What is it about the design that makes you believe you have to pay royalties? Did someone else create the design? Does it contain trademarked or copyrighted material?
If you can provide more detail, we can provide better answers.
Photographic images, even ones found randomly on the internet, are copyrighted by the photographer. Legally, you would need to get license or permission from the copyright owner to use it. Otherwise it would be considered intellectual property infringement and you could be sued.I have found a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge that I would like to use but, I do not know the Artist name.
Most definitely! Any time you can use your own images or original artwork, you should.Would I be better off using my own pics?
This is not accurate. There is no law that states if you change an image by a certain percentage that it becomes yours.Just to complicate things even a little further. I believe if you take someone's image and modify it by 30% or more it actually then becomes your image. I'm not totally sure of the percentage but at least it gives you the flavor of the concept.
...how do you do 3D designs on a tshirt?Thanks for the clarification. We do all our own 3D designs and renderings for our t-shirts but I have argued with people that it isn't kosher to use other peoples graphics and have been hit with the percentage argument all too often....Now I can ignore that specious argument in the future
Cool, this is very interesting to me because I've used your techniques in making video transitions, title screens, and misc effects for video production never thought about using it for tee shirt art....now I feel like a real dummy! LOLWhat I mean by 3D tshirt designs is that we compose our graphics using 3D models and particle effects, lighting effects etc. Then we render the scene which produces a very high rez 2D psd, jpeg gif etc. That is what we print on the shirt using DTG. All of our designs are original concept illustrations but recently we took on an apprentice and her background is in printing and graphic design. She has a tendency to want to borrow from images she finds on the web and thanks to your wisdom I can now feel confident in saying you must acquire the rights to any little pice of an image you use in your work. Fortunately so far we havent printed any tainted work and now we never will. Our main line designs would probably be very difficult for a traditional silk screener to produce. I know the tshirt is only capable of holding probably 300 dpi but the printer is capable of around 1400 dpi so we use it. The results are fairly good.