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What is digital scrapbooking?

Digital scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories, exercise your creativity and learn new skills. It involves using an image-editing program like Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro to create a digital layout which you can admire on your computer, or print out. It can be as simple as adding your photo to a quick page, or as complex as designing your own papers and elements to complement a favorite photo.

Digital scrapbooking is enjoyed by all sorts of people from all over the world. Read through some responses to our Introduce Yourself forum, and you’ll see this pretty quickly. Some people come from paper scrapbooking backgrounds, while others jump right into digital. Some love the creative aspect, while others find the technical side to be a welcome change from regular crafting skills. Everyone loves the “undo” button.

There are so many methods and styles for digital scrapbooking, it’s hard to tell someone where to begin. I would suggest looking through the forums to get an idea of what people are doing; check out the tutorials forum while you're at it. If you find someone or something that seems like a good path for you, don’t be afraid to leave them a comment in the forums asking for more advice. The Pixel Scrapper community is friendly and quick to answer questions and offer advice.

Hopefully in the future we will have more help for beginners, but for now you can help us by telling us what you need. Please leave a comment in our Feature Requests forum with any ideas.

Introduction to Pixel Scrapper

Pixel Scrapper is a community of digital artists and scrapbookers; it is an experiment in generous creativity and living out of a spirit of abundance. We want to help you unleash your creativity.

Choose your own freebies, every day.

Do you like freebies? At Pixel Scrapper, you get free download credits every day, which you can use to download whatever you choose -- for free. There are thousands of individual assets and inspiring templates to choose from, all neatly categorized by type, kit, tags, and colors.

Simple licensing.

At Pixel Scrapper, we want to make your life easy: everything on the site is available with no attribution requirements, and simple, generous licensing terms for personal or commercial use.

Friendly community of real people.

Our forums are clutter free, with an emphasis on helping people connect as real people. Our members hail from all over the world: from America to Australia, Germany to Malaysia, Korea to Brazil.

Straightforward tutorials.

From basic tips to designer secrets, learn how to use Photoshop and other image editing programs for digital scrapbooking.

Open gallery.

The Pixel Scrapper gallery is an open gallery, so you can upload any layouts you've created, without restrictions.

Our manifesto

To learn more about what makes us tick, please check out The Pixel Scrapper Manifesto.

Our team

Visit our Team Page to meet all the amazing people who help keep Pixel Scrapper running!

Site Basics

Download Credits and Community Points

Download credits are used to download; community points are a measure of how much you have interacted on Pixel Scrapper.

Download Credits

To prevent bankruptcy, Pixel Scrapper implements a system of "download credits" ("DC" for short): all individual graphics on the site "cost" a credit to download - kits and bundles cannot be downloaded with DC and require a subscription.

The good news is, you get free download credits added to your account every single day! You get 5 credits per day, but you can get more free credits by earning community points for things like filling out your profile, and posting in the forums.

It's important to realize that while you get free download credits every day, these download credits do not accumulate: if you leave the site and come back after five days, you will not have 25 DC in your account. Rather, the number is "topped off" back to 5 every day.

You can see the number of download credits (DC) in your account next to your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of the site.

Community Points

Community points are not the same as download credits. You earn community points for interacting on Pixel Scrapper: for stuff like filling out your profile, leaving a comment, and posting in the forums.

The more community points you have, the greater your reputation in the community, and the more privileges you receive.

The number of community points you have only ever goes up: the more you interact on the site, the more community points you will have; they never get "used."

You can see the number of community points in your account under your picture on your profile page, and when you make a post in the forums.

More about Download Credits

Please make sure that you have already read the introduction to download credits and community points.

I want more download credits!

You can get more download credits by:

  1. Subscribing to Pixel Scrapper (granting unlimited downloads of individual graphics and access to kits and bundles).
  2. Participating in a layout challenge and winning the random drawing.
  3. Earning more community points (You get more download credits at set milestones. See below).

To get your first bonus free download credits you need to earn just 10 Community Points, which you can achieve simply by filling out your profile.

After that you earn more free download credits on an exponential curve, like so:

Community Points Free Download Credits
10 5 download credit bonus
30 10 download credit bonus
70 15 download credit bonus
150 20 download credit bonus
300 30 download credit bonus

Download Credit "Pricing"

All individual graphics cost 1 DC, regardless of TOU. You cannot use DC to download kits or bundles - if you want to have access to either you can purchase a subscription.

Assets & Templates

Right away you will notice that Pixel Scrapper uses a slightly different vocabulary than other digital scrapbooking sites. Ultimately, this is to simplify things, but initially it might seem confusing. If you take a few minutes to browse through the assets and templates available you’ll see the difference pretty quickly:

Assets

An asset is a finished product that can be downloaded and used to create a layout. They are colored and often coordinate with each other to make kits. You will find finished papers and elements in this category.

Templates

A template is a file that can be modified by designers or DIY scrappers to fit their own needs. They usually come in gray-scale, as either a .PNG image or layered .PSD file.

A single template may have several assets attached to it, in different colors or other slight variations. When viewing an asset you can see its template (if it has one) in the right-hand sidebar:

Template Linked to asset

You are allowed to modify the assets and templates you've download however you'd like.

More about Community Points

Please make sure that you have already read the introduction to download credits and community points.

Pixel Scrapper is a community-based website: a place for people to come and have fun, digital scrapbook, and get to know each other.

As such, you can earn community points for interacting on the site: for stuff like filling out your profile, leaving a comment, or posting in the forums. It is important to note that community points are not the same as download credits: download credits get used up as you download, and get renewed overnight; community points only ever increase, and never get "used up."

What you get from community points

  1. Earning community points will get you additional free download credits (see below).
  2. You need a minimum number of points to be eligible to upload your layouts to the Pixel Scrapper gallery.
  3. You need a minimum number of points to share freebies in the Freebies Forum.
  4. You need a minimum number of points to post designs in the Pixel Scrapper Commons.
  5. You need a minimum number of points to be a forum moderator.
  6. The more points you have, the higher your reputation in the community.

How you can earn community points

Points Interaction
10 Completely filling out your profile, including first and last name, about me, and uploading a profile picture.
10-30 Linking to Pixel Scrapper from your blog or website. See here for more information.
5 Every forum topic you start.
2 Every reply you post in the forums.
3 Every layout you upload to the gallery.
1 Every comment you leave on a design or layout.
2 Every comment you leave on a blog post.
3 Uploading a layout to the gallery.

Note: when you delete a layout, forum post, or comment that you have posted, you lose the same number of community points that you received when you originally posted it. This is necessary in order to prevent abuse of the system.

Increasing Download Credits

To get your first increase in free download credits you need to earn just 10 community points, which you can achieve simply by filling out your profile.

After that you earn more download credits on an exponential curve, like so:

Community Points Free download credits
10 free download credit bonus
30 free download credit bonus
70 free download credit bonus
150 free download credit bonus
300 free download credit bonus
Licensing (TOU)

At Pixel Scrapper we have two licenses: Personal Use (which is for, well, personal use!), and Commercial Use (which is for use where you generate income, or if you want to distribute things you make to others). We rebel against the tradition of making people feel like criminals for wanting to download and build upon our creations, and these licenses are intended to be as simple and freeing as we can make them (read our manifesto to learn more about our philosophy).

Personal Use License

This license is intended for personal use that does not generate income, and is not related to your profession.

Please Do:

  • Use the item however you want for personal use (personal craft projects, etc.).
  • Attribution is not required (though always appreciated).

Please Do Not:

  • Use the item for commercial purposes (anything where you make money, or related to your profession).
  • Distribute the item directly to others (refer them to the item's Pixel Scrapper download page instead).
  • Sell or distribute any digital files that you make with the item (though it is fine to post/display the craft projects you have made!).

Commercial Use license

This license covers commercial or professional use of an item, or use which generates income or profit. Designers should use this license for anything they distribute, including freebies. This license generally allows you to distribute derivative works ("remixes" of our items) in digital form to other people--but please read our full FAQ first!

Please Do:

  • Use the item in commercial layouts, designs, posters, advertisements, etc.
  • Use the item on physical products like mugs, shirts, etc. which you sell.*
  • Adapt and remix the item, then sell or distribute the resulting derivative works as digital files (but please read our full FAQ first).**
  • Use the item for commercial logo design (as long as you contact us about it first).
  • Attribution is not required (though always appreciated).

Please Do Not:

  • Resell or distribute the digital file "as is" without first getting permission from the item's designer.
  • Distribute a kit of digital files that contains only modified versions of Pixel Scrapper graphics (at least 50% of the items in any digital kit you distribute should be your unique creations, or attained from other sources).
  • Upload any derivative works to a stock image website.

Derivative Works Licensing:

  • Derivative works may be distributed under any license that you choose, as long as it does not directly contradict this TOU (for example, the license you distribute under should not allow posting to a stock image website). Most common "PU", "CU", "S4H", and "CU for CU" licenses are fine.

