Shutterstock Reviews & Product Details

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What do you like best?

Seems to me that Shutterstock has the largest database compared to all other stock picture providers. I have been using Shutterstock extensively for years and never have I ever been left empty-handed, sometimes it might take a long time but you will eventually find exactly what you are looking for. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, this large database is only available if you buy a subscription plan. Yes, there are free pictures but most of the time it's not what you are looking for and you will eventually have to pay to get better content. Moreover, I feel that pricing is really not suitable for freelancers/small businesses or people who need pictures for some project they are doing as a hobby. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you plan to use Shutterstock for a long period, definitely get a subscription. It will save you a lot compared to buying every pic separately. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Shutterstock is my main destination when I am looking for pictures to use in marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, magazines, etc. There have been rare instances where I have used videos too, but I feel like the video database has to grow more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Shutterstock Overview

What is Shutterstock?

Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 1 million contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of creative assets each week, and currently has more than 330 million images, 50 million editorial images and 18 million video clips available. Shutterstock’s brands also include Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media offering; Shutterstock Custom, a custom content creation platform, Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat a curated royalty-free music library; and Shutterstock Editorial, a premier source of editorial images for the world's media.

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Czech, Danish, German, English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

Shutterstock is a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services. Shutterstock offers a variety of plans for individuals, teams, and enterprise customers as well as creative editing and collaboration capabilities. The Shutterstock portfolio of brands includes Bigstock, Offset, PremiumBeat, Rex Features and Shutterstock Custom.


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Shutterstock
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NYSE: SSTK
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Year Founded
2003
HQ Location
New York, NY
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$494
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Shutterstock is one of the leading brand in graphics stock market. They offer very high quality images and vectors. We can easily find relevant images of nearly any topic of our choice. It provides us various options to choose from. We can edit the final image directly before downloading and if the image is for social media pages, it can also resize it according to the specifications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Editor is not fully featured, it is missing so many basic features. The pricing of shutterstock images and vectors are quite high. They do not offer any or pricing for less than 10 images. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you require high quality images for your project and you are ready to pay for it, just try out shuttestock. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have subscribed to one of the shutterstock monthly plan, we get various images relevant to our organisation for our banners, posters, etc. These images helps in saving the time and efforts in the designing process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Junior Designer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Shutterstock is well known image library which offer high quality images, photos and vector stocks. Images or vectors related to our requirement could be easily found and customized. It auto license images whenever we download it. These days music and video stocks could also be found on Shutterstocks platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike it's pricing. It provide good quality of content but still the price is too much for the same. The pricing structure is also needs to changed. We have to subscribe at-least for 10 images, if we need less images than too we have to pay for at-least 10 images. The content could be a little organised to rank more relevant content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Best one for image and vector stocks if you have enough budget. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use shutterstock images and vectors occasionally whenever we require high quality stocks. We realize that even if shutterstock is expensive to use but it have most number of relevant and high quality stocks to fulfill one's need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Shutterstock is well known for high quality graphics. They have good number of relevant as well as high quality images, photos and vectors as well as other footage for most of the graphic needs. I like their licensing and download process, we do not have to worry about anything. Now they also started offering music beats as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Filtering of content requires more improvement, because one have to invest a lot of time to finalize the relevant graphic at current scenarios. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have any graphics requirement, you must try out shutterstock once, it might cost you more but have high quality and good number of content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used shutterstock graphics for some of the our posters and banners. They have very good number of relevant content required for our organisations graphics needs, so shutterstock is very useful for us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We could find so many options for mostly all of the topics required for business needs. All graphic assets are of high quality and there are so many options for both images and vectors. They are royalty free and have auto licensing procedure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Pricing is a little expensive comparing it's competitors. It's image editor is not have all the tools required, like custom height and width, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are ready to pay for images, Shutterstock could be a suitable option for Graphics requirements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Shutterstock whenever we run special campaigns of marketing. It gives special exposure to the end users about the offers and deals. Whenever we need high quality graphics with is relevant to our needs we don't have to depend on other sources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

We can use Shutterstock to use high quality photos, music, and grapics. Shutterstock photos are of very high quality. The search option is very good we can search for our related topic for all images. We use high quality music in Shutterstock. Shutterstock graphic is very good and of good quality. We can find all imported related to our topic photos in one place. The filter option is very good we can filter all photos according to our use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Shutterstock prices are a very high small company not afford these prices. If our requirement is less than 20 images then we pay 20 images price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can use it for photos or music for our company poster, banner, and web development. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We use Shutterstock for high quality images and high quality graphics to use our company requirement. This time Shutterstock offers high quality music. Price of Shutterstock is very high small companies not afford this price. Search option is very good we require images search easily way. Shutterstock offers a high quality of all types of images. We do not face a copyright problem in Shutterstock. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Our requirement is 10 images then I will pay 20 images price that is the main problem in Shutterstock. A search keyword is not good sometimes we did not find we require images. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our use of Shutterstock is to buy images and graphics and music for our company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The use of Shutterstock is high quality photos and high quality graphic. We can search our required based photos many photos available there. The quality of photos is very high we can buy high quality photos. The cost of photos is very high small companies can not afford these prices. Photos in Shutterstock are copyright free no require a license. Shutterstock started this time music that is a very good option for users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Price is very high and we can require 10 photos and we pay 20 photos price less than 20 is not accepted. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team members use Shutterstock photos for web development and make company posters. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We can use it to buy images and templates. It can be provided full HD images that images quality are very good and variance are available in images. We can use that image to make banners and also use it for web development. Shutterstock wallpaper is very good and the quality is also very good. We can find that the search images tool is very good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Price is very high anyone, not afford that price for that reason. Sometimes music quality not good. Sometimes photos quality not as we assume. Some items not found in shutterstock. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our manager is buying photos and wallpapers in shutterstock. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Principal Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

