Can I Use An Image I Found Online For Sign Printing? - Hackworth

Can I Use An Image I Found Online For Sign Printing?

Using the Internet for personal or business projects can be very helpful for you especially when it involves sign printing. Google itself can help you find ideas for graphic designing, let alone images that you can use for these designs. It is not uncommon for graphic designers, especially amateurs, to search images in the Internet that they can use for sign printing.

The Internet provides you thousands, if not, millions of results when you search for one particular image. And when you find the image that is perfect for your project, there is one common thing that stands between you and the image you want to have for your signage and that is the fact of whether or not you are allowed to use it.


Generally, images you find on the internet are covered by copyright. This is what frustrates most people who are looking for images for them to print. Usually, what’s perfect for their printing project is also the one with watermark, and that’s not ideal to most. Although many websites have copyright information oftentimes placed at the bottom of their pages, it is not required that their images be protected. You normally find that out on your own.

In the event that you do not know whether an image is copyrighted or not, you must examine the source of the image for a copyright symbol. Sometimes, logos of the creators or owners are placed on the image itself. If you can’t find out if an image is copyrighted, you are most probably risking yourself for breaking the law.

Images for Printing

Many companies, more specifically stock photo sources offer free images that you can download via the Internet without violating the copyright law. However, it will require you to sign up an account before you can download, but they won’t charge a penalty. There are also images from sources that give them freely with a simple copy and paste. For some sources, they charge a certain fee in return for access with their images. Prices may vary widely.

Here are some of the photo sources that offer free images:

  • Morgue File
  • Photo8
  • Unsplash

It is important to know that the image you will be using for personal or business purposes is legal. Additionally, it is not only the copyright you will be worrying about. It can also be the quality of the image.

Here in The Graphics Shop, not only do we help you in finding the perfect photos for you, we can actually create them! With our team of professional graphic designers, your needs will surely be met.

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In 1991, Hackworth opened its doors as a blue printer. More than 20 years later under the direction of Dorothy and Charlie Hackworth and their son Charles, the business is a full fledged technology and document solutions company.

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