11 Places to Sell Your Graphic Art

For graphic designers who are looking for some variety rather than just client work, stock photography sites can provide an opportunity. In this post we’ll take a look at some of the leading stock photo sites that also sell illustrations from graphic artists. There are even a few sites on the list that specializes in graphic art rather than stock photography.

 

 

iStockphoto

iStockphoto

iStockphoto is probably the largest and most popular place to buy images and photos online. As a seller you can create an account and apply to be a contributor. Once you’re approved you’ll be able to upload your work and earn a base commission of 20% on anything sold, and exclusive providers earn up to 40%. iStockphoto offers buyers the option to pay for files individually or to become a subscriber, so there is a little bit more to the commission structure of the sellers than just a simple percentage. For more details, see their page with details on the program.

Vector Stock

Vector Stock

Vector Stock is a good option for graphic designers because the focus of the site is vectors, not photos. To sell your work you can sign up for an account. Once you’re logged in you’ll have the option to request contributor status. If you visit their FAQ you’ll find some more information on selling your work. The payout is 25%, or 30% if you supply images for Vector Stock exclusively. You can potentially earn up to 50% with their accelerated payment structure for artists who have had a high number of downloads.


Graphic Leftovers

Graphic Leftovers

Graphic Leftovers is a new site with the purpose of allowing designers the opportunity to sell their unused work. If you are used to doing client work, the stuff that the client doesn’t want can be sold at Graphic Leftovers. They have icons, illustrations, and even some website templates for sale. Regardless of how much you sell, you’ll earn 52% commission. You can get more details about selling your work at Graphic Leftovers.

Stockxpert

Stockxpert

Stockxpert is similar to iStockphoto in terms of the photos and images that are available, although the selection is a bit less than iStockphoto. At Stockxpert you can earn 50% commission and you can view your stats and earnings in real time. Get more information about selling with Stockxpert.

Crestock

Crestock

Crestock is another popular option for buying and selling stock photography and images. Their site does not offer details on payment structure or commissions (at least not that I could find), although there is an option to apply to become a seller.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Shutterstock only sells photos and images by subscription, not on an individual basis. As a seller, you’ll get paid $0.25 every time one of your images is downloaded. Once you’ve hit $500 in earnings your commission will increase to $0.30 per download. You can sign up to be a seller from their website.

BigStockPhoto

Big Stock Photo

BigStockPhoto sells images individually, and you can earn $0.50 to $3 per download (or more on special license downloads). In order to be accepted into the program you’ll have to pass a test. You can get more information and sign up from their website.

Fotolia

Fotolia

Fotolia sells photos and images individually as well as through subscriptions. As a seller, you can earn up to 80% commission, with an average of 52%. You can sell your work with exclusive licenses and name your price. Get more information at their website.

Photospin

Photospin

Photospin sells images by subscription. Their website allows you to inquire about becoming a seller, but there is no information about commissions or details.

Dreamstime

Dreamstime

Dreamstime sells images individually. The base commission is 50% per download, but it can go as high as 80%. You’ll earn a high commission for exclusivity plus there are different levels according to how many of your files have been purchased. The more you sell, the more you make.

ShutterPoint

Shutterpoint

ShuttPoint is a much different option. With their service you will pay for the disk space that your images take up ($19 – $49 per year) but you’ll earn 70-85%. You can get more information at their website.

What’s Your Experience?

Have you ever sold your work on any of these sites?

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  • Mothership, June 16, 2008

    Also excellent places to buy images :-)

    Thank you!

  • Mike, June 16, 2008

    Hi,
    I think it depends most on what kind of graphic you have. Also a good place to sell your photos is http://www.picture-paradise.com

  • Sketchee, June 16, 2008

    I’ve never really thought about selling designs, even though I have used other people’s design elements (istock) in my layouts in a pinch. I’ll have to take a look at these more closely. Do you sell your stuff?

  • Jenna, June 16, 2008

    Wonderful links — I didn’t know such places even existed! : ]

    Thanks!

