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Getty Images has officially entered the world of NFTs. A new, exclusive partnership with Candy Digital –a company specializing in digital collectibles– ...

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We are excited about the launch of Colorful, a new app that brings 3D rendering to the masses by combining cloud computing and user-friendly, in-browser ...

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Where some time ago the new big thing was 360° photos, VR, and 3D visuals, in 2022 it’s all about AI-generated images: pictures that are entirely created by ...

Stock photo agency Dreamstime, which has been amongst the top companies in the space for many years, has recently launched LicenseGuard, a new intelligent ...

We all know how color can make or break your designs. From the tones you choose to how you use them in your layout, choosing the perfect colors is a key step ...

Photocase, a well-established stock photo agency specializing in artsy imagery, has launched a new campaign against the promotion and usage of free media ...

The Spain-based, freemium stock media company Freepik recently disclosed their impressive numbers for the year 2021, which include a 61.5 million Euros ...

Have you wanted to download images from iStock’s highly-curated library (with top-quality photos both in exclusive high-end and budget pictures) but you ...

Canva is a great resource for graphic design, photo-editing, and all kinds of creative projects.  Canva Pro, their premium service aimed at small ...

Color is a crucial visual element to create an impact on your viewers, and it’s a critical aspect of both branding and advertising.  But the colors ...

Do you love Canva.com’s user-friendly editor and high-res images, but you’re confused about how they work, license-wise? If so, you’re not alone.  ...

The new year is ahead of us and that can only mean one thing: new, exciting visual trends to embrace!  The team at Stock Photo Secrets, in ...

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  1. Hi Alan, thank you for sharing your experience so far, it’s very valuable info. The effort vs reward analysis is a very personal one, and that’s something we mention in our guide regarding deciding whether it’s worth it or not for each individual artist, and we understand the current earnings from only one agency might not justify the work it takes for you. This is also why a lot of contributors submit to several agencies simultaneously, as the pooled earnings can, optimistically, make it more worthwhile than those of only one site. But again, that’s a personal choice to make. Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Hi C, thank you for your comment. We will make a correction to our real-life example in the article. In our expert’s opinion, the hats can potentially fall under Enhanced license even if they’re free, due to being considered “merchandise” regardless, but flyers and brochures are usually covered by Standard license as far as we are aware. We will seek more clarification about this specific point if possible. This is why we always recommend contacting Shutterstock directly as licensing terms can be somewhat ambiguous and only the agency has the last word, so it’s great that you did just that. Thanks again 🙂

  3. HI Cleonna, I firstly state that we are not Canva and we do not speak for the company so my answer is for orientation only. That said, yes, you get to keep and use any designs you made with Canva Pro during your free trial. What you will not be able to do is to re-download any designs/premium content for free (you would need to pay for them). I recommend you contact Canva directly to verify this, for your own peace of mind.
    Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Bourouba, if your intention is to have a middleman company handling the licensing process for you, obviously any of the agencies we listed in our article will work. Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, iStock and Getty Images are all highly professional companies, and once you’re accepted as a contributor you can easily build a portfolio and send the link to potential customers; the agencies handle/automate the whole buying process and cut a share of the sale price, you don’t have to do anything else. However, a few things to highlight:
    -If you’re looking at making more money per sale of your images, then your best bet is Getty Images: the % you get per sale is higher here because their prices are higher too. Qualifying as a contributor for Getty Images can be harder to do than for the other agencies, though.
    -At microstock agencies such as Shutterstock, Adobe Stock or iStock, you’ll make a lot less per sale (sometimes a sale only earns you a few cents), but you can potentially sell more (because of the low prices that attract more customers). This is a volume-based business.
    -If you only want your photos to be used by organizations that care about nature as much as you do, then you would need to either continue managing licenses personally or find a tailored or niche agency solution. At Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, iStock or Getty Images (and at virtually any other stock photo site) your images can be downloaded and used by anyone. There are use terms they have to abide by, of course, that protect the integrity of your work. But you cannot filter or reject buyers.
    Hope this helps!

