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All images are licensed on a non-exclusive, rights managed (RM) basis, which means the license will be limited to a specific project, size, distribution, medium, and timeframe; price will vary with these factors. To reuse the photo later on or for additional uses, you will need to re-license it.
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Smart Search - The keyword field auto-suggests keywords as you type. Simply select one of the auto-suggest options by highlighting the desired term. If no results are found, a list of keyword suggestions are displayed. TIP: it's best to drop indefinite articles from your keyword search: try "Civil War" instead of "The Civil War".
Combining Keywords - Try combining keywords to return a targeted search result. Here are some examples: American Painting, European Landscape Painting, Early American Furniture, Chinese Ceramics, French Impressionism.
Using And, Not, Or - Use one of the following separators to define your search: and, or, not.
To narrow a search - Use: and, not.
dog and cat - will return images that contain both dogs and cats. Use of and is the same as using a space between a string of keywords.
dog not cat - will return images that contain only dogs without cats. Not eliminates terms from your search result.
To expand a search - Use: or
dog or cat - will return images that contain either dogs or cats or both.
Within Results - When checked, this will and the new keyword with the previous keyword search.
Filter by Orientation - This will show items that are Horizontal, Vertical, or Square.
Filter by Tint - This will show items that are Full Color or Black and White/Neutral (BW).
Image Preview - When checked, this will allow you to enlarge thumbnail images within a search result by hovering over the desired image.
Results Per Page - You may select from one of the available options to show more or less thumbnail images in a search result.
You may enter one or more item #s to do a search. To search for multiple item #s, separate them with commas. Include leading zero(s) to make 8-digit numbers. Example: 00076338-01, not 76338-01.
On the preview page, search for related items by choosing keywords from a list that appears below the image details.
You can create personal lightboxes to store and email images. You add images to a lightbox as you view a search result or a preview by clicking on the Add to Lightbox icon () below the image.
Your lightboxes are kept for an indefinite period of time unless you delete them. You may have as many lightboxes as you wish, and each lightbox can have an unlimited number of images.
When you email a lightbox, the recipient doesn't have to be registered to view your lightbox.
All images displaying the Add to Cart icon () are available for immediate download after purchase. Images displaying the Call for Pricing icon () may have available photography that will be uploaded to the site for download within seven (7) days of purchase. Some works may require new photography. In these cases, new photography of the work can be arranged, pending approval, and may incur an additional fee. Please allow additional time for this service. We will inform you when a work will require new photography.
Most images can be downloaded through this site. If an alternate delivery method is requested, additional costs may be incurred.
Low resolution, watermarked images are available to registered users for 'comp' or reference purposes within your organization only. You may download a comp on a preview by clicking on the Download Comp icon () below the image. The comp image will be saved to your desktop with the AIC's image identification number. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more details on 'comp' use.
Art Institute of Chicago Images photography is produced using professional level DSLRs, Pro Digital Backs or high-end scanners, and is created in a color-managed environment centered on the Adobe RGB (1998) color space. All images are color-corrected, 24-bit RGB (8 bits per channel) and have resolutions of 300 dpi (with the exception of the low resolution images available at 72 dpi).
The standard specifications listed below are available through this site. Actual file size may vary depending on the dimensions of the original work. If your project requires a custom specification, please contact us to discuss your options. Some works may require new photography in order to meet your requirements. We will advise you on any additional cost and time required to deliver a custom specification.
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All images are licensed on a non-exclusive, rights-managed (RM) basis, which means the license will be limited to a specific project, size, distribution, medium, and timeframe; price will vary with these factors. To reuse the photo later on or for additional uses, you will need to re-license it.
The fees and usage rights for rights-managed images are based on the specific project's criteria: