What images am I allowed to print with Spoonflower?

  1. Your own artwork/design
    • If your artwork is on paper, you'll need to scan or photograph it at the highest resolution possible.
    • If it's a design you've created on the computer you can upload that.
  2. The Internet offers many resources for images that can be used for projects, but there are some important caveats:
    • Not all images on the internet can be used, you need permission or a license granting you the right to print the image
    • Unless explicitly stated, it’s best to assume that public domain or images with expired copyright are okay for personal, but not commercial use. Some images are okay to use for personal use, but can't be used in items that will be sold or used commercially.
    • Creating your own designs that contain or reference third party intellectual property can still be a violation of copyright laws, even if you draw it yourself.
    • A common misconception is the 10% rule, which asserts that if you “change” at least 10% of a design that is no longer considered the same as the original and becomes your own. Changing 10% of someone else’s design does not make it yours.
    • It is not ok to represent an image as your own work. You should credit the original artist and source if you are displaying the work in any public form or on your own web site.
  3. Find designs by artists who have made their work available to purchase in the Spoonflower marketplace.

See also: Terms of Use - Copyright Policy