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Save on photos, vectors, and illustrations with a Basic or Premium subscription. Or, extend your savings to video and music with Premium + Video.
BasicEssentials images only
PremiumAll images (Essentials & Signature)
All assets belong to 1 of 2 collections
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Your projects, budget, and needs are unique. Our flexible plans are designed to meet them all.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I need to pay for stock images and videos 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 download as few as four images (photos, illustrations, and vectors) or two videos in a month, you'll get the best value with an iStock subscription. With monthly and annual plans available and download limits ranging from 10 to 750 assets 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, while the Signature collection features millions of premium handpicked stock files that you can only get from us. All content can be purchased with credits, or with a subscription.
The credit cost to download a file with our standard license depends on the file type and collection it belongs to:
• Signature photo, vector or illustration – 3 credits (view sample images)
• Essentials video clip – 6 credits (view sample clips)
• Signature video clip – 18 credits (view sample clips)
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 video clips.
You can also contact us at any time to upgrade your plan — we'd be happy to help you!
Do my licensed image and video 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 expire 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.
If I upgrade my subscription, will I have to pay for the full plan value upfront?
If you're upgrading to a Premium + Video subscription from an existing plan, your payment method and billing schedule will reflect the choices you made when you first subscribed:• If you're currently billed monthly or quarterly, your payments will continue on that schedule.
• If you made a single payment, you'll be charged upfront for the total cost of the upgrade.
Pricing will be determined by how much time is remaining on your current subscription.
Can I share my subscription with my teammates?
If I change my mind, can I get a refund for my purchase?
Credit pack refunds
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.
You can request a refund for a subscription within 14 days from your initial purchase, as long as you haven't downloaded more than five files and haven't made use of any downloaded content. Submit a request in writing using our contact us email form.
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