Fotolia - Royalty free Images, Vectors and Videos
Started in November 2005, Fotolia have over 13 million images, vectors and HD Videos in their gallery. Fotolia also have a collection of exceptional images, from well known agencies in the world, in their Infinite Collection. With Infinite Collection, Fotolia is able to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site.
You can even get free photos and vectors which are provided via their Facebook Page. If you wish to use them royalty free, you can buy from their vast collection. You can eve sell your Photos, videos etc and earn money.
They have a Plug-In that can instantly add high-resolution photos, videos and illustrations to your PowerPoint or Word documents. You can also use their Desktop Widget to search for stock images, vector and videos on your desktop.
Photographers and designers constantly update Fotolia with thousands of new photos and illustrations each day, while photographers and designers receive commission from each photo sold and revenue from advertising on the free section.
Fotolia subscriptions allow you to download between 25 and 250 images a day during the period of your subscription. The subscriptions are offered from:
- $199 Monthly (750 images)
- $499 Quarterly (2,250 images)
- $899 Half Yearly (4,500 images)
- $1,649 Yearly (9,125 images)
All images offered on Fotolia are Royalty free, they can be used for all kinds of professional documents with no limit on time or copies:
- Creation of advertising media.
- Creation of professional documents.
- Illustration of press articles.
- Illustration of websites, blogs, newsletters, web banners.
- Illustration multimedia documents.
- Illustration / Decorations on TV shows or movies.
- Creation of derivative products (Extended license).
Few of the not-so good things that I noticed
The interface is a bit clunky, confusing at first use. For instance, I could not find a way to browse all photos or categories until I did a Search and click from there. Another noticeable usability issue was that of 404 (Not Found) being re-directed back to their homepage. For a photo, video, media site, I’m really itching to have a much cleaner, sleeker, crispier design.
Fotolia competes with the likes of iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, Cutcaster and ShutterStock.
Get yours for Free
Fotolia have agreed to give away 2 blogger account and 3 reader accounts for a month. Comment below or let me know why you want to try out Fotolia and I’ll hook you up.
Disclosure: I was given a blogger’s account to try out Fotolia.