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As our world continues to digitalize everything, and all our sensitive information is online one way or the other, cybersecurity became a trending topic. ...

Shutterstock is one of the best stock photo sites around, famous for its gigantic library full of high-resolution images, ready to jump from their site ...

Exciting news from Shutterstock today! The leading stock photo agency just announced they bought PicMonkey, a user-friendly online graphic design, and ...

Canva is one of the new darlings in the graphic design sphere, thanks to its innovative take that brings everyone, professional or not, closer to the ...

Science stock photos are those that cover the very broad topic of science, this is, the structured studying of the natural and social world, in order to ...

Everypixel, an AI-powered stock image search engine where you can search multiple agencies at once, is out with their latest stock photo color trends ...

Interiors images are those that depict the interior spaces in which our lives happen: home, offices, and all kinds of workspaces, restaurants, gyms, stores, ...

iStock takes one step further in video content creation, rolling out their new free iStock Video Editor, a user-friendly, web-based tool to put together ...

Signs and symbols are ways to visually represent concepts and ideas. They are an integral part of modern communication. That’s why signs and symbols images ...

Shutterstock is bound to the future, confirmed by today’s announcement of their new platform for artificial intelligent insight and data, Shutterstock.AI, ...

People stock photos are, quite literally, photographs that portray people, in every aspect of their lives, in all their wide diversity, and all ranges of ...

Animal stock photos depict animals and wildlife in all their extensive variety. From exotic birds from the rainforest to majestic-looking domestic cats.  ...

Education stock photos are the ones that portray all the different aspects of education and learning.  From pre-kinder little boys and girls to ...

Technology stock photos are images that depict everything about technology, its evolution, and its applications in all aspects of human life.  From ...

Today, Adobe Stock announced their new partnership with 100Cameras, and we are all for it!  Adobe’s stock photography service has teamed up with ...

Industrial stock photos are those that depict everything related to the manufacturing of products. As our world becomes more and more industrialized, and ...

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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/”. And for Editorial Only License, the form of attribution should be “Name of Artist / Agency / Shutterstock”. Hope this helps!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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:
    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!

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

  32. 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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