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Magazine Backdrop/backgrounds

Posted: Sun, 27th Mar 2011, 8:32pm

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michelob

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Does FX have any or plan to do any magazine backdrops/backgrounds? I love the product and receive a LOT of request for magazine covers, People, Ebony, Jet, GQ, etc.

As an African-American photographer here in the US, a LOT of my customers want these type of backdrops/backgrounds.

Do you guys or does ANYONE have anything that would work in FX? I'm loosing a lot of business because I can't offer this.
Posted: Sun, 27th Mar 2011, 9:02pm

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Helge

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I fear this might be difficult. Technically this shouldn't be much of a problem but I guess that you may be running into legal issues if you reproduce covers of well known magazines and sell the results.

But of course this will only be a problems if you use brands, logos, etc. of existing magazines. Doing parodies might be OK but I really don't know much about legal stuff in the US. - I guess it isn't a bad idea to be extra careful with this.

However, you can always use fake magazines. If you put some back-/foregrounds together in photoshop/gimp/... these might work/be enough for most of your customers.
Posted: Sun, 27th Mar 2011, 10:37pm

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michelob

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I have actually seen these in other background packages and was wondering in FXhome offered them. It would DEFINITELY be something worth purchasing.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 12:36am

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Axeman

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There are four magazine overlays included with every copy of PhotoKey that FXhome sells.

We would like to do more, its just a matter of working time into the schedule to create some.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 3:22am

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michelob

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OK, well I've purchased most of the backdrops and I'll wait to get the cd's and see what's there. I guess, my situation is different because my clients are all african-american and they are looking for things like:

* Ebony
* Jet
* Jet Beauty
* Vibe
* King Magazine
* XXL Magazine
* GQ
* People

Thanks for the info. I've yet to find one that had most if not ALL of them. For Valentine's Day I had over 50 requests for Jet Beauty (It's the centerfold in Jet Magazine, usually a VERY attractive woman in a bathing suit), that I had to turn down cause I couldn't find a background!? confused

I'll hang on and see what comes up.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 9:38am

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Simon K Jones

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As mentioned, it's unlikely anybody will be selling direct replicas due to rights issues. Even if you made them yourself there would still be copyright issues, especially if you're using the covers to sell your service to clients.

However, spoof covers like the ones that come with PhotoKey would work nicely, I'd have thought.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 9:39am

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Helge

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I hope you don't mind me asking, but what exactly do you need these backgrounds to look like? Is it the Magazines logos, article topics/teasers,... you are looking for? I'd guess, that if you are doing 'Jet Magazine centerfold'-like photos, there will not be too many elements like logos or texts covering the girls wink Do you have an example of a background image that would fit your needs?

One general thing regarding the legal issues:
Is it OK to simply use 'real' brands/logos and then sell the backgrounds and/or resulting composites? It just feels a little odd when you think of all the people who are being sued because of copyright issues.
[EDIT]It seems like Tarn is typing a lot faster than me:-)[/EDIT]
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 12:53pm

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michelob

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It's just the logos...The Jet Beauty center fold just has Jet Beauty and then the model in front of a background.

Some other's I've seen for People for example have just the cover page with different boxes for images and then text to make it look cute.

Nothing Major.
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 1:38pm

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rogolo

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Can you reach out to artists/Photoshop whizes on your local Craigslist to generate the specific spoofs you are looking for? All they need to generate is a large transparent PNG with the logo you want displayed, a border, and any text/headlines you want listed over the photo.

I'm pretty sure PhotoKey comes with a People magazine spoof. As far as the others go, brainstorm a bit. Maybe names like 'EBONI', 'JETT', and 'XXXL Magazine' could work? Small changes, but I'd think you'd be clear as far as parody classification goes. (I'm not a lawyer though - so don't take this as legal advice.)
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 2:23pm

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michelob

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You are correct about the names other packages have different spellings for People (People's, GQ'd, etc.), I'll give your suggestion a try. Btw, I looked for the magazine covers, but didn't see them, which background package was it in?
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 3:47pm

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Axeman

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They aren't in a background package, they come with PhotoKey itself. By default, they install here:

Mac OS X:
HD/Library/Application Support/FXhome/FXhome PhotoKey xx/Sample Images/Overlay

Windows:
C:\Program Files\FXhome PhotoKey xx/Sample Images/Overlay