User Posts: Amos Struck

Yesterday Google announced a long-awaited update to Google Images that features licensable images in a clearer and more useful way than ever before.  ...

Interesting news in the stock photo industry! Stock photography company Design Pics has recently announced the acquisition of renowned agency Masterfile and ...

Different businesses have different visual needs. While startups and small businesses are a good match for the standard Shutterstock services, bigger ...

If there is one personality trait that is shared among us foodies, restauranteurs, and self-styled nosh critics, it is detailed attention to aesthetics. Just ...

Considering just how much digital content we come in contact with these days, it is startling ineffective the large majority of it actually is. Can you ...

Before the advent of digital marketing, video stock footage was only something that film and television producers needed to worry about. Need a helicopter ...

Shutterstock is upping their game in the industry with today's announcement: Stan Pavlovsky, who performs as COO, will become CEO of the company in April. ...

Business, just like everything nowadays, happens a lot in the digital world. So it’s easy to forget about a quintessential piece of brand image and marketing: ...

Stupid stock photos may seem ridiculous to some people, but they have numerous commercial applications. In fact, those bizarre stock photos that make you look ...

Honouring their people's fame of being kind-hearted and uber-friendly, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is now offering a collection of ...

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The last week of the year is a rather insightful time for the stock photography industry. Not only do we look ahead to the Photography Trends 2020 to predict ...

The globe keeps spinning, and another year is ahead of us! Amongst the yearly recaps, new year resolutions, predictions, and wishes for 2020, there is one ...

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User Deals: Amos Struck
MotionElements is an Asian-based stock footage agency, offering all kind of stock videos and additional media resources for video production including stock photos, vectors and GIFs. Their offer is based in detailed knowledge of the post-production work in video, and all their files are Royalty Free ready to download and use. They have subscription plans for photos, vectors and GIFs only, that you can hire per month or per year at different volume tiers. This lets you get images for between $0,29 and $1,80 each, a very convenient price. If you work in video production and need additional still images, MotionElements is an option worth considering.
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Pixmac Review

Pixmac was a stock photo agency founded in 2008 and later acquired by Pond5 (a stock footage specialised agency) in 2013. They offered millions of stock images with various buying options and convenient prices and had nice functionality perks for customers. However, the site closed down in 2015 as they were fully merged into Pond5's main platform. If you would like to see and buy photos from Pixmac, you can find them in Pond5. homepage
Depositphotos is a well-established stock photo agency and it's amongst the top companies in the market. With over a decade's history of great customer service, they offer a large library of royalty free stock photos and wide pricing options to fit in everyone's budget needs. They sell images on demand with credit packs at $2,99 - $4,90 each. And they have even better prices with subscriptions: you can hire them monthly or annually, and there's different volume plans that let you get high definition photos for between $0,99 and $0,21 per download. Depositphotos is a very reliable and convenient stock photo agency, so you should definitely know more about it. You can discover awesome photos right now, just enter your desired topic in the search field below and hit the button to bring up images in said topic from Depositphotos!
11 years ago

Photaki Review

Photaki was a stock photo agency based in Spain, which offered over a million stock photos and images under either Royalty Free or Rights Managed licenses, that you could buy with credits or subscriptions. They were in business for 15 years, but they announced their closing in 2016 and as of today they are no longer in business.
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  1. Hi Kat, this is a very interesting questions. I think you should ask this to the stock agency he has bought the images from. I would say that you can not resell the images created because you do NOT own a commercial license for the images. I suggest that you buy your own extended (commercial) license for the images you want to re-sell (even if they are edited by the designer). That way you will, at least, have a own license.

  2. Hi Suzan, It seems there might be a slight misunderstanding regarding their role and the processing of images for commercial licensing.

    Just because a model or property release is not submitted does not mean that your image will automatically be categorized as editorial. Generally, stock agencies, which manage these processes, do perform checks to ensure all necessary documentation is in place, but the onus is largely on contributors to provide these at the time of image submission. Editorial images often require special agreements and clearances, and it should not be assumed that images will be shifted to this category in the absence of required releases.

    We strongly recommend ensuring that you upload any necessary model or property releases with your images to avoid any delays or issues in the licensing process. The stock agency should also check these and remind you if anything is missing, aiding in ensuring all legal and ethical standards are met.

    Kindly note that these processes and standards are generally spoken only and can vary from stock agency to stock agency.

  3. Hi David, I recommend that you might want to look for another stock agency in the meanwhile. There are some news around EyeEm that they might get bought by a large stock agency, but this can still take time.

  4. I wouldn’t recommend it until there’s clarity regarding Eyeem.

  5. Hello Pratiksha, the source of your royalty-free images is essential to provide a clear answer. Generally, if your course primarily focuses on text and the images are supplemental, you might be able to use them. However, this is based on my understanding and shouldn’t be taken as legal advice.

  6. Hello,

    Based on Shutterstock’s Extended License, reselling designs as digital wall art on platforms like Etsy may not be permissible. It’s essential to consult Shutterstock’s licensing terms or seek legal counsel to determine the allowed uses. This is not legal advice.


  7. Dear Stuart,

    It’s usually best for the client organization to hold the license for stock photos, as often these licenses only cover use by the license holder. If your client wants to reproduce the magazine or use the images elsewhere, they could face legal problems if they do not hold the license.

    However, this isn’t legal advice. Always check the terms and conditions of the specific stock photo agency where you purchase the images, and if required, consult with a legal professional or the agency itself for accurate advice.

    Hope this helps!

    Amos Struck

  8. Dear David,

    Thank you for reaching out. However, I would like to clarify that we are unable to assist with the cancellation of your Canva free trial as we are not directly associated with Canva.

    Please get in touch with Canva’s customer support services for assistance in canceling your trial subscription.

    Best Regards,

  9. Yes, as far as we understand. All assets and designs created while having the free trial can be used forever.

  10. Hello!

    Just to stress – I’m not a lawyer and this definitely isn’t legal advice, but I can share some general insights into your situation.

    Editorial images can usually NOT be used for commercial purposes unless you’ve received specific permission from the owner of the image. This is due to the nature of the licenses often associated with these types of photographs.

    As for who your client might be potentially liable to, that really depends on the specifics of your situation – it could be the stock agency, the photographer, or even themselves (if they’re legal owners of the image). For instance, if the image was purchased from a stock agency under an editorial license, that agency might take issue with the photograph being used commercially. At the same time, the photographer owning the copyright could potentially take action if they feel their work is being used inappropriately.

    In short, the key is to understand the terms of the license associated with the photograph. If you want to use it for commercial purposes, you should definitely obtain express permission from the owner of the image or consider sourcing alternate images that allow for commercial use.

    Again, please treat this as simple guidance and consult a legal professional to get more concrete advice pertaining to copyright laws and how they apply to your scenario. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in situations like these.

  11. Sure! To begin as a Shutterstock Contributor, you’ll start by creating an account. Upon successful creation, you’ll be required to submit samples of your work for review. Once approved, you can then upload your all-over print patterns for customers to download.

    Payment comes in the form of royalties, which are respective of each time someone downloads your patterns. This rate ranges between 15% and 40% of the sale price. You’ll receive payments monthly through PayPal or other online money transfer methods when your earnings reach a minimum of $35.

    Success on this platform is often related to patience, continually uploading quality content, and ensuring your submissions are appropriate for customer needs. Every step related to this process is explained in detail in the article above.

  12. Thank you for your comment. I recommend to simply join the program via the link.

  13. Hi Sagar,

    Absolutely, you can use stock photos in your client’s product packaging. However, the type of license required may vary per stock photo agency.

    While some agencies allow the use of images for packaging under a standard license, others might necessitate a commercial or extended license for this purpose. So, it’s crucial to carefully review the licensing terms of the specific stock agency you plan to purchase images from.

    Additionally, if you’re going to reproduce the image inversely high quantities (generally over 500,000 times), even agencies that allow packaging use under standard licenses may require you to get an extended license.

    In general, always make sure to thoroughly check the licensing agreement to avoid any inadvertent violation of usage rights.

    I hope this helps clarify things a bit more, and feel free to reach out if you have more questions!

    Amos Struck
    Stock Photo Secrets

  14. Hi Alexia, we always recommend to ask Shutterstock directly since we are not Shutterstock nor lawyers and therefore this is no legal advice. For me it sounds like this is possible with Shutterstock images in general. But send them an email and ask them directly as well.

