Single images from $1 every day

Need just one image for a project? We make it easy. At Crestock, single images start at $1… all day, every day.

No credit package or subscription is required: you can buy only what you need, when you need it.

Here’s how it works:

  • Simply sign up for a free account and start Searching. Sign up is free and takes less than a minute. To make things even faster, you can sign up using your Facebook account too!

  • Search or browse our extensive collections of Creative or Celebrity images. We have over 1.5 million images of each kind, with thousands more added daily.

  • Add the image you want to your Shopping Cart. (You can also save images for future review by using the “My Collections” feature.)

  • When you’re ready, click Checkout to review and finalize your purchase. You will be directed to an encrypted and verified page to complete payment. Images can be purchased using either a credit card or a PayPal account.

  • Once payment is complete, you will be returned to the Crestock Checkout. Here you can download the image directly to your computer. And that’s it! You’re on your way!

For more information on getting started, as well as the answers to frequently asked questions, check out the Image Buyer’s Guide, or drop us a line via Crestock Support.

Bigger & Better: a new thumbnail size on Crestock

Introducing Crestock’s bright new thumbnail size.

Last week the Crestock team undertook a major update to enhance the appearance of images on the site. We are pleased to announce a new thumbnail image size.

While the change itself is simple, and most areas of the site retain the same layouts for ease of use, the difference a few more pixels can make to the browsing experience is stunning. Images are brighter and sharper.  Buyers can see more detail at a glance, which makes locating the perfect image faster.  Artist portfolios pop. Everybody looks good.

Actual size, Before and After images.


Artist Interview: Victor Zastolskiy (aka vicnt)

This month we feature the multi-disciplinary talents of Victor Zastolskiy, aka vicnt. Victor lives and works in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. His portfolio includes an eclectic mix of 3D rendering and photography, combining sleek interior spaces and quirky portraiture into a unique body of work.

Hi Victor. How did you get started in illustration, design and photography?

VZ: I graduated from the Academy of Art. Later I worked as an artist for a long time in the computer games industry. I was also engaged in interior design. All of these skills helped me later in the creation of my images.

Who or what inspires your work?

VZ: I am inspired by the world around me, all I see. Life is wonderful!

What’s your favorite subject matter?

VZ: Perhaps most of all I like the theme of forces of nature. It fascinates me. I often dream about a tornado…

Describe your style. What do you try to capture in your images?

VZ: If I have an idea, at first I make sketches in pencil. At this stage I do a basic composition for the image. Then I choose the means to solve the problem: what software do I need? What photos will I be able to use from my archive? Do I need to take additional photos? Then comes the work of compiling all the material in the final image.

If you had to pick just one camera, medium, program or tool to work with from now on, what would it be?

VZ: This is terrible! I really do not like constraints to the tools of an artist. I am currently working in a 3D editor, then 10 minutes later I need a scanner, after half an hour the camera, then colored pencils and ink, etc…

4654096 © vicnt

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

VZ: I love to travel; I love cycling and snowboarding. I ride in as many different countries as possible. I am also engaged in engraving on wood.

4102054 © vicnt

What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?

VZ: If you have an idea for an image, first check the extent to which this theme is already represented in stock. If you feel that you cannot do a better or more interesting picture on this theme, work on another idea. It is better not to create similarities.

4573553 © vicnt

Do you have a favorite artist/photographer at Crestock?

VZ: On Crestock there are many excellent creators. For example, there are many hidden ideas in these images by egorr.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?

VZ: I am very modest. :)

See Victor’s Portfolio

2684105 © vicnt

853876 © vicnt

2622099 © vicnt

4573561 © vicnt

Artist Interview: Scott Griessel (aka Creatista)

Every month we feature one of our illustrators or photographers. This month we talk to Scott Griessel, alias Creatista. Scott is an Arizona-based photographer whose larger-than-life portraits gleefully fall outside the box of standard stock. Scott is not afraid to let his models emote or get messy or outrageous. Today we take a look inside his world of colorful characters— from smoking nuns to nagging moms, drag queens to femme fatales, bubblegum punks to yogis and beyond…

Scott Griessel

How did you get started in photography?

SC: I’m actually a TV and film guy. I started my career in video and worked up to being a producer and director for TV commercials, videos for shows, training films and that sort of thing. I spent a while as a creative director and partner in a boutique agency working for national clients like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Freightliner, Airstream and others. I was working on a catalog job for Saab in Atlanta over a decade ago and the photographer had just switched to a digital back for his large format camera. I was skeptical and made sure he had lots of film and a regular film back handy. My first brush with digital was immediate love and I’ve never looked back. As I progressed in my career, I was able to integrate photography into my own company, Creatista. Now it’s about 20% to 30% of my business.

Who or what inspires your work?

SC: I’m a big fan of Cindy Sherman and Chuck Close. I guess I just like quirky portraits. People are endlessly fascinating.

What are your favorite images from your collection?

SC: Wow! I like a lot of them for different reasons. Here are five that come to mind… of course, on a different day I’d pick five different shots.

971485 © creatista

What’s your favorite subject matter?  Describe your style. What do you try to capture in your images?

