Terms of Use

What are the Photo-Lettering.Com Usage Terms?

You can read them here.

I don't have time to read all that. What's the short version?

The simplified terms:

  1. You may not make font software or any other typographic system that uses characters generated from photolettering.com.
  2. You may not make products for sale whose shape is derived directly from assets generated from photolettering.com in quantities over 100. (Example: Die cut stickers of individual letters or three dimensional in the shape of individual letters.)

Examples:

  • Okay: A setting from photolettering.com on any quantity of T-shirts for sale.
  • Not okay: Over 100 sticker sheets of individual letters generated from photolettering.com.

Account

Do I have to set up an account?

No. You can purchase single settings without an account.

Then why should I set up an account?

Well, there are a few good reasons.

  • We give you a free headline when you sign up.
  • You can save settings for future use without purchasing them.
  • You can keep a history of all settings.
  • You can make purchases quicker.

Also we may be inclined to send periodic pixelated and lithographic reminders of our existence.

I forgot my password.

You had a question?

May I reset my password?

Yes, please click here for the password reset page.

How can I opt out of receiving email promotions?

Just log in, click "Account" in the top menu, click the "Update Your Details" button on the left side of the screen and uncheck the box next to "Please email me Photo-Lettering updates."

How can I opt out of receiving printed promotions in the mail?

Just log in, click "Account" in the top menu, click the "Update Your Details" button on the left side of the screen and uncheck the box next to "Please mail me Photo-Lettering catalogs."

Can I save a setting without purchasing it?

Yes, but you must set up an account to do so.

  1. Set up an account or log in to an existing account.

  2. Add a setting to your cart.

  3. View the cart.

  4. Click on "Save" in the "Options" column of the shopping cart.

  5. You can retrieve these settings at any time by browsing to the cart and clicking the "Saved for Later" tab.

How do I use my 'free settings' coupon code?
  1. You must have an account to use a coupon code. So, log into your account or create a new one.

  2. Click on "Account" in the top menu.

  3. Enter your free settings coupon code in the lower left corner.

  4. To download .pdfs of your free settings, add them to the cart, then click on the link in the cart that says "Use Free Setting". You can add lots of settings to your cart, but you only use up your free settings when you click on this link.

Can I set up an account so I can be billed?

Unfortunately, our system is built around our economy’s unhealthy dependence on credit card payments. Sorry about that.

What about a third party payment service?

Sorry, but we do not accept third-party payment services.

Can I offer livestock or farm produce in trade?

Offers of fresh vegetables, range-collected eggs and grass-fed beef will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Will you share or sell my personal information, you capitalist pigs?

Absolutely not.

General

How do I use Photo-Lettering?

Just type the words in the text box, click the “Set It” button and you’re good to go. Check this short but illustrative tutorial. You can click around as much as you want for free, so have some fun before getting out your wallet.

How much do Photo-Lettering settings cost?

You can purchase individual settings for $7 each. With a base subscription of $15 per month, settings are just over $2 each.

How do I buy Photo-Lettering settings?

You can do it two ways:

  • Purchase individual settings for $7 each
  • Buy a monthly subscription for as little as $15 per month

Why should I use Photo-Lettering instead of just buying a font?
  • Alphabets are added monthly
  • Enhanced lettering features
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Few licensing restrictions.
  • Scalable and editable vector outlines
  • Consistency for multiple settings in multiple locations
  • Easy remote collaboration
What exactly do I receive?

When you purchase a setting, you receive a vector-based .pdf file and a raster .png file. The PDF can be opened and edited in programs like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw and placed as art in most page layout applications. It can easily be converted and scaled for web use. Since it is a vector .pdf document, your headline is infinitely scalable. If you don't want to rasterize the PDF, the PNG file is ready to go. This file is 900px wide, and has a transparent background.

How many characters can I type for a single setting?

You can type up to 40 characters, (not including spaces) in a single setting. That’s a big word. Werd.

Why is there a pattern superimposed over my setting?

This is called a spoiler. It is designed to make it somewhat hard to simply take screen grabs of our settings instead of actually paying for them. Your final downloadable file will not have a spoiler.

Wait, my boyfriend is a sport tuner and he has a spoiler on his Corolla. Is this the same thing?

A spoiler can also be a device that redirects airflow on a high performance vehicle for the purposes of adding stability at high speeds. This is probably superfluous on your boyfriend's car, but it probably looks cool if it was applied tastefully.

Can I save a setting without purchasing it?

Yes, but you must set up an account to do so.

  1. Set up an account or log in to an existing account.

  2. Add a setting to your cart.

  3. View the cart.

  4. Click on "Save" in the "Options" column of the shopping cart.

  5. You can retrieve these settings at any time by browsing to the cart and clicking the "Saved for Later" tab.

Can I just purchase the font?

The Photo-Lettering alphabets are specifically engineered for the Photo-Lettering.com interface. However, we can create working fonts for large licenses and enterprise licensing. Please contact us if you are interested.

Why the name Photo-Lettering?

Photo-Lettering Inc. was one of the most successful and longstanding type houses in New York. With the staff of artisans and long list of talented collaborators, Photo-Lettering set an aesthetic standard for display lettering that has been lacking in design since the company closed its doors in 1985 after 57 years in business. House Industries purchased the remaining assets of Photo-Lettering, Inc. in 2003 and we have been working ever since to create a modern digital paradigm that reflects the high standards of the orginal company.

Who owns Photo-Lettering?

Photo-Lettering is a partnership between House Industries, Erik van Blokland and Christian Schwartz.

Who designed Photo-Lettering.com?