  15. Sure there are some platforms I can recommend. What feature you ware looking for? The mobile app to upload or the way they keyworded etc.?

  16. Hi Charles, I’m sorry but I can’t answer this question. Please contact Shutterstock directly.

  17. This is a bit complicated but it seems like you only edited the image for the client. I would always recommend to have it checked by a lawyer and this is not a legal advice. But it sounds like he could do that with the image edited by you.

  18. Unfortunately we can not help you in this matter. We recommend to reach out to Adobe regarding it.

  19. Hi Tanya, please be aware, that we can not speak for Shutterstock. But generally speaking, it sounds like you would need an extended license from Shutterstock. That license would then allow you to use graphics on products for resale (like your underwear or lounge). Please also be aware that you can NOT copyright these graphics (even not after editing) as logo. If you purchcase the images and graphics you like with an extended license, you should be allowed to use them for reselling. We highly recommend reaching out to Shutterstock if you need more infos. We are not lawyers nor is this any kind of legal advice. If you are interested in a cheaper extended license option, check out this offer here.

  20. Thank You Mohit, much appreciated.

  21. Thus far, I haven’t witnessed anyone successfully downloading their collection from EyeEm.

  22. Unfortunately, we don’t have any updates regarding your images there. Sorry that we can not be of a better help.

  23. According to iStock you won’t be charged anything when you cancel within the free trial. Here is a copy from their FAQ: “If you don’t want to continue the subscription, simply go to your account at any time within the first month of your free trial period and click ‘Cancel trial’. You won’t be charged, and any images you downloaded during your trial will be yours to keep.”

  24. Thats an interesting thought for sure. I’m not sure if you can apply it that way. But I would certainly check with Meta regarding your data.

  25. This is not easy to answer, and we are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice, nor do we talk for Canva. So please ask them directly. When I checked “5. Permitted uses of all Content on Canva (except Pro music)” in the Canva License, it looks like you can resell the video you created as part of a product. Selling a final product is not the same as “transferring” the license. Also there seems to be limitations to “Pro Music” and also in resolution size. I recommend to ask Canva again about this.

  26. Getty Images seems to have removed the EyeEm collection and there are also some other news around EyeEm. You might want to re-check with them.

  27. Unfortunately, we don’t know. This offer is only available once per customer.

  28. Sounds like you maybe have an issue with your computer or web-browser. I recommend trying another web-browser or try it on your mobile phone. It’s most certainly working and therefore it can only be an issue on-site. Sorry that we can not help you more. I recommend reaching out to Canva and explaining your issue. We can’t help you any further with this.

  29. Hi Sean, we are not lawyers, nor can we give legal advice, but this sounds like you would need an extended license because the images you are using are the main part of your book (and which generates the money). Therefore I think you need an extended license for the images used. But I recommend always checking back with Shutterstock.

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  32. Hi Eric, as far as we know, Canva is not giving out “PDF Certificates” as license proof. If someone comes and request the license, simply contact Canva and ask them to give you a proof.

  33. I personally think that it is not allowed to use a stock image as a reference and to draw or airbrush this and put it up for reselling. But keep in mind, that we are not Shutterstock nor lawyers and you might want to check with them again. I recommend to find a nice free stock image or an image from a nice photographer and then ask him if you can do this (and maybe pay him from your earnings). Thats a much more personal and better approach. I hope this answer helps somehow.

  34. Hi Heather, first of all, we are not lawyers, nor is this legal advice. We are also not Shutterstock, therefore we always recommend to ask Shutterstock directly. It sounds like are using a part of an image within your own work and then reselling it. Usually reselling of images is not allowed, one exception is, when you incorporate it into a design i.e. Mug or Calender and sell the physical good. If you are allowed to use a boat from a Shutterstock image in your design can not be fully answered. I don’t know if you have obtained an extended license (which you might need) or how you are reselling the image i.e. is it in a print or a digital file or as part of a template (i.e. Website template). Without all this information, I’m unable to give you a honest answer on this. Sorry about it.

  35. Hi Ray, unfortunately, I don’t know what “premium package” you have exactly. But if you have the premium package of Adobe Express then all should be good. You can try it by downloading stock photos from the Adobe Stock collection into the application. If this works without extra cost, then you should have the premium plan activated.

  36. Hi Rasel, we are not Shutterstock, nor is this legal advice. It sounds like the image is only a very small part of your book. Therefore we think that the standard license should be good enough (check your print run, though). I always advise double-checking with Shutterstock directly. I hope that helps.

  37. Hi Loy, let me try to answer your question and please keep in mind, that we are not lawyers nor is this legal advice. You should always ask your own lawyer about this or contact the stock agency or the agency directly and ask. Generally speaking, it is NOT possible to create a logo from stock images or other stock media and copyright it. Because you or a designer did not create the content themself but rather simply combined photos or images to a new derivate image. That derivate image might be used as design for an ad, flyer or even on your website or social media. But it most certainly can not be used as logo and usually (depending on the country you live in) has not been able to copyright. Does this answer your question? I recommend getting hiring a good designer who can create you a nice looking logo which you can then copyright (make sure he is doing it from “scratch”).

  38. Hi Rebecca, I’m sorry, but I can’t really answer this question. It’s rather a question for a lawyer who knows about the copyright in your country and the copyright limits for books. I recommend you get legal advice for this one. As far as I understand copyright, you simply can not get a copyright for the graphics from Canva but only for your book and it’s content. So that part might be covered. Sorry that I can not give you a final answer here since this is not legal advice.

  39. Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated.

  40. Hi Liz, quick warning, we are not lawyers nor do we work for Shutterstock. I can only give you my own opinion. I don’t think that you can just license a photo from Shutterstock and paint it and then resell it. That seems to be a full copy of that image and might need extended license agreements with the creator of the photo or image. I recommend picking an image from a place where you can get this confirmation or special license from the photographer himself. I hope that helps. I also recommend to reach out with your question to Shutterstock. Maybe they can offer a solution to you.

  41. Hi Alan, first of all this is not legal advice and we are also not Shutterstock. But your questions sound like you need to create a product based on images. This is not possible with the standard license that comes with your plan. You usually need an extended license kaa enhanced license at Shutterstock to use the images on products you resell.

  42. Hi Jason, it’s great that you thinking about the legal side of selling the design as laser-cut files. Unfortunately, I can not fully answer your question because 1.) I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, and 2.) Every license agreement of every stock agency is a bit different. I can only give you some personal advice on it. Usually if you buy a image or design with an extended license, then this would allow you to use the design in your work i.e. let’s say in a template for a website or even on a mug or calender you are reselling. All of these reselling options require, that you are changing the file or integrating the file into a own design. When I read your question, it sounds like you are creating or converting an existing design 100% into a laser-cutting template. So at the end it seems to be the same design which are you are effectively reselling to others who can then create a final product out of it. So you are now your own “stock agency” and you are selling a copy of the design file (yes in laser-cut format). I doubt that any of the stock agencies we know would allow that. It’s kind of a reselling. But I recommend that you reach out to some stock agencies directly and ask them if you get a reselling contract for that type of reselling/laser-cut template. That way you could get a legal confirmation that you can resell the design as a laser-cut template. Again – this is just me thinking aloud about your question and not legal advice. It is a complicated topic and might need some advice from a lawyer and from the stock agencies themself. I hope this helps a bit at least.

  43. Thank you for your interesting question. I always feel that if you sell 500,000 copies, you should have enough money to buy the extended license later. But if you want to be on the safe side, buy it now, and you never need to think about it. That’s obviously only my opinion.

  44. Thank you for your question. This free trial still works 100% if you have a new account with Canva or create a new one. You can not apply it to an old existing Canva account, unfortunately.

  45. Hi Kirsten, first of all, I want to mention that we are not lawyers, nor can I give you any legal advice on this topic. I can only give my own opinion about it. I would not use any additional images in your Youtube Video since it can be seen as commercial by some license owners or stock agencies. If you have a news channel where you broadcast editorial news, then this would be a different thing. Even without having direct advertisements or ads in your video, it might still be seen as commercial and non-editorial. I hope that helps. When in doubt, simply ask the stock agency you want to buy editorial images from or your lawyer.

  46. Hi Valerie, we highly recommend to NOT use this wallpaper to create any book or print with it without having the full rights for it. Of course this is not a legal advice since we are not lawyers. I advice to take the background image and use the visual search i.e. in websites like to find visual similar backgrounds, which you can then license and use legally in your yearbooks. I hope that helps.

  47. Hi Mwafak, unfortunately you can not just take their image with watermark and put in into your website. The image with watermark is for preview purposes only. You should go to Getty Images and buy a license for the image you want to use. Only after buying a proper license you are allowed to use the images according to their license agreement. I hope that helps.

  48. Hi John, we have checked with the Upscaler Team. The offer for 3 free upscales is still valid. For some technical reasons your account was disabled. They have re-enabled it again and you can upscale now. They also gave you the 10 bonus upscales (see article above) to upscale even more images.

  49. Hi Wenn, we are sorry, but we can not give you a definitive answer to this question. I recommend reaching out to Shutterstock directly. They can certainly give you a definitive answer. We think that you might need an extended or enhanced license, but we can’t tell for sure. Thank you for your understanding.

  50. Hi Johanna, I don’t recommend using editorial images to illustrate online lessons. Editorial means NEWSPAPERS, TV NEWS and similar outlets. Since you are also making a profit on the final course, I highly recommend to use commercial images for this.

  51. Hi Patcharin, please use a web browser and not the app to sign-up for this special offer. This is also only working for new customers of Canva. If you already have an existing login it won’t work. Regards Amos

  52. You can ask the client what exactly he want to see and why. Usually stock agencies would give you a proof that you purchased the images.

  53. Hi Henk, sure happy to help someone who is thankful for our content. I recommend to first understand how the usage of images works. Royalty-Free images are usually images to be used for advertisement and of course in books or brochures. What you are looking for are not Royalty-Free images, you are looking to get images for editorial content or context i.e. from LIFE magazine. That is not what most stock agencies (especially not the cheaper ones) can deliver. Those images need a special permission either to be used commercially (advertisement) or maybe also for editorial usage (paid or non-paid do not matter here). I recommend to reach out to them directly and ask for permission for non-profit usage. Hope that helps. You could also go ahead and get editorial images from companies like Shutterstock or Getty Images but you must be certain that you use those images in the correct way (and they are not cheap either). Regards Amos

  54. Hi Joshua, I think this was explained quite well in the article. You are can create a design for a customer and then give the customer the final design. They can then use this design (not the raw stock photo) for their advertisement. The client does not obtain a license for this, nor does he has the right to use your photo in other ways. Just keep in mind to double-check with the stock agency you are licensing from if they allow it. Usually, they do. I hope that answers your question.

  55. Hi Hannah, even with heavy editing, you are usually not allowed to sell the edited images as your own image in any stock agency. An extended license does not cover this and is usually only made to create products for reselling (not for reselling your own images). I hope that helps.

  56. I personally would never use existing images if you or your client do not own a full license for them. I rather spend some money to buy similar or even the same images on a stock photo website. That’s much safer for the future, and you also make sure your customer does not get in trouble in the future.

  57. Usually, you can NOT re-use those assets or videos in “raw” format in another edit if you don’t own the full rights on them. The agency you ordered to buy them for you are owning the right to use them in the clients work (you are the client here). But they usually do not get the right to give these assets to you (as a client). I always recommend, especially for a multi-national company, to own the correct rights to use the assets even in other new edits or videos company-wide. If your company is very big, you might need a special multi-national license or upgraded user license to be able to use it within that company. All of my answers are only my personal opinion and not any type of legal advice. Always advise with a lawyer as well.

  58. Thank you for your personal comment. Some photographers seem to be still very successful with selling photos. But it certainly is not easy anymore.

  59. Hi there, I always recommend asking this to Canva directly. But when I checked their license, I think you can use it to monetize the video on Youtube. You might want to check the audio or music used; there are some limitations where (which you can find in their license written).

  60. We are excited as well. It will also transform parts of the stock industry.

  61. Hi Michele, are there particular updates you are curious about on Canva’s license?

  62. Interesting comment. What do you mean by AI picture of you?

  63. Hi Sarah, this question is hard to answer. Usually, it is NOT allowed to let stock models have “say” a quote. Since the model does not consent to what you have to “say” through them. It also implies that this person is real and it’s their opinion. Therefore I do not recommend doing it.

  64. Hi Jodie, we are getting this message quite often, and honestly I can’t fully answer it. Usually, you can not create a “copy” of an image and re-sell it. Some stock agencies might allow this under their extended licenses agreement (which also means higher costs). For Shutterstock I can not answer this question, sorry. I recommend to reach out to them directly and ask them this exact same question. On the other hand I highly recommend to just ask some photographers who are offering free images if you are allowed to paint their image. Why would you want to buy a stock photo which is made for advertisement and paint it? Just curious ;-).

  65. Usually, you do not show proof to a client, only if the client requests it. We always recommend keeping proof for later, in case someone comes and ask for the correct license.

  66. Usually, it is no problem to use an image in a book (also a kid book) as long as the image is only part of the content. You just need to make sure that you 1.) are below the print-run the license includes (usually between 300k and 500k prints). 2.) the image is not the MAIN part of the book i.e. image-book only without any additional content or text. If in doubt also always ask the stock agency.

  67. Hi Pranav, the images in the Shutterstock free trial are coming only with a standard license and therefore can NOT be used for reselling i.e. t-shirts or mugs etc. The license is only for i.e. advertisement etc and not for reselling. Also always be aware that you are liable for the usage of any image (free trial or not). I hope that helps.

  68. Hi Bill, thank you for your question. That actually is a bit of an issue with most stock agencies. They either have their extended licenses option or a print-on-demand (API) connection which let you build your own store. This means you can not just use all their images on display and then print-on-demand with your customer with the extended license. The extended license is not meant for that. It is meant to pick the design and then produce products. If you really want to build a print-on-demand store, then simply contact us to get info how to integrate our images into your shop. You then only pay us if a customer picks an image. But you would need to do the integration work on your end. Does this makes more sense? Happy to give you some more infos.

  69. Hi Juliet, we are not Shutterstock therefore I recommend asking them directly. Nevertheless, I don’t think that there is a license for this. If there is any, then the extended license might cover this. I would certainly ask Shutterstock directly about this.

  70. I’m sorry but I don’t understand your question. Maybe you want to explain what you want to archive or what you are worried about. That would help to find the right answer.

  71. Hi Tim, thank you for your question. Since we are not Shutterstock, I can only give you personal advice. I’m most certain, that you would need an extended license to resell those images on any product. I hope that helps and always also check with Shutterstock. Additional I would also recommend to check out our article here which compares the standard and extended license.

  72. Hi Mac, thank you for your question. I honestly wouldn’t put too many thoughts into this. Yes, you can create a screenshot of their license agreement at the time of your download. Or simply create a PDF from it. But honestly what would be the benefits of it compared to the additional work it creates? The stock agency will have a record of your download (and usually also keep it) and can always tell you exactly the license (version) you have got with your download.

    What are your concerns or why do you think you should store it additionally? What are you worried about?

  73. Just to let you know that we are not Shutterstock and this is not legal advice. But for me, it sounds like you would need image extended images for the images you use to resell the item. This usually also applies to parts of an image (cut-outs or you used parts). I always recommend reaching out to Shutterstock and asking them directly.

  74. Thank you for letting us know. I have tested it myself and the upscaler is still free for up to 3 images. But they have added a small watermark to the upscaled image. I recommend to choose i.e. instead which do not have any watermark.

  75. Hi Maria, sorry for my late answer. I can not give you a final answer for this. I highly recommend you ask this the stock agency you want to buy from. I would say you would at least need standard, maybe even extended because you use the images in a “commercial” way. Editorial I doubt is working for it. All the best.

  76. Hi Peter, thank you for your question. Unlimited licenses you might never get from any stock agency since they always need to limit their usage. Nevertheless you must know that licensing into Zazzle Pro is not easy. Because you usually need to give Zazzle (or the printing company or fulfilling company) sub-license or even distribution rights. These rights are hard to get and most stock agency do not offer that type of license (not even in their expensive extended license version). As far as I understand, the Canva license do not include a way to use the design in POD (print-on-demand). We will write soon about a new stock agency which will have a special POD-License to be used. So stay tuned here and sorry that I can not give you a very fast and easy answer on this. Also please always check with a lawyer, this is not a legal advice.

  77. Yes, the free trial has all the same functions as the full version. Simply drag and drop your photos into the left side of the design. If you still struggle with it, try another browser and/or reach out to Canva support and let them check your issue in more detail.

  78. As far we know, the account should be available directly after all data is confirmed. Maybe you want to reach out to Canva support again if something wrong with your data.

  79. Hi Oliver, first of all, you should always ask Shutterstock directly. We are not Shutterstock nor can we give any legal advice. For me, nevertheless, it sounds like you would only use the stock photos to advertise your service. Therefore I don’t see the need for an extended license. A normal license should usually cover this. Nevertheless, please check with Shutterstock directly. Also keep in mind, that you can not use the images on “products” or within those “products” to add value (usually on an advertisement, packaging, etc. on products it is OK). For that kind, you would need usually an extended license. I hope that helps.

  80. Hi there, thank you for your question. This all depends on the license of the image and where you have bought the license from. Some stock agencies like Adobe Stock are requesting to license the image again for every client. Here is a quote from their license agreement: “You must purchase additional licenses for the same Work if you intend to use the same Work for the benefit of other clients”. Keep in mind that my comment is not a legal advice – always check with a lawyer and with your stock photo supplier. This also might apply only to some stock agency suppliers. Some other stock agencies might allow the usage of the same licensed image for different clients.

  81. You are welcome! Glad we could help!

  82. Hi Anne, I recommend getting some free stock photos if you want to just paint them and if you don’t sell them.

  83. It depends if you are creating “templates” means one version and sell it to many or if you sell your own design service, one-by-one. Most stock agencies allow to resell your service (not the stock photo itself) as designer and then give the final design to the customer “as is”. The customer will only have limited rights to this final design and can not have the “raw image” as well. If you would sell them as “templates” i.e. create one design and sell to many it most certainly is an extended license. I hope that helps.

  84. Thank You Juan, I agree that we could have made that example more clear. The point here is, that if you have a logo in the photos you make, you either are only able to sell them as editorial (also only limited for some locations and events) or you retouch it and remove it to be able to sell it as royalty free. I think your explanations are very valuable as well, so I keep it here for everyone to read ;-).

  85. Hi Uma, this is quite easy and also easy to understand. If you wanna earn money with the image directly = always extended. If the image is used to “advertise” for your puzzle business and not directly used to earn money with it (the image) then standard is most likely the way to go. I hope that helps.

  86. Hi Dean, no the standard image license is only usable for “advertisement” for your own company or business. It can not be used to create items for resale or print. You always need to get an additional extended license from Shutterstock for this. You can all about it here:

  87. Hi there, as you can see the App is closed and no longer available.

  88. Yes, you can submit your images to other stock agencies as well if you do not have an exclusive contract with any particular one.

  89. Hi, thank you for your question. I general this all depends on the source of the images i.e. where you bought them from. Most stock agencies have different licenses and some of these licenses might! allow the usage of images for non-profit. But most agencies might force you to buy an extended license because in the end you are earning money with the images (on the calendar), even if this is for fundraising. I recommend reaching out to the specific agency and ask them particularly.

  90. Thank you – very good question. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a final answer on this one. I recommend directly asking Shutterstock about this. Some stock agencies allow enhanced (or extended) license usage with non-edited material.

  91. Hi Simon, interesting question. Just to keep in mind I’m not a lawyer nor do I speak for any of the stock agencies you might buy from. But I don’t think this is editorial usage. You are using an image or video in a paid course. But maybe I’m wrong and some of the agencies might allow the usage under their license. I highly recommend asking.

  92. Hi Kathy, it all depends on 1.) On the stock agency and the license of this stock agency 2.) On the use of the images within your product. For example if you would create a special course where the images are the main value, means the images are full page with very little text, that might need an extended license for most stock agencies. If the images are only a smaller part of your course and you are adding the value through text or anything else (own videos for example). Then the standard license (which is included in most stock agencies) should be good enough. Always check with the certain stock agency where you wanna buy from. Also regarding your question where to get those images, there are no real special stock agencies for such images. I doubt that you can find enough images in even larger stock agencies like Shutterstock with detailed enough “first responder” topics covered. I recommend to simply hire a photographer and create the images yourself, keep the copyright of them and use them forever in all your material. I hope that helps.

  93. Hi Chris, I’m sorry but your question is very confusing. If you have worked for a company while shooting those photos, they might own the rights to them. You need to know yourself what rights did you give to your clients at that time. Unfortunately, with this limited amount of data, I can not give you a proper answer.

  94. So you got a lot of questions and concerns. Let me try to help you and keep in mind our answers are not legally binding nor can I answer in the name of any stock agency. Also keep in mind some license terms of stock agencies might not include all of what I recommend. Here are my answers:

    Can I license these images and use them on the client’s site? With most stock agencies you can use the downloaded images in your account for client work. Usually they require that the client knows that he do not own the license himself and can only used the image in the design you have provided. You can not just download and give him the original image to be used everywhere without question.

    How can I prove that these are licensed photos and not just downloaded from Google?
    Simply keep the records from the stock agency where and when you have downloaded what image. Some stock agencies also give you a license certificate. Same like if you buy in a shop, keep the bill to proof that you have not shoplifted.

    What is the proper way of attribution in the case of paid and licensed stock photos?
    Check the license agreement where you downloaded images from. Usually, for commercial work (i.e. ads, flyers, etc.) no contribution is needed. On editorial work i.e. websites, blogs, managzines, books most agencies require some mentioning of the image source. The requirements are different here.

    How can I prove that I paid for a stock photo after I cancel my subscription? Simply keep a record of the images downloaded from the stock agency (make a screenshot if you need additional proof).

    Can intro images of articles be considered part of the design? What type of articles? You can not just use any article images from any brank and incorporate this into your design.

    I also recommend to know answers to all these questions before you start your own design studio. It can get you into trouble later if you don’t do them correct from the start on.

  95. Thank you for your question. We are not in that type of business, therefore I can not give you a proper answer. Maybe some antique dealers might be interested but most certainly not.

  96. You better double-check some cases in your country and you might find out that some are actually fined thousands of dollars for misuse.

  97. Or they just don’t know that they should actually pay for images. Many of them think anything they can find online which is not behind a paywall or marked with a clear “buy now” button is for free. It is lack of education sometimes.

  98. No problem, that’s how usually Royalty-Free Photos.

  99. Thank you for your question. If you are reselling the calendar as print you would most likely need an extended license (sometimes also called an enhanced license). You can find more info about extended licenses and prices here!

  100. Hi Scooter, that’s a question which we are getting quite often. Honestly, go into Flickr or any other free photo community. Find a photo you love and then contact the photographer if you are allowed to paint it or paint parts of it. The RF (Royalty-Free) license is not designed for re-painting or painting parts of it. It is made for people to use images in advertisements, social media, and on their websites. You will make more new friends and happy photographers which you can share your work on the free platforms. I hope that helps.

  101. Hi Deborah, first of all I’m not a lawyer and therefore I can not give you any legal advice. In general editorial images are limited to newsworthy articles or articles/blogs which are in the general interest of people. I really like how Shutterstock writes it in their license: “An “editorial use” for the purposes of this license shall be a use made for descriptive purposes in a context that is newsworthy or of human interest and expressly excludes commercial uses such as advertising or merchandising.” I find this explanation is pretty clear. So if you would write an article in a newspaper about those cats, I reckon that this is editorial usage. I’m actually not 100% about the usage in your book when you are selling the book for profit. That question you should ask your legal adviser and I recommend doing that before you use any Disney or other well-known figures. Sorry that I can not help you more on this one. Regards Amos

  102. Thank you for your question. This is maybe a better question for our Shutterstock License article. As always I recommend to ask Shutterstock directly and let them explain their license. We are not Shutterstock nor can we speak for them. I recommend checking out their license agreement here:

    It explains also how and where you can and can not use your downloaded images for.

    I hope that helps.


  103. Hi John, interesting question. Quick disclaimer I’m not a lawyer and this is a personal opinion. First of all, I recommend that you find another image to paint. There are so many free photos out there where you could also simply ask the photographer if he is OK with you painting it. For the photo you saw you would need to purchase a license, usually an extended license, which is even more expensive. In same cases the license agreement of some stock agencies do not even allow a derivate via a painting. I think you are better off with some free photos where you can also make the photographer happy by showing (and asking beforehand) your painting afterward.

  104. Hi Will, yes there are many more models in the stock photo industry than the one we mention here. Many of them are also sold thousands of times. Happy to add some more if you have them available ;).

  105. They absolutely do have RAW Images. Just follow the filter setting next to the search field like we have shown it in the screenshots. Here is one example: where you can clearly get the DNG-file (which is a RAW image). The collection certainly is very limited.

  106. You can still shoot your own photos or create your own images.

  107. Hi TL, thank you for mentioning this. Unfortunately, most people are not familiar with installing software plus plugins into that software just to open EPS files. But we keep it in mind for the next update.

  108. Hi Tim, I recommend to maybe use a computer to sign-up for the free trial in the meantime or any device without Canva installed. I will also let Canva know about this issue. Thank you for letting us know.

  109. Hi Ray, I can only speak in general terms here since I don’t know what stock agency free trial you are referring to. In general, the images which are downloaded and used (!) while you have had a free trial fall under the same royalty-free license as if you would have a full subscription. Nevertheless, there might be some exceptions with some agencies. You should always check it with them directly. Also keep in mind, that many agencies with subscriptions do not allow to stock-pile their stock images. You can only keep them afterward if you have used them while having an active subscription. You can not join and then download them “for later usage” and then leave. As I said, not all of them have this in their license. Kindly check with every you download from. I hope that helps.

  110. Hi Trenea, I monst cases images bought with a normal royalty-free license do not include the rights to use them in a logo. Most major agencies explicitly decline this usage as logo. I suggest you check it with the agency you bought it from (or check their license agreement). I would not use any RF image for my logo, I rather go to platforms to order a individual one or hire a graphic designer. This is also the case if you don’t copyright the logo (usage of the logo might be the same in most countries). Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Always check with the agency you bought from.

  111. I recommend shooting an image of an eagle head yourself and then you have all the rights to use or re-produce it. Otherwise, you would always breach the copyright of the photo you are copying from. An alternative would be to ask a photographer if he would give you written permission to re-produce the image and sell it. I hope that helps.

  112. Hi Marie. thank you for your question. You are mentioning that you want to use images from these free stock photo websites. We can not recommend using those files to create a product for resale. Why? Mainly because the rights of anything on the image are not cleared. This means that neither have the people on these images signed any model release which confirms that you can use these images commercially nor have anyone checked for any logos or recognizable other copyrighted items. We can only suggest buying some proper checked and model-released stock photos from a stock agency that does all the due diligence. I can not recommend using images from free stock photo sites for that matter. I hope that helps.

  113. Thank you – we are glad that we could help you.

  114. Hi Bradley, thank you for your question. I wonder why you wanna know that? Stock photos are used hundreds, thousands and even more times in many ways. Thats how they are working and thats the reason why they can be so cheap. Maybe you can explain a bit more what you exactly wanna know or what you are worried about. Kind Regards

  115. Hi Darren, it’s really simple. If you don’t have persmission from the producer of the product (and the photo) you can not use it anywhere. Just because it is available on some website do not mean that you can use it as well. If you are selling those Simrad finders, then you can most certainly just reach out to the producer and ask for permission to use the image. They usually give this persmission or the permission is maybe even included in your resellers contract. I hope that helps.

  116. Glad our article was helpful.

  117. Disclaimer: We are not Shutterstock and therefore we can only give you our view on their license. Please ask them directly if you need a final answer. I think this is doable with the extended license. These extended licenses are meant to be sold as i.e. posters, wall art on mugs or t-shirts. I hope that helps. Kind Regards Amos

  118. Hi Hadi, sorry but you are unfortunately wrong. Free stock photo, especially the one you recommended, can not be compared to paid stock photos. They are neither checked for copyright issues i.e. logos, brands, copyrighted material etc, nor do they have a proper model release where the person on the image allow the commercial usage of the image. You, as the user of those images, can get into big trouble using a so called “free stock photo” on your ad or website. Even if the photographer has given the full confirmation that you can use the photo free (which no free stock agencies gonna check as well), then you still have obligations to clear the rights of the content of the image i.e. persons, cars, items, stuff in the background etc. Honestly, safe yourself the hassle, pay like 1 Dollar or less for a checked and premium stock photo and be safe.

  119. I assume you want to pick from a variety of images for exclusive use? That’s pretty uncommon these days. There have been Rights-Managed agencies which would let you pick from any images and then you would license the exclusive usage for a time and usage type (i.e. website, print, ads etc). But most stock agencies stopped doing this. The question you should ask yourself is, why do you want to have exclusive images? Are you afraid someone else use the same image? Are you willing to spend hundreds if not thousands for one image just to have it exclusive? If you really willing to spend that much money, let us know and I will find some providers for you. I hope my answer helps. Regards Amos

  120. Hi Melvin, I agree with your points here. I always recommend asking kindly where the website owner got the photo from. Sometimes it’s their Webdesign company who just put it online and sometimes they have a proper license because they bought a license from a stock agency. In general, I think being nice and to ask before you create a takedown notice is recommended.

  121. Hi Gordon, I suggest to have a lawyer look over these terms. I can not give a proper answer because I’m not a lawyer nor do I have access to the full license details. But I think you might be able to create a print from the graphics, but please check that with a lawyer who has more in-depth knowledge and actually have full access to the license terms.

  122. You would need an extended license to be allowed to print it on wood and sell this wood. This article about extended licenses explains it in detail.

  123. Hi, this is a very interesting question and I hope I can help you out. First of all I recommend to reach out again to Getty Images to clarify. I can not speak for them nor for any other stock agency. Then second you should check the license terms of the collection you bought. I hope you can still find this document (check the CD). These are the terms under which you have bought the image licenses. If this license terms let you use the images forever (check kindly) then I don’t see any issues. If there is nothing about the time period you can use them, check again with the now content owner (most likely Getty). I hope that makes it more clear.

  124. Hi James, unfortunately, I can not really help you with this matter. This seems to be something you need to figure out with Shutterstock directly. Sorry that I can not be of any help here.

  125. Hi Ben, thank you very much. We try our best to help in the jungle of stock photography. Regarding your question. It might depend on the source of the images (where they buy it). Maybe some stock agencies do allow editorial usage on book covers. Or they have even got an individual license from the stock agency for this usage. It can also be that they simply ignore the fact that this is editorial and the usage of the image on the book cover (with editorial license) is just simply the wrong usage. That happens sometimes of course as well. I think Alamy might allow some broader usage. But I’m honestly not so deep into editorial licenses in general. So you better always ask the stock agency directly where you want to purchase from. I hope that helps.

  126. Hi Angus, I’m actually not sure if I have understood your question. You can never claim that you have created an image if you haven’t created it. Stock photos are for advertisement purpose usually. This means that they are more like a “canvas” for your products. With medical treatment it is another story and you might need to get an extended medical (called sensitive) license for this. Maybe you want to clarify your question a bit more. Regards Amos

  127. Hi Paul, that’s a bit tricky. Usually, the rule of thumb is that all images which are downloaded and used within the subscription period can be used forever. I hope that helps.

  128. I recommend checking out their pricing here they have even some image packs which are not subscriptions and are affordable.

  129. Hi Michelle, so you want to buy only the “photo frame” as design and then put your own image in it? That usage should be fine with most stock agencies. Kind Regards Amos

  130. Hi Amber, it is very normal that they try to bill your card to check it. Some stock agencies do it with $0 others with $1. But your card should really allow it and if not, simply contact your CC company and ask them to enable it. You should then be able to try again. I also recommend to contact Bigstock directly and ask them. I hope that helps.

  131. I recommend asking Shutterstock about this. I assume! that you can NOT do that but please ask them.

  132. Hi Daniel, first of all I want to mention that the Bigstock License is not the same as the Shutterstock License. Since you have bought and downloaded from Bigstock, you need to follow their license which you can find here: – Regarding your other question of the credit of every image: I would totally do that. That way you are on the safe side and no one can later complain. It also sounds like your children book contains mainly images you downloaded from Bigstock. I highly suggest to reach out to them to make sure that you can use their images as main part of the book. Sometimes you are required to buy an extended license if the images are the main part (creating the main value). Always check with Bigstock if you they are alright with the usage before you print your book. ALl the best.

