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October 31st, 2017
A great challenge submission: Tips for perfecting model presentation and avoiding intellectual property (IP) issues
Are you planning on entering Abstract Elements or any other design challenge on CGTrader but are not sure how to make your submission perfect? The thought and creativity put into making a quality 3D model for any design challenge is key, but similar to customers who purchase models on the CGTrader marketplace, judges are people who love clear presentation and don’t want to have any doubt about IP rights.
If you are considering joining the Abstract Elements challenge, you most likely spotted the do’s and don’ts section within the guidelines on how to adhere to all the technical rules. In addition to this, we thought it might be helpful to offer some more general comments about both IP and the presentation of your model. We’re here to make your creation process easier, so read on, soak up the information and help shield yourself from any doubt that may come your way.
We invite you to jump head first into this checklist before submitting. If your answer to all the questions below is a big fat NO then you are ready to submit. Shall we start?
1. Does the model or part of the model you are submitting resemble any branded content? What you want to do first is to make sure that the model you are submitting does not copy or recreate already existing branded products or unique shapes that represent a companies’ products or brands. Your submission cannot be a product replica - we want your original ideas! If you are using a real-life object as reference, alter the design to make it unique and your own. Be an original artist.
2. Does the model you are submitting contain any text, third party logos/graphics or trademarks? A perfect model should be clear of any of these. We recommend that you check once, twice or even three times to be sure that what you are making doesn’t have any text, graphics, names or logos that belong to a third party company or brand.
3. Does the render you are submitting contain any text, logos or trademarks? Better restrain from using any text on your work altogether. This includes even your signature, watermark, name or date.
4. Is the model that you are submitting marked with an Editorial License? Make sure that the model and the render of the model that you are going to submit are not marked with an Editorial License and do not require end users of your models to clear any additional rights.
5. If you have any screens, windows, frames or other reflective surfaces - do they have any visuals on them? Whether you are creating something with a glass texture, a reflective surface or just something that is generally see-through, make sure there are no images, texts or visuals - just leave them blank. This allows users to easy use the model and add their own creative spin to the work.
6. Does the background of your render have a photo or an image? The render of your model should not contain a background period. Just leave it nice and plain.
7. Did you mention Adobe, Adobe Stock, CGTrader, Dimension CC, or the challenge itself in the title or description? You should not put any of the mentioned names or those relating to the challenge on either the title of your render or the description. Your submissions for the challenge are treated equally with other 3D models by marketplace visitors, so why bother customers with excessive information that likely doesn’t say a thing to the customer?
If you made it through all those questions without a single YES - you are good to go!
So in short and simple words - just create your own unique content without any labels, brands or logos, give it original non-branded names and descriptions without mentioning any companies or products (CGTrader included). Keep it simple, but unique and you should be good!
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