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iStockphoto Coupon Code List: Updated for December 2016:

Welcome to our collection of the best iStock promo codes! Adding stock photography to your website is one of the simplest and fastest ways to give your website a professional look and feel. Plus, you will be supporting photographers and artists from around the world!

We are continually updating this page so that we have the most recent coupons and promo codes available.

To use these promo codes, click on the blue coupon button below to reveal the code. A new window will open up that will take you to iStockphoto.com. Order your products, and then when you reach the online shopping cart, paste the coupon code in the box.

Best iStockphoto Coupon Codes Right Now:

  • New! Save 12% Off Monthly Subscriptions:

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    2MGPC46N
    Best Deal! Save 12% off monthly subscriptions for all new customers. Now that iStock allows monthly subscription credits to roll over (meaning if you don’t use all your credits in one month, they will roll over to the next month), this is the best deal out there.
  • Save 10% Off 3 or More Credits for New Customers:

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    3NEWISTOCK10
    As part of iStock’s end of year sale, they are offering 10% off 3 or more credits for new customers. This promotion ends January 31st, 2017.
  • Save 20% Off Credits at iStock:

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    DEC20
    Use this promo code to save 20% off stock photo credits at iStock. Expires December 9th.
  • 10 images for only $40 with a monthly subscription:

    ACTIVATE OFFER
    ACTIVATED
    With a monthly iStock subscription you can now get 10 images for only $40. That’s $4 per image! Sign-up now!
  • Save at least 60% when you download more than 3 photos, illustrations or vectors:

    ACTIVATE OFFER
    ACTIVATED
    With this promo code you can now save 60% when you download more than 3 photos, illustrations or vector files.
  • New Customers: Save 10% Off All Credits!

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    NEWISTOCK10
    Use this iStock promo code to save 10% off all credit pack purchases with no minimum purchase.
  • Save 17% Off Credit Packs:

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    3NEWISTOCK10
    This is a great deal for customers that don’t want to commit to a larger purchase: save 17% off credit packs.
  • Ongoing Sale: Save 33% Off 300 Credits or More:

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    Best Savings! iStock has an ongoing promotion where you can save 33% off your purchase of $300 or more. There is no promo code needed to redeem this offer. Just add 300 credits to iStock’s shopping cart and the discount code will take effect automatically.
  • This coupon code has been tested this week and it was working. Here’s proof!
  • Save 21% Off Credit Packs of 18 or More:

    ACTIVATE OFFER
    ACTIVATED
    Right now you can save 21% off when you purchase 18 credit packs. There is no promo code required for this promotion.
  • Save 31% Off 150 iStock Credits:

    ACTIVATE OFFER
    ACTIVATED
    Save a full 31% off iStock credits when you purchase 150 or more. No promo code required for this offer: when you add 150 credits to the shopping cart, the discount price will automatically take effect.
  • Save 15% Off Monthly iStock Subscriptions:

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    B38PC46N
    New! Since June of 2014 iStock has been offering image subscription plans starting at $199/month. Other websites like Getty Images have similar subscription plans. If you use a lot of stock photos on your website, this will save you money. This coupon code will save you 15% off a 1-year subscription plan, around $30 a year and up depending on what package you buy. This promo code expired on January 31st.
  • Save 15% on Annual iStock Subscriptions:

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    ZYWPC46N
    This promo code will work for annual subscriptions, instead of monthly. But even though both coupons are for 15%, this one will save you more money overall. How? Yearly subscriptions will cost less overall compared to monthly subscriptions, and when you add the 15% savings onto the lower monthly rate, you pay even less. So if you can commit to an annual subscription, this is the best subscription promo code.

  • Save 8% Off Any Credit Pack:

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    8NEWISTOCK
    This promo code will also save you 8% off any credit pack. There is no minimum purchase for this coupon code, so if you just want to buy one image, this is the most useful code for you. This promo code only works for new customers.
  • Cyber Monday Sale: Save 20% Off All Credit Packs:

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    NOV20
    Use this promo code to save 20% off all credit packs at iStock. No minimum purchase required.

How to Apply Your iStock Promo Code:

When you buy something from a website, we’ve discovered that they all tend to hide their ‘coupon code’ section in a different place. So we’ve created a handy guide to help make sure you don’t accidentally miss it when you’re buying something from iStockphoto:

  • When you find the image you would like to purchase, click on the picture. Then select what size you would like to buy and then click “Download Photo”
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  • You have two options for purchasing: you can purchase individual credits, or you can purchase a subscription. Which is best for you? It depends on how many images you intend to download per month:
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    The website will ask you to decide between these two purchase options.

