Shutterstock's large image size is always the default, original image. If an image is a bit too small for your needs, you may be able to increase the size using Photoshop or other programs. Let’s walk through the basics of image size increases.
Note: vector images work differently - this article refers to traditional images (JPEGs) only.
How to Increase the Size of an Image
The easiest way to increase the size of an image is to use Photoshop. This makes it easy to “upscale” images while taking steps to minimize loss of quality. Click here for detailed instructions on using Photoshop to increase the size of images. We have also created an easy-to-use and free image resizer, which can help you increase the size of your images quickly (just 3 clicks!).
Image Quality Considerations
One thing to keep in mind is that increasing the size of a photo will nearly always result in some quality degradation. This is because the number of pixels in an image is finite, so increasing the image size will result in some fuzziness or pixelation. In some cases, particularly when making small increases in size, this won’t be noticeable. In other cases, like when increasing by large amounts or when starting with a lower-quality image, it will be very noticeable.
Resampling images means that when spreading a fixed number of pixels out over a greater space, the program will attempt to "fill in" some of that space with new pixels. This is called upsampling and helps to minimize visible pixelation. When using Photoshop, you can choose to skip the resample.
Making Other Changes
Need to crop or make other small adjustments? Shutterstock Editor is an easy way to edit any Shutterstock photo - check it out today!
Here are the tools you might want to bookmark and use when you need to reduce or increase the size of your images: