Help center: Using files
Frequently asked questions
- Using images for free
- Using creative images, video and music
- Using editorial photos and video clips
- Vectors and illustrations file formats
- Using Boards to save, organize and download images and video clips
- Collaborating with Boards
- Image resolution
- Images for large print
- Changing your search language
- Improving your search results
- Searching by photographer, illustrator or filmmaker
- Searching for content included with your agreement
- Attributing credit to Getty Images contributors
Using images for free
The images on Getty Images are intended for use in commercial and editorial projects. This means you need to buy a license to use the image in most projects, including personal use.
You can use an image without paying for a license with our Embed feature, which lets you use over 70 million photos on any non-commercial website or blog (if you're using it to sell a product, raise money or promote or endorse something, Embed isn't for you). Just do a search, then go to Filters to turn on the Embeddable images filter on the search results page.
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Using creative images, video and music
Our creative stock photos, illustrations, vectors, video and music clips are intended for use in commercial projects like advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, video productions, as well as virtually any other project you can imagine, within the terms of our content license agreement.
Informed by our unparalleled creative research team, these stunning, art-directed images and video already come with signed model and property releases that allow you to use the content in a wide variety of uses (in some cases additional clearances may be required).
The license type your file is offered under has an impact on how you can use it. There are two main types of licenses: royalty-free (which comes with our broadest usage rights) and rights-managed (which comes with exclusive rights based on your specified use).
No matter which licence type you select, licensed content can never be used for any unlawful purposes, e.g. as part of a defamatory communications or within hatred inciting or pornographic materials.
See our content license agreement for restricted uses
Using royalty-free images and video clips
Every image or video clip downloaded with a royalty-free licenses provides you with broad usage rights that let you use it for advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, printed material, video productions, podcasts and more, as many times as you want, worldwide.
Using rights-managed images and rights-ready video clips
Rights-managed editorial images and and rights-ready video clips give customized rights control for a fraction of the cost of a custom shoot. But, unlike royalty-free licenses, the license terms of our editorial rights-managed images and rights-ready video clips are based on how, where and for how long you intend to use the content. Since you're paying only for that specific use, you can't use the image or video in additional projects without purchasing additional licenses. Getty Images no longer offers rights-managed licenses for creative images.
Using editorial photos and video clips
Our editorial stock photos and video clips are, as the name suggests, primarily intended for use in editorial projects.
Shot by some of the leading news, entertainment and sports photographers in the business, our editorial photos and video clips show real-world people, places, events and things and are intended to be used only in connection with events that are newsworthy or of general interest.
Unlike creative images and video, editorial images and video have restrictions on their usage. They can only be used for newspapers, magazines, editorial broadcasts, non-commercial websites, blogs and social media posts illustrating matters of public interest. Editorial images don't have model or property releases, so you won't be able to use these images for commercial, promotional, advertorial or endorsement purposes. Additional restrictions may apply (for more information, refer to the "Restrictions" information on your file's detailed information page and the content license agreement).
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Vectors and illustrations file formats
Vector graphics are illustrations that are saved as EPS files which enables them to scale without losing quality. Vector files will open in many photo editing programs and can be saved as JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs, or other raster file formats.
Using Boards to save, organize and download images and video clips
A Board is the best place to organize, save and share your favorite files on Getty Images, letting you group images and video by project, brand or interest.
The easiest way to save to a Board is when you're signed in and searching. When you find an image you'd like to add to a Board, simply select Save to Board either from the search results page or beneath the image on the detailed information page. If you don't have a Board already, you'll be prompted to create a new Board. Otherwise, your image or video clip will be added to the last Board you viewed or used.
You can view the contents of all your Boards by selecting Boards from the menu and then selecting View all Boards.
Ready to download from your Board? Add images or video clips to your cart by selecting the ones you want to download and clicking the shopping cart icon at the top of your Board. If you have a prepaid pack, you can download individual files from your board using the UltraPack download option on the detailed grid view of your Board. If you've got a Premium Access agreement, Easy-access agreement or Editorial subscription, you can download single or multiple images by selecting them and choosing Download selected assets from the Choose an option dropdown.
Collaborating with Boards
Images for large print
Changing your search language
Improving your search results
Some examples include searching by:
- Relevance (best match, newest, or most popular)
- Product type (royalty-free, embeddable images)
- Specific people (editorial only)
- By photographer, illustrator or filmmaker
- Number of people in the image
Searching by photographer, illustrator or filmmaker
If you know exactly who you're looking for, you can also use the filter panel on the search results page to search for that photographer, illustrator or filmmaker.
Searching for content included with your agreement
We get it, sometimes you find the perfect image or video clip only to realize it isn't available with your Easy-access agreement, Premium Access agreement or Editorial subscription. To search for images and video clips only available with your agreement or subscription, simply use the agreement filter at the top of the page.
Attributing credit to Getty Images contributors
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] [Music] supplied by [Artist Name]/[Collection Name] via Getty Images."
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