  • Now you’ve reached the Checkout page. This is where the coupon code entry field is. You can either create an account (if you don’t have one), or log in with your existing credentials.
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  • Underneath the price total is the coupon entry field. It says ‘Have a Promo Code?’. Click that and then enter the promo code:
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    This entry field opens up when you click on the ‘Have a Promo Code?” text.

  • If you’re a new customer, then you need to enter your contact/payment information before you apply the promo code. This is to ensure that you’re a new customer.
  • For existing customers, you’ll need to login before the discount will apply to your order.

New Feature: Rollover Subscription Images!

iStock just announced that your unused image downloads (between 10-50 images per month depending on your plan) will rollover into the next month. That means if you’re unsure if you’re going to use the full allotted amount for your blog, you don’t have to worry about it and you can even stockpile your allotted images until your website needs a lot of them all at once!

iStock Update: Late last year iStock started making all file sizes are the same price! You can read more about it here.

New! One flat fee for all file sizes

Typically microstock companies have different price tiers for the different resolution sizes of their stock images, with smaller sizes being cheaper and larger sizes being more expensive. iStockphoto has done away with that and all file sizes are the same price now, so in my opinion you should always get the highest resolution size possible as you can always size it down as necessary using a graphics program. If you don’t have much budget for software at your company then GIMP is an open source alternative to Photoshop, and has all the tools that would be necessary at the beginner level. If you need complex graphic work done then you are probably best to hire a professional graphic designer. Or if you don’t want to size down the images yourself you are allowed to re-download any image size at any time for images that you have purchased after the date when the new rules came into effect.

‘But I only need the smaller file sizes for the web?’ It might be true that you mainly use stock photography for your blog or website, but you never know when you might find yourself being featured in print media, making posters, signage, etc. in which case you will need high resolution files. You should especially make sure that you have high resolution versions of your logo or any images that are an important part of your branding or advertising.

For any images that you have purchased prior to the new rules, you can re-download different file sizes that are smaller or the same as the size that you originally purchased.

iStockPhoto’s New Collections

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Also launched recently are iStockPhoto’s new collections: Essentials and Signature. The Essentials collection is exactly what it sounds like, stock photography for day to day content publishing on your blog or website. These images are less expensive and suited more to general business and blogging needs. The Signature Collection is their premium collection and has folded in the old Vetta Collection, all of those images are now available through the Signature Collection plus vectors and illustrations. The Signature Collection image are more expensive, but they tend to feature images that are more creative, artistic, and often heavily edited which might be what you are looking for. These type of images are well suited to advertising.

iStockphoto WordPress Plugin:

iStock has developed a convenient WordPress plugin so that you can search for, purchase, and insert stock images from iStockphoto directly into your blog posts without having to leave the WordPress backend. A huge time saver! The plugin is free to download and easy to use. Once you have the plugin installed and have verified your account information for iStockphoto you can then search their image database directly through the WordPress Media Library. You can download images that you have already purchased or you can buy new ones and use them right away.

There is also a built-in photo editor so you can crop, add text, resize, add filters, stickers, or frames, or use the touch up tools to edit the image. The photo editor stores a copy of the original photo and the edited one, so the original is not lost. Again this is all done within the WordPress backend so you don’t have to spend time flipping back and forth between WordPress and your image editor. This plugin also automatically adds copyright captions for you.

About iStock:

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iStockphoto started out as ‘iStock’, and was one of the first ‘microstock‘ photography sites to exist.
Dating back to the year 2000, iStock bypasses traditional stock photo agencies and instead provides a marketplace for photographers to sell their images directly to the people who want to use them. The ‘microstock’ movement is mostly centered on the internet, where multitudes of websites and blogs will use stock photography in their articles. Before the internet was widely used stock photography was sold via CD-ROMS, and you had to purchase entire image packages even if you only wanted to use one or two. People can also use these websites in advertisements that they create.

Initially iStock actually gave away their images for free, and also allowed photographers to upload their images to the database. It was a radical concept at the time, and it took off like wildfire. Their bandwidth usage bills quickly climbed to $10,000 a month so they asked if their users would be willing to pay for the service, the response was a resounding yes. Thus the ‘microstock’ business model was born, and in the years since then many other microstock companies have cropped up.

iStockPhoto is actually a Canadian company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Around the Web:

Twitter – Follow iStock on Twitter here.

Facebook – Prefer Facebook? You can follow them here and be the first to learn about new features/promotions on the site.

Youtube – iStockphoto has a fantastic youtube channel where you can learn all about how to create stock photos and use them yourself. If you unsure about how to mark your photos before uploading them to iStock’s website, you can learn a lot here. We’ll post one of their tutorial videos here for you:

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