They have good images, their customer services is very very bad Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Customer Services is the worst I've experienced. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have some great images but terrible customer service. The people I spoke with 1. Could barely speak english 2. Made zero attempt to understand my questions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Im not using them for the images any more. Have moved to iStock Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I like the variety. It has a good selection especially vectors. I can download them and open it in adobe illustrator to change a few things. It also super easy to use, but it also has a lot of clutter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A lot of the content needs to be updated more frequently. A lot of it seems outdated or too much like a stock image. The models look unnatural, which comes across as cheap. The price to be a member is too high. I think the total cost of each image is about $10, which isn't right. Envato elements is another website I use, which is sometime better than ShutterStock and so much cheaper. I honestly don't know if I would renew my membership after this year with ShutterStocks. I honestly rarely use it anymore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't rely too much on it. Be creative and add your own flare. It's okay for small quick projects. I think the content is lacking creativity sometimes. I would consider it for vector graphics, but that's pretty much it. I would say to try Envato before committing to ShutterStocks prices. Video, Music and Photos are all add-ons, but Envato bundles them all together for such a low annual cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can sometimes speed up the time process to create content. It's good when you're in a time crunch. Downloading vectors like icons can really help sometimes. My projects include a lot of vector and I love the large variety. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Associate Creative Director
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Shutterstock has great support for new photographers and those looking to sell their images. The criteria for each submission ensures one of the best stock image databases in the world. Yet, the submission standards are not as difficult to meet compared to other sites. Likewise, the extensive database and easy- to -use keyword search also help with reaching the most viewers. Finally, Shutterstock has a very quick submission review. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is an oversaturation of quality submissions, so one has to really ensure that your work stands out or reaches the most audiences in an effective manner. Also, the price per download is average but not as high as other sites. Finally, improving the implementation of social media advertising would also be an asset. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend that users understand keywords. I also recommend that users keep in mind that often times simpler is often just as profitable and more complex work. Finally, to improve the chance that your submissions will be approved, I recommend a phone with a great camera or your personal camera. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's hard to make many sales but after looking through their monthly stock image suggestions and top searches, it becomes easier to successfully sell your work. This has benefited me by improving my ability to understand what people are looking for and general trends. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Planning Section Chief
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Shutterstock has incredible help for new picture takers and those hoping to sell their pictures. The rules for every accommodation guarantees a standout amongst other stock picture information bases on the planet. However, the accommodation principles are not as hard to meet contrasted with different destinations. In like manner, the broad information base and simple to - use catchphrase search likewise help with arriving at the most watchers. At long last, Shutterstock has an exceptionally fast accommodation survey. The nature of pictures, assortment of organization alternatives to download the photo/video truly makes Shutterstock probably the best spot to discover extraordinary pictures/video for their undertaking. Shutterstock additionally has a sub application called "Patron" where we can transfer and sell our own photos. Its actually an incredible stage for picture takers and originators who make their own vector scale pictures for others to download. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A ton of the substance should be refreshed all the more much of the time. A great deal of it appears to be obsolete or an excess of like a stock picture. The models look unnatural, which seems to be modest. The cost to be a part is excessively high. I think the complete expense of each picture is about $10, which isn't right. Envato components is another site I use, which is at some point better than ShutterStock thus a lot less expensive. I sincerely don't have a clue whether I would recharge my participation after this year with ShutterStocks. I sincerely infrequently use it any longer. There is an oversaturation of value entries, so one needs to truly guarantee that your work sticks out or contacts the most crowds in a powerful way. Additionally, the cost per download is normal however not as high as different locales. At last, improving the execution of web-based media promoting would likewise be a benefit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Try not to depend a lot on it. Be innovative and include your own flare. It's alright for little speedy undertakings. I think the substance is inadequate with regards to inventiveness some of the time. I would think about it for vector designs, yet that is essentially it. I would state to attempt Envato before focusing on ShutterStocks costs. Video, Music and Photos are all additional items, yet Envato groups them all together for such a low yearly expense. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Creative Designer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The quality of images, variety of format options to download the photograph/video really makes Shutterstock one of the best places to find great images/video for their project. Shutterstock also has a sub application called "Contributor" where we can upload and sell our own pictures. Its really a great platform for photographers and designers who make their own vector scale images for other people to download. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I really don't think there are any downside of using Shutterstock, except one thing which is better subscription model for both images and videos. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While designing social media campaigns or flyers or another sort of project - Shutterstock helps me find the best and right images to be used. It really saves a lot of time and efforts, otherwise most of the designers stuggle finding the best fit for them in thousands of free websites and end up having a bad pixelated image which looks awful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

A great selection of photos, vector graphics and illustrations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

occasionally the search function can be a bit glitchy, but the that could be the search terms i use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

fantastic range of photo's, vectors, you can't go wrong really Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use shutterstock on a daily basis, when your creating graphics to such tight deadlines then having a resource like this at your fingertips is invaluable Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Regional Operations & Graphics Services Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Ability to have multiple seats for my team on one account. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Needs more variety of Caribbean images or Footage Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great Images, I like the infographics options. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use of images for our customer's artwork Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Visualizer & Animator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Downloading high resolution images, secondly the best thing is the limit they have the best limit of downloading images in a month. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Actually most of all I don't dislike anything in it, I am a frequent Shutterstock user. Above all it don't have any dislikes, I like it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has a lot of benefits, downloading images in no time is the best benefit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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