  5. Hi Abbey, if I understand correctly, you will design a brochure (using Shutterstock images in the design), for a client, and your client will print that brochure and hand it out to its prospective customers. If this is the case, you are fine with a standard license from Shutterstock, keeping in mind it has a print run limit of 500,000 copies (you would need an Enhanced license if you were to exceed that number of copies).
    The only thing you and your client need to know is that you will be the owner of the images’ licenses. Your client will only own the design you created for their brochure and will only be able to use said design. Your client CAN NOT use the images from that brochure for any other design unless they go and buy a license from Shutterstock themselves.
    However, we are not Shutterstock representatives so I recommend you to get in touch with the agency directly to get their official response on this matter before using the images, for your peace of mind.
    Hope this helps!

  6. Hi there. We are not Shutterstock, so we strongly advise you to verify this and any other licensing inquiry with them directly, our answers are for orientation only.
    That said, the image you linked appears to be available for an Enhanced license, which is the type of license you need for using it on commercial products. So providing you buy it under an Enhanced license, you should be able to use it in your intended way.
    Again, please verify this with the agency before downloading, for your peace of mind.
    Hope this helps!

  7. Hi David, by fashion runway/lookbook image, do you refer to a royalty-free image or an editorial image from an actual runway show? Because a royalty-free image is suitable for magazine use (including covers) in most cases –you would only need to verify the print run limit if using a standard license– and allow for all kinds of edits. But editorial images licensed through stock photo sites cannot be heavily edited, and the editorial license sometimes doesn’t allow for cover art use, but for illustrative use only.
    So if you’re interested in an editorial image, you would need to contact the agency that has it and ask them directly about whether you can use it on your cover and edit the background, and what license would you need in that case.
    Hope this helps!

  8. Hi TJ, obligatory note that we are not Shutterstock representatives so this answer is for orientation only, and we recommend you contact Shutterstock directly to verify this info. Upon review and advice from our resident licensing expert, I am told that yes, you very likely can sell prints of unedited images with an Enhanced license. Again, it’s always best to verify with the agency directly.
    Hope this helps!

  9. Hi Kait, as we are not Canva representatives, my best advice is for you to contact Canva directly and verify this with them. But, from the best of my knowledge, the only way to legally use Canva content (Pro or free) is to download a design from the image editor. As long as you select an image, put it on the editor’s canvas, and perform any kind of edits on it (be it cropping, adding a filter, or text, etc.), and then export it using the download button, this should constitute a Canva design and comply with the license terms. Again, please check with Canva directly to make sure you’re in the clear with your intended use.
    Hope this helps!

  10. Hi Lisa, the Canva Pro license is perpetual, this means the license for photos you downloaded and used in a design while your plan was still active, is still valid even after your plan ends. You may continue using those photos in your ebook and print copies according to the license agreement terms, just remember three things:
    1. You cannot use those photos in any new designs. To do that, you would need to re-download the images from Canva directly (and pay for them again).
    2. If you are using the images as stand-alone in the ebook, the pixel count limitation from Canva’s terms still applies.
    3. Any images you downloaded within your plan but did not use in a design at the time of cancellation of your subscription, are voided. You cannot use those images if your plan is not active, and you must delete the files.

    Hope this helps!

  11. Hi Matt, this is a very interesting point, thank you for bringing it up. We expanded a bit on this subject in our recent news coverage of the opening of DALL-E 2 to the public which you can read here.
    The truth is that right now the whole legal frame for selling AI images in stock agencies is in its infancy, a lot of details are still being ironed out. DALL-E 2 specifically grants full copyright and commercial usage rights to users, for example, but whether stock photo agencies will immediately accept AI-generated visuals from contributors on their platforms is not clearly defined yet.
    They’re certainly taking steps in that direction, but the issue is more complicated than it might seem at first glance: copyright issues regarding the images used to train the AI software, biometric data of people whose likeness was used in the training, potential plagiarism allegations from AI-generated images that resemble existing, non-AI work, are just some of the factors that are still slightly problematic. vAIsual, a company we mention in our article, have a very well-round service precisely because they’ve taken most of those things into consideration every step of the way.
    Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see this unfold and see what solutions the stock media industry will adopt!