If you make over $100k:

* You may use our graphics on printed physical products that you sell as long as your total gross income related to the sale of these kinds of goods is less than $100,000 USD per year. If you, your company, or your subsidiaries make more than $100,000 per year related to selling printed physical goods, please contact us to work out a special contract before selling items printed with our graphics.

** You may sell or distribute your derivative works as digital files as long as your total gross income related to selling or distributing digital files is below $100,000 USD per year. If you, your company, or your subsidiaries make more than $100,000 per year related to the sale or distribution of digital files, please contact us to work out a special contract before distributing any derivative works created with our graphics.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basics of how I can use commercial use items that I download from Pixel Scrapper?

If you are not distributing a digital file directly to other people, you may generally use it as you like, without restriction--no need to modify or remix the design (so go ahead and make printed papers, clothing, accessories, etc. to sell as you like). If you are using it for a commercial logo design, we just ask that you contact us first, and if you make more than $100,000 per year related to selling printed physical goods, please contact us to work out a special contract before selling items printed with our graphics.

If you are distributing a digital file directly to other people (for example, as an item in your own digital scrapbooking kit, or as a freebie on your website), you will generally need to modify or remix the item before you distribute it. If you are distributing a kit of digital files, you will also need to make sure that at least 50% of the items in the kit are your original creations or attained from completely different sources than Pixel Scrapper (and not just remixed versions of items from Pixel Scrapper).

As long as you modify/remix an item, you may distribute it as you like (for example, in your own kits, as a freebie on your website), under any license you choose ("CU for CU" is okay), with one exception: no uploading to stock image websites (see below). And if you make more than $100,000 per year related to the sale or distribution of digital files, please contact us to work out a special contract before distributing any derivative works.

As a rule, we are quite tolerant when it comes to people using our designs, and distributing their derivative works. We realize that licensing can be tricky, and we're on your side. We always give people the benefit of the doubt, we're happy to talk things out, and we won't come after you in a nasty way unless you are intentionally and blatantly abusing our work and disregarding our terms of use. So take a breath, and rest easy (read our manifesto to learn more about our philosophy).

For more help with regards to creating digital kits or sheets that use Pixel Scrapper graphics, please check out this page in our knowledgebase.

Read the FAQs below for more specifics.

What counts as modifying/remixing an item?

That's a tricky question. Before we address specifics, you need to understand the point of the "remix" rule: at Pixel Scrapper we want you to be able to use our designs to springboard your own creativity, without having to worry that you'll get in trouble for distributing the cool derivatives that you come up with. We believe that creation builds on creation, and we want you to have the full freedom to take our designs, mix and match, build, layer, flatten, enhance, color, change--and then distribute and sell the creative "remixes" you come up with (see our manifesto).

But what if someone were to download everything on Pixel Scrapper, throw the stuff together into a few "kits", and then sell those "kits" on their own website, without making any changes to the files (or making just a few minor changes)? That would clearly be an abuse of the system, and that's why we say that you need to modify and remix our designs before you distribute them: the goal is to springboard the creativity of other people, not allow people to steal our work and sell it as their own.

Here are some examples of great remixing:

  • Using one of our templates combined with your own work to create a unique design, paper, or embellishment.
  • Combining our templates or assets to create your own creative designs (using a heart brad together with a ribbon template that you color to create a unique ribbon with a repeating heart pattern, for example).
  • Taking a layered psd template, moving the layers around, recoloring some layers, flattening some layers, and adding some of your own layers to create something truly unique.

Here are some examples of less creative remixing which are sometimes acceptable:

  • Recoloring a template or asset in a creative way, as long as the colors are very different from the original.
  • Taking a layered psd template, recoloring some layers, and flattening the image.
  • Adding some of your own textures to a graphic you download.

These techniques are sometimes okay for very simple items (like buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.) as long as you are also distributing more original work--but don't distribute a kit that has nothing but recolored/re-textured/cropped graphics in it, for example. If you are using these techniques a lot, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

Here are some examples that would generally not count as remixing:

  • Taking a red heart illustration, and applying a basic hue or saturation change -- not enough of a change.
  • Taking a layered psd template, and nudging the layers around a little bit, without any other modifications -- not enough of a change.
  • Taking a patterned paper image and cropping it slightly -- not enough of a change.

What counts as a "remix", in the end, is always going to be subjective. One rule of thumb is to imagine asking (or actually ask!) a few random people if they think the file you've edited is essentially the same as the original, or an original and unique "remix." If most of them would say it's a unique "remix," then you are probably good to go.

At the end of the day what you should keep in mind is the intention of the rule, and your intention as a designer: if your goal is to make some quick money by passing other peoples' work off as your own, and you want to know the least you can do to get away with it, then you're not abiding by our remix philosophy, no matter what you do. If, on the other hand, you're like most designers, and are interested in using our designs to springboard your own creative work, then you can rest easy: don't sweat a particular edge case here or there ("oh no, I'm not sure if recoloring this one item is enough of a modification in this particular situation--will I get in trouble?" The answer is generally going to be "no," as long as you are doing your best to abide by the spirit of these terms of use).

May I sell/distribute a kit of digital files that contains only modified graphics from Pixel Scrapper?

Generally, no. For a kit/sheet of digital files, a good rule of thumb is to make sure that at least 50% of the items in the kit are your own original creations, and not based off of graphics from our site. This is a basic courtesy to our designers who work very hard creating all of the original designs that you find here. The remaining 50% of the items, if they are based off of graphics from our site, should be modified/remixed in some way, as per what we describe in this TOU.

For more help with regards to creating kits that use Pixel Scrapper graphics, please check out this page in our knowledgebase.

May I use your items to decorate mugs/clothing/accessories/etc that I sell on Zazzle, or in my Etsy store?

Yes.* You can always use our designs on physical goods that you sell, regardless of whether or not you change the design (for example, you could take this heart bottle cap, put it on a mug, and sell it directly, without modifying the image at all). If you don't change the design at all the original designer retains full copyright, but you are given full permission to use that design on physical goods.

* If you, your company, or your subsidiaries make more than $100,000 per year related to selling printed physical goods, please contact us to work out a special contract.

May I use your graphics on stickers that I sell on Zazzle, or in my Etsy store?

Yes, same as the above question: physical stickers are fine; you do not need to remix or modify the graphics to print them on physical stickers which you sell. If you are distributing the stickers as digital files, then you will need to adhere to our guidelines about modifying/remixing digital files before you distribute or sell them.

May I use your items in online or print advertising, website design, magazines, billboards, etc.?

Yes. As with physical goods, as long as you are not distributing the digital file directly to other people, you can generally use it as you like, without modifying the design at all. If you are creating a commercial logo, please contact us first.

If you are distributing a digital file directly to other people (for example, as an item in your own digital scrapbooking kit), you will need to modify or remix the item before you distribute it.

May I use your items in a commercial logo that I am designing?

When using our graphics in commercial logo designs, we ask that you contact us first. Generally we are happy to give the okay for logo use. If you or the company you are designing for make lots of money, we may need to work out something special.

May I use one or more of your templates to make my own digital designs which I then sell/distribute? (For example, using this ribbon template together with this heart button template and coloring them to make my own "heart ribbon").

Yes.* As long as you are "remixing" the items that you download, you are free to sell/distribute the resulting adaptations in your own kits, or as freebies/downloads from your own website. The only restriction is that you do not distribute the resulting design via a stock image website. For a kit of digital files, please try to make sure that at least 50% of the items in the kit are your own original creations, and not based off of graphics from our site.

* As always: if you, your company, or your subsidiaries make more than $100,000 per year related to selling digital files, please contact us to work out a special contract.

May I combine some of your colored raster graphics together to make my own digital designs which I then sell/distribute? (For example, using this flower embellishment and some other items, and repeating them over a textured background to make my own paper?)

Yes.* As with templates, you can use our raster graphics to create your own designs which you then sell/distribute, as long as you are remixing and adapting the images. With ready-to-use, colored raster graphics, you need to be a bit more careful to make sure that you are making something that is uniquely your own. The only restriction is that you do not distribute the resulting design via a stock image website. For a kit of digital files, please try to make sure that at least 50% of the items in the kit are your own original creations, and not based off of graphics from our site.

* As always: if you, your company, or your subsidiaries make more than $100,000 per year related to selling digital files, please contact us to work out a special contract.

Can I create a quick page using Pixel Scrapper graphics?

In general we consider a "good remix" to be something that involves significant creative contribution by the user, and all designs for redistribution fall under our 50% rule: at least 50% of the items in any digital kit you distribute should be your unique creations, or attained from other sources.

So about 50% of the quick page could be Pixel Scrapper items. After that you should rely on other sources.

Does recoloring an item count as modifying/remixing it?

