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Illustration Works
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Why do you have to license an image?
After I pay, can I use it as much as I want?
Can I alter the image?
Should I give the artist credit?
How is it priced?
What does royalty-free mean?
Pros and cons
Why would I want a custom illustration?
What’s the time frame?
What about usage?
Is it expensive?
How do I order?
Keywords
Quick search tips
Advanced search tips
Narrowing the search
Why should I bother?
Will you give my info to other companies?
Can I change my preferences?
Ugh! I forgot my password.
Help! I’ve forgotten all of it!
What’s a lightbox?
How do I customize my lightboxes?
Can I send someone a lightbox?
Can I get a quote?
What if I just want a high-res comp?
How do I order an image?
Do I have payment options?
What are the terms of payment?
How will the image be delivered?
How do I download my image?
Return Policy
Our collection needs you!
How to submit work
Can I have my samples returned to me?
Why do you have to license an image?
Licensing an image is like renting a car you pay to use it for a specific amount of time. And, like a renter’s agreement, we have what’s called a “licensing fee.” This is the amount you pay for the image, based upon how the image is used. Each image is a separate piece of art and therefore requires a separate licensing fee. Please note: Illustration Works will be happy to assist you with special orders, like discounts for multiple uses and exclusive uses for periods of time or specific industries. Just ask us!
After I pay, can I use it as much as I want?
Um... no. That would be stealing. An image is licensed for a specific number of uses for a certain amount of time. If you need to use your image time and again for an indefinite amount of time, you might want to consider purchasing a royalty-free image.
Can I alter the image?
You bet! Once you buy it, it’s yours. Zoom in, crop off, use it whatever way you see fit.
Should I give the artist credit?
Aw, gee - how nice. But it’s not necessary. No artist would complain, but it’s not required.
How is it priced?
If you’re familiar with buying stock photos, you’re familiar with our prices - they’re very competitive with the photo guys. Individual licensing fees are based on how the image will be used. Which means? Each case is different. Are you using the image for print, a brochure, or the Web? If it’s print, what’s the run? What’s the finished image size? Is it a regional or national distribution? All of these things determine the price of the licensing fee.

For example, editorial use of a 1/4-page image with a 10,000 circulation would cost approximately $200. That same usage with a circulation of 200,000 would cost about $400.

See how it works? Feel free to get a quote on any image in our collection by using the pricing calculator on our Image Order page, or call us at 206.650.0027.
What does royalty-free mean?
Unlike a licensed image, a royalty-free image can be used as often as you like after purchase. There is one exception to this - if you are creating retail products, you will need to arrange for a special license from us.

Royalty-free images usually cost less than licensed images. To see available sizes and prices, simply click on the "calculate price" button below each thumbnail.
Royalty-Free - pros and cons
Royalty-Free pieces of art are usually cheaper - and you can use them as many times are you like. Those are the pros. Wow - so what are the cons? They can show up, anywhere. Royalty-free images have fewer restrictions and tend to be in wide circulation. Which means? You could see the same piece of art on a bank brochure and selling ice cream. Depending on your project, this may not matter. But if you’re doing a brand or corporate campaign for a high-profile client, you may need something more unique - and a guarantee that the competitor can’t use the same image at the same time.
Why would I want a custom illustration?
Here, the question should be “why wouldn’t you want one?” In case you didn’t know, custom illustration is a great way for you to capture what’s in your head - and turn it into a piece of artwork. Not only can you get exactly the image you want - you can get it in the exact style you want. If you’ve searched but haven’t found precisely what you’re looking for, call us! We love a perfectionist. And our team of 200 premier illustrators is well versed in a huge array of mediums and styles - and would be thrilled to create a custom piece of art, just for you.
What’s the time frame?
It depends on the project, its complexity, and how many illustrations are needed. But usually it takes anywhere from one day to several weeks to receive your art. In a hurry? One or two custom images can usually be delivered in a day or two. Wow, huh?
What about usage?
You can pay for unlimited use, but it isn’t automatically included. Just like a piece of stock art, usage price is tailored to fit your needs. So what about the artist? Well, she/he will be able to show the image in their portfolio as a sample of their work, but the image will not be available to other stock buyers unless you want it to. You don’t? Then we’ll license it for "exclusive use." Until you decide to purchase the image, the artist retains all copyrights.
Is it expensive?
Usually not! Price, of course, varies depending on the artist’s style and experience, but sometimes, a custom illustration is as reasonably priced as stock usage.
How do I order?
It’s simple. Browse through the Web site to see what images you like, or call us! One conversation with our art-savvy team and you’ll be on your way to the perfect piece of art for your idea. Whether it’s woodcut or digital, whimsical or corporate, we’ll connect you with an artist to share your vision.

