Getting Started

Submission and Account Guidelines

Important policies and account regulations

How do I submit vector illustrations for review?

A guide to uploading and preparing vector files for review

Title and Keyword Guidelines, Policies and Best Practices

Overview of requirements and policies relating to metadata for Shutterstock [...]

How do I submit photos for review?

a guide to uploading and preparing photographs for review

How do I sign up to become a Shutterstock contributor?

A guide to registering for a contributor account

How do I submit video for review?

Guidelines for uploading and preparing video content for review

How do I submit illustrations for review?

A guide to uploading and preparing JPEG illustrations for review

What can I do if my first submission did not get approved?

Tips for understanding rejection reasons and helpful links for new contributors

How do I send my first set of images to Shutterstock?

Different content types have different requirements for submission

What is the difference between Commercial and Editorial content?

A quick guide to how each type of content may be used

How do I become a Music Contributor?

Information for aspiring music contributors

How is "Similar Content" Defined?

Submitting subtle variations of the same image is not allowed.

How can I improve the performance of my portfolio?

Shutterstock's tools and tips for success

Can I register for a contributor account as a business?

Business accounts must send us separate documents to register

How is Keyword Spamming Defined?

Keyword spamming is the overuse of repeated words, or the use of irrelevant terms.

Why did I not receive a registration verification email?

Registration requires email verification to succeed

Terms of Use for Shutterstock Forums

Please adhere to these rules for the Shutterstock Forum

Can I open a second account?

Our policy restricts using multiple accounts

Can I share an account with someone else?

Your account may only contain your own work and cannot be shared

Can I sign up using a nickname?

You must register under your full legal or business name, not a nickname

Is there a minimum age for contributors?

You must be at least 18 years old to sign up for Shutterstock

What are the requirements for passwords?

Passwords must be a combination of letters and numbers