What are the technical requirements for images?
We accept images in JPEG and TIFF formats, but we recommend submitting your images as JPEGs because all images are automatically converted to jpeg upon approval into our collection. We do not currently accept PSD files or TIFFs with layers.
Shutterstock images are offered in sRGB since most images on the Internet are displayed in that profile. If you submit images in a different color profile, the colors will likely be altered during conversion to sRGB, so we recommend converting your images to sRGB before uploading them to Shutterstock.
All images must be at least 4 MP (megapixels), but preferably 5 MP or larger and set at highest quality settings to produce an acceptable file dimensions for submission to Shutterstock.
Please keep in mind that megapixels (MP) are different from megabytes (MB), as they refer to the dimensions and not the file size. To determine the amount of pixels in an image, multiply the pixel width by the pixel length. For example:
2000 x 2400 pixels = 4.8 Megapixels. A file of this size is acceptable.
1200 x 3000 pixels = 3.6 Megapixels. This is smaller than our minimum size requirement, and this file will not be accepted by our system.
The maximum file size you can upload using your web browser/Content Editor is 50 MB for either JPEG or TIFF. If you upload via FTP, you can upload JPEGs up to 50 MB in size, and TIFFs up to 4 GB in size.