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25th Jul '16 3:18:03 AM shadowmanwkp
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A common shortcut that {{Webcomic}} creators use is to collect pictures from [[http://images.google.com/ Google Image Search]] and use them as the background of a frame (or a portion thereof). These images are usually run through a filter (almost always some type of blur) on Photoshop, either to lessen focus or to make the image more congruent with the comic's art style. This is often utilized for complex designs (book and video game covers are common examples), but can be seen as a sign of laziness if the artist comes to depend on it.

In some cases, the author is lazy enough that he picks the first fitting image from the first results page, thus allowing bored readers to guess his search terms and find the original images easily. Laziness and ignorance can also get authors in much more serious trouble -- for some reason, people tend to think that anything found via GIS is fair game, when of course it's still all covered by copyright law.

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A common shortcut that {{Webcomic}} creators use is to collect pictures from [[http://images.google.com/ Google Image Search]] and use them as the background of a frame (or a portion thereof).background. These images are usually run through a filter (almost always some type of blur) on Photoshop, either to lessen focus or to make the image more congruent with the comic's art style. This is often utilized for complex designs (book and video game covers are common examples), but can be seen as a sign of laziness if the artist comes to depend on it.

In some cases, the author artist is lazy enough that he picks the first fitting image from the first results page, thus allowing bored readers fans to guess his their search terms query and find the original images easily. Laziness and ignorance can also get authors in much more serious trouble -- for some reason, people tend to think that anything found via GIS is fair game, when of course it's still all covered by copyright law.



!!Webcomic Examples:

* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''
* ''Webcomic/{{Candi}}'' did this for a while before going back to drawn backgrounds.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', usually for various movie posters hanging on the walls. Game consoles also used to be this, most notably Ethan's Gamecube.
* ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours''
* ''[[http://www.piratejesus.com/ Pirate Jesus]]''
* ''Webcomic/MistakesOfYouth''
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', a {{LEGO}} comic, uses (copyright-free or self-taken) photo backgrounds when LEGO isn't enough.
* Used by the comic ''Webcomic/JaydenAndCrusader'' [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/05/29/2008-05-29/ frequently]], almost always to make up for lack of artistic ability
* ''Webcomic/SpleenTea'', specifically the mugshots. Justified somewhat, as it is a review site using pictures of the product in question.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' uses black-and-white (usually pixellated) photos for most background objects. It's used for comic effect since the photo detail contrasts so highly with the stickfigure-esque characters.
** Sometimes, mostly with landscape from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Act Four onward, pictures are recolored to match colors. In a few cases this ends up looking odd, to say the least. Also, there's a tendency for such images to be the underlay for additional background illustrations, for example the Land of Wind and Shade (which draws certain features like rivers and mushrooms on top of pictures of landscapes).
** Lampshaded in this [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ACT6ACT6.php?s=6&p=008162 page]].
** And of course, much as you'd expect, ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' occasionally does this for StylisticSuck purposes, often picking the most severely watermarked image possible.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' does this occasionally. The last panel of [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 this comic]] is one example.
* ''Webcomic/UGMadness'' ocasionaly did this in its early days, usually in the form of pictures on the wall.
* ''Webcomic/{{Asperchu}}'' does this for most outdoor scenes. Which still puts it ahead of it's [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} inspiration]] by actually ''having'' backgrounds.
* The latest episode of ''Webcomic/TheFan'' started using photos for occasional outdoor backgrounds. The pictures are taken by the author himself, of more or less the actual locations where the scene is supposed to take place.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' uses this for everything but [[RPGMechanicsVerse interface elements]] and the stick figure humans.
** Same goes for its sequel, ''Webcomic/ChairmanJackEmerge''.
* ''Webcomic/PowerupComics'' spoofed this in one strip, where the background had a giant iStockphoto watermark.
* This trope is an oft occurring one within' the BZPower Comics community, especially in [[Webcomic/InternationalComicContinuity Nuparurocks' Comics]] most often are these pictures blended in well due to the Sprite nature of said comics. But there are [[SpecialEffectsFailure times when it's used less sucessfully]].
* ''Webcomic/EvenInTheDeepestHeartOfChaosAGlimmerOfOrderCanBeFound'' is composed of nothing but a selection of random Flickr photos.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'' uses this occasionally, mainly for inventory items, as well as the backgrounds in [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=283 a particular character's flashback]].