  • Jeremy Tuber, June 16, 2008

    This can be a great little revenue stream for designers. While most of us won’t make a huge amount of money, it’s a nice little bonus – the only thing I’d add is to make sure you don’t upload artwork that you’ve designed for a specific client, i.e. a logo or custom photography.

    The chances of the client finding out that you sold some of their artwork are slim, but if it got back to them it would not be cool.

  • Vandelay Design, June 16, 2008

    Jeremy,
    Yes, I agree that it is unlikely to be a large amount of income, but a little bit each month doesn’t hurt. I agree with your statement about client work, although Graphic Leftovers does specialize in selling work that you’ve done that was not used by a client. In that case of course you would want to make it so the client was not identifiable. Looking at the items for sale there they are pretty comparable to what’s at the other sites listed here.

  • Liz, June 20, 2008

    Has anyone here done this? If so, what’s your experience been like? I am looking out for some sources of passive income. Recently started throwing designs up on Merch sites like Cafe Press and Zazzle – just to see what happens.

  • Vandelay Design, June 20, 2008

    Liz,
    I haven’t personally given this a shot yet. I’ve been meaning to create some textures/backgrounds to try to sell on those sites (that was part of the reason for the research behind the post), but other things are taking priority of my time right now. Hopefully some others will chime in here.

  • Jeremy Tuber, June 21, 2008

    Wow, I didn’t know about Graphic Leftovers – nice comment! Freelance logo designers that have been in the business for a while probably have loads of concepts that they could sell. Great information!

  • Vandelay Design, June 21, 2008

    Jeremy,
    I believe Graphic Leftovers is new.

  • Suresh Pathmanathan, June 23, 2008

    Very useful links. Thanks

  • Mitch, June 23, 2008

    I’ve been selling at many of these microstock sites for about 3 years, and i’ve made close to $8000 – enough to buy new equipment and computers etc. So yes it can be done. I have some additional resources about microstock and photography on my site too – please come say hi

    And Vandelay, you should make those links to istock etc referral links so you can make some additional money if people sign up thru your links.

    Good post!

  • Joan Reeves, June 26, 2008

    Great post! Since I’m really getting into photography and digital illustration, it’s nice to know about ways to monetize that area.

  • these are some great sites. I’m going to check these out tonight. I’ve always been into photography.

  • Ahmed, February 1, 2009

    Thanks alot 4 this links

    And i need more sites to sell my logo and website designes on the net

    Thanks A Lot

    Ahmed

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  • Jash Sayani, March 18, 2009

    There is also GraphicRiver.net but its a very bad site. I would recommend to avoid it.

  • Phyllis Queen of Arts, March 26, 2009

    Thanks so much for your informative contributions! Also for taking the time to help us out (your fellow freelancers). Phyllis

  • rak, April 3, 2009

    yes, i earned over 100 dollars from fotolia. and a friend made 32.000 dollars from istock in one year. super hmm? (:

  • Amritsar, April 7, 2009

    Thank you so much for this wonderful collection of list…
    I love the photography… Hope will earn something with these sites..

  • orson, April 27, 2009

    Hi,
    I think, that the best one is Shutterstock, but nowdays it is quite hard to get there :( and Dreamstime. I write about it a bit on my blog, you can read it here: http://sellinggraphics.com/4/Best-microstock-sites-selling-photos-illustrations

  • Skinny Ties, April 28, 2009

    Wonderful.. I have added your blog to my bookmarks and share it with all my colleagues and friends..

  • Sherie, May 3, 2009

    Can the submitted illustrations be drawn and paper and then scanned in or do they have to be created on a computer?

  • Vandelay Design, May 3, 2009

    Sherie,
    I think they could be drawn first, but that would be up to the particular marketplace where you are submitting.

  • lulu, May 21, 2009

    In regards to fine art photos, or paintings, for instance, do you still have rights to your own images even if you sell on these sites? What if you end up wanting to show and sell your work in a gallery that you are also selling on one of these sites?