  133. Hi, we can only suggest to always double check the license on Flickr. Even a Creative Common license can cause issues when you are not following the rules of that license (i.e. citing the photographer or even backlinking). That is also one reason why you should always buy a license for a photo, when you use it commercially. It is so cheap nowadays and you will be protected from such issues.

  134. You are most welcome! Such comments make me very happy because we work hard to give back to the community.

  135. Hi Kim, you are welcome. You can NOT use a stock image or stock vector for your logo, unfortunately. The reason is that the license does not allow the usage of a logo for copyright reasons. I recommend to check out this article: it will help you find a company or service which can create a logo for you and your company. I hope that helps.

  136. Hi I’m sorry but this is a very old article and I think Flickr might have removed this feature.

  137. Hi Joss, thank you for the clarification. That’s the reason why I have written in all my comments, that they are always exceptions i.e. “Very few stock agencies have some limitations i.e. you can not download all images from your subscription and never use them and “stock” them on your harddrive. Then after your subscription is expired you are not allowed to use non-used images in a new design.” Usually that applies only to images you have downloaded but never used in any design. If you use an image in a design it should last you forever (in that design). I always recommend to double check with the stock agencies because they might have limitations on certain of their subscriptions or plans. Regards Amos

  138. Hi Summer, you mentioned that “I would sell in a gallery” this means that you would earn money from the images and therefore it is commercial usage. I don’t think that even the extended license would allow such usage because it is creating a “copy” of the original image. But since we are not Shutterstock we can not tell for sure. So please reach out to them as well and ask this question. Thank you for your interesting question regarding this.

  139. Yes, they “may” allow this but you can still not resell the images. Also sometimes the license agreements say “may” but you might need writing permission by them additionally or at least ask if this is applicable to your account/subscription.

  140. Hi, that sounds like a copyright and license nightmare. 1.) “bought an image as .pdf” – just why? Why not as JPG? 2.) Buying an image without a cleared license or at least a clear written contract will get you into trouble. I would not touch anything like that to use in a commercial matter i.e. printing. Rather go and buy you a proper extended license to print the image and resell it.

  141. I recommend checking with Shutterstock directly.

  142. It all depends on the website you download the vector file from. But generally speaking, you can NOT use vector images as part of a logo. You would need a confirmation from the creator of the image for this usage. There is some exceptions like our website which allow the usage. This also applies to Adobe Stock, which is a great service.

  143. Hi there, that’s a good question. Why should that be an issue? It is their own responsibility what they re-post or post, so it should be any of your problems.

  144. Hi Miroslav, I think their prices are reasonable. But I also recommend to check with “cheaper stock footage agencies” if their license is really “Royalty Free”. It usually isn’t, it is a one “project usage”. So I recommend to compare them in detail beforehand.

  145. Hi Mel, that sounds like a “normal” extended license for me which most stock agencies should cover. Always ask beforehand for your specific usage because some of them might not allow heavy editing. But it should be OK for most of the stock agencies. Also check beforehand if you need a print-on-demand or extended license (i.e. do you buy and download before production or buy only after production of t-shirts). I hope that helps.

  146. Hi Steve, I don’t think this is a valid usage according to most licenses I know. Always check with the stock agency you want to buy from.

  147. I know this can be a bit confusing. You must separate two things here: Usage License aka Royalty-Free License of the images and the Subscription to the Images. The Royalty-Free License does allow the usage usually forever for most stock agencies. The subscription, therefore, is exactly how you described it: Pay X$ to get X amount of downloads per month at some specific terms (at some Agencies unused downloads might expire, some other Agencies roll them over for X amount of months as long as you subscribed). I hope that helps.

  148. Hi there, thank you for your question. I don’t think that this can be done with any of the existing licenses. Because you would need to have the copyright over the image (even if it is in watermark). But I recommend to ask the stock agency which you want to buy from about it again.

  149. I think you answered your question yourself. You have done it correctly by using royalty-free images. You are using them to present your company and making “marketing”. Just only because there is text next to the image DO NOT MEAN that it is editorial usage. You did well!

  150. For that reason, we always suggest buying stock photos from outlets like Shutterstock where you have clear rights given in the license agreement what you can and can’t do with the images. They do allow commercial usage of the images (to a certain extend). We do not suggest using Pexels images because no one is checking those images for any legal issues nor do they have a proper model release of the persons shown on the images. Of course, you could use images from Pexels without any persons on it but there are still some traps you could fall into.

  151. Hi, we do not buy any historical photos.

  152. That all depends on the laws of the country and where they have acquired these images. I can not talk for these agencies or stores but some of the work is in public domain and some others are “outside” of the period where it is still copyrighted.

  153. It all depends on the usage, the license of the stock agency and your contract with the stock agency you are supplying images to. Usually, commercial usage does not need a credit (only valid for some countries). Editorial usage i.e. usage in newspapers does require copyright. I recommend asking the stock agencies you are supplying.

  154. Thank you – I will talk to Dreamstime about this and update this post soon. In the meantime check out our list of other free stock photo trials.

  155. Sorry but that software is closed and no longer available.

  156. Hi Laurie, have you tried a background remover tool? Here is our list with 18 free and paid background removers! Alternatively, maybe you get someone at to help you with that.

  157. Hi Maggie, are you using the images in a newspaper or a online-news magazine? If not then your usage is most likely commercial. You are showing that 3D model to earn money at the end, even if you don’t sell the content/product right now. Editorial is more like a newsworthy usage than a commercially usage. Why you just not buy a commercial image? Whats the issue with buying one?

  158. No in most cases you can not. Some agencies like Alamy might allow it but you always need to ask them directly about that usage. One misconception is, that “Editorial Usage” means all usage with text – that is not the case with most stock agencies. Editorial use is more like a use in a newsworthy editorial publication i.e. a newspaper, a blog about your city etc.. I hope this makes it more clear.

  159. Hi Dave, this still do not sound like a real editorial usage. Imagine you are a newspaper or a magazine with relevant news and articles whats happen in the world. Thats what editorial usage is meant for. The usage you are describing is commercial (even if you are not making money). Therefore I recommend to not use editorial image licenses but rather just normal stock photo royalty-free licenses. You can of course ask at every editorial stock agency website and they might allow your usage as well. I hope that helps.

  160. No you would not have the rights to do so, you would need to purchase an “Extended License” or “Enhanced License” (which you can find for our shop here). With that extended license most stock agencies will allow you to create work to be sold as poster or mug or on t-shirts. Just keep in mind that “print on demand” and also some platforms like Amazon Merch are not covered with this extended license.

  161. Hi there, I think it does not worth coming up with a new own stock agency honestly.

  162. Hi Ashwin, I think this explains the license very properly: – what needs to be understood is, that Royalty-Free means that you DO NOT NEED to pay again for the image usage after you paid once. With most stock agencies you only pay once (or pay for subscription and download once) and then use the image forever. That is the most non-understood issue I see with many stock photo users. Very few stock agencies have some limitations i.e. you can not download all images from your subscription and never use them and “stock” them on your harddrive. Then after your subscription is expired you are not allowed to use non-used images in a new design. But that is very rare. I hope that helps!

  163. Hi Kevin, I can not talk for Shutterstock on this matter and recommend that you ask this question directly to their support.

  164. Hi Skelty, I think you might have misunderstood something here. The most stock agencies do ALLOW that you create a design for your client and then give the client the design (called derivate work). But they do NOT allow to give the client just the stock photo (as file). They also do not allow that you buy and re-sell the stock photo for your client. So you must diferenciate between giving the raw image (as file) to your client and creating a “new work” where the image file is a part of it and then give the “new work” design to your client. That should be no problem with most stock agencies.

  165. Hi Jamie, it all depends on the usage and where you will buy the editorial images. This is not easy to answer, unfortunately. I assume you (as a business) are publishing this magazine to get your name out? You also earn money from companies to be included, so you earn money from it. On the other hand it seems like it is similar usage like a newspaper. I recommend you contact the stock agency you want to buy from beforehand and ask them the same question, just to be certain.

  166. I think you answered the question yourself. You are want to use editorial images on your COMMERCIAL website to talk about the market. I’m not a lawyer nor can I speak for any other stock agencies and their license agreements, but I would say this is not possible.