!!Non-Webcomic Examples:

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!!Webcomic Examples:

* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''
* ''Webcomic/{{Candi}}'' did this for a while before going back to drawn backgrounds.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', usually for various movie posters hanging on the walls. Game consoles also used to be this, most notably Ethan's Gamecube.
* ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours''
* ''[[http://www.piratejesus.com/ Pirate Jesus]]''
* ''Webcomic/MistakesOfYouth''
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', a {{LEGO}} comic, uses (copyright-free or self-taken) photo backgrounds when LEGO isn't enough.
* Used by the comic ''Webcomic/JaydenAndCrusader'' [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/05/29/2008-05-29/ frequently]], almost always to make up for lack of artistic ability
* ''Webcomic/SpleenTea'', specifically the mugshots. Justified somewhat, as it is a review site using pictures of the product in question.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' uses black-and-white (usually pixellated) photos for most background objects. It's used for comic effect since the photo detail contrasts so highly with the stickfigure-esque characters.
** Sometimes, mostly with landscape from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Act Four onward, pictures are recolored to match colors. In a few cases this ends up looking odd, to say the least. Also, there's a tendency for such images to be the underlay for additional background illustrations, for example the Land of Wind and Shade (which draws certain features like rivers and mushrooms on top of pictures of landscapes).
** Lampshaded in this [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ACT6ACT6.php?s=6&p=008162 page]].
** And of course, much as you'd expect, ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' occasionally does this for StylisticSuck purposes, often picking the most severely watermarked image possible.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' does this occasionally. The last panel of [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 this comic]] is one example.
* ''Webcomic/UGMadness'' ocasionaly did this in its early days, usually in the form of pictures on the wall.
* ''Webcomic/{{Asperchu}}'' does this for most outdoor scenes. Which still puts it ahead of it's [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} inspiration]] by actually ''having'' backgrounds.
* The latest episode of ''Webcomic/TheFan'' started using photos for occasional outdoor backgrounds. The pictures are taken by the author himself, of more or less the actual locations where the scene is supposed to take place.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' uses this for everything but [[RPGMechanicsVerse interface elements]] and the stick figure humans.
** Same goes for its sequel, ''Webcomic/ChairmanJackEmerge''.
* ''Webcomic/PowerupComics'' spoofed this in one strip, where the background had a giant iStockphoto watermark.
* This trope is an oft occurring one within' the BZPower Comics community, especially in [[Webcomic/InternationalComicContinuity Nuparurocks' Comics]] most often are these pictures blended in well due to the Sprite nature of said comics. But there are [[SpecialEffectsFailure times when it's used less sucessfully]].
* ''Webcomic/EvenInTheDeepestHeartOfChaosAGlimmerOfOrderCanBeFound'' is composed of nothing but a selection of random Flickr photos.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'' uses this occasionally, mainly for inventory items, as well as the backgrounds in [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=283 a particular character's flashback]].

!!Non-Webcomic
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* ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]''
* ''Webcomic/{{Candi}}'' did this for a while before going back to drawn backgrounds.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', usually for various movie posters hanging on the walls. Game consoles also used to be this, most notably Ethan's Gamecube.
* ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours''
* ''[[http://www.piratejesus.com/ Pirate Jesus]]''
* ''Webcomic/MistakesOfYouth''
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', a {{LEGO}} comic, uses (copyright-free or self-taken) photo backgrounds when LEGO isn't enough.
* Used by the comic ''Webcomic/JaydenAndCrusader'' [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/05/29/2008-05-29/ frequently]], almost always to make up for lack of artistic ability
* ''Webcomic/SpleenTea'', specifically the mugshots. Justified somewhat, as it is a review site using pictures of the product in question.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' uses black-and-white (usually pixellated) photos for most background objects. It's used for comic effect since the photo detail contrasts so highly with the stickfigure-esque characters.
** Sometimes, mostly with landscape from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Act Four onward, pictures are recolored to match colors. In a few cases this ends up looking odd, to say the least. Also, there's a tendency for such images to be the underlay for additional background illustrations, for example the Land of Wind and Shade (which draws certain features like rivers and mushrooms on top of pictures of landscapes).
** Lampshaded in this [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ACT6ACT6.php?s=6&p=008162 page]].
** And of course, much as you'd expect, ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' occasionally does this for StylisticSuck purposes, often picking the most severely watermarked image possible.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' does this occasionally. The last panel of [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 this comic]] is one example.
* ''Webcomic/UGMadness'' ocasionaly did this in its early days, usually in the form of pictures on the wall.
* ''Webcomic/{{Asperchu}}'' does this for most outdoor scenes. Which still puts it ahead of it's [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} inspiration]] by actually ''having'' backgrounds.
* The latest episode of ''Webcomic/TheFan'' started using photos for occasional outdoor backgrounds. The pictures are taken by the author himself, of more or less the actual locations where the scene is supposed to take place.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' uses this for everything but [[RPGMechanicsVerse interface elements]] and the stick figure humans.
** Same goes for its sequel, ''Webcomic/ChairmanJackEmerge''.
* ''Webcomic/PowerupComics'' spoofed this in one strip, where the background had a giant iStockphoto watermark.
* This trope is an oft occurring one within' the BZPower Comics community, especially in [[Webcomic/InternationalComicContinuity Nuparurocks' Comics]] most often are these pictures blended in well due to the Sprite nature of said comics. But there are [[SpecialEffectsFailure times when it's used less sucessfully]].
* ''Webcomic/EvenInTheDeepestHeartOfChaosAGlimmerOfOrderCanBeFound'' is composed of nothing but a selection of random Flickr photos.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'' uses this occasionally, mainly for inventory items, as well as the backgrounds in [[http://mspfanventures.com/?adv=43&id=283 a particular character's flashback]].
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19th Jun '16 12:07:36 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9296664/BBC-mistake-computer-game-logo-for-United-Nations-Security-Council-symbol.html BBC News]] once used the logo of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s United Nations Space Command instead of that of the United Nations Security Council, probably because searching for [[AcronymConfusion "UNSC"]] online only returns results for the former.


