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Where to buy and sell vector illustrations

Are you a designer who make graphics in Illustrator, InkScape, PhotoShop are some other graphical software. Then you definitely want to turn your work in to cash. Well there are some websites that sell vector illustrations. Most of these illustrations are made by contributors that upload their work to these sites so that others can buy them. Doesn't it sounds nice to know that you can be such a contributor and make money with your designer qualities?

To make money with your illustrations you first need to register to those websites and upload samples of your best work to be approved as a contributor. So be careful what you upload and read the contributor rules to match their needs. All the websites work with earned credits. You get a piece of the actual sales value mostly around 25 % of the actual price. On every website you can set the license to expanded or exclusive. Exclusive means you only sell that piece of work on that website. Expanded means can sell your work any website you wish. An exclusive license can get you more money if it's been soled. An expanded license can only fetch more if it's been downloaded several times on more than one website. You can reach more people if you upload them to more than one website.

Every website has its pros and contra's we made a review for every website that can sell your vector work.

VectorStock
This is one of my favorite website to upload my illustrations. You need to upload a zip files with the original file like an Illustrator (ai), InkScpape (svg) or CorelDraw (cdr) file, a jpg file with a minimal of 3000 pixels for one side of the illustration, and an eps file. You also need to make a preview of your art with an exact measure of 380 x 400 pixels. VectorStock pays you 0,25 dollar for a normal royalty free file that has been soled.

Website: VectorStock

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: normal
difficulty to use: normal
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: normal
price for soled illustrations: good
pending time: can be very slow, mostly 3 days but sometimes more than a week

Fotolia
Not only illustrations but also photo's can be added. Fotolia needs a zip-file with an eps file and a jpg file that has a minimum of 5000 pixels. You don't need to upload the original file. Fotolia pays you 0,18 dollar for a normal royalty free file that has been solled.

Website: Fotolia

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: easy
difficulty to use: very easy
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: illustrations don't need to be exceptionally good
price for soled illustrations: can better
pending time: 1 day

123RF
Not only illustrations but also photo's can be added. 12RF only needs an eps file and a jpg file that has a minimum of 5000 pixels. You don't need to upload the original file and you don't need to zip it.

Website: 123RF

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: normal
difficulty to use: very easy
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: a bit more difficult in comparison with VectorStock or Fotolia.
price for soled illustrations: normal
pending time: 1 day

Dreamstime
Not only illustrations but also photo's can be added. Dreamstime only needs an eps file and a jpg file that has a minimum of 5000 pixels. You don't need to upload the original file and you don't need to zip it. But uploading is a bit more time consuming.

Website: Dreamstime

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: normal
difficulty to use: normal
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: a bit more difficult in comparison with VectorStock or Fotolia.
price for soled illustrations: normal
pending time: 1 to 3 days

Envato Graphicriver
Not only illustrations but also photo's can be added. Envato needs a zip file with an eps file and a jpg file that has a minimum of 5000 pixels.

Website: Envato Graphicriver

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: normal
difficulty to use: normal
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: a bit more difficult in comparison with VectorStock or Fotolia.
price for soled illustrations: normal
pending time: no data available

iStockPhoto
You need to upload a zip files with the original file like an Illustrator (ai), InkScpape (svg) or CorelDraw (cdr) file, a jpg file with a minimal of 3000 pixels for one side of the illustration, and an eps file. You also need to make a preview of your art.
Website: iStockPhoto

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: very hard
difficulty to use: normal
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: very hard
price for soled illustrations: good
pending time: no data available

ShutterStock
You need to upload a zip files with the original file like an Illustrator (ai), InkScpape (svg) or CorelDraw (cdr) file, a jpg file with a minimal of 3000 pixels for one side of the illustration, and an eps file. You also need to make a preview of your art.

Website: ShutterStock

difficulty to be accepted to be a contributor: very hard
difficulty to use: normal
professionally of the illustrations needed to be approved: very hard
price for soled illustrations: good
pending time: no data available

More websites where you can buy and sell vector illustraties
Depositphotos
CandyStockPhoto
Ingimage

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