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General Stock Discussion / Question for Vector Sellers Only:
« on: June 24, 2018, 13:00 »
I've got vector portfolios on the two biggest sites, Shutterstock and Fotolia. I've also got them on Canstock, where they're not performing very well.

Just wanted to hear from other vector contributors if there's a particular mid-level stock site out there where their vectors are performing especially well for them.

ps-excluding DepositPhotos, which I left because I found them to be shady.


Shutterstock.com / Re: Trouble Uploading Vectors
« on: May 29, 2018, 17:43 »
Okay, even tried renaming the .eps and .jpg to new names and it's STILL not recognizing the jpeg when I upload.

Your vector uploading is broken, Shutterstock. Fix it.

Shutterstock.com / Trouble Uploading Vectors
« on: May 28, 2018, 22:14 »
All of a sudden, there's a problem with the web form uploading vectors. When I upload the .eps and .jpg it doesn't recognize one of them and I get an error message. When I attempt to re-upload, I get the message that they are currently processing an image by that name and I should rename the file if I want to upload it.  But the image never shows up. It's just stuck in limbo somewhere, preventing me from trying again without renaming the file.

I'm not renaming all of my images just to try again. I upload to multiple sites. It would be a pain.

This is new in the last week or two. Anyone know what's going on?

I'm selling vectors. They were offering a free download of my vector file, no watermark.  However, I just tried to go to FoundStock and get a page that just says "down" so maybe they finally got it resolved?

I am PISSED. I want an explanation Shutterstock. A significant amount of my vector portfolio is being given away for free on FoundStock with YOUR LOGO ON IT.

If you can't keep my images secure, I'm bailing on you.

With the logo on it? Watermark. What do you want then to do, go turn off the internet? Anything on anyplace can be copied with the watermark on it, that's the protection. SS isn't the only one and turning off your collection doesn't stop anything, doesn't hurt the theifs, doesn't bother SS, it only hurts yourself. Next month the same people will complain how income is down. You can't make money unless your work is for sale.

I wish there was a way to stop the theives. I liked the idea of writing to their host and isp becasuse legal isn't going to stop them where they are. The laws can't be enforced in some countries, maybe the country is getting paid to look the other way.

I am PISSED. I want an explanation Shutterstock. A significant amount of my vector portfolio is being given away for free on FoundStock with YOUR LOGO ON IT.

If you can't keep my images secure, I'm bailing on you.

Shutterstock.com / Re: New submission editor page
« on: November 08, 2017, 23:58 »
Some thoughts on the new interface (I'm a vector contributor):

-uploading a reference file is easier now. You don't have to manually enter a title for the file anymore.

-the keyword suggestion feature is a bit weird and doesn't always seem to come up with relevant words. I do like that the keyword editor automatically decides which keywords are redundant as you enter them. There's no more submitting a file, then having to resubmit it because SS found redundancies.

-there are no longer 2 categories per image, now there's just one. The category selection is still very limited. I don't like sites that offer a million to choose from, but SS has fewer than I'd like.

Overall it seems a bit smoother, but I only upload about 5 images at a time so I don't know what this would be like for a photo contributor who uploads a greater volume all at once.

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Preview Image Colors WAY Off
« on: July 02, 2017, 18:44 »
Well, I got the runaround in my first support ticket and was then being ignored so I started another one which was also ignored. So I guess CanStock has decided this isn't their problem.

However, the suggestion to uncheck the "Include CMYK PostScript in RGB Files" box when saving the Illustrator eps file DOES work after all. I unchecked that box, saved a test file and uploaded it and the preview colors were just fine.

So now I just have to delete the 25 or so incorrect looking files and re-upload them.

Whatever changed at CanStock happened to me around May 12th. Up until that point, I'd saved over 200 vector eps files with no problem and with that box checked.

Me too. I was wondering if they had raised their payout threshold, but I didn't see news of that anywhere.

Alamy.com / Re: New uploader stinks
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:09 »
A few things about Alamy's new uploading system:

While the keywording has now been greatly simplified and is much easier to work with, the idea that any image with less than 50 keywords has "poor discoverability" is ridiculous. Most other agencies don't allow you to use more than 30, and in many cases I struggle to come up with 30 relevant keywords for one of my simpler vector images. I have tried to sit down and add superfluous keywords to some of my images and I just can't come up with 50 for most of them.

Likewise, the category selection is fairly simple to work with but the categories seem completely random and don't make much sense. How on earth can a stock photography/illustration website NOT have a category for people?

It's a better system than before, but still very flawed.

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Preview Image Colors WAY Off
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:18 »
I contacted them and told them about it. They asked me to provide 2 or 3 image ID numbers of the affected files, so I did that. Still waiting to hear back from them.

