Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:41PM
If you haven't visited the site in a while, we've made a few changes to our illustration program recently. We thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place so the separate discussions are easy to find. Follow the links below for more information on each announcement.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:43PM
Introducing Raster Illustrations
We are moving all JPEG ('raster') illustrations out of the 'Photo' category and into the 'Illustration' category. This has been a much-requested feature over the years and we're thrilled work is finally underway. This includes scans or photos of artwork as well as digital paintings. For more information please read the FAQ Thread.
(Edited on 2013-04-03 12:52:36 by bortonia)
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:44PM
Vector Upload Limit Increase
Over the past 6 months we have steadily been increasing the number of vector illustrations that can be uploaded each week. We have recently maxed out this number at 999 submissions per week for all contributors. For more information please see the Upload Limits announcement thread.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:45PM
Vector File Format Changes
At the end of 2011 we changed our requirements for vector submissions. We are now accepting EPS files up to Adobe Illustrator version 10. For more information please see our AI10 EPS Upload Guidelines.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:46PM
Text Based Illustrations
iStock will now accept illustrations that include text elements. Design elements are a big part of our collection and we want to free up our illustrators to incorporate text into their creations. For more information please see our Submission Requirements for text-based illustrations.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:47PM
Progressive Zooms for Vector Previews
We have relaunched our zoom feature on our File Closeup Pages and for the first time we've also introduced a progressive zoom function for all vector illustrations. For more information please see the Progressive Zoom for Vectors thread.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:48PM
Partner Program Illustration Previews Fix
We've made multiple improvements to how our system handles the generation of vector preview images on Getty Images and the Partner Program sites. Previously, vector previews would sometimes contain color shifts and cropping issues. We are now reprocessing all of these assets to ensure the correct previews appear. For more information, please see this thread.
Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:48PM
iStock Illustrator's Guide
We have put together a new forum guide for illustration contributors. This thread contains all of our submission requirements, FAQs for new artists, contact lists, and links to online tutorials for illustrators. It's a must-read for new illustrators on iStock. You can find out more in this thread.
Posted Mon May 6, 2013 10:38AM
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 2:00PM
Vector Royalty Rate Changes
As of May 15, 2013 we will be making changes to the royalty rates for all vector contributors. Non-Exclusive contributors will now receive a flat 20% royalty rate on vector downloads. Previously, non-Exclusive rates ranged from 15% to 20% depending on the contributor's Royalty Rate. We will also be bumping up the base Exclusive royalty rate from 25% to 30%. For more information please see this thread.
Posted Tue May 21, 2013 2:40PM
24 Hour Vector Sale
We are going to have a 24 hour sale starting Wednesday May 22, 2013 12:00 am - 11:59 pm. Vector files will be 50% off. These prices will be visible on all the file close up pages of ALL our vector content. For more information please see this thread.
(Edited on 2013-05-21 14:41:04 by bortonia)
Posted Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:22PM
Creative Brief: Kawaii
“Kawaii” has become part of popular culture through the global love of Japanese anime and cute characters. Hello Kitty has led the way since becoming internationally popular in the 1990s. We're looking to add more of this style to our collection. Click here to read the full brief.
Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013 1:58PM
Today we have sent out an illustrator-only edition of our newsletter. Click here in case you missed the email. It recaps recent developments for illustrators as well as announcing a new vector contributor survey that will be going out over the next few days.
(Edited on 2013-07-08 14:01:03 by bortonia)
Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013 2:01PM
Vector Contributor Survey
In the next couple of days we will be sending out a vector contributor survey. It will be sent by email to all active vector contributors on iStock (both Exclusive and non-Exclusive). Please check your email for the survey link to ensure it hasn't been sent to your Spam folder. Click here for more information.
Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:09PM
Call For Donations: Free Illustration of the Month
It's been a couple of years since we put the call out for Free Illustration of the Month donations. Our donation lightbox is slowly shrinking so it's time to fill it up with fresh new quality files. For more info on how/what to submit please see this thread.
Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:28PM
Congratulations to SKDesigns
Congratulations to skdesigns! She is our vector survey free credit draw winner and will receive 100 free credits on iStock.
Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:06AM
Just Released: IPTC Data for Vector Submissions
We're excited to announce a long overdue feature for vector artists has just been launched (Sept 9/13). iStock will now read IPTC (metadata) from the JPEG previews of your vector submissions. Click here to read more.
(Edited on 2013-09-09 16:50:48 by bortonia)
Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:57AM
New: 'Files We're Missing' Thread
Every now and then we'll run a search and come up empty handed, so we've started a list of 'files we couldn't find'. We hope this will give you some inspiration next time you're looking for a concept to illustrate.
Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:59AM
Posted Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:53PM
New iStock Contributor FAQ
We have compiled all our Contributor specific FAQs and built a new tool for the community. This new Contributor FAQ site will cover everything from information to help a new contributor get their bearings to file format specific queries.