://www.shutterstock.com/ Requires paid subscription. Explicitly addresses use such as CafePress. Standard License prohibits such use. Extended license is contradictory









Not Free, But Legal

Just be sure you get the right license. In some cases there is one license for general use (newsletters, publications etc) and a different one for where the image is an essential part of the product (t-shirts, greeting cards...). Also read the terms of use carefully. Some only allow you to use the image while you have a current subscription. If you allow the subscription to expire you must remove products with the image. Keep in mind that each time the product is sold and printed is a new use of the image.


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