I recently wrote an article about how to sell microstock, where I shared my experience of selling images on ShutterStock, Istock and VectorStock.
In this article I decided to concentrate more on how to correctly upload your vectors to ShutterStock.
So, in order to get started, log into your ShutterStock account. On the top menu panel you will see the green button “Upload Content”.
Click at it, and choose “Submit Photos”.
After this, you will be given a choice of how to upload your content: via FTP, Browser Plugin ,or HTML.
I normally choose HTML.
To sell vectors, you have to upload 2 files: eps and jpg, which have to be named the same. The minimum size of uploaded Jpg file is 4.0MP. That is, the dimensions multiplied by each other (height times width) must be at least 4.0 million px
As long as you uploaded both files, you will see the thumbnail of your image with the word “VECTOR” below. If it is not written “Vector”, it means that you uploaded file incorrectly, and it is being read as raster.
In this section you have to write down the description and the keywords to your image. Keywords should be relevant to your image; the better they describe your image, the easier it may be found by the buyers.
After you have entered the keywords, you will have to choose 2 categories. If you upload vectors you MUST choose Illustration/Clip-Art as one of your categories. The second should describe which category your image belongs to.
Having completed this, press “Submit These Photos for Review”, and you will see your image on your home page wating for review. You will be notified via email, whether your image has been approved or rejected in about 1-3 days.
ShutterStock has recently changed its interface. And what I really like about new contributor page is that it helps you to see your Shutterstock performance at a glance each time you log in. You can always see where you images were downloaded from, as well as see how much of your new content is sold lately, etc.
This is basically it! Hope someone might find it useful.
If you have any further questions, please write them in the commect section or contact me via email: ychty.vse (et) gmail.com