FAQ

  • Usage Guides

    You can use our resources as the main element to create SNS posts for sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., for private use or for your business.
    However, it is forbidden to mislead other people that you are the author of our images.

  • Usage Guides

    You can use the images on our sites as main elements for any products you create for your own business, as the design of your own websites or blogs. Also for other applications like your business cards, flyers, social media posts, videos, or posters to promote your company, business, or a specific event.

    To ensure that correct usage of our resources is done, please check our Terms of Use.

  • Usage Guides

    You can use our images to create your videos for Youtube, as a personal user, or for your business, even if you monetize your Youtube channel through ads.
    However, it is prohibited to post a video in which our images are used for main contents/elements, for example, an animation in which all or most of the illustrations are from our sites.

  • Usage Guides

    If you want to use our resources commercially, you must ensure that these are not the main elements of the design.

    For example, you cannot sell T-shirts, mugs, pieces of vinyl, calendars, etcetera, if these have an image from our sites as the main element of the design.
    This means that you must use your own designs or third-party designs to create the main elements of the composition and use images on our sites as backgrounds or secondary elements.
    If multiple images on our sites are used to create the design, these will all be considered main elements, as they all belong to our sites.

    Please be aware that this rule applies to both free and premium users.

  • Usage Guides

    You can use our images as main elements for the cover of a book as we understand this as a secondary element of your work since the content of the book would be the main element.

    If you want to use our images inside of the book, you need to make sure to use only a few of our images and not as main elements, that are not on the full page but rather as small additions to the text in the book.

    The resources used inside a book need to act as a supporting element of the book content. For example, in a book about traveling, you can use a picture of a landscape to illustrate the text.

    Some usages not authorized would be coloring books, children books, or any other similar publication where all the illustrations/images are from our sites since these would be the elements that would catch the attention of the clients to buy that specific book and therefore it would be considered main elements.

    To ensure that correct usage of our resources is done, please check our Terms of Use.

  • Usage Guides

    Our images can be freely used for packaging as main or secondary elements, like the label or the box package of the item, as we consider that the main element is the product itself.

    Users are not authorized to use resources on our sites for commercialized products that themselves are used for packaging such as wrapping paper, paper bags, tote bags, and more. This applies to both Free and Premium users.

    If you would like to use it in this case, Extra licenses are required. Extra licenses are only obtained when you are a premium member.

  • Usage Guides

    Extra licenses are required if you would like to use the materials on our sites in your designs as main elements for commercial purposes.
    To purchase extra licenses, your account first needs to be a premium account.

    An extra license is sold for each individual material for which the Safetymark is displayed and for which the creator has set "Sell".

    Please be noticed that for any use of our material content for the purposes in which extra licenses are required without purchasing our extra licenses, a penalty of 100000 yen for each material that is in violation will be charged.

    However, if the amount of damage incurred by the Company exceeds 100000 yen, the Company shall be able to claim the excess amount to the user.

    For more details on extra licenses, including how to buy an extra license, please click here


  • Usage Guides

    Users are not authorized to use resources on our sites fully or partially to create logotypes as our images cannot be associated with trademarks, real businesses, and organizations.

    Please note that all our images have copyright, that belongs to ACworks and which we do not sell, so you cannot legally register them or use them to represent a brand. Also, any user is free to download exactly the same resource, which means that more than one person could be using the same logotype, and that is not possible since the logotypes are unique, registered images.

    You can use our logo resources as an inspiration for a design, as part of a design not associated with a logo, as an avatar for a forum or community, or as a demo for a catalog, among other usages.

    Please note that this applies to both free and premium members.


  • Usage Guides

    You can use our images as main or secondary elements to create the interface of your application or game, as long as the service offered by your app does not involve the redistribution of our images.

    For example, you can create an app for the users to check the weather, to buy tickets for a concert, or any other third-party activity, and also a game where the background and some of the elements are resources from our sites.

    Please be aware that this is not applicable if you want to use our images to create image filters or stickers. In that case, you need to make sure that our images are not the main element of the filter or the stickers.

    Please remember that you are not authorized in any case to make business or deliver the original (or modified) editable AI/PSD/EPS file to anyone, sub-license, resell or rent any of our resources.

  • For creators

    ​The following is a list of reasons why the illustrations you have submitted are not available for publication.


    Contains content that is obscene, violent, or otherwise offensive to public order and morals


    Pornographic, adult-oriented, adult-oriented, or violent content

    Content related to racial discrimination or defamation of individuals, groups, or organizations

    The content will be closed to the public if it is judged to be




    Similar work has already been published.


    As an illustrator, it is natural to publish more of your own work with less effort.

    However, if many similar materials are displayed in the search results, it will be difficult for users to find the material they want, which will lead to a decrease in users.

    For this reason, we limit the number of similar works, such as illustrations with different colors, to three to five.




    Please note that we cannot respond to requests to "make this work public and this one private" after publication. Please understand that we cannot respond to requests to make this work public and this one private.



    The work has not been tagged appropriately.


    We will not publish your work if it is not properly tagged, for example, if it contains synonyms or words that are not directly related to the illustration.


    Example.

    Many tags for popular keywords are used without any relation to the content of the illustration. 


    This is not allowed! This is prohibited!



    # (Hashtag) input


    Inputting tags that are not directly related to the illustration

    → The point is whether or not the user can associate the tag with the illustration when they see it.

    NG example: Seasonal tags such as "winter" and "summer" in texture images → People searching for the keyword "winter" are looking for winter-like illustrations, not general-purpose texture images.


    Entering tags in English, hiragana, etc.

    For example, "dog" or "dog" for a dog illustration → "dog" alone is fine.


    Input of synonyms

    NG example: female, woman, girl, etc. for an illustration of a woman → only one of these words is acceptable.


    Enter a sentence (*Please enter a word)


    Include your own creator name and your own organizational tags.


    For more information, please see the answer to "I don't know how to properly tag and select categories for illustrations. For more information, please see the answer to "I don't know how to tag or select categories for illustrations.



    You have not selected the appropriate category.


    If you are not sure how to tag an illustration, please check the answer to "How do I tag an illustration?

    For more information, please see the answer to "How do I properly tag and select categories for illustrations? For more information, please see the answer to "How do I tag an illustration?


    For illustrations that can be posted as New Year's cards, please select "New Year's Cards". Please select "New Year's card" for illustrations that can be posted as New Year's cards. (Do not select "Postcard.")




    Please do not select "postcards.


    Please do not put your own credit (your signature in the illustration) in the illustrations you submit.

    Also, illustrations that may infringe on portrait rights, such as portraits of celebrities, will be hidden for this reason.






    Trademarked items are included.


    If the illustration contains a registered trademark or something similar, it will not be displayed for this reason.

    Examples: Red Cross mark, Tower of the Sun, manufacturer's logo, brand logo, brand name, a car with manufacturer's identification, existing character, etc.


    However, while we are aware of the typical ones in our screening process, we are not aware of all registered trademarks.

    If the rights holder contacts you after the illustration have been published and found out, you will be responsible for everything.






    It is not suitable as an illustration material.


    If the background of the illustration is too dark or it is judged to be unsuitable for use as an illustration material, it will not be published.





    The data is incomplete.


    There is a mistake in the English notation in the illustration.

    The illustration is cut off in the middle, or the direction of the image is wrong.

    The illustration is cut off in the middle, or the image is not oriented correctly.

    There is dirt or debris in the margins outside the illustration, or the frame is dirty.

    In such cases, your work will not be published for this reason.


    If the file is incomplete after publication, it will also be closed for this reason.


    Other reasons


    Other reasons that do not apply to the above but are judged to be appropriate for non-disclosure.



    If your illustration is not made public by the judges, please correct the relevant part of the reason for non-disclosure and resubmit your illustration.

    Please note that we cannot respond to inquiries regarding the results of the judging of individual works or the reasons they were not made public.

    Please understand that the results of the judging process may differ from your own subjective opinion of your work.


    We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter and ask for your confirmation by resubmitting your entry.

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