Vector illustrations are wildly popular among Shutterstock customers, and for good reason. Not only can they be upsized indefinitely without losing quality, they can also have a completely different look from traditional photos. If you create vectors, you can really let your imagination go wild (just like the guy below)!

kiss vector image

Image © Arto Hoffren/Shutterstock

Many of our artists have achieved good sales from their vectors. If you’re interested in getting started as a vector contributor on Shutterstock, the first thing you should know is that uploading vectors is a slightly different process than uploading photos. But have no fear, by the end of this post you’ll be a master of this simple process.

To upload your vectors correctly:

1. Log in to your Shutterstock Submit account at

2. Click on “Submit Photos” and select your method of upload, then start adding your images.

Keep in mind:

  • Vector uploads require that two files be uploaded at the same time: An EPS file and a preview JPEG file. We accept EPS files that are compatible with Adobe Illustrator 10 and Illustrator 8. The EPS should be no larger than 15MB. The JPEG should be approximately 800 pixels on the long side at 72 DPI.
  • Each file must be named exactly the same, character for character, except for the extension. For example:
    • vector_example.jpg
    • vector_example.eps
    • Please wait until both files have uploaded before proceeding to keywording. If you open this page before both files have uploaded, the .jpg may get separated from the .eps, be rejected as too small, and your vector submission will be lost.
    • If you have uploaded via FTP, it may take some time for both of your files to finish processing, maybe even up to a half hour, so please be patient.
    • To make sure that your uploads have all been processed, check your images on the editor page. All vector submissions should say “(vector)” either on or below the image, as shown here. If the word vector does not appear, please wait up to a half hour and reload the page.


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3. Add keywords and the appropriate categories.

Keep in mind:

  • The system automatically adds vectors to the category “Vectors,” but you must also check the “Illustrations/Clipart” box AND choose the category “Illustrations/Clipart.” You may also choose one additional category.
  • We recognize EXIF information in the .jpg and in the .eps.

4. Submit. You did it! Now wait for your images to be reviewed.

With these instructions, you should be up and running in no time. We can’t wait to see your vectors!

For more information, please see these Shutterbuzz articles:

Want to learn more about vectors? Learn how to vectorize an image here!