Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
Thank you for your question.
I am sorry but you have created what is called a derivative work without permission of the copyright owner. So you cannot use it commercially without risk of being sued by the owner of the copyright unless you get permission to publish and commercially exploit what you created.
Adding RIP as a caption des not change the analysis.
If you drew an original you would own the copyright. Or if you started with a public domain photo and created something using that as the base, you would own the copyright.
I hope this information is helpful.
Thank you very much. If it matters this is just for myself, not for commercial distribution. Total production, one shirt.
If you are not commercially exploiting the photoshopped image you will not be sued for copyright infringement.