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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 is Shutterstock?

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

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 [...]

How do Shutterstock image subscription plans work?

Shutterstock was the first image agency to offer subscription-based stock images.

What Stock Photos Sell Best?

Selling Stock Photos Doesn't Have to be Difficult

What is an Enhanced License?

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

Why is some content marked "Editorial Use Only?"

Editorial content is not cleared for commercial use.

Purchasing small Image packs

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

Using Images for logos and trademarks

Learn about using Shutterstock images for logos or trademarks.

How do I download Images?

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

Can I sell products with Shutterstock Images on them?

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

What is Shutterstock's Premier license?

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

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 kind of image plans does Shutterstock offer?

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

Redownloading Images

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

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 use images for web or print templates?

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

Are licenses transferrable?

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

Does your content have model/property releases?

Learn about model and property releases for footage and images.

Shutterstock Editorial License

Access the latest Shutterstock editorial images.

Single vs. Multi-user accounts

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

How I get proof that I licensed Shutterstock content?

Where to find proof of license for specific Shutterstock content.

What exactly is "merchandise?"

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

When can I download my Images?

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

What is Shutterstock's Media license?

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

What Size Stock Photo Should I Buy?

What goes into buying the right photo?

Can I use Images on products ordered on demand?

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

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 [...]

Can I get comp Images or Clips?

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

How can I share my image Collection with other people?

Shutterstock makes it easy to share image Collections.

How can I use your content exclusively?

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

How do I get a receipt?

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

Can I use Images on my packaging?

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

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 [...]

Can I use Images for sensitive subjects?

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

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 have multiple image plans in my account?

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

Music: Standard and Enhanced Licenses

Shutterstock offers two licenses for using music tracks in your projects.

Can I edit the content I license?

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

About the Image Detail Page

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

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 [...]

Redownloading Videos

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

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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