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What usage is permitted with the Shutterstock Footage license?

Learn the details around how footage can be used.

How can I use editorial content?

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

Standard License vs. Enhanced License

What are the differences between the Standard and Enhanced Licenses?

What does royalty-free mean? Is Shutterstock content free?

Shutterstock content is royalty-free but not free of charge. So what is [...]

What are Stock Photos for Commercial Use?

Learn about the commercial usage of stock photos.

Can I use Images on my website?

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

What is an Enhanced License?

Shutterstock's Enhanced License allows: Unlimited physical print runs Unlimited [...]

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.

How do Shutterstock image subscription plans work?

Shutterstock offers flexible, easy to manage image plans for a wide range of [...]

Why is some content marked "Editorial Use Only?"

Editorial content is not cleared for commercial use.

Single vs. Multi-user accounts

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

What Stock Photos Sell Best?

Selling Stock Photos Doesn't Have to be Difficult

How do I download Images?

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

What is Shutterstock?

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

Are licenses transferrable?

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

Using Images for logos and trademarks

Learn about using Shutterstock images for logos or trademarks.

Purchasing small Image packs

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

Redownloading Images

There is no limit to the number of times or the timeframe during which you [...]

What kind of image plans does Shutterstock offer?

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

Does your content have model/property releases?

Learn about model and property releases for footage and images.

What is Shutterstock's Premier license?

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

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

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

Can I use images for web or print templates?

The Shutterstock Enhanced License allows you to use images for both print and [...]

Shutterstock Editorial License

Access the latest Shutterstock editorial images.

Where to Buy Stock Photos

How does one go about buying stock photos?

Can I use Images on Facebook and other social sites?

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

Can I sell products with Shutterstock Images on them?

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

How I get proof that I licensed Shutterstock content?

Where to find proof of license for specific Shutterstock content.

Can I get comp Images or Clips?

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

How do I get a receipt?

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

What Size Stock Photo Should I Buy?

What goes into buying the right photo?

How can I share my image Collection with other people?

Shutterstock makes it easy to share image Collections.

What exactly is "merchandise?"

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Can I use Images on my packaging?

Images may be used on packaging for products, DVDs, and CDs. This includes DVD and [...]

How much do video clips cost?

For Single Clips: Pricing for footage clips can be found next to the size of the [...]

How can I use your content exclusively?

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

What is Shutterstock's Media license?

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

Can I edit the content I license?

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

When can I download my Images?

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

Can I use Images on products ordered on demand?

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

About the Image Detail Page

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

How can I see more images from the same artist?

Shutterstock makes it easy to find more images from any artist you love.

Can I use Images for sensitive subjects?

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

What is Shutterstock's Premier platform?

Learn more about the features offered by our advanced platform.

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 [...]

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