  • Vandelay Design, May 21, 2009

    Lulu,
    I don’t know, I’m not an artist. You would have to check with the particular sites where you wanted to sell your work and see what their policies are.

  • Amos, June 3, 2009

    Do they take artworks from South Africa? I am a graphic artist but mainly focused on South African Contemporary Graphic art, you know townships like Soweto and other South African pieces.

    Is there a market for that or maybe i should just take my chances.

  • Vandelay Design, June 3, 2009

    Amos,
    Generally they accept any work as long as it meets their quality standards.

  • Janka, July 25, 2009

    Perfect! Thanx for tips!

  • Gold Bullion, August 9, 2009

    Good review!I wanna try some of the sites that is posted here.Thanks for the help :D

  • Walker, September 25, 2009

    I suggest take you art to the next level. Instead of selling just your images; use your stock to sell them as greeting cards, business cards, flyers, posters and etc. I sell mine on http://supprint.com/Walker-ef9_5fw22, check them out.

  • Void, October 3, 2009

    I recommend you for join graphicleftovers cuz the admin is polite and helpful.i’m not recommend you to join vectorstock.they are not helpful.my artwork still pending too long……….and they dont answer my mail. i follow the rule n i did my work at my own design.but they left me like a fool.

    JUst go graphicleftovers…btw i oso want to try shutterstock…i think its good to make a start there…

  • Bypass Megavideo, January 6, 2010

    Really nice places which I use all the time.

  • Catherine Jacob, January 13, 2010

    Nice list, i’ll be sure to check these out, i use photospin already, and also http://www.artybuzz.com which is a cool site, might be worth people checking out or adding to this list

  • John Boy, January 24, 2010

    Check out http://www.pimpartworks.com if it falls in the Urban & Street art category

  • John, March 5, 2010

    I have used ShutterStock and BigStockPhoto in the past. Nice places to make a little extra cash.

  • Amos, March 17, 2010

    Guys, I just want to confirm something

    Can I upload the same pictures in different agencies. For example

    The same picture/images in Graphic leftover and Ventor Stock? what i want to know is that can i use all of them to upload my Ventor pictures— But the same images

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 17, 2010

      Amos,
      Each marketplace has its own rules regarding exclusivity, so you’ll have to check the policies of each marketplace that you want to use. Some of them have separate compensation plans for exclusive items as compared to non-exclusive.

  • Angela, March 24, 2010

    Here is a relatively newer one for Boutique and Girly type Website Premades and Graphics : http://www.premadetemplates.net – Check it out if your work fits in this niche. This site is getting big fast. Must be all those jumping from Etsy because of their problems.

  • Victoria, April 3, 2010

    Hi,

    Have a look at my Gallery at http://www.stylishlogo.com , my pre-designed exclusive Logos, all are vector in adobe illustrator.

    Plus you can find vector images, icons and maps there.

    Best regards,
    Victoria.

  • Lincoln32, April 19, 2010

    Your own site to sell downloadable art is another route to take. That way you can use the site to both promote youself/your work, and use it to sell downloadable files of your art. MadBeeTech at http://www.madbeetech.com includes a site builder that makes it fast and easy to set up your own site that includes support for fully automated digital download selling. Buyers end up at your PayPal page, so their money goes right into your PayPal account. No middleman to take a cut. Very inexpensive. I have two sites with them (one selling graphics, one selling ebooks) and it works great for me!

  • abdu digital work, May 3, 2010

    wow i love your picture,
    nice composition great job.

  • Richard Wilde, May 5, 2010

    I use a few of the websites above, but recently found an unusual website that offers the ability to sell your art as mural wallpaper. The website is http://www.muralswallpaper.co.uk if anyone wants to check it out.

  • Shutterstock, July 4, 2010

    i’m too make money selling my vectors through Shutterstock

  • amigo, August 21, 2010

    do u have to use a specific program to make your designs or could you just use microsoft paint or something

    • Vandelay Website Design, August 22, 2010

      Amigo,
      You can use whatever you want, but I doubt that you’ll be able to make anything high quality with Microsoft Paint. If it’s not high quality it won’t sell.