Recoloring is an example of an edge case which is sometimes okay for very simple items (like buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.) as long as you are also distributing more original work--but don't distribute a kit that has nothing but recolored/filtered/re-textured graphics in it. If you are using this technique a lot without adding more of your own creative twist, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

Does applying basic hue/saturation/brightness/etc changes, or other basic Photoshop filters count as modifying/remixing an item?

Generally, no. Like recoloring, this is an example of an edge case which is sometimes okay for very simple items (like buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.) as long as you are also distributing more original work--but don't distribute a kit that has nothing but recolored/filtered/re-textured graphics in it. If you are using this technique a lot without adding more of your own creative twist, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

Does applying a basic texture to an item count as modifying/remixing it?

Like recoloring and filtering, this is an example of an edge case which is sometimes okay for very simple items (like buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.) as long as you are also distributing more original work--but don't distribute a kit that has nothing but recolored/filtered/re-textured graphics in it. If you are using this technique a lot without adding more of your own creative twist, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

Does applying a basic texture to an item count as modifying/remixing it?

Like recoloring and filtering, this is an example of an edge case which is sometimes okay for very simple items (like buttons, brads, ribbons, etc.) as long as you are also distributing more original work--but don't distribute a kit that has nothing but recolored/filtered/re-textured graphics in it. If you are using this technique a lot without adding more of your own creative twist, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

Does cropping a graphic count as modifying/remixing it?

Generally, no. Like recoloring and filtering, this is an example of an edge case which is sometimes okay if you crop an item drastically, so that it is not easily recognizable. But as with the re-coloring and filtering, don't distribute a kit that has nothing but cropped graphics in it. If you are using this technique a lot without adding more of your own creative twist, please contact our designers on an individual basis to "okay" things with them before you distribute anything.

(If you crop an item, rotate it, mutate it, and layer it with graphic that you've designed from scratch to create something really unique... now that's a remix!)

May I sell/distribute your layered templates as layered PSD files, as long as I modify them?

Generally, yes, but be cautious: the file you distribute should be significantly different from the original template. Moving the layers slightly is not considered a "remix": you would need to do things like coloring some layers, moving and flattening some layers, and adding additional layers that are your own unique creation.

Imagine asking a few random people if they think the file you've edited is essentially the same as the original, or a unique "remix." If most of them would say "unique remix," then you are probably good to go.

For a kit of PSD files, please make sure that at least 50% of the files in the kit are entirely your own original creations, and not based off of PSDs from our site (and for the other items, they should be substantially remixed, as indicated above).

May I take a bunch of your assets/templates without modifying them, and put them in a digital kit which I then sell/distribute?

Generally, no. You need to modify/remix the items that you download before you can distribute them directly to others as digital files. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis: you can contact the item's designer to ask about your particular use case.

May I remix some of your items, and then upload the resulting images to a stock image website?

No. This is our one distribution restriction: nothing you make using our images may be uploaded, sold, or otherwise distributed to any stock image website. Examples of stock image websites include:

If you are not sure if a particular site counts as a stock image website, please contact us.

May I buy a single commercial use license and use it to sub-license your images to other individuals and/or companies?

Not without special permission, but we are happy to consider sub-licensing deals. Please contact us with your inquiry.

I purchased a download subscription, then canceled it: can I still use all the items I downloaded for commercial use?

Yes. The items you download from Pixel Scrapper are yours to keep and use under the license that you chose, even if your subscription is canceled, or expires.

Do I need to give credit to the original designer?

Giving credit back to the original designer is not required, but always appreciated. Please see our manifesto.

What license can I distribute derivative works (modified items) under?

As long as you have downloaded the item for commercial use, and have abided by our terms, you are free to distribute your derivative under any license that you choose, as long as doing so does not directly contradict these terms of use (for example, the license you distribute under should not allow posting to a stock image website). Most common "PU", "CU", "S4H", and "CU for CU" licenses are fine.

Interpretation of these Terms of Use

Clearly the above terms leave some room for interpretation and discussion, partly because our terms are very generous, and partly because we put a lot of emphasis on understanding the "spirit" behind them, rather than worrying too much about a single edge case.

So who gets to decide if your use of our graphics adhere to our terms, or not? Well, we do. The final right of interpretation is always reserved by Pixel Scrapper, in its sole discretion, and intermediate right of interpretation is given to each of our designers.

If you are using our designs in a way that is clearly on the edge of what we have in mind with these terms of use we encourage you to contact each designer whose graphics you are using, and ask them if what you're doing is okay with them: send them an example of a kit that you are distributing, and let them make the call on whether it is too similar to their original work. Our designers are a very generous bunch (after all, they agreed to these terms of use!), and most of the time you'll find that they are happy for you to use their work, and/or happy to guide you in how you might be able to add a more creative touch of your own (though if you are distributing a lot of graphics with very limited changes, you might find that you need to do a bit more work before you're given the "okay").

Contacting our designers and talking things over before distributing something that is very similar to their original work is a common courtesy, and will make everyone feel a lot better than if they find your work being sold online, and feel they need to contact you about it. We make this easy by providing designer profiles next to every item on our site; you can also find a list of all of our designers at https://www.pixelscrapper.com/team.

Generally you will find that email conversations with our designers will go very smoothly. If things escalate, and you feel that you need a third party to arbitrate, feel free to contact Pixel Scrapper directly via our contact form. Be aware that, except for in extreme circumstances, we almost always side with our designers on these issues.

Changes to Terms of Use

Pixel Scrapper reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms/Licensing under which our graphics may be used. The most current version of this licensing document (available at https://www.pixelscrapper.com/tou) supersedes all previous versions, and supersedes any licensing or terms of use information contained within any kits downloaded from pixelscrapper.com. We encourage you to periodically review the Terms of Use to stay informed of our updates.

Adapting This Document For Your Own Use

The text of this document is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Want to adapt and use these Terms of Use to distribute your own work? You can! Just make sure to change/remove any reference to Pixel Scrapper, and include an attribution link to https://www.pixelscrapper.com/tou (so at the end of your TOU just say something like "these TOU adapted from the Pixel Scrapper TOU available at https://www.pixelscrapper.com/tou under CC BY 4.0").

Legalese: Warranties and Liability Disclaimer

Pixel Scrapper makes no warranties with respect to the use, storage, display, reproduction, modification, transfer, distribution, or licensing of the graphics found on this website. In no event will Pixel Scrapper be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, that are in any way related to the graphics, use of the graphics, distribution of the graphics, or licensing/sublicensing of the graphics. By accessing, using, and/or licensing the graphics in any way, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Pixel Scrapper LLC from all claims, losses, expenses, fees including attorney fees, costs, and judgments that may be asserted against you or any legal entity, which are in any way related to the use, transfer, distribution, licensing, or sublicensing of the graphics, or any derivatives works making use of the graphics. Please see our site terms of use for more information and full liability disclaimer.

More questions?

If you have read all of the FAQs above, and your question is still not answered, go ahead and contact us. Make sure to explain your question and your use case as clearly, and as thoroughly as possible.

Document last updated March 14, 2017.

Opening Downloaded Files

Here is a list of all the file extensions you will encounter on this site. If anything is unclear, please contact me.

JPG

A basic image format. Sometimes contains a little bit of "noise" if you zoom in real close. Does not allow for transparency.

Good for:

  • Photos, papers, layouts
  • Large images with lots of colors

Bad for:

  • Anything where you need hard edges, or transparency

PNG

Another basic image format. "Lossless" compression means no "noise" or "artifacts" in the image, but the file size will be larger (possibly much larger) than a JPG image because of that.

Good for:

  • Small images with few colors
  • Anything where you need hard edges, or transparency

Bad for:

  • Large images with lots of colors

PSD

A layered Photoshop file. Good for complex templates and such. Can be opened by Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, and most other serious image editing software.

Usually I'll zip my PSD files to save time and space when transferring to/from the web. See below.

ZIP

A compressed folder that contains some number of files inside of it. Can easily be opened on almost any operating system without needing special software.

Usually I'll zip my PSD files to save time and space when transferring to/from the web.

7z

Similar to the "zip" format, but you might need to download special software to open it. I used to zip all my files with .7z compression, to help save money on bandwidth and also to speed up your downloading. I'm switching back to using the regular .zip format, but for now a lot of things are still zipped with .7z. You can use the following programs to open these files. If you have any problems, please let me know.

For Windows: 7-zip, AlZip

For Mac: Zipeg, Stuffit Expander

--Marisa

Community Involvement

Profile Expectations

Pixel Scrapper is a community site for digital scrapbookers and designers. We want it to be a place where we can get to know a little bit about each other, rather than just one more faceless, impersonal website.

We provide a lot of free resources at Pixel Scrapper, and in return for those resources, we have a few expectations about the way users present themselves here. If you have any concerns about any of these expectations, please feel free to contact us.

