Shutterstock launches self-serve API subscriptions

Shutterstock, a leading global technology company offering content, images, tools and other services through its online creative platform, has launched new self-serve API subscription plans. “For the first time, developers, start-ups and small and mid-sized businesses can build products and features that seamlessly integrate Shutterstock’s image collection and enable in-app image reselling, providing an additional revenue stream for customers when their end-users license and download images,” said the company.

Shutterstock’s Alex Reynolds.

“With more than 10,000 developers already building applications using Shutterstock’s high-quality content and innovative search technology, there’s a clear demand for increased access and support to further serve our growing community of developers, start-ups and small and mid-sized businesses,” said Alex Reynolds, Shutterstock’s General Manager of Platform Solutions. “The self-serve API subscription plans empower anyone to easily integrate Shutterstock content and tools into their products and applications at any time, and from anywhere,” he added. Shutterstock’s self-serve API features include:

  • The ability to preview, license, and resell images, providing a new revenue stream to developers and businesses.
  • One million royalty-free images growing to more than 15 million images.
  • Advanced search capabilities including granular search filters, robust metadata, conditional queries and support for 21 languages.
  • Free access to test Shutterstock’s API image search and image preview.

The company added that self-serve API is “the latest offering in Shutterstock’s ongoing commitment to deliver a global creative platform that empowers customers with compelling content and innovative tools and services. The existing Shutterstock API powers native integrations with leading companies such as Google, Facebook, IBM, Wix and more.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.