We’re excited to announce the public debut of our latest feature for Shutterstock Contributors: the new Keyword Suggestions tool. We heard from you that good keywording can be difficult and time-consuming, so we set out to make it both easier and faster, while increasing the accuracy and relevance of your results.

The first version of Keyword Suggestions is here today, meaning you can start using it right away. This new feature has the potential to drastically improve the way you submit images and videos, so we can’t wait to hear what you think. Once you’ve tried it out, please share any and all feedback using the tab on the left in your Contributor account. We’ll use your input to keep making it even better.

Keyword Suggestions is simple to use. Just search for and select a few images with similar content to your own, and the tool will supply you with a list of relevant keywords that you can refine and add to your image or clip. Keyword suggestions is powered by data from Shutterstock’s 750,000+ customers to recommend accurate keywords that are likely to get you the most downloads. It also offers ideas for great keywords you might not have thought of on your own.

After you do a search, use the tool to choose images that have content or themes similar to your own. Select at least three, or choose more images for even better recommendations. The Keyword Suggestions tool is completely integrated into the Content Editor (just click “Suggest Keywords” when you’re submitting images or clips), and the standalone version (found in the Portfolio menu) can be used seamlessly side-by-side with other programs like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge, making it a natural addition to your workflow.

By using Keyword Suggestions, you can free up more of your time to focus on what you love doing most — creating fantastic images and clips. Plus, better, more accurate keywords make it more likely that your images will come up more often in customer searches. And that, of course, can mean increased sales, which is something we can all get excited about.

Have questions or feedback about the new Keyword Suggestions tool? Use the Feedback tab in your account to let us know!