You will get community points for filling out your profile, which will help you earn more download credits.

Full name (or pseudonym) expected

All users are expected fill out both their first and last names, and should use their real names rather than the name of a shop, or business. So don't use "Mary's Digi Designs" as your name. You can link to your design studio in the "social media" section of your profile.

Users who are worried about sharing their full name should use a pseudonym, rather than using only their initials. Most of the time, initials are simply too short to create a meaningful identity, especially if you're uploading layouts to the gallery: your work deserves a name to go with it, so people can find and remember your creations.

If you do use a pseudonym, feel free to be creative, but please use a name, rather than something silly or strange: using a handle like "Purple Dinosaur" or "Minnie Mouse" is distancing. Try something like mixing your middle name with your grandmother's maiden name, or the city you were born in...

Profile Picture: Use a photo of yourself, or a public domain photo

All users are expected to upload a profile picture, and are strongly encouraged to upload a real photo of themselves; a shot that shows your face well is preferred. Our faces tell a story, and it's one way for us to connect online, when we can't meet together in person.

If you really, really don't want to upload a picture of yourself for some particular reason, that's okay. But please, use a picture of someone, rather than a logo or clip art, etc. Perhaps you have an old picture of your great aunt lying around, which you could use. Or just go ahead and use a public domain photo; for example, all photos in the searchable Flickr Commons are in the public domain, and can be used freely for any purpose without requesting permission. Check out their nice collection of female portraits, and feel free to use one as your profile photo if you really don't want to use a photo of yourself.

If you need help uploading a profile picture, see here.

Other Profile Fields

We expect all users to fill out the "about me" field, and encourage everyone to fill out the rest of the fields as well. Letting us know what tools you use to scrapbook, for instance, will help you connect to others who use the same software, and get better help in the forums later on.

Why do we have these expectations?

The internet is wonderful for the way it allows us to connect with people from around the world who share our interests. But it can also be a bit cold, and anonymous, and isolating... sometimes it can be downright scary and mean. Look at the collection of comments underneath your average YouTube video, and you can get a quick glimpse of how the anonymity that is ubiquitous with the internet often brings out the worst in people.

Even when people aren't being mean, bizarre usernames and random profile pictures often make internet communities feel more like a group of random cyber-entities than a community of real flesh-and-blood people.

At Pixel Scrapper, we want to create something that feels a bit more real than that. Of course, all this doesn't mean that you have to go by your "real" name. As long as you create a pseudonym that sounds real, we'll take it. We aren't doing background checks on people to be sure they are telling the truth. We just want them to sound like people.

The idea with the real names and photos isn't necessarily to be truthful (although I like to think that I'm really talking to the person in the photo), but to at least give us a real-seeming person to connect to. Online identities will always be constructs, to some extent, but it's still much easier to connect with a photo named "Stephanie Rose" than to a to a flower named "blue giraffe" -- even if "Stephanie" is your grandmother's name, "Rose" is your favorite flower, and the photo is of one of your ancestors who immigrated from Scotland 100 years ago.

We believe that together, we can make a better internet. Thank you for your help!

Forum Guidelines

Welcome to the Pixel Scrapper forums: we're glad to have you here!

Just a few quick guidelines, BEFORE YOU POST:

1. Read our profile expectations and follow them through.

2. Introduce yourself by replying in the Introduce Yourself thread before posting anywhere else: we want to know who you are!

3. Read through the front page of forums posts (at least) to make sure that no one has already started the topic you are interested in. In general, it's a good idea to spend some time reading in the forums before posting your first new topic.

4. If you are having trouble on the site, and want to get help, post ONLY in the Support Forum, or use the site Contact Form to contact us directly.

5. Please use descriptive post titles and avoid using ALL CAPS.

6. Please do not FLOOD the forums with tons of posts within a short time. Try to comment appropriately and constructively.

7. Please use bold, italic, underline, and other formatting options responsibly. Everyone wants to be heard, but it hurts readability if we all make our posts ALL CAPS or all bold, and it doesn't help anyone in the long run.

Posts that do not honor these guidelines may be removed. Thanks for your understanding! If you have questions, please visit this forum post.

Uploading Designs

We're not looking for new designers right at the moment, but if you are interested in being a Pixel Scrapper designer please contact us and we will keep your info on file! We're definitely looking to expand in the near future.

We are also working on a community "commons" area that will allow community members to share their designs with each other. Stay tuned!

Logos For Community Creations

Here are the standard logos we use for community events:

Blog Train

Blog Train Logo

Designer Challenges

Designer Challenge Logo

Support Pixel Scrapper

Donate

Pixel Scrapper is an experiment in generous creativity and living out of a spirit of abundance:

  • Almost everything here is available for free through our daily download credit system: we serve thousands of free downloads every single day.
  • Our paid subscriptions offer kit downloads at a fraction of the price of most sites.
  • Our licensing options are as freeing and generous as we can make them, especially our affordable commercial use license which is unique within our community.
  • Our vision guides our business, and not the other way around: read our Manifesto to learn more.

But we can't sustain our vision for Pixel Scrapper on our own: to maintain our free download credit system, inexpensive subscriptions, and generous licensing while supporting our designers, we need your help. If you appreciate Pixel Scrapper and what we stand for, please consider supporting us this year with a small one-time donation or monthly pledge. Even $1 a month makes a difference!

Visit our donation page to make a donation and help Pixel Scrapper stay strong.

Link to Pixel Scrapper

We appreciate any and all links from your site to ours. If you'd like to receive community points for your links, please send us a note and include a link to the link.

You can earn the following points:

  • 30 community points for a permanent, front page link to PixelScrapper.com (not a sub-page) OR
  • 20 community points for a permanent link on another main page (favorite sites, resources, etc) OR
  • 10 community points for a blog post that includes a link to Pixel Scrapper, or any link to a Pixel Scrapper sub-page.

If you use a text link, we would appreciate if the text was "Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking" or else you can use one of the following buttons.

Text Link:

Button 1: 150 x 150 pixels:

Digital Scrapbooking at Pixel Scrapper

Button 2: 150 x 70 pixels:

Digital Scrapbooking at Pixel Scrapper

Detailed instructions for Blogger

If you are having trouble adding our buttons to your blogger blog, please see this detailed tutorial by Lórien.

Gallery

Why upload your layouts/projects to Pixel Scrapper?
  1. Your layouts/projects will be posted to the front page of the site, where our friendly community can "heart" them and comment on them.
  2. Your layouts/projects will show up in the Pixel Scrapper Gallery, and in site search.
  3. You will get your own private gallery at pixelscrapper.com/your-name/gallery (see example), where you can send others to view your work.
  4. You'll be eligible to enter Pixel Scrapper challenges, and win download credits.
  5. You'll get a nice interface to browse all comments on your layouts/projects, and see all your layout/project statistics (# of views, hearts, etc.).
  6. We have an open gallery: your layouts/projects do not have to be related to Pixel Scrapper, i.e. they do not have to use Pixel Scrapper graphics.
Apply for gallery access

To gain access to upload your layouts/projects to the Gallery, submit the application form, and we'll add upload ability to your account.

To apply for gallery access you will need to have:

  1. Earned at least 25 community points. (Learn more about community points)
  2. Replied to the Introduce Yourself thread in the forums.
  3. Read and complied with the Pixel Scrapper Profile Expectations.
Gallery guidelines

Open Gallery: you may upload any digital or hybrid project, regardless of where the elements come from: you do not need to only upload layouts/projects that use Pixel Scrapper items.

Projects Only: please limit your uploads to your personal craft projects. Random images, kit previews, promotional items, collage sheets, etc. should not be uploaded to the gallery, and will be removed. If you are uncertain about something you want to upload, you can contact us about it.

A digital layout/project has been made entirely on the computer.

A hybrid layout/project should include items you have printed out and used in a physical project.

For either category, digital or hybrid, you may upload scrapbooking layouts, greeting cards, planner layouts, or use the "other" category for special projects that don't fall under those categories. Please DO NOT upload kit previews, promotional items, collage sheets, or images that are not finished craft projects.

Dimensions: For uploading to the web, DPI and the size of your image in inches/cm does not matter: just the pixel dimensions. Ideally gallery images should be saved at 1000x1000 pixels at maximum jpg quality. Minimum dimensions are 600x600 pixels. If your layout/project image is not square, that is for whichever edge is longer (which is why it's really best to go for 1000 pixels over 600). If your image is over the maximum dimensions, it will be re-sized automatically on upload.

Guide to uploading your layouts/projects to the gallery

Before you can upload layouts/projects to the Pixel Scrapper gallery, you will need to apply for gallery access.

Slideshow Tutorial

Use the arrow buttons on the bottom of the slideshow to navigate. A video tutorial follows further down the page, if you prefer.

