Frequently asked questions: Working with files

Frequently asked questions

Working with files


As an artist, can I use your images as an artist reference?

If you intend to reproduce or make a derivative work of the image, you must purchase a license and may need to include a photo credit.

Why does an embed icon appear with some images and not with others?

While we offer a broad range of both editorial and stock photos for embedded use, not all photos on the Getty Images site are available to embed. Images available to embed will have an Embed this image icon (</>) directly below them. You can also limit your search to embeddable images only by using the Embed images filter on the search results page.

Copyright is a form of legal protection for creative works. It allows creators to control and license their works, to earn a living, and to continue investing in the creation of new works. Photographs are protected by copyright, and their use requires permission. As long as you comply with our Terms of Use, you have permission to embed and legally use available photos for non-commercial use on a website, social media site or blog.

Can I use the embed feature for non-profit websites and blogs?

Yes. With the embed feature, you can freely access more than 70 million award-winning images to embed onto your non-profit website or blog, as long as you are not using the image to raise money. Embedding images provides a legal way to utilize premium content while respecting creators’ rights.

What is a Board?

A Board is a collection of photos and videos on the Getty Images website created by you. Collect and curate photos and videos using Boards for specific projects, brands or interests. Learn more about Boards.

How do I open a Board?

If you are signed in to your Getty Images account, there are several ways to open an existing Board:

From the home page

  • In the upper-right navigation bar, select the Boards icon. You will be shown the contents of your most recently used Board.

From the search results page or asset details page

  1. In the upper right navigation bar, select the Boards icon. A panel with the contents of your most recently used Board will slide down from the navigation.
  2. Select the Open button to view that board. Or select the dropdown menu immediately adjacent to it to select another Board or create a new one.

From the Boards management page

  1. In the upper right navigation bar, select your username, then select Boards.
  2. You will be taken to the Boards management page. From there, you can select the Board you want to open.

How do I share a Board?

Boards can be shared via a custom link you generate, then copy and paste into an email, instant message, social media app, or web site. You can give recipients the ability to view only or both view and edit the contents of your Board.

  1. Open a Board.
  2. In the upper left, select the Share button.
  3. In the modal window that appears, you can choose to:
    • Invite people to both view and edit a Board, by copying and sharing the link shown under Invite collaborators.
    • Invite people to view a Board only, by copying and sharing the link shown under Share this Board.

How do I download items from a Board?

You can download items you’ve collected on a Board if you have Editorial or Premium Access subscriptions, or an Easy-access account.

 To download the entire contents of a Board: 

  1. Open the Board from which you want to download images or video.
  2. Select the Select all (on this page) link.
  3. A series of selection options will be revealed. Select the Choose an option dropdown menu, then Download selected assets.

If there are multiple pages in your Board, you’ll need to repeat the steps above for each page to download the entire contents of the board.

To download specific assets from a Board:

  1. Open the Board from which you want to download images or video.
  2. Tick the box  in the bottom right for each item you want to download.
  3. A series of selection options will be revealed. Select the Choose an option dropdown menu, then Download selected assets.
  4. A modal window will appear with available file sizes for that asset. Select a size for all assets, then select Continue to next step.
  5. View applicable usage rights and restrictions (if any), then select Download.

How do I add assets in my Board to the cart?

To add all assets in a Board to the cart:

  1. Open the Board from which you want to purchase images.
  2. Select the Select all (on this page) link
  3. A series of options will be revealed. Select the Add to cart  icon.

To add specific assets in a Board to the cart:

  1. Open the Board from which you want to purchase images.
  2. Tick the box  in the bottom right for each item you want to add to the cart.
  3. Select the Add to cart  icon.

Simply open the Board then select the Print a contact sheet  icon.

What is a vector file and how do I use it?

Vector files are commonly used for logos, charts, icons or illustrations, because they store graphical information as mathematical values that enable them to infinitely scale. This means that you can resize a graphic in a vector file and not lose quality.

Our vector graphics are saved as EPS files. Vector graphics will also open in many photo editing programs and can be saved as JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs, or other raster file formats. They can also be imported into page layout programs like InDesign and Quark.

The RF image I downloaded is 72 dpi but I want it to display at 300 dpi. Can I change it?

Yes. You can do this in your desktop image editing software of choice.

If you are using Adobe Photoshop: On the Image menu, select Image size, clear the Resample checkbox, select the Constrain Proportions checkbox and then change the Resolution from 72 to 300 Pixels/Inch.

Can I get a file that is, for example, big enough for a billboard?

Yes. A large format file up to 300 MB can be produced for most images, but it depends on various factors such as the size and the quality of the original image file, the style of the image, and so on. For example, if an image looks grainy as a small format size, then it will retain its graininess when enlarged to the size of a billboard. You may want to try the interpolation feature in Photoshop to get a sense of whether or not the image is suitable for billboard size reproduction.

You can search for large format images by using the Filter and sort panel on the search results page. Select the Image size filter, then choose your desired size in megapixels.

Can I search for images using keywords other than English?

Yes. Choose your preferred language from the international dropdown menu at the bottom right of any page. You will then be redirected to the local site for that specified language.

You can refine your search using the Filter and sort panel on the left side of the search results page, which will have options relevant to the asset type (image or video) for which you are searching. Examples of filters: by relevance (best match, newest, or most popular), by product type (royalty-free, Getty Images Prestige, or embeddable images), and by specific people or by photographer.

How can I search by photographer or filmmaker?

To search for a photographer:

  1. From the image search results page, open the Filter and sort panel, select Photographers, then choose Select photographer.
  2. A modal window will appear. Type the name of the photographer in the input field, then select the Search button .

To search for a filmmaker:

    1. From the video search results page, open the Filter and sort panel, select Filmmakers, then choose Select filmmaker.
    2. A modal window will appear. Type the name of the filmmaker in the input field, then select the Search button .

How can I refine my search so that it shows content only included in my agreement?

On the search results page, open the Filter and sort panel. You will see a series of options you can toggle by sliding the button next to each option – such as Premium Access, Easy-access, or Subscription – to turn those filters on or off.

When and how should I credit the contributor and/or Getty Images in my work?

For still images:
You do not need to include a photo credit for commercial use. But if you are using photos for editorial purposes, you must include the following credit adjacent to the photo or in production credits: “[Photographer Name]/[Collection Name]/Getty Images.”

For video or multimedia content:
If licensed content is used in an audio/visual production where credits are given to other providers of licensed material, you must include the following credit in comparable size and placement: “[Video] [Imagery] supplied by [Artist Name]/[Collection Name]/Getty Images.”

How do I determine the size of a file?

To determine the size of a file, select the Size Guide on the details page. A reference chart will pop up showing you the uncompressed file sizes, located in the far right column. You’ll also be given sizes in pixels, inches, and dpi and some common uses for that size.


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