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kelvinjay
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013 12:56PM
How do I link my similar files?
If you look at the file close up pages, that is the page where an image can be bought from, you will see many of them have image links in the description area that link to similar files. There are two main ways linking, either by having small thumbnail images that link to other individual images or by having an image that links to a group of files in a private lightbox or set of search results. The image files used for the links in the description area cannot be GIF format, just JPEG and PNG files only, thanks.

There is an article here explaining exactly how to create links to similar files.

You can use Deep Meta to add individual image links.

The UBB thumbnail link generator by Sirimo also does a similar thing.



(Edited on 2013-05-22 03:22:34 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013 3:49PM
What are private lightboxes?
A private lightbox is a tool that allows site members to create collections of files. For example, buyers and designers may add files to a private lightbox, so that they can show them to their client later or just to make a note of them for future use. You can manage your lightboxes on the lightbox page. Private lightboxes are not strictly private, in that they can be shared and the contents made visible to others if you wish.

You can add a file to a lightbox from the link beneath the preview on the file close up page or from search results by clicking icon showing a little light bulb with a plus sign screen130305-220840 which is displayed below the thumbnail image. Files can be removed from a lightbox by clicking the light bulb with a minus icon screen130305-223914 when viewing a lightbox's contents.

The other main use of private lightboxes is by contributors who wish to group together a set of files in order to promote them as a series. If you wish to create a series of similar files in a lightbox as outlined here, in order to promote them in the decription area of the file close up page, you can do so using a private lightbox.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013 5:01PM
What are public lightboxes?
Public lightboxes are intended to be used to show the works of multiple contributors, not just one. Public lightboxes are added to the Lightbox Search on the lightbox page. In order to create a public lightbox, you must have at least 20 files in it and at least one must be from another contributor.

You do not need to create a public lightbox just to link your own files and promote them. For that purpose you can simply create a private lightbox and follow the instruction in the post here.

If you would like to have your work added to a public lightbox that was created by someone else, please sitemail the owner and politely ask them to consider adding your work to their lightboxes. They're not obliged to add your work, but many will, if the content is relevant. It's also best if you actually add links to the specific files in your sitemail.

If you are planning on creating a public lightbox you must add the files of other contributors and click on the box to make it public on the edit page before adding the contributors to it as admins, otherwise the tick box to make it public will not display.


(Edited on 2013-08-04 12:30:33 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013 5:50PM
What's exclusivity? How do I become an exclusive contributor?
To become an exclusive photo contributor with iStock you need 250 downloads and a 50% acceptance rate. You can also apply for exclusivity when you have more than 500 DLs, regardless of your acceptance rate. You can find your acceptance rate by clicking on the Exclusive status link from your profile, which will show you your Exclusivity status page. Vector, Video and Audio have their own requirements, please check the Exclusive Program page for more info.

Exclusive contributors cannot license their files on a Royalty Free basis through any agencies outside of the Getty Images family. iStock exclusivity applies to the artist, not just to individual files. It is not enough to have certain files exclusively available here. Exclusives can still sell prints, do work for hire or license files on a Rights Managed basis outside of iStock though. Please contact Contributor Relations with any questions.

If you're applying to become an iStock exclusive, you will need to remove your files for the relevant media from all other sites before submitting your application. Some other agencies may lock your files for six months, so it's important to think ahead. If you have any issues applying for exclusivity, please open a Contributor Relations support ticket. It normally only takes a few days to process an application, but it may take considerably longer than that for Contributor Relations to get to your ticket. If you have recently applied for exclusivity, please try to be patient. HQ will get to your ticket as soon as they can.

Some of the benefits of being an exclusive contributor include being able to submit work to the higher priced collections, including the Sig+ collection. Your Sig+ files will be mirrored to Getty Images. Your files sell for more credits as well as earning a much greater percentage royalty. The Best Match has historically favoured exclusive work too, so your files may also gain some prominence in that.

Exclusives can choose which, if any, of their work will be made available on the Partner Program sites, but as of June 2013, new files may not be added to the Partner Program. Exclusive contributors also have faster file inspections, no rejections for keywords and you can attend official iStockalypses as a full participant. You also gain access to exclusive forums and exclusive creative briefs.



