In this article we are going to compare two popular platforms for graphic designs and images resources: Freepik Vs Shutterstock to find out which one is the better source for downloading digital images.

At a glimpse, both the platforms look quite similar. As we resolved to dig into the details, we found out some divergence in features and restrictions.

Likewise, Freepik lets you download a limited number of images per day whereas Shutterstock allows only the users with “Team Subscription” or “Premium License” to download videos and graphical goodies.

Types of Content


  1. Shutterstock has a huge library comprising of 80 million images. Here the resources are categorized into sections like buildings, background, wildlife, finance, education, food, and so on. You can filter your search results by license, newest results, or best match.
  2. If your images are illustrations, you need to tag them during submission. You need to tag your content as editorial if it’s intended for editorial purposes only.


  1. Freepik has grouped all assets into 4 groups: Files, Icons, Stock Photos, and Vector.
  2. There are many subcategories as well that will help you narrow your search. Some of the popular categories of graphic goodies are Logo, Business Card, Infographic Banner, Brochure, Pattern, and more.

Terms of Use


  1. Shutterstock is a trusted source of 95 million royalty-free images. It is a global provider of licensed images, videos, graphical designs, and music.
  2. To download, share, copy, or display any content, you need to enter into a license agreement with the site. You can’t remove any watermark or copyright notices contained in the contents.
  3. The site does not allow you to copy, republish, download, transmit, or reverse engineer the content.  You can neither use any data mining, robots nor use extraction methods in connection with the site.


  1. Freepik lets you download free resources for commercial or personal needs. But keep in mind, while using free resources you need to give credit to the creator either by using his name or by using the line “Designed by Freepik”.
  2. You can skip this step if you have a premium account. While downloading third-party files or content, you need to comply with the author’s licenses for use.
  3. If you plan to sell your designs, the resources provided by the site can’t be the primary elements of your design. You are allowed to use them as secondary elements.
  4. Graphic designs downloaded on Freepik can’t be trademarked either.

Premium Plans


  1. Shutterstock lets you buy subscriptions that allow you to pay a monthly fee and download a limited number of photos. If you are a photo buyer or need lots of illustrations or images, you can go for subscriptions.
  2. You can also buy image packs on demand, this lets you pay only for a reduced number of images.

shutterstock plan


  1. Premium Subscription of Freepik will cost you 999 dollars per month or 765 dollars per month charged annually.
  2. On becoming a premium user, you can get access to Freepik’s huge base of premium resources, and have an ad-free experience on the website.

freepik plan

To Recapitulate

Both the platforms Freepik and Shutterstock offer amazing resources and update their catalog of assets daily. We admire both sites’ mission to contribute to the Internet with amazing vector designs.
Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy is the student of computer science and a professional developer. He founder to work on tools and soon learn the way to help people letting them know the best tools available in the internet. Besides, he has a sleepless interest in photography and videography.

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