Video Tutorial

The Pixel Scrapper Commons

About the Commons

The Pixel Scrapper Commons is a special area of Pixel Scrapper where community members of all experience levels can upload and share designs they create, get feedback, and progress as designers.

Designs uploaded to the Commons are available for other Pixel Scrapper users to download under our Personal Use license.

A particular goal of the Commons is to help beginning and intermediate designers develop their skills through community feedback and support. If you are an advanced designer, the program will help familiarize you with the workings of designing at Pixel Scrapper while allowing you to share your designs with the Pixel Scrapper community.

Anyone and everyone is welcome at the Commons!

Apply to the Commons

Anyone and everyone is welcome at the Commons, but you will need to meet a few basic requirements and submit an application before you can gain access to upload designs.

Requirements for Commons access

  1. You must have at least 50 community points. (Learn more about community points)
  2. You must take and pass the Commons Basics quiz.
  3. You must sign and submit the Commons application form.

The Commons Agreement

The most important point of the Commons Agreement is that you agree not to upload anything that violates copyright or intellectual property laws. In other words, you must be the original creator of the designs you upload; however, you can use Pixel Scrapper CU graphics to help you create your own designs as explained in Pixel Scrapper's commercial use TOU (see the other Commons help pages for more details).

Commons Level Progression

All designers in the Commons start at "designer level" 1, and can advance to level 4 by uploading designs, attending to quality control reports, and leaving feedback for other designers. Higher levels give designers additional privileges and benefits in the Commons.

Some of the benefits of progressing to higher designer levels include:

  • Higher upload caps.
  • Higher tagging limits.
  • Ability to upload additional file types (such as PSDs and vectors).
  • Ability to upload full kits and bundles.
  • Ability to create and participate in Commons collabs.
  • Bulk uploading tools.
  • Ability to add and manage creative team members.

(See lower down this page for a full list of different level benefits.)

The Designer Dashboard

You can check the requirements for getting the next designer level by visiting your "designer dashboard," which is located on your user profile page, under the "designer tools" drop-down menu:

designer dashboard link

The main factors that determine designer level advancement are:

  1. Your total graphic uploads
  2. Your quality rating
  3. Your interaction rating
  4. Your QC giveback ratio

There is also a small quiz that must be passed when advancing to the next level, just to make sure that you have a good understanding of how things work--but don't worry, the quizzes are pretty easy, and you can take them as many times as you need to!

Graphic Uploads Requirement

This is simply the total number of graphics that you have uploaded to the Commons at your current designer level. Each designer level has a minimum number of graphics that must be uploaded to the Commons before you can advance to the next level.

Quality Rating

Quality Rating is a number between 1 and 100 (higher is better) that gives a very rough idea of the "quality" or "polish" of a designer's uploads. It is based on quality control issues that members have reported.

Each designer level has a minimum quality rating that you need in order to advance to the next level.

The best way to improve your quality rating is to respond to quality control reports quickly, and to make sure you have a good understanding of common quality control problems and how to prevent them (see our help pages about quality control). It can also help to have someone else look over your graphics for common QC problems before you upload items to the Commons.

Note: the "quality rating" and "interaction rating" numbers are private numbers, which are very rough, designed to help you see ways you might be able to improve as a designer. They should not be taken as precise numbers that show whether or not you are good at designing: there are a variety of reasons that these numbers might be lower than expected, even if you are a very good designer--so don't take them too seriously!

Interaction Rating

Interaction Rating is a number between 1 and 100 (higher is better) that gives a very rough idea of how "enthusiastic" people are about a designer's uploads: it is based on things like views, downloads, likes, and social media sharing of a designer's items.

The best way to improve your interaction rating is to listen to feedback on your designs, and look to see what kinds of items people are downloading and requesting frequently. You can also improve this number by sharing links to your Pixel Scrapper content on social media sites like Pinterest and Facebook. (Sharing your own items on social media is fine, but it's important to note that attempting to artificially inflate your interaction rating by viewing and downloading your own items excessively will actually LOWER your rating.)

Personal and unique items like cool illustrations and fancy word art will often get higher interaction ratings than more generic items like ribbons or buttons.

Note: the "quality rating" and "interaction rating" numbers are private numbers, which are very rough, designed to help you see ways you might be able to improve as a designer. They should not be taken as precise numbers that show whether or not you are good at designing: there are a variety of reasons that these numbers might be lower than expected, even if you are a very good designer--so don't take them too seriously!

QC Giveback Ratio

QC giveback ratio is all about giving back to the community by leaving helpful feedback for other Commons designers. The number is based on the amount of quality control feedback you have left for others, divided by the number of graphics you have uploaded yourself.

You can improve your QC giveback ratio by leaving more quality control feedback on graphics created by other designers (positive 'no problem' reports and negative 'has problem' reports both count):

Leaving qc feedback on a design

When leaving feedback for other designers, it is important that you inspect every item closely, and that you leave fair and honest feedback. The QC feedback that you leave for others will be reviewed any time you apply for a designer level promotion.

Advancing to the next designer level

Congratulations! Once you have met the minimum requirements for advancing to the next designer level, your designer dashboard will display a button that you can push to submit an application for a designer level promotion:

applying to advance

Besides the basic requirements, the main things that are considered when reviewing a promotion request are:

  1. Whether you are linking to Pixel Scrapper graphics in the "attribution" area of your uploads whenever you use Pixel Scrapper CU graphics to help make your designs (you should always provide attribution links when appropriate).
  2. The percentage of your uploads which are your own unique creations, and not too similar to other Pixel Scrapper graphics (initially, creating a lot of derivative items is fine, but higher level designers are expected to be creating more original, unique content).
  3. The quality and appropriateness of the QC reports you have left for other designers (so don't leave 'has problems' reports for items that don't have problems, or 'no problems' reports for items that do actually have problems).

Benefits of higher designer levels

Level 1 ("Newbie")

Welcome to the Commons! At this level you will be introduced to the Pixel Scrapper system, gaining the ability to upload a limited number of graphics to the Commons each week. You will gain access to your designer dashboard to monitor your design statistics. Working with other Commons members you will improve your own graphics while helping others to improve as well.

  • Upload limit: 10 graphics per week (max 5 per day).
  • Tag limit: 3 tags per graphic.

Level 2 ("Beginner")

At this level your graphic upload limit will be raised. The ability to add additional file types to graphics (such as PSDs or vectors) will also be unlocked. You will also gain the ability to schedule your uploads to post to Pixel Scrapper at a later date.

  • Upload limit: 25 graphics per week (max 10 per day).
  • Tag limit: 4 tags per graphic.
  • Unlocked: ability to add additional file types to graphics (such as PSDs or vectors).
  • Unlocked: ability to schedule uploads to post at a later date/time.

Level 3 ("Intermediate")

At this level your daily graphic upload limit will be removed, and you will be allowed to upload up to 100 graphics per week. You will also unlock the ability to upload kits and arrange these kits within bundles. You will also gain the ability to create and participate with other Commons designers on "collab" kits and bundles.

  • Upload limit: 100 graphics per week (no daily limit).
  • Tag limit: 5 tags per graphic.
  • Unlocked: kit and bundle uploading (max 5 kits per week, 1 bundle per week)
  • Unlocked: Ability to create and participate in collabs.

Level 4 ("Advanced")

You're practically an expert now! Your weekly upload limits for graphics, kits, and bundles will be raised to virtually unlimited. You will gain access to our bulk uploading tool to make uploading smoother and quicker. Also, you will be given the option to create and manage your own Creative Team (up to 5 people), giving them unlimited access to download your designs in exchange for creative work. Set the terms and requirements for your team yourself: we'll simply give you the ability to grant unlimited access to your designs to a select group.

  • Upload limit: Virtually unlimited.
  • Tag limit: Unlimited tags per graphic.
  • Unlocked: Bulk uploading tool.
  • Unlocked: Ability to add and manage "creative team" members.
Respecting Copyright

The most important point of the Commons Agreement is that you agree not to upload anything that violates copyright or intellectual property laws. Generally this means that you must be the original creator of the designs you upload.

Note: nothing below should be considered legal advice. You are responsible for researching and understanding copyright laws.

What does copyright law protect?

Copyright law, and other intellectual property laws, mean that the original creator of something "owns" what they create, and what they create is protected from copying (without the original creator's consent). Copyright law applies automatically, which means that I don't need to "claim" copyright in order for my original creations to be protected.

It is important to note that there are limitations to copyright law because of course people make things that are inspired by and sometimes similar to something that someone else has made (and at Pixel Scrapper we celebrate being inspired by each other!), but generally the law means that you shouldn't copy other people's work too closely, or claim to be the creator of something you didn't create.

Most copyright laws are protected by international treaties, so generally the laws apply to you no matter where you live.

What does it mean to be the original creator of a design?