  12. Hi Eleanor, the specifics of image attribution can vary from one agency to the other, so you need to read the license agreement of the stock photo you intend to use (this information is commonly included in their terms), and even better contact the agency directly to verify. But in general terms, stock photo agencies require that you cite the agency and the author of the image. Please remember that to use a royalty-free image in a book introduction you need to have a valid license for said image.
    Hope this helps!

  13. Hi BK,

    According to Shutterstock’s license agreement, in the Restrictions segment (see point #3 in our guide above), point 1.2.i says you cannot in any way make it seem like the content is yours. Adding to that, the point 1.5 (Credit and copyright notices) establishes in point 1.5.a that: “The use of Images and Video in connection with news reporting, commentary, publishing, or any other “editorial” context, shall be accompanied by an adjacent credit to the Shutterstock contributor and to Shutterstock in substantially the following form: “Name of Artist/Shutterstock.com”” – So yes, you are required to include attribution in the photo, in the detailed format.
    If your report only contains images from Shutterstock, it is often possible to simply include one general photo attribution for all images, in the credits section of your report. But you need to verify this with Shutterstock directly.
    Hope this helps!

  14. Hi Georgina, what you describe would fall under the label of derivative work, and the Shutterstock license does not allow for this kind of use, neither on its Standard nor Extended license. Furthermore, there is an explicit prohibition to infringe on the image artist’s copyright, trademark, and other individual rights. This is why using stock photos as a reference for artwork is usually not permitted.
    However, Shutterstock does encourage you to contact their Customer Service if the rights you need are not listed on their license agreement, and we suggest you reach out to a Shutterstock representative directly to verify whether they have a license option suitable for your needs. But do not proceed with your intended use without confirming with the agency.
    Hope this helps!

  15. Hi David, could you be more specific? Do you mean that you wish to cancel your Shutterstock subscription? If so, you can do it directly on your account settings on their website. Keep in mind that all images you download and have already used in a design, are yours to use forever even after canceling your subscription. Hope this helps.

  16. Hi Nicole. That is a very good question. All images you use have to be part of a design made with Canva, the license doesn’t allow standalone uses of images.
    Do keep in mind, that a design doesn’t have to have a lot of design elements – even adding a filter or a small logo, a colorful border, etc., would suffice. As long as you created it on the Canva Editor and exported it/published it from there, you will be covered.
    Disclaimer: We are not Canva representatives or lawyers, this answer is for information only. We encourage you to contact Canva directly to verify the info.
    Hope this helps!

  17. Hi Donna, before I answer, an obligatory disclaimer that we are not Shutterstock agents nor lawyers, so this is for information only and I encourage you to verify this with Shutterstock directly. That said, as explained in section #2 of our guide, the Standard License terms in Shutterstock cover print uses including magazines and books, up to 500,000 copies.
    I understand the resale issue is probably where you become dubious. But, if you refer to section #4 of our guide, the Enhanced License is only required when the images are to be integrated into merchandise, but publications do not fall under this criteria.
    Every time the images in your book are there to add value, but are NOT the value in themselves, and provided you don’t exceed the 500,000 copies, we think a Standard License would suffice. Again, you should definitely verify this with Shutterstock before using the photos.
    Hope this helps!

  18. Hi Andy. All Shutterstock images are high resolution, you usually get to pick between two or three available sizes (we recommend always selecting the largest size available since there is no added cost and it’s a lot more flexible for design). Said largest size is suitable for large format printing, at 300 DPI, so you shouldn’t have problems printing in your desired dimensions. However, we recommend you check with a Shutterstock representative directly before buying, to make sure. Hope this helps!

  19. Hi Manny, since we are NOT Shutterstock representatives, answering your question is a bit complicated. While their license does allow you to alter the images, there are limitations and considerations related to how much you can alter them. Additionally, while their Enhanced license authorizes the use of images in products for resale (and your art pieces would fall in this category), they also have restrictions regarding selling digital imagery based on their content. We are not able to answer this concisely for you, so we highly recommend you to contact Shutterstock directly and clarify with them, before downloading or using any of their images in this way.

