Please advise me some suitable stock photo services?

Hi folks,

I’m a newcomer into web design industry. I design PSD layouts for my customer all over the world. Sometimes I participate contests at some crowdsource graphic community like 99designs, crowdSpring.

The problem is I really really mess about stock photos. There are some big names: iStockPhoto, ShutterStock, Dreamstime… But I can’t configure what service and what plan is most suitable for me. Their terms of use are too complicated and not transparent. I want to use big photo, may be bigger than 1500x1500 in my design. Then I want to transfer the PSD that contain that photo (manipulated or not) to my customer. Some service said that I can’t use photos bigger than 800x600, some said that it’s prohibited to transfer the license. That’s really a mess to me.

Therefore your advice as you are professional web designers in the industry would much appreciated.

Kindest regards,

If you are looking for images that can be used for clients without worry then I’d be looking at getting a subscription to a royalty free stock library. You can download whatever size you require and do pretty much anything other than on-sell the images. The subscriptions are expensive but easily the best option if you plan to use them heavily over the course of a year.

The other option is to run with extended licenses (more expensive) from these other services that allow you greater freedom with usage.

I’m sorry I can’t recommend any as the services I’m familiar with have changed since I last renewed my subscriptions.