Did you know that iStock is the first miscrostock agency? It was founded in April 2000, although the first attempt for launching was the year before. That means the agency has been in the industry for over 15 years. Acquired by Getty Images in 2014, the stock photo site has cemented its legacy in the creative world.
iStock’s online searchable library is under Royalty Free license and a micropayment requirement. Not long after, many companies emerge. But the stock site remained distinctive by offering an exclusive collection. Today, it offers a massive catalog with millions of photos, illustrations and vectors divided into two collections:
- If you are looking for the best value for your tight budget, the Essentials collection is the perfect option for you. One image in the collections requires one credit, which can be purchased in packs starting at 3 credits for $33 – no matter the resolution. Videos are also available at 6 credits each.
- The Signature collection contains the best photos and videos in the stock photo sites. You can’t find them anywhere else. So if you are aiming to create a design unique to your brand, this is certainly the collection to browse. Images cost 3 credits while video are available at 18 credits.
The Essentials subscription only gives you access industry standard stock photos in the Essentials collection. On the other hand, the Signature subscription allows you to access every image on iStock. That includes millions of images from the former collection – plus the handpicked images from the latter that you can only find in the stock site.
iStock has an image for your every creative need. If you want budget photos that you can use on professional designs, Essentials is the perfect collection for you. If you want more artistic imagery and are willing to spend a little more for them, Signature collection is where you will find first class imagery.