  20. Hello, not sure exactly what you mean. This is a news article from 2013, which reported on Shutterstock’s official announcement of surpassing $150M in contributor payouts (you can see the press release right here).
    At the time of this announcement, Shutterstock had been in business for 10 years. What Amos did was a simple breakdown of those numbers that meant an average of $15M in contributor payouts per year.
    Shutterstock’s latest announcement in terms of contributor earnings milestones is from 2019 when they reported having reached $1 Billion in contributor earnings.
    Hope this clears it up for you!

  21. Hi Yusuf,

    Thank you and that’s a very good question. I think the industry always has room for new players and as long as you have a solid plan and are willing to put in the effort and the investment, you have a shot. That said, there is more opportunity for niche agencies with a unique offer.
    As a matter of fact, our team leader and founder, Amos Struck, will be discussing precisely this topic and sharing his strategies for smaller companies to thrive in the stock photo industry, in the upcoming CEPIC 2022 Roundtable, if you have an interest in this and the possibility, I recommend that you attend! 🙂

  22. Hi Jeanne, we are not Canva and we don’t represent them so I strongly advise you to verify this with Canva directly. But, for information purposes only and from our interpretation of their license, that point you mention refers to the images as standalone (this is, just the stock photo/stock graphic element from Canva library), not to a design created using Canva/Canva elements. You cannot ever make a stock photo obtained through Canva available for others to download or share as is. I don’t have the particulars about whether you can sell designs containing Canva content on Etsy (this you will need to check with Canva directly, as I mentioned), but as far as I understand you can use the Canva editor to create designs for sale. Hope this helps a bit!

  23. Hi Sarika, per Shutterstock’s license terms, you are not ever required to disclose the license number, but you are required to credit Shutterstock for the images, in a clear and legible font. For Standard Royalty-Free License, the credit suggested is “Name of Artist/Shutterstock.com”. And for Editorial Only License, the form of attribution should be “Name of Artist / Agency / Shutterstock”. Hope this helps!

  24. Hi Maggie, do you mean how to access the Canva license terms? If so, you can access it by clicking right here. Hope it helps!

  25. Hi Natalie, according to Shutterstock’s score system, “high usage” is the term that indicates the image has been downloaded more times (thus, presumably used more). Hope this helps!

  26. Hi Meg, very good question. If you check the image in section #2 of our guide above, you’ll see that point 2 of Shutterstock’s Standard License mentions that physical prints are limited to 500,000 reproductions “in the aggregate”. So this print run limit applies to the image as a whole, no matter how many designs you’re using it. To answer your question, yes, you need to keep track of the number of prints you make, over time. If in the future you need to surpass the 500,000 copies limit, you can always re-license the image (i.e. re-download it from Shutterstock) under Standard, or upgrade to an Enhanced license (which grants unlimited downloads among other usage rights) if you see it fit. Mind you, we are not Shutterstock representatives, so you might be better off contacting them directly to verify the information. Hope this helps!

  27. HI there, Getty Images is a very prestigious agency and they specialize in exclusive, high-end, and hard-to-get imagery. Their prices reflect that, but they’re certainly not for every budget, that is true. The $475 per image rate is the highest, for one single large-sized photo (4K and HD videos cost the same), and it goes for less if you buy a bundle. There are cheaper prices available –for example, a small web-sized image goes for $150-$175–. That said, there are a lot of much more affordable options out there, including iStock which is under the Getty umbrella and has great quality images for as little as $0.22 each (bear in mind these are non-exclusive stock images). Hope this helps!

  28. Hi Anjali, we are not Canva representatives so my answer is for orientation only, you will need to contact Canva directly to verify this and I advise you to do so. But to answer your question, the pixel count limit in online publications refers specifically to unedited images, that is, using a photo exactly as it was downloaded from Canva. If you create a design in Canva using several stock images, that would imply the images have been edited by you, and thus the pixel count limitation would not apply. Even if you use only one image, as long as it’s been edited/customized, that limitation is removed. Hope this helps!

  29. Hi Phan, I’m glad our article is helpful for you! Regarding your question, the use you’re describing is covered by Shutterstock Standard License. Just keep in mind that: your client can only use your design in their social media channels (they cannot use the vector element from Shutterstock alone, as they do not have a license for it). However, we are not Shutterstock representatives so we advise you to verify with them directly. Hope this helps!