Want a no-obligation estimate? Click here.
Keywords
All images in the Illustration Works collection are searchable by keywords! These include descriptive names, subject matter, concepts, color, style and medium. List of smart keywords, coming soon!
Quick search tips
Searching’s a cinch, as long as you keep a few rules in mind:

o Looking for a phrase? Put it in quotes. Like “rock and roll.”

o Use uppercase or lowercase - your choice.

o Searching for concepts (like freedom, joy and success) are good ways to find interesting images.

o If searching for more than one image number, please separate them with commas.

o Use natural language, like “boy with dog.”
Advanced search tips
You know you want a mixed media, pop-art image of a vintage car. What else do you need to know? Well, it helps to know whether you want rights-protected or royalty-free. Do you want square, vertical, or horizontal? Color or black and white? And which category? The more info you specify, the easier it is to find your image.
Narrowing the search
Now we’re getting somewhere. Want to narrow your search even more? Try these tips:

o Window-shop! Browsing the medium and style pages can help you figure out what you do and don’t want.

o Click on an image you like. Use the "see more work" link to view more images by that artist.

o Call us! Our Free Research Help can step in when you’re having trouble - or just want to get to the root of it more quickly.
Why should I bother?
Sure, you could continue to just search the site, but if you really want to use Illustration Works to its full advantage, you’ll want to register. Registration is a simple, two-step process! When you register, you’ll give us your sign-in (your e-mail address), create a password, and tell us some important info about yourself. Like your name. (We like to know our customers!) Once you register, you can:

o Download unwatermarked images for comps

o Create your own lightboxes (online art photo albums) in Illustrations for later use

o Create an account for speedy purchasing

o Join the family, and become eligible for special gifts, offers and promotions for frequent shoppers

o And more!
Will you give my info to other companies?
Your e-mail address is used to send account status emails. It will never be sold, rented or given out to other companies. Additionally, we promise not to give your credit card info to evildoers. That’s not our style.
Can I change my user name?
I don’t know - can you? Sure. Just sign-in and click on “Manage your Profile” to change, anytime.
Ugh! I forgot my password.
It’s okay - we all do it from time to time. Just go to the sign-in page, click “Forget your password?” enter the pertinent information and you’ll receive an e-mail with your password in it.
Help! I’ve forgotten all of it!
If you can’t remember your sign-in or your password, you can create a new account or just call our support line. They’ll be happy to help you out! If you do create a new account, be sure to cancel the other one at some point.
What’s a lightbox?
Ever see an image online and wish you could save it for later? If it’s an Illustration Works image, now you can - with lightboxes. Lightboxes are the online equivalent of a photo drawer - you know, that place you stash all of your favorite images until you have time to sort them out? With Lightboxes, you can do that online!

It’s simple. Whenever you see an image you like, click to add it to your lightbox. Then, when you’re ready to look at them, they’ll be right there. Each user gets up to five lightboxes, so you can have one for “dogs,” one for “Project 72” and another for “Favorites.” When you’re ready, name your lightboxes and categorize your images for easy viewing and sharing. You can even make notes on your images! What a treat.
How can I categorize my lightboxes?
For starters, you can have up to five lightboxes, each valid for 90 days. And every time you use one, you give it a name. That’s your category! Of course, you can rename it anytime. Just go to that lightbox, look for the “Rename Lightbox” blank, fill it in, and hit the “Rename” button. It’s simple! You can also rearrange images in your categories by adding and deleting.
Can I send someone a lightbox?
Sure! It speeds up the opinion and approval process, tremendously. While you’re in your lightbox, just click “Email this Lightbox.” You’ll enter an e-mail address and ZOOM - it’s on its way.
Can I get a quote?
You bet. Just go to the “Order Now” page, put in the details, and our rate calculator will automatically generate an estimate for you! You can also e-mail us, or call us at 206.650.0027. We’ll be happy to help you.
What if I just want a high-res comp?
No problem. Just shoot us an e-mail or call us at 206.650.0027. There is a $150 charge for this service. And, this $150 fee is non-refundable, unless you end up licensing the image for use in your project. Then we’ll definitely subtract the hi-res comp. fee from your final license fee, of course.
How do I order an image?
It’s so simple - just click “order now” underneath the image you want. This will take you to your current order page, where you'll be able to calculate the price and continue with your order. For immediate delivery, a credit card is required. But we'll also invoice you - we just can't release full license rights until the invoice is paid.
Do I have payment options?
Of course! You can pay by credit card on the web, over the phone, or Illustration Works can bill you with an invoice. Whatever is easiest for you! If you’d like us to invoice you, please submit the following to order@illustrationworks.com:
Contact Name
Billing Address
Phone/Fax
E-mail Address
Accounting Contact or Job/PO # - this is for reference on the invoice