In general, being the original creator of a design means what it sounds like: the design should be created by you, from scratch, without using anyone else's work. There are some exceptions (listed below), but generally this means you should not use or copy an existing graphic to help make your design (unless specifically allowed to do so, as in the case of Pixel Scrapper CU graphics).

Making a design that is similar to someone else's design

Copyright law generally means that you can't copy someone else's design exactly, or use someone else's design to make your own... but what about making your own design from scratch that is similar to someone else's design? Is that allowed?

This is where the law gets fuzzy, because as we have already noted, of course people make things that are similar to what other people have already made, and most of the time that's fine. The rule of thumb for simple designs and ideas is that you can make things that are roughly similar to what someone else has made, but not exactly the same.

Some examples:

  • If I make a striped paper, you can also make a striped paper (as long as yours is slightly different).
  • If I make an wood-grain alpha, you can also make a wood-grain alpha (as long as yours is slightly different).
  • If I make a heart brad, you can also make a heart brad (as long as yours is slightly different).

These ideas are too general to be copyrighted. I can't "own" the idea of striped paper or wood-grain alphas (If someone tries to tell you that you can't make your own wood-grain alpha because they made one first, they are wrong, and that's an example of "copyfraud"). In these cases, you are generally fine as long as you don't copy someone else's work exactly (for example, your wood-grain alpha should be a different shape and have a different texture than mine).

When things get more elaborate, you have to be more careful, because if you copy an elaborate design too closely, that could be considered copyright infringement. The rule of thumb for elaborate designs is that if you make it from scratch you are probably fine (because you are not likely to make an elaborate design from scratch that is very similar to what someone else has already made)--but be careful of copying someone else's work.

Blue Striped Paper by Marisa LerinDoodle Overlay - Halloween Elements by Janet Scott

Using Pixel Scrapper Commercial Use (CU) Graphics

An exception to the rule of using other graphics to make your own designs is Pixel Scrapper's commercial use graphics. If you download Pixel Scrapper graphics for commercial use you can use those graphics to help you make your own designs (including designs that you upload to the Commons), because that is specifically allowed for in Pixel Scrapper's commercial use TOU, as you can see at https://www.pixelscrapper.com/tou.

However, it's important to note that when using Pixel Scrapper CU graphics to make your own designs, you must modify or "remix" the original graphics. You cannot simply upload someone else's design and claim that you made it!

Some examples of great remixing include:

  • Using one of our templates combined with your own work to create a unique design, paper, or embellishment.
  • Combining our graphics to create your own creative designs (using a heart brad together with a ribbon template that you color to create a unique ribbon with a repeating heart pattern, for example).
  • Taking a layered psd template, moving the layers around, recoloring some layers, flattening some layers, and adding some of your own layers to create something truly unique.

Taking an existing graphic and applying a basic texture or color change does not generally qualify as a "remix."

Before using Pixel Scrapper CU graphics to help make your own designs, you should read through our Terms of Use carefully to make sure you understand what does and does not qualify as a good remix.

A special rule of the Commons: even though attribution is not normally required under the Pixel Scrapper CU license, graphics uploaded to Pixel Scrapper are required to have attribution links to other Pixel Scrapper graphics where appropriate (we provide a special field for this when uploading a design, so linking to graphics you used is easy).

attribution links at Pixel Scrapper

Using Commercial Use (CU) resources from elsewhere

You may have a collection of commercial use resources from places other than Pixel Scrapper. As long as you understand all the issues involved and comply with everyone's terms of use, it is fine to use these resources to create things you upload to the Commons--but make sure you read all the details below!

The issue with using CU resources from outside Pixel Scrapper is that most CU licenses have significant restrictions, and are not as flexible as Pixel Scrapper's: for example, they may allow you to use the resource to create things that you distribute to others under a PU license, but not things that you distribute under a CU license yourself (commonly called "CU4CU"). They may also have stringent attribution requirements, or only allow you to use the resources for printed (but not digital) distribution.

For these reasons, it's very important that you read and fully understand the exact terms of use for every CU resources that you acquire outside of Pixel Scrapper.

Most (but not all) CU terms of use should allow you to up upload your creations to the Commons for distribution under Pixel Scrapper's PU license--but there could be issues if you ever want to distribute your creations under a commercial use license at Pixel Scrapper (as higher level designers can do), or elsewhere.

Our recommendation? Stick with commercial use resources that have flexible and generous "CU4CU" licensing terms (like we have at Pixel Scrapper).

Using Public Domain items

Public domain graphics/photos are another exception to the rule. Public domain items are items whose copyright has expired (or items that were specially released as public domain). In the United States, copyright lasts for the life of the author, plus an additional 70 years.

Generally, this means that items more than 150 years old are in the public domain, and can be used freely by anyone, without restriction. (If someone tries to tell you that they have copyrighted an item that is in the public domain, they are wrong, and that's another example of copyfraud.)

Examples of items in the public domain include:

  • Peter Rabbit
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Mona Lisa

This means that you can scan one of Beatrix Potter's original Peter Rabbit illustrations and use it however your want to create your own designs (for example, to create a Petter Rabbit paper). But remember that anyone else can create a Peter Rabbit paper too!

A large list of public domain resources, including photos, illustrations, and clip art, can be found on Wikipedia here.

Peter Rabbit is in the public domain

Using Creative Commons items

Note: The "Creative Commons" refers to a specific set of licenses, which are not related to the Pixel Scrapper Commons (even though the names sound similar). Most of the time at Pixel Scrapper when we refer to "The Commons" we are talking about the Pixel Scrapper Commons, not the Creative Commons licenses.

Creative Commons items are things that people have created which are still under copyright, but which allow more flexibility in use than normal, because the original creators have chosen to release them under a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons items sometimes allow limited use and remixing, somewhat similar to Pixel Scrapper's CU license.

The issue with Creative Commons licenses is that they often do not allow commercial use, and they always require attribution.

For these reasons, we recommend not using Creative Commons graphics to help you create your own designs--at least, not designs that you upload to Pixel Scrapper.

Using scans and photographs

You may notice that designers sometimes incorporate scans or photographs into their work--for example, by using a scanned image of a leaf to create a paper or template.

Using scans and photographs in your designs is fine, but you must be certain that the items you are scanning are not protected by copyright.

Generally, you will want to limit your scanning to:

  • Natural objects, like sticks, stones, and leaves.
  • Very simple objects with extremely generic patterns (but see caution below).
  • Objects which you are certain are more than 150 years old (and thus in the public domain).

You should take extra care when scanning anything that is less than 150 years old. Textile prints and lace patterns are subject to copyright, though a lot of basic patterns are in the public domain (basic prints like stripes, many plaids, ginghams, and houndstooth checks). Scanning a very simple physical ribbon or button is probably fine--but your safest bet is sticking to old items, or natural objects.

Remember: just because something is a physical object does not mean that it is automatically okay to scan it and use it in your designs.

Leaf Template Kit #1 by Marisa Lerin

Remember: we all inspire each other!

All this talk of copyright laws may sound a little scary and intimidating. Copyright laws are serious business and should be respected, but it's also important to keep perspective and remember that we are all inspired by each other, and build on each other's work in one way or another (and remember that no one can copyright an idea as simple as "striped paper"!). As Madeleine L'Engle says, "in a sense, nothing the artist produces is his in any exclusive way. An inventor takes inventory of that which is already there. A discoverer uncovers that which is."

At Pixel Scrapper we certainly believe in respecting and upholding copyright, but as we state in our Manifesto, we also believe that:

Creativity wants to breathe, and spread, and stretch its wings. We believe that inspiration is a gift to be shared. We believe that we do our best work together, and that a legacy is something for others to build on, not something to be fenced off and protected in a miserly way.

That's why our licenses at Pixel Scrapper are as generous and freeing as we can make them, and why we strongly believe in focusing on the good parts of inspiration, rather than the bad. Respect copyright, but don't let fear of copyright laws prevent you from finding your own unique creative talent, and remember that others will be inspired by you, just as you are inspired by others!

Responding to Piracy/Misuse

At one point or another, every digital content creator is going to find someone using or distributing their creations in a way that they don't approve. This is known as content misuse, unethical distribution, or "piracy." The question is: how should we respond as digital content creators?

Pixel Scrapper's Philosophy

First of all, we want to acknowledge that it never feels good to have something you've created used in a way you don't condone, and at Pixel Scrapper we certainly believe in sympathizing with each other and supporting each other as content creators in the face of misuse.

However, we dislike using the word "piracy" in relation to the misuse of digital files. Piracy is a serious accusation that involves theft and destruction of property. In the case of digital piracy, we all still have our files, so no real theft or absolute destruction has been perpetrated.

As a content creator in the 21st century we would strongly advise coming to terms with the idea that your creations will be used outside of the parameters you set. As far as we see it, our choices are simply these:

  1. We can keep your creations to ourselves.
  2. We can share our creations and spend lots of effort and worry trying to lock them down, which we will ultimately be unable to do.
  3. We can share our creations and accept that sometimes they will escape us.

