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Stocksy Review 2023

Is it worth it?

Stocksy is a royalty-free and rights-managed stock image and video agency that offers high-quality visual content. However, it’s more expensive than the competition without offering many advantages. There are also no subscriptions or free trials.


  • Good image and videos quality
  • Simple pricing and licensing
  • Offers rights-managed licensing


  • High prices
  • No subscriptions or free trials
  • A small collection of photos
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Price$15–$125/image; $75–$400/video
Extended license$100–$750
Number of images2 million
Number of videos172,000

Stocksy pricing

Image pricing

Stocksy sells images only on-demand, which means you buy each image separately—there are no subscriptions. All images are licensed under the Standard Royalty-Free License, which covers commercial use, including:

  • Up to 500,000 copies in print
  • Unlimited digital impressions (web, social media, ebooks, etc.)
  • Worldwide, all media, for unlimited time
  • Inclusion on websites, blog posts, advertising, editorial product packaging, book covers, reports, etc.

You can buy images in four sizes that differ in price, best use case, and resolution.

Image SizeSmallMediumLargeX-Large
Best forWeb use where you don’t need a full resolution (articles, blogs, brochures, and social media)Web use where you need higher resolution (background, wide layouts) or small printsLarge web use and large printsFull resolution (billboards, full-page prints, posters)
Resolution0.5MP (815×614px)2MP (1630×1227px)5.7MP (2751×2072px)12MP+ (4256×2832px+)
Size11.3 × 8.5″ (72 dpi)5.4 × 4.1″ (300dpi)9.2 × 6.9″ (300 dpi)15.4 × 11.6″ (300dpi)
Image pricing table

Video pricing

Stocksy sells videos only on-demand under the Standard Royalty-Free License, which covers commercial use, including:

  • Unlimited digital impressions (web, social media, ebooks, etc.)
  • Worldwide, all media, for unlimited time
  • Advertising, video games, films, blog posts, websites, editorial, etc.

You can buy videos in five sizes that differ in price, best use case, and resolution.

Video Size720P H.2641080P H.2641080P ungraded4K H.2644K ungraded
Best forSocial media, mobile contentBlogs, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.Color grading based on your projectShort films, commercials, web contentThe highest quality
Video pricing table

All Stocksy videos are available in H.264 quality. Some videos are also available in the ProRes lossy video compression format, which requires less editing processing power.

Get Free Premium Stock Photos

Adobe Stock offers a 30-day free trial that allows you to download 10, 25, or 40 premium images for free and use them even commercially.

Extended Licenses

When the Standard Royalty-Free License does not cover your use case, you should buy an Extended license. Extended Licenses are more expensive than the Standard License but grant you additional rights.

  • Multi-seat ($100/image; $200/video): A Multi-Seat Extended license grants you the right to share the image or video with all users in your team or organization. This is ideal for when several people work on the same project. The Multi-seat License is automatically included when buying the following two licenses.
  • Unlimited print run ($300/image): Since the Standard License lets you use the image only for 500,000 prints or copies, you need the Unlimited Print Run License for larger projects.
  • Product For Resale ($500/image; $750/video): The Standard License only covers the uses where the asset (image or video) is part of a larger design or project. However, when the assets represent the product’s main value, you need a Product For Resale License. These use cases include T-shirts, wallpapers, mugs, posters, apps, videos, templates, and screensavers.

Market Freeze

Market Freeze gives you exclusive use of an image or video for a certain time period. During this time, no one else can use it. This license is useful for large commercial campaigns when you plan to run an ad in front of an international audience. We call this type of license a “rights-managed” license.

With this license, you also get all Extended Licenses and the original file size of images and videos. Here’s how much they cost:

  • 6 months: $1,250/image; $1,500/video
  • 1 year: $2,500/image; $3,000/video
  • 2 years: $4,500/image; $5,400/video
  • 3 years: $6,000/image; $7,200/video
  • 4 years: $7,500/image; $9,000/video
  • 5 years: $9,000/image; $10,800/video

How Stocksy stacks up

Compared to other stock photo sites, Stocksy is quite expensive. For starters, there are no subscriptions, which usually guarantee the lowest prices ($0.22/image at Shutterstock). On top of that, the on-demand prices are also higher, costing from $15 to $125 per image, whereas other agencies charge around $10 per image.

Higher image quality or broader license usually justifies the higher price (like with Getty Images, although we still don’t think it’s worth your money). Yet, we don’t think that the Stocksy image quality is any better than at other microstock sites, especially considering the premium collections of Adobe Stock and iStock.

For these reasons, we don’t think Stocksy is worth the extra money, especially when you need images for everyday use, such as on blogs or social media. We would consider buying from Stocksy if we were starting an international commercial project, for an illustration in an ebook (custom graphics would be better), or for a website’s homepage.

Frequently asked questions

Is Stocksy worth it?

No, we don’t think that Stocksy is worth the extra money. For a much lower price, you can get better quality images and videos at Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, or iStock. Stocksy might be worth considering for rights-managed licenses.

Is Stocksy free to use?

No, you need to buy the Standard Royalty-Free License to use Stocksy’s images and videos. Images cost $15 to $125, while videos cost $75 to $400, based on the size and resolution. Extended Licenses cost between $100 and $750 for images and videos.