  30. Hi, obligatory disclaimer that we are not Shutterstock representatives, so you would need to contact Shutterstock directly to verify about this. My answer is orientative only. That said, the Editorial license at Shutterstock is a one-use-only license. Meaning you can only use it once, in connection with one medium. So you would need to re-license the image every time you want to use it in a new blog post. However, their terms also include that you are allowed to re-use an Editorial image as long as it is contextually related to your initial use –for example, if you use an image in a news post about Microsoft, you could then re-use the same image in a social media post where you promote your article–. Hope this helps!

  31. Hi Sheryl, I can only offer you an orientative answer on this. I think you would need an Extended license because what you intend is to use the images in products for resale. However, the nature of your product (tarot-like cards) could potentially fall under the sensitive use clause that most licenses have that would not allow you to use the images for this. So, my advice is to contact the stock agency(s) directly to ask if your intended use is accepted by their terms and to verify that an Extended license would suffice. Hope this helps!

  32. Hi Carla, very good question. First of all, the obligatory disclaimer that we are not Shutterstock representatives, so my answer is for orientation only and you would need to verify with Shutterstock directly in any case. That said, as of right now according to Shutterstock’s terms you can keep and use all the images you download within your subscription forever, even after said subscription ends. About cancellation fees, if you hire the month-to-month plan there isn’t any penalty, you can hire it for just one month at no extra cost. Do keep two things: 1) The auto-renew option is selected by default, so you must make sure to unselect and save the changes in your account settings within the month, to avoid being charged for a subsequent one. And 2) Your allotted downloads are available for that month alone and while the subscription is active, any downloads you haven’t used by the time your plan is up will be forfeited.
    Hope this helps 🙂

  33. Hi John, we address your questions and more details on where and how to sell images in our Honest Guide to Selling Photos Online. We recommend you check it out, and if you have further questions, feel free to ask them in a comment in that section, if it’s in our knowledge, we’re always happy to help.

  34. Hi Jolene, it is possible to use stock photos in t-shirt prints to sell, for that you need an Extended License. These licenses come at higher price points than the regular ones, but give you the right to use images in products for resale (such as the t-shirts), among other added usage rights.

    Hope this helps!

  35. Hi Michael, each agency has its own submission guidelines which include resolution requirements, where what matters the most is to meet the minimum size required for high res download. The minimum is usually 4 megapixels (mp) which translates into 2000×2000 px, but the industry standard of desirable size is around 15 mp. Your files at 6000×4000 are 24 mp so, more than okay to submit.

    A good practice to determine image size is to zoom them into 100% and check that the edges and details of the main subjects are perfectly sharp. If there’s any softness at 100% zoom, then consider reducing the dimension some.

    DPI doesn’t factor in, all agencies care about is pixel count.

    Hope this helps!

  36. Hi Mark, a watermark is an effective way to protect your intellectual property indeed, and you can also include a copyright disclaimer at the foot of every image published. Keep in mind that I am not a lawyer and you would need to verify this with an attorney, but that as long as you are the legal copyright owner of these images, you will always have ways to enforce that copyright to be respected. Today, for example, there are many advanced image recognition and image tracking services you can use to police where and how your content is being used. So if someone would use your images without authorization, you could identify this illegal use and send a DMCA takedown notice or otherwise initiate legal actions. I hope this helps!

  37. We’re glad you found our Shutterstock Free Trial useful, Sandra!

  38. Hi, Ron. Thank you for your comment. You are very right, Canva Pro’s current pricing is $12.99/month or $119.99/year. Our article is not old, it was actually updated at the end of August 2021 to reflect a temporary price-cut in Canva memberships. As you sharply pointed out, the plans are now back to regular pricing. We have updated our article to reflect this, and we thank you for pointing it out to us.

  39. Hi Emma, we are very glad to know our extended Canva Free Trial was useful for you!

  40. Hi Derek, that is subject to designer’s preferences and PDF is a perfectly acceptable format for graphics. But generally speaking, EPS format is better for editing.

  41. Hi Francisco,

    We are not Shutterstock (the source of the video you posted), and besides that, unfortunately, we don’t know who this model is. I believe a better way to find him would be to contact the contributor (the artist that created this video) directly and ask. Or perhaps running an image search with his face on Google. Hope this helps a bit!