While the third option is not ideal, remember that current technology can be used for good or bad. While digital distribution makes misuse very easy, it also makes this site and our community possible. Without it we would not be able to share with and encourage each other. We choose to think about all the good things that have come from sharing our content, rather than focusing on an incident of misuse.

A certain amount of misuse may be inevitable, but the good news is that if you focus on creating quality content, there are people out there who will respect you and your terms of use. It's simply not true that everyone will choose to misuse your creations.

At Pixel Scrapper we recommend staying focused on the positive ways your items are being used, rather than being caught up in the negative. This is not an easy issue, and there is no easy answer. But remember that a case of misuse does not take away all the other cases of generosity and fairness.

Responding to Misuse

When responding to cases of misuse, we've found that it is much more effective to send polite notices than it is to send threatening warnings. People generally respond promptly to polite notices, but often become defensive and lash out when sent threats or strongly-worded emails.

You can find template letters available here:

Whatever happens, we recommend trying to stay calm and positive, and ultimately moving on and focusing on creating and sharing with the people who support you and respect your terms of use.

Generally speaking, we do not recommend posting in the forums or elsewhere on the internet about a case of content misuse. Remember that any publicity is good publicity, especially on the internet. Any time we post links and make a big to-do about it, we are giving offenders and pirates a kind of victory. If you really feel that a particular case of unethical distribution needs to be brought to someone's attention, it's best to use email and inform the person directly. If you feel that further action is needed, you can always use our contact form to get in touch with us here at Pixel Scrapper.

Getting Help in the Commons

If you have questions or need help with something related to the Commons, your first step should be to post your question in the Commons Discussion forum, where other Commons designers can help you out.

If you need additional help you can always contact us via our contact form.

Uploading Designs to Pixel Scrapper

Tagging and Naming Graphics

Naming Graphics For Uploading

A good title describes an item well, makes sense, and is not too verbose.

  1. Titles should attempt to describe an item well, and relatively fully, but without being using more words than needed.
  2. You may use the kit name in a graphic's title if it is helpful.
  3. For example, "Birds in Snow Solid Paper - Yellow" (where "Birds in Snow" is the name of the kit).
  4. Titles should not include anything that is not immediately relevant to the average end user: for example, sku numbers should not be included in titles.

Capitalization

All words in a product title should be capitalized. Example: Solid Blue Paper

How long is too long?

There is a character limit on the title field: if you keep typing, but the characters are no longer added to the title, it means that you have reached the limit: try and find a way to make your title shorter.

How to name multiple similar items

The site will prevent a given designer from giving two items exactly the same name.

Let's say you are uploading a number of navy blue papers; how should you title the papers to distinguish them from each other?

Step 1: You can use your kit name in the title, if desired:

  • Navy Blue Paper - Birds in Snow

Step 2: If possible, use other identifying characteristics of the item

  • Navy Blue Paper - Grunge
  • Navy Blue Paper - Distressed
  • Navy Blue Paper With Pink Stripe

Or, combining identifying characteristics with kit name:

  • Birds in Snow Solid Paper - Navy Blue
  • Birds in Snow Grunge Paper - Navy Blue
  • Birds in Snow Distressed Paper - Navy Blue

Step 3: If your title still isn't unique to you (the site is giving you a warning), add a number to the end - Birds in Snow Solid Paper - Blue 02

Naming Kits & Bundles

Kits should generally include "kit" in the title.
Kits should generally include the type of kit in the title.

Examples:

  • Budapest Quick Pages Kit
  • Superlatives Notebook Papers Kit
  • Stripe Paper Templates 81-90 Kit
  • Snowflake Brushes Kit
  • Scribble Brushes 15-19 Kit

Bundles should generally include "bundle" in the title.

Examples:

  • Budapest Bundle
  • Superlatives Bundle
  • Merry & Bright Bundle

Naming Files in a Zipped Kit Folder

Before zipping your kit folder, it is helpful to rename the files so that people know where they came from. A good graphic title looks like this: ps-designer_name-graphic_title

You can easily rename and add prefixes to files using a Bulk Rename Utility (PC).

Tagging Graphics

Generally add any tags that you think would be useful. The most important tags to add are "paper" or "element". After that add the most relevant tags, such as themes (christmas, birthday, spring, etc) or style (polka dots, metal, shiny).

For layout templates, please enter the number of photos as a tag, e.g. "1 photo" or "3 photos".

For synonyms (banner=bunting, photo=picture), please only tag one, as our search engine is normally smart enough to figure synonyms out. But do let us know any synonyms you think of so we can add them to our list.

Finally, do not tag individual an individual graphic with the name of the kit it belongs to.

Uploading Graphics

Note: after you upload a graphic it will take a few minutes before it shows up for others to see and download in the Commons.

Steps to upload a graphic to the Commons

On your profile, under your Tools menu select "upload graphic".

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In the first section enter a title. Please see our guidelines for how to name a graphic here.


In the next section upload either a JPG or PNG file of the graphic. Select "upload." You can choose the "dark background" option if the image is white.

Add the dominant colors in the color field.

See our guidelines for tagging here.


The next section is where you can upload additional file types if you have that ability. Simply drag and drop all the files you want to include and click "start upload". You will want to wait for them to finish before moving on.


In the Attribution Links section you can add any Pixel Scrapper graphics you used to make the graphic. Or else if the graphics if completely of your own creation, select "no."


Finally, if applicable, type in the name of the kit and select the appropriate option from the list that appears.


Before you click "submit graphic" if you are a level 2 designer or above, you can set the publish date to whenever you want the graphic to publish in the future. Many designers prefer to spread the graphics out until the next bundle/kit is scheduled to arrive, or at least to keep too many things from appearing at once. How you plan to schedule things is completely up to you.

Managing Designs

Under your Tools menu, you can find the "Manage Graphics" page.

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Here you will be able to see and edit items you've uploaded. This is where you can check and see what's scheduled.

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When you gain access to kits and bundles, you can also go back and add multiple graphics to a kit.

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Uploading Kits & Bundles

On your profile, under your Tools menu select "Upload Kit" or "Create Bundle".

Bundles

You can either create the bundle first and list it on all the kit pages, or you can create the bundle last and list all the included kits on the bundle page. Whichever works best for you is the best option!

First, add the title of the bundle. Bundle names should always include the word "Bundle" at the end. You may also enter a description if you wish. The description can help people find your bundle, so a good description can help you out.

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In the next section upload a preview image for your bundle. Keep in mind that the site will automatically add the Pixel Scrapper Commons logo to the bottom left corner. You may download a sample preview image here which you can use if you'd like.

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In the next section enter the main colors of the bundle and the most descriptive tags for the bundle. Please see here for help with tagging.
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In this section you may list the kits included in the bundle. If you have not created the kits yet, that's fine, you can instead list the bundle on the kits' pages when you create them.

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Kits

First, add the title of the kit. Kit names should always include the word "Kit" at the end. You may also enter a description if you wish. The description can help people find your kit, so a good description can help you out.

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In the next section upload a preview image for your kit. Keep in mind that the site will automatically add the Pixel Scrapper Commons logo to the bottom left corner. You may download a sample preview image here which you can use if you'd like.

Next, drag and drop the zipped file of your kit. Zipped kit files MUST:

  • Include the kit preview image (option to include bundle image as well).
  • This TERMS_OF_USE.TXT file
  • All the individual graphics for a kit. It is helpful to rename the files as following: ps-designer_name-graphic_title
  • Be sure all graphics are in a folder BEFORE zipping.

Do not include in the zipped file

  • Any other TOU info
  • Any images that are not graphics for the kit (including coupons, links to other stores, etc)

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In the next section enter the number of graphics in the kit, the main colors of the kit and the most descriptive tags for the kit. Please see here for help with tagging.

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In the next section choose the category that best represents the kit. Some categories have subcategories so take a look through the list to familiarize yourself with all the options.

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You may enter the name of the bundle here. You can also list the name of the kit on the bundle page once the kit has been created.

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If you are adding the kit after the graphics, you may list all the graphics you want included in the kit here.

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Managing QC Reports

On your profile, under your Tools menu select "Quality Control".

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Here you will see a list of your open QC reports. To see further comments from the reported click on "see problem details."

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If the report is something that needs fixing, update the original graphic and then choose "marked fixed." This will send an automatic alert to the person that you've fixed the item.

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If the report is not something you can fix, or is not actually a problem (sometimes people will have a download error and report it as QC issue) then you can simply dismiss the report.

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Once you've fixed any issues with a graphic on your computer, you can update it on Pixel Scrapper as well. Navigate to the graphic page you want to update, and click on the edit button.

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Now, just replace the image with your new version.

