Available Image Sizes

Shutterstock images are available in several sizes so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. All images are available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes. The Large size file is always the original, as submitted by the contributor. This is the best-quality option available. 

Image Sizing Guide:

  • Small (S) has the shortest download time and is suitable for digital use.
  • Medium (M) is suitable for small prints and digital use.
  • Large (L) is the original file provided by the contributor. Suitable for large prints as well as digital use.

In general, we recommend downloading the Large size and then scaling for your usage. You can always come back and redownload images in different sizes as long as you have an active plan.

Enhanced License Image Sizing
When opting for our Enhanced License (EL), you’ll download a Large size image in TIFF format. The dimensions and DPI of this image are not different than that of the Large size JPEG file, but the file size (in megabytes) is larger. TIFF files are often preferred by printing companies, but are the same quality as our Large size JPEG. Customers should opt for the Enhanced License TIFF only when they need additional licensing usage, not when looking for higher-quality files.

Image DPI
All Shutterstock images come in 300 DPI (dots per inch). For print, 300 DPI is the standard, while 72 DPI is the standard for web use. When creating content intended for screen viewing, you can adjust the DPI using common image editing tools (like Shutterstock Editor).

What about vector sizes?
Shutterstock vector (EPS) illustrations can be scaled to any size without loss of resolution. They also have a high level of editing capability. Learn more about vector files here.

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