Have you grown frustrated with your inability to find suitable free stock images for your various projects - for example, for design projects or news stories? If so, you may just find Shutterstock a handy one-stop source of some of the best quality images around.
Shutterstock was established in 2003 when founder Jon Oringer uploaded 30,000 of his own stock photos - and the collection has grown exponentially since then. Today, 10,000 images are added daily to the site, which is licensed by the TRUSTe Privacy Program.
Prospective subscribers to Shutterstock aren't restricted to choosing between its Professional and Basic plans, with Enhanced Subscriptions and business-oriented solutions also available.
Free Browse Account – Search through the collections. Create and share unlimited lightboxes
Standard License - Shutterstock Standard license allows for most commercial uses and some limited merchandising uses.
Basic – Download images any time for up to one year – including all JPEG sizes and vectors.
Professional – Download 750 images every month, including all JPEG and Vector sizes
Enhanced License - Shutterstock Enhanced license allows for unlimited runs of merchandising uses as well as high-viewership commercial uses.
Enhanced Subscriptions – Download images any time for up to one year, including TIFF, JPEG, and Vector sizes
✔ More than 60 million royalty free images
✔ Photos, illustrations, vectors and videos all available
✔ All-encompassing customer support
- No free trial option
- No option to purchase images without subscription
- Not the cheapest stock image site
Shutterstock is one of the biggest players in the stock photo industry, and it shows. Given its tens of millions of copyright free images to choose from as well as a high standard of customer support, if we were you, we'd sign up now!