How do Shutterstock image subscription plans work?

Our subscription plans provide the best value on standard license images and include access to over 300 million royalty-free, high-resolution photos, vectors, and illustrations.

Month-to-month plans

If you are looking for a subscription with the greatest level of flexibility, month-to-month plans offer the option to start and stop your subscription by simply turning the renewal feature on or off in your account details.

Annual plans

If you need images on a regular basis, you can be rewarded with incredible savings by purchasing an annual commitment, either with monthly billing or with one upfront payment for even greater savings. Both annual subscriptions come with a twelve month commitment and they renew yearly after the twelfth month of service. The renewal of an annual month-to-month plan can be deactivated at any time so your plan does not renew after the one year commitment ends. This will prevent the plan from renewing for another one year commitment, but it will not stop the billing on your current annual plan. If you decide to end your commitment early, a plan price adjustment will apply.

The renewal of an annual upfront plan can be deactivated at any time, but your plan will continue being active for the duration of the twelve month commitment that has already been paid.

Subscription details

Both month-to-month and annual subscriptions grant a single user access to Shutterstock Standard License images. The plans are offered in several sizes: 10, 50, 350 and 750 images per month. For your convenience, all of our plans are set to auto renew so you don’t have to go through the purchase process each month.  A new month of service is charged around four days in advance to ensure uninterrupted access to our library. For example, a plan originally purchased on June 12th at noon will renew every 12th of the month, with payment taken around the 8th of the month. Annual plans are renewed at the end of the twelfth month of service.

Our annual and month-to-month image subscriptions come with no restrictions on image size or daily download limits. However, any unused downloads do not roll over into the following month. If you run out of downloads before the month ends, you’ll need to wait until the next month to download more or contact us to upgrade your plan.

Prepaid image packs

If you need even more downloading flexibility, our pay per download image packs, which come in download quantities up to 25 are the right product for you. Though the price per image is higher, these plans offer smaller download quantities, but are available for an entire year before renewing.

As a subscription service, we build in the auto renewal feature to all our image products. Here, when you run out of downloads, or when your pack expires, we’ll automatically renew your pack for you. If you’re not interested in auto renewal, you can simply deselect the auto renewal checkbox on the order summary page at the time of purchase. You can also turn off your auto renewal at any time in your account settings.

Team (multi-user) Plans

If you need access for multiple users, we also offer team and enterprise plans that can be purchased annually or on a month-to-month basis. For small teams we offer subscriptions for 2 users, and one unique collaborative experience for teams of 3-10 users. Of course, if you don’t find a plan that works for your needs, or you represent a larger team of 11+ users, we are happy to customize one to help you find the ideal fit.

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