(Edited on 2014-10-06 08:28:25 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 9:45AM
What are the iStock collections?
As far as buyers are concerned, and as of September 2014, there are now only two collections on iStock, these are called the Essentials and Signature collections. This brings the naming of our collections for regular pay as you go credit purchases in line with our current credit subscription offerings.

Essentials is mostly made up of non exclusive content from the former Main collection.

Signature is mostly made up of exclusive files from the former Signature, Signature Plus and Vetta collections.

Hidden away on the backend of the site, wel still maintain the Signature Plus collection. Sig+ is used to mirror files to Getty Images. This is just a virtual collection though and it's simply there to aid administration.It is not something visible on the iStock site to buyers.


Is exclusive photo content mirrored to Getty Images?
Yes. Exclusive photo contributors can nominate files for inclusion in the Signature Plus collection, much like they could previously nominate for Vetta / Signature Plus. These files are then eligible to be mirrored to Getty Images. We have also increased the amount of content accepted by the admins into Signature Plus and therefore more Exclusive content is being mirrored on Getty Images than before. Files that are already mirrored to Getty will remain there, unless they are deactivated from iStock.



(Edited on 2014-10-06 08:52:28 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 10:09AM
What is the Essentials collection?

Content: All new uploads by Non Exclusive contributors will go into the Essentials collection by default. Exclusive files may be moved down into this collection from higher collections. Better performing Exclusive files may be moved from here up to a higher collection.

Mirroring: Content in the Essentials collection is not mirrored on Getty Images. If a file that has been previously mirrored to Getty Images is subsequently moved to the Essential collection on iStock, it will remain mirrored on Getty.

All Non Exclusive files in all iStock collections will be eligible to be mirrored on the Partner Program sites. Exclusive contributors may choose to opt existing files out of the Partner Program, but cannot opt new work in - see here for more details.

Credit Pricing:
1 new credit = 1 Essentials image, vector or audio file
6 new credits = 1 Essentials video file
Credit Subscription rate - Non Exclusive - All Collections: $0.28/download
Credit Subscription rate - Exclusive Essentials: $0.34/download



(Edited on 2014-10-06 08:38:27 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 10:58AM
What is the Signature collection?

Content: The majority of regular new uploads by Exclusive contributors will be added into the the Signature collection by default. Under-performing files in the Signature collection may be moved down into the Essentials collection. Better performing files may be moved up into the Signature Plus collection.

Mirroring: Content in the Signature collection is not mirrored on Getty Images. If a file that has been previously mirrored to Getty Images is subsequently moved to the Signature collection on iStock, it will remain mirrored on Getty.

All Non Exclusive files in all iStock collections will be eligible to be mirrored on the Partner Program sites. Exclusive contributors may choose to opt existing files out of the Partner Program, but cannot opt new work in - see here for more details.

Credit Pricing:
3 new credits = 1 Signature image, vector or audio file
18 new credits = 1 Signature video file
Credit Subscription rate - Exclusive - Signature: $0.75/download



(Edited on 2014-10-06 08:40:45 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 11:49AM
What is the Signature Plus collection?

Content: Signature Plus or Sig+ as it is often called, is a virtual collection that iStock uses to manage higher value content that is mirrored to Getty Images. The files in this collection come from the previous Signature Plus and Vetta collections. Only files from Exclusive contributors may be added to the Signature Plus collection. Better performing files from lower priced collections may be moved up into Signature Plus.

Signature Plus is an administration tool to help get files mirrored to Getty Images. It is not visible to buyers as a separate entity. Files that are are assigned to this collection will sell at the regular Signature price point for normal pay as you go credit purchases. On the Asset Download Page, the price shown is the same for Signature and Signature Plus files. Signature Plus files do however earn a higher royalty than Signature files for Stock Image subscription sales.

Mirroring: Exclusive files in the Signature Plus collection will be mirrored to Getty Images. Exclusive contributors can nominate files for inclusion in Signature Plus, much like they could previously nominate for Vetta / Signature Plus, if they wish them to be mirrored to Getty Images. Files must be nominated at the time of upload for inclusion in Signature Plus.