  42. Hi Lucy,

    Clarifying first that we are not Shutterstock representatives, it is my understanding that you could use a Shutterstock image for this purpose, providing you make less than 500,000 copies. This is the stipulation on point a.2. of their Standard license agreement” “Printed in physical form as part of product packaging and labeling, (…) CD and DVD cover art, or in the advertising and copy of tangible media, (…) provided no Image is reproduced more than 500,000 times in the aggregate”; all images downloaded during your free trial period are under Standard license. I advise verifying with Shutterstock directly for your peace of mind, though.
    Hope this helps!

  43. Hi Janet, it is my understanding that using a stock image to create a painting would be considered a copy of the image and thus, not allowed by any license as it would infringe the image author’s copyright.
    However, we are not Shutterstock representatives, so I advise you to contact Shutterstock directly to verify whether you can or cannot use their photos this way.

  44. Hi John, Adobe (and most stock agencies for the matter) have policies against stockpiling, meaning they put a deadline to when you can use images you downloaded from their site after your subscription ends. Each agency has its own limit, but it is usually not very long around 30-60 days. After that, the license for images you haven’t yet used is considered invalid. If your intention is to download images to use them later on, this deadline gets in your way.
    So, I would advise contacting Adobe Stock directly to find out what their deadline for unused images is, and based on that information see if a one-month subscription is worth your while.
    Hope this helps!

  45. Hi Nainesh, We are not Adobe representatives, so we are in no position to quote custom prices for their service. If the offers listed in our article do not meet your needs, you can always contact a representative on Adobe Creative Cloud’s website. Their customer support service is top quality, so don’t hesitate to discuss your specific needs with them.

  46. Hi Patti,

    What you describe is considered a reproduction of copyrighted images, and it’s prohibited by most stock photo agencies’ licensing terms. Meaning you cannot use drawings based on stock photos, even if you buy a license. There are some agencies that might allow it upon agreement, so in that case, you should contact the agencies directly.

  47. Hi Wendy,

    You will need to verify this with a Shutterstock representative directly. It is my understanding that you cannot use a Shutterstock image as part of a painting, any more than you can use it as part of a logo. These are copyrighted images and you cannot claim them as your own, thus you could not claim a painting that contains a Shutterstock image as your own, original work, be it for exhibition or for sale. I am under the impression that Enhanced License doesn’t cover this.
    However, we at Stock Photo Secrets aren’t lawyers and we do not represent Shutterstock, so again, please verify this with them directly.

  48. Hi Anna, as long as the images are a small part of the manual (for illustration purposes, for example) and not the core value in it, and also as long as the manual itself is not sold, then Standard License should suit you –keeping in mind the 500,000 print run limit. We have a dedicated article on Shutterstock License explained that you might find useful: https://www.stockphotosecrets.com/questions-answers/shutterstock-license.html
    Please keep in mind our articles and my comment are for guidance only, to be 100% certain you’re using the right license, you must contact Shutterstock directly and ask for confirmation.
    I hope this helps you!

  49. Hi Jacob, we’re very glad you found our article and real-life examples useful!

  50. Hi Steven. Firstly, in Adobe Stock “assets” refers to media files. A “Standard asset” does equal a Standard image indeed.
    The price of Standard images with subscriptions (the only type of assets you can download with these plans) ranges between $0.26 and $9.99 each. Our article focuses on these as they are the best prices, and we display them on tables to make them easier to identify 🙂
    If you use credits for Standard images, 1 image = 1 credit. That would be $8 – $9.99 per image depending on what size of credit pack you use.
    All this info is properly displayed on Adobe Stock throughout the buying process, as well as on their pricing page. In the case of Standard images, you must do a little calculation if you wish to know the price per unit because they no longer sell them individually, but the info is there.
    Lastly, the price of the assets does vary but depending on their status and value: Premium images, Premium 3D designs, Stock Video, Extended License and Editorial License have different price points than Standard images (they cost more). These can only be bought on demand, be it one by one or with credits.
    I hope to have helped clarify this for you!

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