I’ve come up with a list specific for the graphic designer needs in mind. What this means is although the title is Best Value Stock Image Subscription Sites 2018, I also included information for premium file downloads for vectors, templates, and more. Graphic designers usually use more than just stock images, which is why I will be talking about what these stock image subscription sites offer as a whole.

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Yes, we are talking about spending money in this post. Although my website does offer many free resources for vectors, stock images, and more, in this profession, it is important to be able to download files with specific licenses for certain client projects. This post offers insight in to choosing the best value in stock image subscription sites. That way you do not feel obligated to have a few different subscriptions unless of course you want to, choose the one right for you.

Please keep in mind, these prices and stats can change at any time. Although most of these best value stock image subscription sites have multiple plans to choose from, I’ve decided to go with the lowest and highest plans, and a few in between, offered based on a monthly basis for one individual.

15 Best Value Stock Image Subscription Sites 2018:

Shutterstock
Lowest plan: $29 a month for 10 images, paid annually price
Highest plan: $199 a month for 750 images, paid annually price
Offers: 178,574, 348 stock images, including a large selection of vector files

EnvatoElements
Main plan: $19 a month for unlimited downloads
Offers: 450,000 stock images, design (templates) & stock assets. 200+ themes. 100+ plugins.

Adobe Stock
Lowest plan: $29.99 for 10 asset a month, paid annually price
Highest plan: $199.99 for 750 assets a month, paid annually price
Offers: 97,448,661 stock images, templates, videos, and 3D elements.

StockPhoto Secrets (99 Club)
Lowest plan (99 Club): $99 per YEAR for 200 downloads per YEAR
Highest plan: $999 per YEAR for 500 downloads per MONTH
Offers: 5,067,244 curated photos, vectors, and font files

Dreamstime
Lowest plan: $197 per month for 750 downloads
Credit plan: $14.99 for 11 images
Offers: 73,000,000 stock images

123RF
Lowest plan: $25 per month for 10 images
Highest plan: $159 per month for 780 images
Offers: 95,165,446 stock images, vectors, footage, and audio clips

Depositphotos
Lowest plan: $29 a month for 30 downloads
Highest plan: $199 a month for 750 downloads
Offers: 60,000,000 stock images, vectors, and HD videos

Bigstock
Lowest plan: $79 a month for 150 images
Highest plan: $99 per month for 300 images
Offers: 61,000,000 stock photos, videos, and vectors

iStock by Getty Images
Lowest plan: $40 per month for 10 images
Highest Plan: $399 per month for 250 images
Offers: “Millions”, could not find a specific file amount, but has stock images, vectors, videos, and audio

Pixta
Lowest plan: $29 per month for 10 image downloads
Highest plan: $199 per month for 750 image downloads
Offers: 30,800,000 stock photos, vectors, and videos

Stockfresh
Lowest plan: $18.75 per month (paid annually) for 5 image downloads a month
Highest plan: $149.92 per month (paid annually) for 750 image downloads a month
Offers: Doesn’t’ specify how many, but says “millions of images and vectors”

Yay Images
Lowest: $9.90 per month for 1 image download, BUT unlimited image streaming
Middle: $29 per month for 10 image downloads, BUT unlimited image streaming
Highest: $99 per month for up to 1,000 image downloads, BUT unlimited image streaming
Offers: 8,366,180 stock images, illustrations, and vectors, also has streaming option

Pond5
Lowest: $999 per year for 10 downloads per month, monthly rollover for unused
Highest: $199 per month for 10 downloads per month, monthly rollover for unused
Offers: 700,000 images, 500,000 video files, and 30,000 audio files

CanStockPhoto
Lowest: 10 downloads per day for a week for $49
Highest: 250 downloads per day for 1 year for $15,869
12 Credits (4 credits average needed for a large jpeg): $9
Offers: 39,855,042 stock images and vectors, plus 633,253 footage clips

Photospin
Lowest: $429 per year (or $49 per month) for 500 downloads
Highest: $1,049 per year (or $89 per month) for 1,000 downloads
Single images for $2 each
Offers: Does not specify amount, but says search “millions” and there are over 10,000 images found in each of their many categories.


Free stock image sites are great, but they do not always offer what a graphic designer is looking for, especially when it comes to licenses. Some of those free sites require (unless public domain) you to link back and give credit to the author of the graphic. Plus you are much more limited in the selection of course.

When it comes down to choosing the best value stock image subscription sites, choose what’s going to work best for you. What industry do you design in. Do you mainly work with images, vectors, templates, or videos? Take a look at each site to see what they have to offer. Maybe one site has a larger variety of what you are looking for over the other.

Which of the 15 best value stock image subscription sites listed above do I use? I use two from the list above, in fact, the first two listed, Shutterstock and EnvatoElements. I do graphic design for just about everything print and web, design websites, and am just getting in to videos using After Effects. These two sites offer exactly what I need and more to get my job done with pride.

Have any other best value stock image subscription sites in mind not listed above? Please share below what they are, what they offer, and some pricing.

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