9. What is a lightbox?
The lightbox on RGBStock.com allow a user to organize photos. Photos can be assigned to a viewable lightbox by subject, for later convenience, or used to compile unrelated photos for a specific project layout. Lightboxes also can be used by graphic designers to show clients options for a project in one simple uncluttered folder. RGBstock.com lightboxes are free an can be used by all users. You can add as many lightboxes as you like and you can make the lightboxes private or public.
10. How do I delete my account?
If you want to delete your account, please go to the contact page and fill in the contact form. Please tell us you want to delete your account and we will delete it as soon as possible.
11. How do I apply to have a gallery on rgbstock.com?
No application is needed. Just begin uploading your photos or graphics. Please note: these must be in jpeg format. It's very simple. Click on "Upload photos" in the selection bar on any page. The upload window will open. Read the upload rules by clicking on those words. You will be taken to the Image License Agreement, which all uploaders are bound by, as well as downloaders. If you do not want your images used within those terms, then rgbstock.com may not be a suitable venue for you.
Return to the upload page and fill in all sections.
Select a title for your image.
Write a description. E.g., "A green can on a blue and red background", or "This image could be used to illustrate sadness, fear or loneliness" - whatever is appropriate. People like to read descriptions, which show up under the image, and you can give them ideas for potential use that they may not have thought of.
Fill in at least 5 keywords. A keyword is something that someone will type in when looking for a particular image. Think about the words you would use to search for that image. Be careful about this: type your keywords separated only by a comma and not a comma and a space, or just spaces. Without the commas, your keywords will all run together in one giant keyword, and no-one will be able to find your image. Double keywords should have a space between the words, like "red flower, tall building, etc. Hint: use as many keywords as you can think of. You can describe the article - tree,tall tree,pine,evergreen,plant,nature - but then also think of concepts that people might want to illustrate with your tree, like strength,creation,peace,mother nature,environment, etc. Don't get too abstract. A tree might represent "aliens from the planet Snark" to you, but if it isn't a commonly held understanding, then it's very unlikely to be a helpful keyword, and could even be misleading.
Click on "Choose file", which will take you to your computer's files. Locate your image and select the file. The name will open next to the choose file button. You may select three images to upload at once. Remember that this will take longer than one image. Most importantly, once the images have been uploaded, edit the titles. You may wish to keep the same name for all. In that case, add numbers as in, "Birdcage 1", "Birdcage 2", etc.
Make sure you have ticked the box to say you agree with the license, then click the "Upload Now" button. An hourglass will appear beside your cursor to indicate the upload is proceeding. When complete, the "Upload Successful" page will appear, with a link to your photo management page for any editing, the option to upload more images, or to return to the home page.
12. Why don't my images appear in my public gallery straight away?
Newly uploaded images will appear in your personal gallery where only you can view them. They will be labelled "Pending" until formal approval has been completed. Once approved, the images will be added to the New Photos gallery for public viewing, comment and downloading.
All images must be approved as being of an acceptable standard for rgbstock.com. Approvers are experienced volunteers who have been working in the stock image industry for years. As volunteers, their personal schedule may not allow them to be here all the time. However, our approvers are dedicated to the site and to ensuring you are treated respectfully, and your images are dealt with promptly. As the number of images awaiting approval grows, approval times may slow, but our aim is to approve all images within a few days at most.
Please check for any notices about approval delays in the forums and contact us if you think there is a problem.
13. Why did you reject my perfectly good images?
There are many reasons for rejection. We may have too many images of flowers, so we approve only very high quality images. At full size, your photo may have been blurry, pixelated, or full of noise or artefacts. This affects images that are to be printed or viewed at large size where they are being used. Your image may be badly focussed - on the background rather than the subject. It may have a poor composition, which distracts the eye. It may be considered not very useful as a stock image.
There will be a reason given regarding the rejection. In future we may have less time, but we will try to point out the problems with your rejected images. However, you must not take personal offence at the advice. We are trying to help you, and if you disagree, please do so in a pleasant way. We are human, we can make mistakes. But our aim is to provide high quality free stock images, and because of that, some images will be rejected. Keep trying. Take the advice on board, and your photography and graphics will improve. Many people have begun on free stock sites, learned from them, and gone on to make money on paid sites.
14. Can I upload images taken by or created by another person?
15. What kinds of image formats are allowed?
Jpeg(.jpg) is the only photo format currently being accepted.
Graphic images are permitted.
Color profile must be in the RGB format. We request that you do not upload photos in the CMYK format. Images that are uploaded in CMYK will automatically be converted to the RGB color space and may not render the colors properly as you had sent them. We recommend that you convert your CMYK images to RGB before submitting.
16. What is the minimum and maximum image size allowed?
The minimum size of an image is determined by the shortest side of the image whether it be the height or the width. The minimum length allowed is measured in pixels and shall be no shorter than 1000 pixels.
The maximum size of an image is measured as file size. The maximum file size shall not exceed 30 megabytes. (30MB)
17. Can I submit images containing nudity?
No. There are plenty of sites which cater for that. While there would seem to be good reasons for nudity in some stock categories, we would prefer not to host nude, adult or suggestive content. That way there can be no argument about how far is too far, etc. Therefore, no bare breasts, genitalia, pubic hair, or implied sexual acts.