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Frequently asked questions

Should I get credits or a subscription?

If you have one-off or hard-to-predict image needs or require video clips, credits are a great option.

If you have larger or ongoing image needs (as few as 4 images a month), you’ll save on every photo, vector and illustration that you download with a subscription. With monthly and annual plans available and download limits ranging from 10 to 750 images a month, you can enjoy huge savings without making a huge commitment.

What are credits?

Credits are the most flexible way to download photos, illustrations and vectors and the only way to download video clips on iStock.

It’s up to you how you want to use credits – buy just enough for the images you need or stock up and save on future downloads – the more you buy, the less they cost. Unlike your monthly download limit with a subscription, there’s no limit for when you use your credit downloads. And since they won’t expire as long as you sign in to your account at least once a year, they’ll always be there when you need them.

Which subscription should I get?

Essential images only subscriptions give you the industry standard photos, vectors and illustrations in our budget Essentials collection. View examples of Essentials images.

Access all images on iStock with our premium image subscriptions. That includes every image in our Essentials collection as well as any of the handpicked premium Signature collection images that you can only get from us. View examples of Signature images.

Video clips are not currently available with any subscription.

How can I download files not available with my subscription?

If you need a file that isn’t available for download with your subscription, you can always download it with credits.

This is a great way to supplement an Essentials subscription with premium Signature collection content or download video clips with any subscription.

What happens if I don't use all of my subscription downloads each month?

Your subscription gives you access to a set number of downloads each month. You can rollover up to 250 unused downloads month to month if you’ve got an annual subscription or a subscription with auto-renew enabled. If auto-renew is disabled when your subscription term ends, you will lose all rollover downloads that you’ve accrued.

What if I change my mind?

We’ll gladly refund credit pack purchases made within 14 days of your invoice date, provided you haven’t used any credits from the credit pack.

Same thing for subscriptions – with monthly subscriptions, you’re free to cancel your subscription at any time. Or, if the subscription just isn’t right for you, we’ll refund it within 14 days of your invoice date, provided you have not downloaded more than 5 images and have not made use of any downloaded images. All refund requests must be submitted in writing by letter, email or through our contact us form.

What license am I getting with my downloads?

All files downloaded on iStock include our standard license, which lets you use your file in a wide variety of projects and comes with a $10,000 legal guarantee. When you download with credits you can add extended licenses that let you use the file in even more ways.

When you download with credits, your license never expires. Files licensed with subscriptions must be used in an end project within 30 days of the end of the subscription term or the license for the file terminates.

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