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Frequently asked questions
Why do I need to pay for stock images if they are royalty-free?
You get the right to use the file—with a legal guarantee that protects you for up to $10,000—and our contributors get paid for the great work they do. It's a win-win, and it's why everything on iStock is only available royalty-free.
Should I get credits or a subscription?
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’s the difference between the Essentials and Signature collections?
Every file on iStock falls into one of two collections. Our Essentials collection gives you the everyday content you need (view sample Essentials images), while the Signature collection features millions of premium handpicked stock files that you can only get from us (view sample Signature images). The credit cost to download a file with our standard license depends on the file type and collection it belongs to:• Essentials photo, vector or illustration – 1 credit
• Signature photo, vector or illustration – 3 credits
• Essentials video clip – 6 credits
• Signature video clip – 18 credits
How do I know if I need a standard or extended license?
If, however, you require over 500,000 prints, create products for resale, or share files with multiple users, you'll need to add an extended license to your credit purchase. The cost of an extended license is 18 credits for images and 21 credits for videos, in addition to your standard license.
What happens if I don't use all of my subscription downloads each month?
How can I download files not available with my subscription?
This is a great way to supplement a Basic subscription with premium Signature collection content or download video clips.
Do my licensed image downloads ever expire?
Files licensed with credits can also be used in as many projects you like for as long as you want. Credits never expires as long as you sign into your account at least once a year.
I have a Basic subscription. Can I upgrade to a Premium subscription?
If I choose an annual subscription, will I be charged monthly or for the total amount?
• Monthly (12 payments)
• Quarterly (4 payments)
• Single payment
The total amount will be the same, regardless of the billing schedule you choose.
Can I share my subscription with my teammates?
Teamshare lets you pay a flat rate for each additional user sharing or accessing a subscription and everyone on a Teamshare subscription draws from the same monthly download limit. To learn more about how iStock Teamshare works, contact us.
If I change my mind, can I get a refund for my purchase?
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.
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