The site is a collaborative effort between House Industries, Brook Elgie and Erik van Blokland. Erik van Blokland and Tal Leming are the authors of the Lettersetter engine which is the core of Photo-Lettering.com. House Industries designers Bondé Prang did the heavy design lifting and Ben Kiel was instrumental in creating the user experience as well as reminding Ms Prang that “this is the web.” Andy Cruz art directed. Ben Kiel and Ken Barber manages the ongoing digital alphabet development. Rich Roat complained when the site was not finished in time for his November 1, 2006 release date.

How do I request a Photo-Lettering catalog?

We periodically send out printed mailers. If you would like us to send you a catalog, please set up an account and then add your address in the Account section of the site by clicking on the "Update Your Details" button on the left.

Can I just get a little sample for free?

Sure, set up an account and you automagically get a free setting.

Technobabble

Why are some PLINC alphabets missing numbers or symbols?

While most Photo-Lettering alphabets include a character set that is compatible with most latin languages, we left some just as they were on the original films. The decisions were based on historical authenticity and aesthetic practicality.

What file format does Photo-Lettering.com generate?

The downloadable file is a vector-based .pdf file. We chose that format because it can be placed as art in a wide range of page layout and word processing programs, can be opened in most major vector-based drawing tools and retains color data.

How do I pick a color?

There are two ways:

  • Click on the color box and use the color and transparency sliders.
  • If you know the web color ID, just enter it in the white box below the color box.

How do I save a heading for later without purchasing it?

If you have an account, which is free, you can save any headline by adding to the cart and clicking on the "Save" link for that headline.

Am I stuck with the colors that I pick once I purchase a setting?

No. If you have a vector-based drawing application such as Adobe Illustrator, you can edit the colors.

Why is there a pattern superimposed over my setting?

This is called a spoiler. It is designed to make it somewhat hard to simply take screen grabs of our settings instead of actually paying for them. Your final downloadable file will not have a spoiler.

Wait, my boyfriend is a sport tuner and he has a spoiler on his Corolla. Is this the same thing?

A spoiler can also be a device that redirects airflow on a high performance vehicle for the purposes of adding stability at high speeds. This is probably superfluous on your boyfriend's car, but it probably looks cool if it was applied tastefully.

Why can’t I use Internet explorer 6?

We could not overcome some of the technical hurdles associated with making the site compatible with Internet Explorer 6. Browsers are free downloads, so may we respectfully suggest that you try another?

Do you have an app for that?

Yes, there is a free Photo-Lettering type over photo app for the iPhone. You can download it here.

Subscriptions

Why should I buy a subscription?

It would make sense to buy our base subscription even if you think you’ll buy a setting more than twice a month.

What if I use up my monthly allotment of settings and I need more?

If you exceed your monthly settings allowance you can choose to either pay the non-subscription price for a single setting ($7), start your next period early (this immediately bills you for another month’s subscription and resets your start date to the current date) or upgrade your subscription. If you don’t think you’ll be using more settings every month, the “Start Next Period Early” option might be the best. If you think you’ll be using more every month, upgrading is a better deal.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Just go to the subscription page and push the “Cancel” button under your plan.

What happens if I cancel my subscription?

Your subscription ends as soon as you cancel it. Any settings created under your subscription are saved in your account and you can still access them at any time.

Can I cancel my subscription at any time?

Yes, with one exception: You cannot cancel your subscription in the time between an upgrade and the beginning of the next billing cycle.

What happens to my account history if I cancel my subscription?

All settings that you (and your users) have purchased with your subscription plan will remain available for re-download on the ACCOUNT page. You can buy a new subscription at any time.

Why can’t I cancel a recently upgraded account?

The only time you cannot cancel your subscription is in the time between an upgrade and the beginning of the next billing cycle. It wouldn’t be fair to us because you’re getting the full benefit of the upgraded subscription, but you don’t have to pay for it until the following billing cycle.

Can I roll over settings from month to month?

Unused settings for the previous month roll over to the next month. However, they do not accumulate. For example, if you have five settings left from the previous month and your subscription has 20 settings per month, you will get the 25 settings in that next month. However, those five extra settings will not roll over to the following month. If you’re going to be going off the grid for a while to rediscover your analog self, it would probably be best to cancel, then resubscribe when you find your quan and get back in the game. Remember that we save all of your settings you created during your subscription and you can access them at any time.

What happens to my rollover settings if my subscription lapses?

MooooHaHaHaHa. Your rollover settings, they are belonging to us.

Can I upgrade my subscription?

Yes, you can do that at any time. You will receive the benefits of the subscription immediately and will be billed the upgraded price in the next billing cycle. You cannot cancel or downgrade an upgraded subscription until the next billing cycle.

Can I downgrade my subscription?

Yes, you can downgrade your subscription. The only time downgrading is not allowed is in the time between an upgrade and the beginning of the next billing cycle.

How do I manage users associated with my subscription?

If you have a Small Studio, Big Studio or Enterprise subscription, you can add users to your account using the MANAGE USERS tab in the ACCOUNT section. You can add or delete users at any time.

What happens to a users settings if I delete that user?

The settings they made are permanently stored in your account history.

Privacy

What is your privacy policy?

Privacy Policy Statement

Our physical address is: House Industries 1145 Yorklyn Road Yorklyn, DE 19736-0166

We can be reached via e-mail from our contact page or you can reach us by telephone at 302-234-2356.

We do not share, sell, trade or otherwise distribute personal information of any kind to any other organization, company or other entity.

We collect information on what pages consumers access or visit, and information volunteered by visitors, such as physical addresses for mailing catalogs. We send periodic email updates to those people who have given us their email and given us permission to do so. We only use cookies to keep track of items added to the shopping cart. Any personal information offered by site visitors is passed through a secure connection.

If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future or if you want us to delete any of your personal information, please let us know by sending us e-mail at the above address, calling us at the above telephone number, writing to us at the above address.