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David Miller
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Hi everyone,

I am designing my first game and it's a game where I will ultimately need 30-40 cards with cartoon faces on them. I know if I were to pay someone for original work, it'd probably be a pretty penny at that number but the variety of the cards is a big part of the game's appeal.

I was thinking instead that I could pay stock picture fees to save money but not sure what the pitfalls of that are. I've seen stock photo cartoon faces that are dead on what I'm looking for. What are the pitfalls of using stock images? I could then put my money into the graphic design of the card layout, board, box cover, logo, icons etc.

Thanks in advance!
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Martin Sobr
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You can find a LOT if imagery that's free for commercial use on sites like, or FFCU.

Then there are sites that require a payment, like the one you have in mind and in my experience, the rights vary from image to image. But as long as an image is royalty-free, you're allowed to use them however you want.

Be careful though, because some sites only allow time limited royalty-free rights.shake

Your other option is to contact the person who made the imagery and work out a deal with them directly. Might save you headaches and cash.laugh
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