CanStockPhoto.com / Preview Image Colors WAY Off
« on: May 17, 2017, 13:07 »
Anyone else having trouble with the preview images for their most recently accepted images? I'm a vector contributor at CanStock and the most recent batch of my images have preview colors that look fluorescent. This never happened with my older images there.

Also, review/approval time there is really slow lately. It's taking over a month for images to be reviewed.

Adobe Stock / Re: EPS vector uploads temporarily disabled
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:07 »
My question is, if we upload .ai files instead of .eps files, do you convert them to .eps at your end? Or do they remain .ai files on the site?

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia Ranking Significance
« on: April 24, 2017, 13:28 »
The thing I've noticed that seems to greatly increase exposure on Fotolia is the ratio of views to sales. So, if a photo or illustration has 50 views and one sale, it doesn't show up very early in the searches for it. However, if you're lucky enough to have an item that has only 1 or 2 views and has an immediate sale, that image will skyrocket up in the search engine.

I always ignore the option to create folders of my stuff on Fotolia, but I am just wondering if there's some sort of benefit to having your images categorized that way.

Does anyone know if it affects the way customers view those images? Do they get some sort of notification that the image is part of a series when they view it?


Shutterstock.com / Re: Question about SS tier levels
« on: February 27, 2016, 10:35 »
The way I keep myself from thinking about individual sales is that when I upload a stock image I don't consider the value of it for an individual sale but rather the lifetime potential for that image to make money. So I pay more attention to the fact that over the course of 5-10 years that image may make hundreds or thousands of dollars across multiple sites for as long as it is online. Otherwise, I would drive myself crazy thinking about low individual sales. Stock is a game for the tortoise, not the hare.

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Canstockphoto - is it worth it?
« on: February 27, 2016, 10:28 »
I have a relatively small portfolio of all vector work, 143 images, and I regularly get sales there in their "instant" category that range from $1.00 to $5.00. I think it's probably the most successful middle tier site for me.

Envato / Re: On the Naughty Step
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:00 »
I'm having the same issue at their GraphicRiver site with my vectors. I actually have decent sales there with what they have accepted but about 6 months ago they started rejecting 90% of what I submitted. My work didn't suddenly take a quality dive, they're rejecting stuff that is equal to or sometimes better than the things they've accepted in the past. It makes no sense.

Their process for uploading vectors is too complex anyway. I wind up having to save 2 extra formats per image just for them in order to upload. I think I'm done after my next payout.

Envato / Re: Graphic River Suddenly Rejecting Everything
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:22 »
Months later and they're still rejecting 95% of what I submit. The other 6 sites I contribute to have happily accepted my work with a 100% acceptance rate. This, along with their ridiculously complex upload system, makes me think they're just not worth it anymore. I will probably be pulling my portfolio. I know this does no real damage to them, I just think I'll be happier streamlining my stock work flow.

General - Top Sites / Top 4 Sites for Vector Contributors?
« on: November 06, 2015, 15:01 »
I'm on iStock, Shutterstock and Fotolia. I don't want to branch out too much further but was wondering where other vector only contributors have the best success. Would like to maybe upload to 1 or 2 more sites.


Envato / Graphic River Suddenly Rejecting Everything
« on: May 16, 2015, 11:27 »
I've had a pretty good acceptance rate at Graphic River in the past, though they've always been a bit more picky than other sites. However, the last 7-8 images I've uploaded have been rejected for "not meeting their standards". The rejected images are pretty much to the same standard as everything else they've accepted in the past, which is puzzling.

Anyone else having this problem? Here's my portfolio there: http://graphicriver.net/user/pvg

In the past it was necessary to upload an entire separate jpeg file of a vector image to Shutterstock after the vector was accepted. Now I've noticed that my newer uploads are including the jpeg automatically. However, the jpeg is only a high-res version and is not offered in multiple sizes. The older jpegs I had uploaded separately are offered in small, medium and large sizes.

I was just wondering how other contributors are handling jpegs of their vector files on SS?

Thank you! That's very helpful.  :)

Does anyone have a complete list of the partner sites where DepositPhotos is selling our images? I'd like to compose a email asking to delete my portfolio and would like to name specific sites in the letter that I also want the images removed from.


Thanks for all the input! I hadn't thought about the "Keep Calm and..." posters. That's probably a big part of it.

Turns out that crowns file is a best seller for me across all of the sites that I submit to. Past 500 downloads on Shutterstock after a little more than a year!

Now if only I could think of a few more images that would perform that well...  :)

I have pretty healthy sales on Shutterstock overall, but I have one file that I sell the bejeezus out of. I usually sell it on a daily basis, sometimes 2 or 3 times daily. It's this one:


Not that I'm complaining, I'm just wondering what might have shot this file to the top of the charts. Does anyone else have one file in their portfolio that does significantly better than all of their others?


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