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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9296664/BBC-mistake-computer-game-logo-for-United-Nations-Security-Council-symbol.html BBC News]] once used the logo of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s United Nations Space Command instead of that of the United Nations Security Council, probably because searching for [[AcronymConfusion "UNSC"]] online only returns results for the former.
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3rd Jun '16 12:51:37 PM ImNotMonty
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* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}} explicitly and proudly uses stock images of quite a few of his characters.
21st May '16 11:27:32 PM nogard8910
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In some cases, the author is lazy enough that he picks the first fitting image from the first results page, thus allowing bored readers to guess his search terms and find the original images easily. Laziness and ignorance can also get authors in much more serious trouble -- for some reason, people tend to think that anything found via GIS is fair game, when of course it's still all covered by copyright law. [[IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_information_system Geographic Information Systems]], which aren't used by comic artists nearly as much.

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In some cases, the author is lazy enough that he picks the first fitting image from the first results page, thus allowing bored readers to guess his search terms and find the original images easily. Laziness and ignorance can also get authors in much more serious trouble -- for some reason, people tend to think that anything found via GIS is fair game, when of course it's still all covered by copyright law.

[[IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_information_system Geographic Information Systems]], which aren't used by comic artists nearly as much.
21st Mar '16 9:11:37 AM Knight20
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17th Mar '16 10:27:29 AM rjd1922
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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9296664/BBC-mistake-computer-game-logo-for-United-Nations-Security-Council-symbol.html BBC News]] once used the logo of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s United Nations Space Command instead of that of the United Nations Security Council, probably because doing a Google Image Search for "UNSC" only returns results for the former.

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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9296664/BBC-mistake-computer-game-logo-for-United-Nations-Security-Council-symbol.html BBC News]] once used the logo of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s United Nations Space Command instead of that of the United Nations Security Council, probably because doing a Google Image Search searching for "UNSC" [[AcronymConfusion "UNSC"]] online only returns results for the former.
27th Jan '16 4:07:10 PM Adept
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* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' consists of exactly four visual elements: A stubborn refusal to ever change the yellow background, white figures with RaymanianLimbs, imps, and pictures he took off Google images. One in particular that keeps cropping up is the Thomas Ruff portrait that, according to WordOfGod, he found by searching for "expressionless man".

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* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' consists of exactly four visual elements: A stubborn refusal to ever change the yellow background, white figures with RaymanianLimbs, FloatingLimbs, imps, and pictures he took off Google images. One in particular that keeps cropping up is the Thomas Ruff portrait that, according to WordOfGod, he found by searching for "expressionless man".
15th Jan '16 7:57:18 AM NexusLink
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* Stock images make up many of the backgrounds in the VisualNovel style [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/Charon Charon]] RPGMaker games.
17th Dec '15 3:06:26 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Happens during an event in ''VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'' where you have to take Arceus to a certain room and he proceeds to recreate the universe from scratch to give you an egg containing one of the cover legendaries for the other Gen 4 games. This process is illustrated starting with stock images of space and stars and how the Earth may have looked, up to single-celled organisms and finally civilizations by showing overhead satellite shots or skylines of big cities. As one [=YouTube=] commenter put it: "Arceus used Google Image Search!"
* Likely the cause of [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?637946-Serebii-net-Pok%E9mon-Omega-Ruby-amp-Alpha-Sapphire-Discovery-Thread&p=17524236#post17524236 a map of the world from serebii.net ending up on the wall of a house]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire''.

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* Happens during an event in ''VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' where you have to take Arceus to a certain room and he proceeds to recreate the universe from scratch to give you an egg containing one of the cover legendaries for the other Gen 4 games. This process is illustrated starting with stock images of space and stars and how the Earth may have looked, up to single-celled organisms and finally civilizations by showing overhead satellite shots or skylines of big cities. As one [=YouTube=] commenter put it: "Arceus used Google Image Search!"
* Likely the cause of [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?637946-Serebii-net-Pok%E9mon-Omega-Ruby-amp-Alpha-Sapphire-Discovery-Thread&p=17524236#post17524236 a map of the world from serebii.net ending up on the wall of a house]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire''.''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''.
10th Dec '15 2:02:13 PM rjd1922
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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9296664/BBC-mistake-computer-game-logo-for-United-Nations-Security-Council-symbol.html BBC News]] once used the logo of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s United Nations Space Command instead of that of the United Nations Security Council, probably because doing a Google Image Search for "UNSC" only returns results for the former.
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