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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?

How can I use editorial content?

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

What usage is permitted with the Shutterstock Footage license?

Learn the details around how footage can be used.

How do I download Images?

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

How do I get a receipt?

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

Does royalty-free mean that Shutterstock content is free?

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

How I get proof that I licensed Shutterstock content?

Where to find proof of license for specific Shutterstock content.

Redownloading Images

Previously purchased images are free to redownload at any time.

About the Image Detail Page

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

Can Shutterstock images be used for Logos and Trademarks?

Learn about using Shutterstock images for logos or trademarks.

What are stock photos for commercial use?

Learn about the commercial usage of stock photos.

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 is Shutterstock's Premier license?

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

What is an Enhanced License?

Shutterstock's Enhanced License provides greater flexibility.

Single vs. Multi-user accounts

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

Does Shutterstock have a Free Trial?

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

What is Shutterstock?

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

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 my website?

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

Redownloading Videos

Previously purchased footage clips are free to redownload at any time.

Why is some content marked "Editorial Use Only?"

Editorial content is not cleared for commercial use.

Shutterstock Editorial License

Access the latest Shutterstock editorial images.

Can I have multiple image plans in my account?

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

What Stock Photos Sell Best?

Selling Stock Photos Doesn't Have to be Difficult

What kind of image plans does Shutterstock offer?

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

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 [...]

Where to Buy Stock Photos

How does one go about buying stock photos?

Purchasing small Image packs

What if I don't need a large number of 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 [...]

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 Facebook and other social sites?

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

Can Shutterstock curate a Collection of images for me?

If you have a Premier account, image research and image Collection creation services [...]

Can I edit the content I license?

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

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

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

How does the Shutterstock footage subscription plan work?

Never run out of clips with our footage subscription for 10 or 20 clips per month.

Can I get comp Images or Clips?

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

How much do video clips cost?

The price of a clip depends on the plan or pack used for purchase.

Does your content have model/property releases?

Learn about model and property releases for footage and images.

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?

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 to License Content for a Team

Learn how to ensure your whole team has access to content and is legally protected.

Can I use Images for sensitive subjects?

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

Music: Standard and Enhanced Licenses

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

How can I share my image Collection with other people?

Shutterstock makes it easy to share image Collections.

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