  167. Hi there, first I need to let you know to check this question with the Shutterstock Support as well. But what I can see from the Shutterstock License, it seems to be OK to sell an ebook below 500,000 copies/sales on Amazon. You can find this explained in their license as follows: A STANDARD IMAGE LICENSE grants you the right to use Images:
    As a digital reproduction, including on websites, in online advertising, in social media, in mobile advertising, mobile “apps”, software, e-cards, e-publications (e-books, e-magazines, blogs, etc.), email marketing and in online media (including on video-sharing services such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc., subject to the budget limitations set forth in sub-section I.a.i.4 below);

  168. Hi Kaley, this is not easy to answer because we are NOT Canva. Please reach out to Canva to clarify it. As far as I can see it looks like you could only use the exported design as is. Please do take this with a grain of salt because I can not speak for Canva. Thank you

  169. Getty Images is a great source of stock photos if you need a very particular image or special rights on an image. If you just need basic images for your e-commerce shop, simply check out our special offers section and get images as cheap as 0.50$.

  170. Hi there, it sounds like you would use those images to advertise for your ophthalmologist service. You would need to buy images with royalty-free licensing rights. I do not recommend to use any images with visible people from free websites. They are NOT safe to use. Images are so cheap these days, simply buy them and use them accordingly.

  171. That is a very good question Ahmet. You need to check the fingerprint of these stock agencies. Some do allow the “storage” for later use (after your subscription expired). Other stock agencies won’t let you use “stored” stock photos when you haven’t used them after the subscription expired. Most stock agencies will let you keep all images you have used in any designs or projects and let you use them forever. I hope that helps.

  172. Hi Alisa, yes there are many misuses of images and image credits out there. I recommend checking your local law about the usage of such images. But if you want to purchase celebrity stock photos, reach out to Getty Images and ask them for their rates. They should be able to get you a good price depending on the usage (i.e. on your blog only).

  173. Hi there, no you can not use a stock photo as a template to draw something. I recommend to either shoot some photos yourself to draw afterward or ask some photographers for an exception.

  174. Hi Mary, good question. I can not speak for all stock agencies and their licenses, but most certainly not. I recommend checking with the stock agency you download from directly. In most cases (like with our stock agency) it is only allowed to use it in the same company (which you are clearly not because you are two different freelancers). I hope that helps.

  175. Hi James, it seems like you are selling templates for businesses. Therefore you would need an extended license to be able to resell the images in the premade posts. I can not speak for Adobe’s license agreement but for most stock agencies an extended license will be needed. I recommend to check out our extended license offer here and read more about extended licenses here.

  176. Hi Kevin, exactly! This way no one can say later that you have misused an editorial image in a commercial way. Just use normal commercial licenses images. But make sure to use copyright captions nevertheless.

  177. Hi Ales, according to the Canva Pro License “To obtain the right to use any Canva Design pursuant to an Extended License Agreement, you must license all the Stock Media in your Design under the applicable Extended License.” Which you can find here:

    This means you would need to contact Canva to obtain an extended license for this reselling usage.

  178. Hi Victor, there are really no good lifetime subscriptions for stock photos out there. I recommend to get a cheap stock photo subscription either for unlimited (usually smaller databases) or a cheap yearly one like our 99club for 200 downloads. Usually lifetime deals for unlimited downloads are either bad or very limited.

  179. Hi Matthew, thanks for your question. Sure I don’t see an issue why not. Nevertheless I recommend to always double check their terms and conditions and license.

  180. Hi Tim, that is a bit complicated. It’s not clear to me what you are going to sell exactly? Please be aware that I’m not a lawyer nor can I give legal advice. I always recommend to check this with the stock agency you want to buy from. But if you are using an image and creating a individual design for a customer then this is usually a “derivate” and you can sell your design as a service. If you are using a “template” and sell this to many customers (even if it is only 20%) then this usually requires an extended license. But always ask the stock agency before you buy. I hope that helps.

  181. You need to buy an extended license for the graphics/images you want to print on the shirt to sell via your Shopify store. Make sure to produce the tshirts first and then start selling them. I hope that helps.

  182. Unfortunately, we don’t need them either.

  183. Hi Niko, your question is not really clear to me. If you create a design based on a stock photo, you can usually give this design to the customer to be used in a limited way. Some stock agencies do allow to use the same stock photo again in another design, some don’t. Always check the stock agency license agreement. As far as I understand your question, you do not own a copyright on the new graphic. That you should check with a lawyer though.

  184. Than you Alecu – glad we could be helpful.

  185. Hi Amy, I can only answer this for my own stock agency. Yes your client would be able to print it if you supply a final design and not just the “raw” stock photo to him. Of course the licesee agreement of the stock agency where you bought the photo applies here i.e. 500.000 print run (copies) for most stock agencies. Otherwise you would need an extended license. I hope that helps. Always check with the agency you have bought from.

  186. Hi Karyn, at this moment I have no answer but maybe some of our readers will have one.

  187. Hi Bjarni, thanks for your question and we are happy that our post did help you. Shutterstock do not have any subscriptions for videos, you can see their video pricing here. They have some nice new packages for 4k Video as well. Unfortunately there is no free trial for the videos. I hope that helps.

  188. Hi Alan, I’m sorry but that do NOT sound like a editorial usage of an image. You are clearly selling travel services to your customers and you are using these images to sell your travel services. Thats why you need a commercial license for sure. If you would be a news magazine about some news on a Greek iland, than the usage might be editorial.

  189. Thank You Jon, much appreciated.

  190. Hi Ivan, according to my understanding you can NOT use any other brand or copyrighted brand/company/footage in your commercial usage, like on your homepage. You would need to get written permission from the copyright owner of the brand. So this would not be an editorial usage and I think you can not use the video you want to.

  191. Hi Dana, we do not buy any historic images but maybe you want to reach out to IMS Vintage Photos and check if they are interested in buying them.

  192. No problem John, I have also reached out to you twice without answer via email. Free to contact me there.

  193. Hi Dee, thank you for your comment. Please let me know which stock illustration agencies are you talking about? Some of them require a copyright attribution and usually you can “buy out” this to have it removed. Also make sure that you double check if you use it correctly i.e. editorial usage or commercial usage. Let me know anymore questions.

  194. Hi John, I can’t answer your question but if you want to get featured here please stop spamming my comments and get in touch with my like a nice person.

  195. Hi Firts, thank you for your comment. We created this list particularly to list services where you can sell your prints and a digital version of your photos to customers. Flickr do not allow this nor do 500px (they do license though).

  196. Hi Andte, it all depends on your needs. Most of our readers love the variety of Shutterstock and their superb search. There are most certainly much cheaper stock agencies out there. I recommend checking their database before you sign-up to anything to see if they have the images you need.

  197. Hi Tamara, thank you for your comment you got some very nice photos there. I think you have a good chance that they sell. All the best with your new ventures.

  198. By sharing the license agreement of the stock agency you bought it at and maybe also show your proof of purchase. I hope that helps. Also make sure that your client understand how he can use the image or design you have created for him based on the stock photo.

  199. Hi Margaret, I’m sorry but your question is not really clear to me. Do you want to buy 1900 photos or do you have some?

  200. I really don’t know I think that should work according to the time I was creating this video.

  201. Hi Steven, most stock agencies like ours will actually let you use the standard license if the images are used as a secondary item in the book. You just need to make sure to be below the maximum print-run of 300,000 or 500,000. On the other hand if this is, for example, a book with only graphics to let kids color them, then you would need to a buy a extended license. This is because the main part of the book are the images. I hope that answer helps a bit.

  202. Hi Bobby, thank you for your question. It sounds like you are more an editorial user than a commercial one. To understand the different let’s show an example: You create a banner for your website which includes football pictures and you use this banner to advertise for your service or anything else you produce, that is commercial usage. Editorial usage is more like a news magazine usage, so without seeing your website I can not tell 100% but it sounds like you have news about the football industry. That would let you use an editorial picture as well. If you would have sponsored posts, they are commercial right? They are more like an advertisement for a company so I would say no editorial usage! I hope that makes it more clear for you!

  203. Hi Joe, thank you for your question. You might want to start with free images or with photos you can find online first. You can ask these photographers if they allow you to draw their photo and sell it. You might find some inspiration in our free stock photo list here:

  204. Hi Jana, if your client don’t want any subscription but only want 5 images – go and checkout our image packs here: they will let him allow to download 5 images whenever he needs them. No credits, no subscription!

  205. You need to see editorial photos more like photos for news or actual things happening in your town, area or industry. Thats why most blogs use royalty-free stock photos instead of editorial photos because they can 1.) Edit them if needed 2.) Have less limitations how and where to use them 3.) less issues afterwards. Hope that helps.

