Empowering creative pros: Shutterstock’s custom-built plug-in allows for simple Photoshop integration


posted Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT


Shutterstock is a two-sided marketplace for creative professionals -- including photographers -- to license their content to subscribers. Content creators have earned over US$350 million for their contributions to Shutterstock over the years, and the company will now be making it even easier for creative pros to utilize their service with its custom-built Photoshop plug-in, released today.

The plug-in, available here, makes it easy to search their extensive library of content and quickly preview or license it right from Photoshop. After logging in to your Shutterstock account, you can find and insert media without ever leaving the application.

Watermarked preview images can be edited as well, with the edits automatically being reapplied when you license the photo. Within the plug-in, you can view any previously previewed or purchased images. I experimented with the plug-in myself and it worked quite well. You can see how it works in the short video I recorded below.

If you're interested in subscribing to Shutterstock, you can see their available plans here. If you would instead like to become a contributor and start making money with your photos, sign up and receive this free guide for how to be a successful contributor.

[Note: I was provided early access to the plug-in and a Shutterstock account for a month to try out the new plug-in and Shutterstock's services for the purposes of writing this article.]