For over-the-phone credit card purchases, we require the following info which will not be shared with any other entity:
Visa or MasterCard
Card Number
Expiration Date
Name of Cardholder
Billing Address
Mailing Address (if different than billing address)

Note: For invoices, we can't release the image usage license until the invoice is paid in full.
What are the terms of payment?
We wish we could take pesos, pounds or yen, but at the moment, we’re only accepting US dollars. Sorry to our international friends! By paying, the buyer represents that the image license has not and will not exceed any use agreed-upon at the time of purchase. In English? Your money is like your good word! When you pay for an image, you’re basically saying that you won’t abuse the agreed upon terms in any way. It’s that simple. That’s why we don’t grant any actual rights until the invoice and any accrued interest are paid in full. You must pay before you can play.

If you do decide to cheat, and we know you won’t, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for it. In the event of unauthorized use, it is agreed that the retroactive license is available at a fee of ten (10) times the normal usage charge. Wow! It’s really not worth it to be a sneak, is it?

All transparencies and slides are the property of Illustration Works, Inc. and must be returned sans crinkles, coffee stains and excess doodles (in good condition) within 60 days of the invoice date. A fee of $200 will be charged for lost or unreturned transparencies or slides. So if you want or need them, hang on to ‘em!

And last but not least...all sales are final. And if you’re late on that payment, well, there’s a bit of interest - 1.8% per month or fraction thereof. A $50 “you’ve been naughty” collection fee will be charged on all accounts over 60 days.
How will the image be delivered?
Images are usually delivered immediately via automatic download. We'll provide you a link to each image you license. Then, you can click and download the image in a jiffy, at your convenience, and be on your way.

Need more than digital? Depending on the source, we can provide you with a 4 x 5 transparency or a 35mm slide. There's a $25 charge for this service, plus shipping. Please note: This image must be returned to us, in good condition, within 60 days.
How do I download my image?
We will e-mail you an address where you can download your image immediately.

If you are having problems please call us at 206.650.0027 during office hours and we'll be happy to help.
Return Policy
We know, we know - everyone changes his or her minds every now and again. We understand! And we'll happily provide a refund for unused images if you contact us within thirty (30) days of the original purchase date. Just remember, when you cancel you will no longer have usage rights for the image. Sorry, but all sales are considered final thirty (30) days after the invoice date and no refunds can be provided.
Our collection needs you!
Is your art daring? Eclectic? Edgy? And a bit quirky? Hooray! It just may have a home with Illustration Works. We sell everything from extremely corporate to bizarro world - that’s why we house such a diverse collection. Take a look around - see what we’re into. And then see if you’d be a good fit. Our clients really like to “push it” - and that’s what we’re looking for, from our artists.
How to submit work
So you’re interested! That’s great. Be prepared to send ten (10) potential images or samples of your style in JPEG form by e-mail. You can also send non-returnable samples by snail mail, if you’re so inclined.
Please visit our Artist Submission page for detailed guidelines and such. Thanks for your interest!
Can I have my samples returned to me?
Our preference is to always receive JPEG images on line. But if that doesn’t work for you, go ahead and send a cd or printed samples. We would prefer to keep them on file, but if you must have them back, that can be arranged. Your stuff is valuable - and we hate to send samples back and forth if we don’t have to! If you do need it shipped, you must make arrangements with us in advance. Please bear in mind that Illustration Works assumes no liability for the work, though we will be careful with it. Please provide a shipping number for your preferred carrier, a S.A.S.E. or package for return. If we choose your images for the collection, we’ll ship them back after scanning.

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