  206. Go try another EPS file. EPS files are not all the same – they could have several different information embedded and sometimes you just need to try it with another software. Adobe Illustrator always works for me.

  207. Works fast and fine here. Maybe it uses a lot of ressources in your browser – go check it out with another browser maybe.

  208. I only worked with Inkscape for a limited time and I think it has a deeper learning curve than Gravit. Gravit is way more limited than Inkscape at this point.

  209. I have tested it and it works without any issue!

  210. In general users should know that they can not use a single image without either permission (written or verbal) or with a proper license. No need to know if this is a stock photo or not. Stock photos are just easier to use – comparable to a ready to eat food item where a normal photo would need the permission of the photographer etc.. It would take much longer to get it. So it’s more like “fast food” to “farmers market” where you negotiate a license deal per photo with every different photographer. Hope that helps!

  211. Since there is NO daily download limit, you can actually download ALL the images within your i.e. monthly subscription on one day.

  212. It’s hard to say since I don’t know all the exact details but I recommend to only use royalty-free stock photos for this usage. It do not sound like an editorial usage which is usually only allowed in blogs, magazines, books etc.

  213. Hi Kristine, I would ask the newspaper who shot the photos and how owns the copyright. Sometimes, even “old” and images with expired copyright might have a extended copyright on them. That is the most safest way to use them. Hope that helps. (I’m not a lawyer nor do I know all the copyright laws in your country).

  214. Hi Barbara, that only works when its hosted on your own server. It do not work in Facebook or any other platform.

  215. Then get the Dollar Photo Club Deal for $99 a year.

  216. Nothing ;-).

  217. Sorry to hear about that Mark. They certainly try to do it right for their customers. I would advice to contact them directly and ask for a refund or so. Best, Amos

  218. You are welcome – Hello to HCMC!

  219. Hi Sandy,

    unfortunately I do not have a tip for you. You might want to try get into iStock first and then try to get from there into the Getty system.

  220. Hello Kathy,

    thanks for your kind words – glad you like them. I think the soccer shots where completely made in a studio and then re-assembled in Photoshop. Not sure though ;-).

  221. Hi Phil, sorry to say but this offer is expired. I recommend to check out our Shutterstock Coupon Code as well as the 7 day free Trial from IngImage

  222. Hi Jim,

    thanks for your thoughts on this, very much appreciated.

  223. I can hear your Glenda, but this is how their plan works. There are other stock agencies which offer subscription without a daily download limit.

  224. Sorry but not really relevant, just mentioned it because the old CEO was male ;-). We love female CEOs!

  225. Thanks Steven, have fixed them now!

  226. Hi Arletta, thank you very much for your comment. I think they should have some kind of exclusivity but i don’t know about the details. Maybe someone from 500px can answer that.

  227. You are very welcome – i love your platform and i think you are going the right way with the contributor shares. Good luck and hope to hear more soon about the prime marketplace.

  228. Only the time can tell – i think a lot of bloggers will still use bought stockfotos due the SEO purposes.

  229. You are very welcome John! Keep up the good work!

  230. Thanks for your comment Brian. We really love how Shutterstock treat their contributors as well.

  231. You are right, it’s about the body and the lens. As i know a lot of stock photographers, i can tell that most of them use Canon and second most Nikon. They need a workhorse with easy to get lenses, good service and good availability. Most of them are coming from the amateur sector, which means they might have started using a Canon Rebel and then just stayed at the Canon brand. Even Shutterstock’s founder, Jon Oringer, started his company with 30.000 of his own images shot with a Canon Rebel. BTW: I have had a lot of Sony cameras and i loved them!

  232. Hello Bernie,

    thanks for your question. Usually a editorial image can be used on a magazine cover, if digital or printed. It can not be used in a commercial way i.e. to create a advertisement etc.

    I hope that helps.

  233. Hi Steve, i agree on most of your points, but i also think that you need a high-end camera because of the requirements of the stock agencies. Most microstock agencies require almost none grain or high-iso images. They also require very good and sharp focus, compared to macrostock or other stock photo agencies. I think that the 5D is the working horse in this industry, that’s also one of the reasons why they use it.

  234. Yep 😉

  235. Great that you finally found some useful information on my Website ;-).

  236. Sorry to hear that David, but it happens quite often. Thats the reason why we have written this article.

  237. Thank you

  238. Hello Marco, thanks for your question. I actually do not recommend to offer subscription for a niche stock agency like yours. Vintage and archive stock photos are quite special and most of the people might only want to use them for one or two purposes. From the 7 recommended stock photo subscription i do like the Fotolia and the Ingimage ones. Fotolia has a rollover from one month into another while IngImage has a good value for the money you pay.

  239. Yes indeed, the question is if they really want a lot of photographers or if they like to be some kind of exclusive.

  240. Me too. The problem is not to implement the features, the problem is to get all these data into the existing millions of images. Maybe you can do that ;-).

  241. Thanks Cora, this is a very adorable photo.

  242. Thanks for your comment Roger. We recommend that all stock photographer follow our tips.

  243. Thank You but we only show the free images which got selected by the stock agencies.

  244. All of the agencies supply images for commercial usage. I don’t know where you referring at, sorry.

  245. I get your Point Laurent! The question is how the stock photo buyer still see iStock and Getty. For some of them there is no other way finding creative and niche images than using iStock or Getty.

  246. Thanks for your comment – i will forward it to the programer.

  247. Thank you very much for your comment. iStock still has quite a lot of unusual photos on sale ;-).

  248. You are absolutely right, we should include depositphotos within this subscription comparison. Every plan or offer fits another need of and niche of customers. What is a practical and reasonable plan for you?

  249. You should already receive them. Have fun! Amos

  250. Hi Duke, thanks for your comment. As you are the only commenter, will send you a free licence for the Microstockr App via E-Mail now! Have fun with it!


  251. Thank You Mathias for your comment. We also like Photodune, as they have a lot of great stock photos for a quite cheap price. But this blog post is about the cheapest stock photo. I admit that some of the very cheap agencies might not have a huge collection but every customer can check the collection before he order. You might find this article interesting, in which we compare the big microstock agencies on credit base.

  252. You might did not read their plans correct – Download 25 images every day!! for $249 which is not $20 per image its 25 Images a day multiplicated with 30 days which makes it 750 Images for $249 ($0,332 per Image).

  253. Hi Carolina, great to hear that you could redeem the Bigstock coupon code successful.

  254. Congratulation Yuni, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  255. Congratulation Steve, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  256. Congratulation Joel, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  257. Thank you for your feedback. I hope our guide has helped you.

  258. What should i explain? There are several usages for Lightboxes, we only explain one.

  259. Thank you for your comment!

  260. Thanks Anita for your great ressources. It also worth to look into our free photo and free vector category.

  261. Hi Pratyush, great that you like Bigstock. I think their prices are very reasonable, especially for the sizes you can get.

  262. Hi Charotte, thank you for your question. This is hard to answer without seeing the actual usage of the image. Editorial images usually can used i.e. in blogs, online-magazines or newspapers. If the website has i.e. a company blog and they use the image within a blogpost, it might be OK.

  263. Dear Gail, thanks for your questions. We appreciate your contribution to childs with cancer and there are a lot of free images out there. Please feel free to pick from one of the free photos per week or check our interviews with the free photo ressource Stockvault or RGB Stock

    I hope this will help you to find great photos for the book you write. Keep up the good work.


  264. Sure you can. Do you have any more questions? Send us a message through the contact form.

  265. Thanks for your comment, i’d love to meet you in Berlin! Ping me if you need any more details about the Expo.

  266. Thank you for your comment! You are right that it’s not that easy to compare the image prices. We just want to give a short overview for regular stock photo buyers. We might do another article which will compare the “Pay-as-you-go” prices for non-regular stock photo buyers. You are welcome to supply your comparison for it.

  267. Hello John, yes you are right we did not mention it absolute correct. What we mean is that you will need a extended licence if you use the work in a work for a client because in most cases you will resale your “work”. The personal use is more means as a use for your own commercial or company. Thank you for your answer!

  268. Thank you for your recommendation Bjorgvin!

  269. Hi Karin, thanks for your comment and recommendation. We will also post free photos from Bigstock and other agencies in our Free Photo Section.

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