  • Ric, August 21, 2010

    Hi. Thank you for sharing the list of these photo sites. Now I can have alternatives. I usually get images from wikicommons, which has free and copyright free photos.

  • nate, September 25, 2010

    hey. just wondering. i have some designs i was interested in selling, to make some extra money. and i dont know if they are marketable? how would i find out ? they are all done in free hand and are black and white.

  • Anoj, September 28, 2010

    Hai,

    I am Graphics Designer and also i like to sale my designs so can any help for that.

  • DrGeorge, October 13, 2010

    One of the obvious names missing from this list is the gorilla in the marketplace, Getty Images. Do they not accept freelance work? As a publisher, I am a licensor of images, not a photographer or graphic artist. I am often frustrated in using these sites because most of the available images are highly commercial (apparently done for advertising clients), rather than natural scenes or ordinary settings more suitable to publishing needs. I have devoted hours trying to find stock images of a woman serving tea or a woman alone walking up a residential staircase. There is a market for non-commercial images that these sites lack. That may be an opportunity for a creative photographer designer who can think outside the box.

  • Lavence, October 14, 2010

    Thanks for your great collection! What about http://www.123rf.com ? It’s an alternatives for me!

  • Bypass Megavideo Limits, November 24, 2010

    Cheers for that, I only knew about iStockphoto and bigstock, im gonna try and sell some of my images on these places.

  • sellingvector, December 22, 2010

    Hello guys.

    I have wrote a blog about selling vectors to make money at

    http://sellingvector.blogspot.com

    I hope it will give a good insights for those who want to know more about this industry.

  • uzair, February 13, 2011

    i am 16 and i have some civil desigs to sell

  • iprimegraphics.com, April 10, 2011

    Hey Guys,
    If you want to sell ANY graphic work, visit iprimegraphics.com!

    At iPrime Graphics, you can:
    ~Brainstorm and Discuss with fellow designers
    ~Get Access to free Stock Packs, Fonts, Vectors, and Brushes for Photoshop and Illustrator.
    ~Buy and Sell graphics in the iPrime Marketplace
    ~Read and Create tutorials in the iPrime Academy. You can also provide 1 on 1 private tutoring.
    ~Participate in the iPrime Graphics Arena, where you can participate in many user based and staff based graphics contests.
    ~Get access to free giveaways
    ~Be part of a friendly, supportive community.

  • nora, October 4, 2011

    Hello,
    i just wonder if i can sell an image just after i create it. is there any legal requirements? or anything else? how will i proof that it was my product?

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 4, 2011

      Hi Nora,
      Each site or marketplace will have it’s own legal requirements/terms.

  • Holly, October 14, 2011

    Stockxpert is no longer live. It redirects you to either iStockPhoto or ThinkStock, depending on your interest in stock subscriptions or buying images. Thanks for the post!

  • Alex, November 20, 2011

    iStockphoto is a good resource – would definitely recommend as a starting point to get some of the ideas flowing!

    Alex
    Isadora Design

  • Bill Smith, September 21, 2012

    I use http://www.artyvectors.com to sell my art because I can set my own price on my vector arts.

  • nisa, December 11, 2012

    i’m earn from graphic river (evanto) and design crowd

  • Yorkie, December 13, 2012

    I haven’t personally – but you can make more by putting your graphics on to a disk and selling the same via cafepress. However, this could be costly to the buyer if you don’t have alot of graphics to fill a whole disk. I have known people that make a good income using istockphoto and bigstock. morguefile allows members to create a free portfolio and offer work to the highest bidder…worth checking out.

  • Dona, February 19, 2013

    Hi.
    Nice share and thank you for sharing these photo site list. So far I only know Fotolia and istockphoto, but there are more alternatives actually.

  • JLT Creative, April 18, 2013

    These links are very useful – thanks! Haven’t heard about Graphic Leftovers before. Interesting concept :)