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Sell your images

Anyone can join our community and sell their files, images and/or videos. Just create an account and upload your files. Don`t forget to check our terms here. Also, you can always find more details on how to upload images and videos in our FAQ section. Please keep in mind that we reserve the right to select our content and we accept only quality files after assessing them technically, aesthetically and commercially.

For each transaction, the contributor receives 25-50% Revenue Share, which is calculated based on the net sales amount for the transaction. Exclusive files receive an additional 10 % bonus, while exclusive contributors enjoy a 60 % Revenue Share for all sales and an additional bonus of $0.20 for each approved submission.

Any contributor may request payment as soon as the balance has reached $100 and the contributor submits a payment request from the Management Area.

When approved, your file will be included in the database as a 1 level file. As it gets downloaded, the image/video moves to a higher level and sells for a higher price. The table below shows you the full price and level structure:

Per Image Earnings from Registered Users Downloads*

*these are maximum values.

Revenues from extended licenses


  • License
  • Non-Exclusive
    image
  • Exclusive
    image
  • Exclusive
    User
  • SR-EL1
    1 year exclusivity
  • 50%
    (1/4 SR-EL price)
  • 60%
    (1/4 SR-EL price)
  • 60%
    (1/4 SR-EL price)
  • SR-EL3
    3 years exclusivity
  • 50%
    (3/5 SR-EL price)
  • 60%
    (3/5 SR-EL price)
  • 60%
    (3/5 SR-EL price)
  • SR-EL
    Sell the rights
  • 50%
  • 60%
  • 60%

The current pricing structure was released on January 2010. Note that credits acquired in the past may be based on a different pricing structure. In order to meet industry dynamics, market trends, technological and knowledge improvements, Dreamstime performs regular updates on its pricing.

Dreamstime.com acts as an agency providing quality images to professionals in the industry, as well as helping professional or amateur photographers sell their portfolio online. We do not require exclusivity for the images you upload, but each uploaded image becomes subject to our terms and conditions, and you must own the rights for each image you upload to our database.

How to sell your images:

Your first step in selling your images is to register for free on the Register page.

Before uploading a file you must make sure the following criteria are met for your image:

  • must be your personal work and you must own the copyright upon everything within it
  • must be of least 3MP resolution
  • must be RGB, saved at the highest JPG quality (100% or level 12)
  • have a Model Release for all recognizable people in your image
  • for traced illustrations upload the original image in the Property Release area (if it is not the case you should mention the illustration is your own work, created from scratch, in the notify admins area)
  • check carefully for copyright issues such as labels, logos, characters from cartoons or movies etc. Note that some buildings are protected by a trademark (such as new sculptures), cars like Ferrari and Porsche, Harley Davidson motorcycles, the Coca-Cola bottle, the Olympic logo circles.
  • check the image for all the faults listed in these guidelines
  • don't upload offensive content such as explicit nudes, drugs, people in offensive positions, racism
  • add a relevant description to your image longer than one word explaining the image
  • don't use all caps for the image name and description
  • model release files must be JPEG or PDF, filenames must contain only letters and numbers, no special characters.

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