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How can I use editorial content?

Learn how Shutterstock's "Editorial Use Only" content can be used.

How do Shutterstock image subscription plans work?

Shutterstock offers flexible plans for all your image needs.

Standard License vs. Enhanced License

What are the differences between the Standard and Enhanced Licenses?

Does royalty-free mean that Shutterstock content is free?

You can avoid paying royalties on images by purchasing the usage rights once.

How do I download Images?

Learn how to begin downloading from Shutterstock’s vast image library.

What are stock photos for commercial use?

Learn about the commercial usage of stock photos.

Does Shutterstock have a Free Trial?

Shutterstock offers a 1 month free trial on a 10 images-per-month subscription.

Can Shutterstock images be used for Logos and Trademarks?

Learn about using Shutterstock images for logos or trademarks.

Can I use Images on my website?

Yes! You can use Shutterstock images on websites without any restrictions on the [...]

What is Shutterstock's Premier license?

This is Shutterstock's strongest license - learn how to make it work for you!

Why is some content marked "Editorial Use Only?"

Editorial content is not cleared for commercial use.

What is an Enhanced License?

Shutterstock's Enhanced License provides greater flexibility.

How do I get a receipt?

All receipts are stored in your account, so you can access and/or print them [...]

How can I increase the size of an image?

Let's take a look at and how to do it - and how to minimize loss of quality.

What Stock Photos Sell Best?

Selling Stock Photos Doesn't Have to be Difficult

What is Shutterstock?

Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed images, videos, [...]

Shutterstock Editorial License

Access the latest Shutterstock editorial images.

Can I sell products with Shutterstock Images on them?

The Enhanced License allows use of Images on merchandise, both for sale and for free [...]

Redownloading Images

Previously purchased images are free to redownload at any time.

How can I get permission to use Editorial content for commercial purposes?

Learn about available options for getting special clearance to use Editorial content [...]

What kind of image plans does Shutterstock offer?

Shutterstock offers image plans and packs suited for a wide range of uses.

Can I use Images on Facebook and other social sites?

You can use Shutterstock content on social media websites, including Facebook, [...]

Purchasing small Image packs

What if I don't need a large number of Images?

Where to Buy Stock Photos

How does one go about buying stock photos?

What exactly is "merchandise?"

Read about the definition of merchandise and how it relates to Shutterstock [...]

Are licenses transferrable?

You can use Shutterstock content for your clients, but will need a Premier license [...]

Can I get comp Images or Clips?

Need to try out an Image or Clip in your project before making a purchase?

Can I use Images for my self-published book or on-demand book?

Print on demand books. Shutterstock images may be used for print on demand [...]

Single vs. Multi-user accounts

If you currently have a subscription for a single-user, this means only one person [...]

Can I edit the content I license?

Learn about what kind of edits can be made to various Shutterstock content.

How can I share my image Collection with other people?

Shutterstock makes it easy to share image Collections.

Does your content have model/property releases?

Learn about model and property releases for footage and images.

What Size Stock Photo Should I Buy?

What goes into buying the right photo?

How I get proof that I licensed Shutterstock content?

Where to find proof of license for specific Shutterstock content.

How can I use your content exclusively?

Shutterstock normally offers images and footage through royalty-free licensing. But [...]

Can I use images for web or print templates?

Yes! Choose the Enhanced License when creating templates.

How long can I use Images that I downloaded from Shutterstock?

With the Shutterstock Image licenses, there is no set time frame for using the [...]

What is Shutterstock's Media license?

This is Shutterstock's most customizable license - learn how to make it fit your [...]

How do I get free images on Shutterstock?

Shutterstock offers a free trial as well as a free image of the week.

Can I use Images on packaging?

Yes! Depending on your project, you may need our Enhanced License.

Can I use Images on products ordered on demand?

Shutterstock’s Enhanced License allows you to use images on Merchandise for sale or [...]

What is Shutterstock's Premier platform?

Learn more about the features offered by our advanced platform.

Can I use Images for sensitive subjects?

All Images: Shutterstock images may not be used together with pornographic, [...]

When can I download my Images?

The timeframe during which you can download Images depends on the type of plan you [...]

About the Image Detail Page

Learn all about the image detail page, where you can preview images, license them, [...]

Can I use Images in TV programs, film, and web video?

Images may be used in TV shows and ads, film, video discs, and web video. The [...]

Can I have multiple image plans in my account?

Yes, you can have multiple plans in your Shutterstock account. You can have multiple [...]

If I upgrade my download to the Enhanced License, does it use one of my existing plan downloads?

Upgrading to the Enhanced License is a separate transaction and license, so it won’t [...]

Can I use Images on advertising posters and billboards?

You can use images on both posters and billboards; but the license you need might be [...]

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