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Shutterstock Free Trial 2022

Matic BrozUpdated June 14, 2022

Shutterstock offers a 30-day free trial on its annual subscription plan of 10 downloads per month that costs $29/month. By signing up for the free trial, you can download 10 stock images at zero cost, while saving $29 during the first month.

➥ Click here to start your 30-day free trial (credit card required).

In this article, you will find everything you need to know to safely start the Shutterstock free trial (it’s very easy).

How to Get Shutterstock Free Trial?

Here, we explain how to get the Shutterstock free trial step by step.

How to Get Shutterstock Free Trial?

Total duration: 3 minutes

  1. Go to Shutterstock’s free trial page.

    CLICK HERE for the immediate redirect to Shutterstock’s free trial page.

  2. Click on the red button “Start a free trial”.

    Shutterstock Free Trial Button

    Click on the red “Start a free trial” button in the “Image Subscription” box. The free trial is only available for the annual subscription plan of 10 monthly downloads. By clicking on the button, you will be asked to create an account or sign in to an existing one. If you’re already signed in to your Shutterstock account, you’ll be redirected to the checkout page.

  3. Enter your payment information.

    Shutterstock Free Trial Checkout page

    Although you’re entering your credit card information, you won’t be billed until the end of the trial. If you cancel the free trial before it ends, you won’t be billed at all.
    Enter your details and billing address. However, you won’t be billed. By entering your billing information, Shutterstock makes sure that the free trial system doesn’t get abused by customers creating several email accounts.

  4. Click the “Complete checkout” button.

    Free trial confirmation will take a couple of minutes. Once it does, you can go to the next step.

  5. Download free Shutterstock images

    Now, that your Shutterstock free trial has been activated, you can click on “Images” and start downloading and using your free royalty-free images.

Terms and Conditions

  • Risk-free: You may cancel anytime within the first month and pay nothing.
  • Keep images: Even if you cancel, you can keep all the images you downloaded with the free trial.
  • Save $29: You don’t pay for the first month of a $29/month subscription.
  • Full access: You get to download any Shutterstock image that can be licensed under the Standard license (Editorial images are excluded).
  • Cancel 2 days in advance: You must cancel at least 2 days before the free trial ends, otherwise, you get billed anyway, as stated in the terms and conditions, “/…/ and will charge the monthly subscription fee (29 €) to your payment method within 2 days prior to the end of the month /…/.
  • 1 free trial per person.
  • You can’t combine it with any other offers, coupons, or discounts.

Not Using Your Credit Card Info

There are sites like DoNotPay that claim to give you access to Shutterstock’s free trial without using your credit card information. While they can really do that, we do not recommend it. And here’s why:

1. Copyright infringement

Shutterstock’s free trial is limited to 1 trial per person. If you sign up for multiple free trials, you’ll have to use multiple personas, which won’t be you. So, if you use an image that you download as someone else in your campaign, you technically don’t own the right to use it. Therefore, if the Shutterstock infringement team discovers your fraud, you will get fined.

2. It might not work

Nowadays, upon signing up for free trials, most checkouts verify that your card is real by charging you $1 and immediately refunding it. If you do the same with the DoNotPay (or any other) fake credit card, the free trial won’t work.

Shutterstock footage & music free trial

Shutterstock doesn’t offer a free trial for stock footage and music downloads. You also can’t use the 30-day free trial for images to download footage and music. The cheapest way to download Shutterstock footage is with subscriptions of images. We recommend choosing the prepaid annual 20 monthly downloads plan, priced at $8.35/video. Music, you can get practically for free with the Unlimited music plan that costs $16.60/month.

Shutterstock Free Trial FAQ

How long does the Shutterstock free trial last?

Shutterstock’s free trial lasts for 30 days. Within 30 days, you may download 10 royalty-free stock images free of charge and keep them even if you cancel. If you decide to cancel, you pay nothing.

Can you cancel Shutterstock before the free trial ends?

Yes, you can cancel the free trial before it ends. To cancel the free trial, go to the Plans page in your account and click “Cancel plan early” before the free trial ends.

Can I use Shutterstock images after the free trial?

Yes, you can use all Shutterstock images after the free trial, even if you cancel. The images you download during the free trial are licensed with the Standard license that allows perpetual and worldwide use of the images.

Is Shutterstock’s free trial really free?

Yes, Shutterstock free trial is completely free. If you cancel before the 30-day free trial period ends, you pay nothing. Although you must enter the credit card information, the Shutterstock trial remains free because you won’t get charged.

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Matic Broz is a photographer, graphic designer, and stock photographer. For over ten years he's been helping photographers improve their photos and graphic designers find the best images for their designs. His work has been featured by Lifewire and PetaPixel. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and petting random dogs. Read more

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