Price:
3 new credits = 1 Signature image, vector or audio file
18 new credits = 1 Signature video file
Credit Subscription rate - Exclusive - Signature: $2.50/download



(Edited on 2014-10-06 08:46:06 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 12:10PM
Miscellaneous 2014 Collection Changes Questions:

What happened to the Vetta collection?
The Vetta collection has now been disbanded and all of the files that were in Vetta have been moved into the Signature Plus collection. When a Vetta file sold, the contributor would receive a lower percentage royalty. Now,when these files sell as part of the Signature Plus collection, contributors will receive their standard royalty rate, which is higher than their previous Vetta royalty rate. Former Vetta files are now included in the iStock Image Subscription program and pay the Signature Plus rate of $2.50 per sale.

What about files that used to be in Vetta and Signature Plus?
For content formerly in Signature Plus, we will pay the Signature Plus royalty rate for iStock subscriptions and will also continue to mirror this imagery on Getty Images.

For Vetta files, we will now pay a la carte royalties at your standard (higher) royalty rate. We will pay the Signature Plus royalty rate for Vetta imagery in iStock credit subscriptions and will also continue to mirror the Vetta files on Getty Images.

How will the 2014 collection changes affect the Redeemed Credits targets and royalty rates?
At the end of 2014 contributors will be guaranteed to retain their royalty rate and nobody will drop a level if they fall short of their target Those who exceed their RC targets will however be able to move up a level in their royalty rate. This is exactly what happened at the end of 2012 and 2013.

How much will files cost under the new credit system?
All files will cost the same amount, regardless of the size required, therefore:

1 new credit = 1 Essentials image, vector or audio file
3 new credits = 1 Signature image, vector or audio file
6 new credits = 1 Essentials video file
18 new credits = 1 Signature video file

Detail by File Type:

Photos

  • Vetta and Signature+ move to Signature and will be included in the Signature Subscription offering.
  • The nomination processes will stay in place.
  • Accepted nominations and former Signature+ and Vetta images will retain Signature+ status and retain search prominence.
  • Signature+ (including x-Vetta) subscription downloads will pay at the Signature+ subscription rate.
  • Vetta royalty rates will no longer apply; all files will pay at standard royalty rates.
  • Former Vetta imagery will continue to mirror in the Vetta collection on Getty Images.
  • Existing and new Signature+ will be mirrored in the E+ collection on Getty images.
Videos

  • Vetta will be moved into the Signature collection.
  • Vetta royalty rates will no longer apply; all files will pay at standard royalty rates.
  • Former Vetta video clips will continue to mirror in the Vetta Video collection on Getty Images.
  • Exclusive video will continue to be mirrored on Getty Images in the renamed; Creatas Video collection on Getty Images (previously iStock Footage).
Vectors

  • Vetta will be moved into the Signature collection.
  • Vetta royalty rates will no longer apply, all files will pay at standard royalty rates.
  • All existing and new exclusive vectors, including former Vetta, will continue to be mirrored on Getty images in the renamed; Digital Vision Vectors collection (previously iStock Vectors).
Audio

  • Exclusive audio tracks will remain in the Signature collection.
  • Exclusive sound effects and basic complexity loops will move to the Essentials Collection to remain competitively priced in the market.
  • All non-exclusive audio files will remain in the Essentials collection.




(Edited on 2014-10-07 11:08:29 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:19PM
Is there a list of things we're not allowed to upload?
There are certain subjects that iStock cannot license due to intellectual property issues. Some of these are listed in the iStock/Getty wiki. The wiki is updated regularly, so please check it to see if a subject is currently acceptable for upload or not.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:27PM
What is a Creative Network?
The Creative Network is used to connect site members together, and it works a bit like an address book. There is no prize for having the biggest CN so most people keep it to people who have helped them, people they respect, or friends you may have made here. When inviting someone to join your network, we suggest putting in some comments as to why you are trying to add them - many people won't accept an invite without some personalised greeting.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:36PM
What's with the acronyms? BME? WMTY Huh?
Best Month Ever! Worst Month of The Year! There are quite a few acronyms flying around the forums among the regulars and it can be quite confusing for newcomers. However, we have a link here to an old thread that explains most of them Click here to find out more.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:47PM
How much do you make in a year?
This question gets asked quite a lot by new contributors, possibly because they want to determine if time spent doing iStock will be "worth it". It's a difficult question to answer. Like many pursuits, we have full time dedicated professionals and some part-time hobbyists. We have people earning thousands of dollars a week and others who may only collect a hundred a year, and everything in between. People generally are quite cagey about supplying their income information to strangers, so don't expect much of a detailed answer if you pose this question in the forums.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:50PM
How can I buy iStock content using money I earned here?
The convert earnings to credit scheme has now ended. If you wish to buy credits then you will need to do so using Paypal or a Credit card to pay for them.



(Edited on 2014-10-06 09:20:57 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 2:55PM
How do I change my site username?
You cannot change your site username yourself. If you would like to change your iStock site username then you will need to send Contributor Relations a note, telling them exactly what you want it changing to. They can change it for you in a day or two. Remember this is a business and a stupid username can potentially scare away buyers.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 3:02PM
When will I receive tax forms for my iStock earnings?
iStock does not send tax forms to contributors residing outside of Canada. Contributors outside of Canada should keep track of their earnings and consult a tax advisor in their country and comply with all laws regarding taxation of earnings. iStock does not give tax advice to contributors. As rough guidance, Canadian contributors usually receive their T5 forms sometime around the last week of February or first week of March.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 3:49PM
How do I request a payment of earnings?
When you have earned more than $100, you can request a payout of earnings.

There is a link on the Financials tab of your user page here.

Click on the Request Payment of Earnings link

You can then choose your method of payment be it Cheque, Paypal, Moneybookers or Payoneer.

You will be prompted to provide your Payout Account and then be asked to Confirm Payout Account - what this means is that you need to enter the same thing twice - so if you are requesting a Paypal payout, for example, you would type in myname@emailsite.com and then type that email address in again.e.g.

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For any issues over payouts, please contact Contributor Relations.

The 2014 Payment Schedule is here.



(Edited on 2014-04-01 04:59:25 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:46AM
How do I deactivate a file?
If you would like to remove a file from your iStock portfolio, you can deactivate it by following these steps. First, go to the normal file close up page for the image, that's the page where it can be downloaded from, not the edit page. On the right hand side below the keywords and other data there is a link titled Administration, click on that.

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You should then see a new bar appear at the top of your screen that looks like this:

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If you mouse over the Manage File option, you can then just click on "Deactivate this file" at the bottom.

You should then see something like this:

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You can add a quick reason in the box for your own future reference and hit the Deactivate file button below it. That's it, the file is deactivated and you should receive an email right away confirming that this has happened.

Files that you deactivate are instantly made no longer available for download. Although deactivations are instant, the file will still show up in searches, including lightboxes and portfolio searches, until the site index runs again, which is usually every 24hrs although not on weekends.

(Edited on 2014-01-07 15:35:56 by kelvinjay)
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:57PM
How come I sold a file but it has no views?

There are two ways a buyer can buy a file without registering a view.

1: From a page of search results, a buyer could add your file to a lightbox and then later download the files from their lightbox page. As the buyer has not actually visited the file close up page, no view is registered.

2: From a page of search results, a buyer could add your file to their shopping cart and then pay for the file using direct payment i.e. cash or credit card but not using credits. Again, because the buyer has had no need to visit the file close up page, no view would be registered.
kelvinjay
Member is a Gold contributor and has 10,000 - 24,999 Photo downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Flash downloadsMember is a contributor and has less than 250 Illustration downloadsExclusiveMember has won a contestForum Moderator
Posted Wed May 1, 2013 5:04AM
How does the view counter work?

The file view counter is only triggered when a logged in iStock member with a buyer account looks at a file close up page i.e. the page that files can be directly downloaded from. A contributor viewing their own file page will not register nor will any other contributor viewing that page.

A file being moused over and viewed with the loupe function in search results does not count either. Views will only count if they are made by an active non-contributor iStockphoto account. Views as shown on the files themselves update each day when the site index runs but the view stats as shown on the my_uploads page are updated in near real time.



(Edited on 2014-04-07 08:24:23 by kelvinjay)
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