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Quality Control

Quality Control Basics

At Pixel Scrapper we don't want you to be paranoid about quality control, but we do want to help everyone understand the basic practices that lead to high quality graphics. For designers, making sure your graphics don't have quality problems will help increase your downloads, and insure that people are able to use your creations as you intend.

Some basic guidelines:

  1. All graphics are expected to be 300 dpi.
  2. Papers should be 12x12 inches at 300 dpi.
  3. All uploads should be a single item. No .PNG files with multiple elements on one sheet, or zipped files with multiple items (those should be left for kit uploads).
  4. All .PNG files should be trimmed and have no stray pixels. See this tutorial for trimming instructions. You can download the action here.

For more detailed help understanding and fixing most common file quality issues, please see:

Our members will be able to report quality problems they find with your graphics, and you will receive an email when this happens. If you're a Commons designer, don't worry too much if you can't fix a particular issue: for you, these issue reports are as much about learning what to do next time as they are about fixing problems with a particular graphic.

Quality Control for Beginners

Advice for beginning designers

As a beginning designer the most important thing you can do to improve your skills is to simply MAKE MORE THINGS. Whether or not one item checks out perfectly is not really going to make much difference in the long run. The more items you make on a consistent basis, the more you will see your skills grow.

For this reason, if you are a beginning designer remember that any quality control reports you receive are useful to consider when making future designs, but ARE NOT something you need to stress about, or use a judgement towards your designs. All the designers make mistakes, especially beginners.

Leaving QC feedback for beginning designers

If you are leaving feedback for a beginning designer, please keep in mind that your main goal is to encourage their development as a designer. So please remember that at the beginning it is not helpful to hold them to a standard you would except from an expert designer. At this point the best help you can offer is to leave encouraging comments and to point out obvious errors such as:

  • Lots of stray pixels
  • Very jagged edges

A lot of quality control issues come down to opinion, and especially during a designer's early days it's most helpful not to overwhelm them with excessive reports.

Of course this doesn't mean that you should never leave QC reports for beginning designers: some QC reports are helpful and relevant for beginners. It just means holding these designers to a different standard than you would hold expert designers.

Encouraging beginning designers

If you do leave QC feedback for a beginning designer, please consider also leaving them a nice encouraging comment on one of their designs for each QC problem that you report.

This is a nice habit to have in general for any time you leave a QC report, but is especially encouraging for beginning designers.

Quality Control Tutorials & Info

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If you have any questions or concerns about terms of service, please do not hesitate to contact us (contact information provide at bottom of document).

What follows is the required legal jargon.

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Effective as of December 15, 2013

Site Privacy Policy

It is our intention at Pixel Scrapper to treat our users and their information with the utmost care and respect. If you have any questions or concerns about privacy, please do not hesitate to contact us (contact information provide at bottom of document).

What follows is the required legal jargon.

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to the PixelScrapper.com and Pixel Scrapper LLC and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to Pixel Scrapper LLC include PixelScrapper.com and Pixel Scrapper. The Pixel Scrapper website is a ecommerce and social networking site. By using the Pixel Scrapper website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

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Pixel Scrapper may collect personally identifiable information, such as your name. If you purchase Pixel Scrapper's products and services, we may collect billing and credit card information. This information is used to complete the purchase transaction. Pixel Scrapper may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your age and gender. We may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by Pixel Scrapper. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Pixel Scrapper website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Pixel Scrapper's public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

Pixel Scrapper encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from Pixel Scrapper so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. Pixel Scrapper is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the Pixel Scrapper website.

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Pixel Scrapper may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Pixel Scrapper and its affiliates. Pixel Scrapper may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Pixel Scrapper does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

Pixel Scrapper may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. Pixel Scrapper may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Pixel Scrapper, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Pixel Scrapper may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within Pixel Scrapper, in order to determine what Pixel Scrapper services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Pixel Scrapper to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Pixel Scrapper will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Pixel Scrapper or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Pixel Scrapper; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Pixel Scrapper, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Pixel Scrapper website may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Pixel Scrapper pages, or register with Pixel Scrapper site or services, a cookie helps Pixel Scrapper to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Pixel Scrapper website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Pixel Scrapper features that you customized.

Pixel Scrapper and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to report how our ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to our site.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Pixel Scrapper services or websites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites (for example, if you are making payment we must transmit your credit card number to our credit card processor), it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

Children Under Thirteen

Pixel Scrapper does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. Any use or access by anyone under the age of 13 is prohibited. If you are under 18, you may use PixelScrapper.com only with permission of a parent or guardian.

Disconnecting your Pixel Scrapper Account from Third Party Websites

You will be able to connect your Pixel Scrapper account to third party accounts. BY CONNECTING YOUR PIXEL SCRAPPER ACCOUNT TO YOUR THIRD PARTY ACCOUNT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE CONTINUOUS RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOU TO OTHERS (IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON THOSE THIRD PARTY SITES). IF YOU DO NOT WANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, INCLUDING PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, TO BE SHARED INTHIS MANNER, DO NOT USE THE THIS FEATURE. You may disconnect your account from a third party account at any time. Users may learn how to disconnect their accounts from third-party websites by visiting their "My Account" page. Users may also contact us via email or telephone.

Opt-Out & Unsubscribe

We respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information. Users may opt-out of receiving any or all communications from Pixel Scrapper by deleting their Pixel Scrapper accounts. You may also contact us for help opting out via our contact information below.

Changes to this Statement

Pixel Scrapper will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Pixel Scrapper encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Pixel Scrapper is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Pixel Scrapper welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Pixel Scrapper has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Pixel Scrapper at:

Pixel Scrapper LLC
820 N. River Street, Loft 206
Portland, Oregon 97227

Email Address:
support@pixelscrapper.com

Telephone number:
+1.9529559473

Effective as of December 15, 2013

Commons Agreement

The Commons Agreement is an agreement between Pixel Scrapper, and any users uploading content to the Pixel Scrapper Commons.

The important points of the Commons Agreement are:

  1. You give Pixel Scrapper the right to display/distribute the designs you upload in the Commons (the whole point of uploading your designs in the first place!).
  2. You keep ownership (copyright) of all original content that you upload.
  3. You agree not to upload anything that violates copyright or intellectual property laws (you should be the original creator of the designs you upload).

The Commons Agreement

This Commons Agreement (this "Agreement") is made effective by and between Pixel Scrapper LLC, of 5305 North River Road, Suite B1, Keizer, OR 97307 ("Pixel Scrapper") and any Pixel Scrapper user ("User") uploading content to the area of Pixel Scrapper's website known as the "Pixel Scrapper Commons."

RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES
It is understood by the parties that User is not an employee or independent contractor of Pixel Scrapper. Pixel Scrapper will not provide payment, fringe benefits, including health insurance benefits, paid vacation, or any other employee benefit, for the benefit of User.

CONFIDENTIALITY
User will not at any time or in any manner, either directly or indirectly, use for the personal benefit of User, or divulge, disclose, or communicate in any manner any information that is proprietary to Pixel Scrapper. User will protect such information and treat it as strictly confidential.

THE "CONTENT"
This agreement governs all digital content (the "Content") submitted to Pixel Scrapper by User, including but not limited to all text, images, graphics, designs, and any other digital content.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
For all Content to which User holds intellectual property rights, user will retain intellectual property rights.

INDEMNIFICATION
User agrees to assume full responsibility for all Content they submit to Pixel Scrapper, and agrees not to submit any Content which violates or infringes upon third party copyright, intellectual property, trade secrets, or privacy rights.

User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Pixel Scrapper from all claims, losses, expenses, fees including attorney fees, costs, and judgments that may be asserted against Pixel Scrapper that result from the acts or omissions of User, User's employees, if any, and User's agents, if any.

RIGHT TO DISTRIBUTE
User grants Pixel Scrapper, our affiliated companies and sublicensees a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, perform, distribute, and sublicense said Content for the purposes of operating Pixel Scrapper LLC.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written, other than pixelscrapper.com's site terms of service and site privacy policy, which remain in effect for anyone accessing and using pixelscrapper.com in any way. This Agreement, however, takes precedence over all other agreements and terms of service if there are any conflicts or inconsistencies between them.

SEVERABILITY
If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.

APPLICABLE LAW
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Oregon.

Subsidiary websites

This page provides a definitive list of subsidiary websites operated by Pixel Scrapper LLC, which provide legal downloads of Pixel Scrapper products. If you downloaded a Pixel Scrapper product from a site not listed here, please contact us.

List of Pixel Scrapper websites:

Contact

Contact Us

Hi, I'm Marisa Lerin, and I run Pixel Scrapper with the help of my husband, Jordan. I want your experience here to be great! If you have any kind of trouble with the site, concerns about using it, feedback, or just want to say high, don't hesitate to contact me using our contact form.

--Marisa

Marisa and Jordan

Me and Jordan in our old hometown, in Korea.
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