SC: I love shooting people and characters. If I can set up a scene just like I would in a film or video, I’m happy. I like the pictures to end up with a sense of relationship and narrative. I’m not a picky scenic type, or an intense sort of ‘work for the one great shot’ photographer. I tend to shoot pretty fast and loose. I like to work on location and even enjoy a certain sense of messiness to my shots vs. pristine staging. Mostly, I just want to have fun while I work.

1120953 © creatista

If you had to pick just one camera to work with from now on, what would it be?

SC: I know it’s counter-intuitive, but I’m not that interested in cameras. I shoot Canon and have some great 1ds and 5D bodies and glass. Even so, I don’t read the trade magazines or spend much time thinking about my gear- except when it breaks. I’m in the Lance Armstrong school… it’s not about the bike and it’s not about the camera. Lots of my friends love their gear, and I’m often a bit sheepishly embarrassed by my own lack of knowledge. I just know what I like and I click the shutter when I see it.

309096 © creatista

If you won the lottery, what’s the one place or person you would run away to photograph?

SC: I have a dream to walk across the country for a year, stopping into the small towns and just meeting people and writing about them. I’m interested in the country and how we’re doing. Not in a political way, just what people are up to and how they live their lives. I’ve done quite a bit of editorial work for magazines and other clients and I really like it. This would be a personal project. In 2006 I produced and directed a documentary film called The Asphalt Gospel about a group of progressive Christians that walked from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. It was five months on the road moving very slowly from town to town. Guess I’m just itching to get out again.

1696314 © creatista

What do you do when you’re not shooting?

SC: Travel, baby! In fact, I’m on my way to Turkey with my wife in a couple days. We’ll come back with thousands of photos… so look out, reviewers!

What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?

SC: Can I give more than one? OK. I will.

I’m a huge fan of microstock and stock. It allows a photographer to find a niche and work on subjects of interest to them. I’m not a birder, but, if I was, I would concentrate on creating excellent shots of birds. It’s like being a writer – ‘write what you know’.  Shoot what you know. I know actors and theaters and film-making, so that’s what I shoot.

It is seriously hard work. For everyone that I meet and refer and help out to get started, maybe one in ten will stick with it. The secret is, it’s worth it. It takes time and effort, but once your portfolio hits a certain size and your skill level continues to grow, it’s a great way to make a solid income. It is possible. I couldn’t live solely on my stock work, but it is a significant part of the entire platform.

Don’t take rejections personally. Reviewers are human and have opinions and have to make borderline calls on images. No photo is worth getting upset over. I used to agonize over every shot and feel an affront if it didn’t get accepted. Now I lick my wounds, try to learn from the experience, and move on.

4168425 © creatista

Do you have a favorite artist/photographer at Crestock?

SC: Since I shoot people, I tend to be drawn to other artists that do the same. Who isn’t in awe of Yuri Arcurs? I always enjoy images from andresr, and I think diego_cervo has an interesting eye and does a nice job with the post work on every image. For still lifes, Elenathewise, and nicemonkey rocks the vectors.

Do you have a website/blog or any other personal links (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) that you would like to share?

SC: I’m everywhere. Easy to find on Facebook under my name, Scott Griessel. I’d be happy to make new friends. I also maintain a back-end invite-only site on Facebook called CreatistaPhotography with models, MUAs, stylists, actors and photographers. The main site is… forever in need of updating but always fun, just the same.

4464257 © creatista

Would you like to share any other information?

SC: I’m from San Diego, and spent my formative years in the Midwest, including Detroit, which I love. Now I live near Tucson, Arizona and have a studio called 19 Below – that’s on Facebook, too.

I work with Eric Basir at Photografix for the bulk of my post work, since it’s too fast and furious for me to do all on my own. Theadra Taylor is a rockin assistant and model; she sets up our Creatista shoots. Edwin Serrano is the king of gear, staying on top of all the stuff when I don’t and making me look like I know what I’m doing…

See Creatista’s portfolio

767120 © creatista

4575877 © creatista

Extended License Price Drop!

Crestock is now offering Extended License options at a flat rate of $50 per license, per image!

© anhmagaret / Crestock

With individual images starting as low as $1, you already get great value from Crestock’s two image collections. We now offer discounted Extended Licenses in several different categories to address various business needs:

Creative Collection (Photographs and Vector Illustrations)

Consumer Merchandise – Allows for image placement on products or product packaging intended for commercial resale or redistribution. Some examples include: mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts and other apparel, toys; greeting cards, stationary, calendars, stickers, posters, artwork and similar paper products.

Electronic Templates – Includes permission to resell or distribute the image as part of an electronic template, such as an e-greeting card, Powerpoint slideshow template, or software deployment package.

Unlimited Print Run – Our Standard License limits the quantity of reproductions to less than 500,000. This Extended License has no limit.

Multi-Seat – Enables multiple people within the same company to use an image, share it across the company network, or store copies on several company computers.

© darrenwhi / Crestock

Celebrity Collection

Two different editorial extended license options are available for images from the Celebrity Collection:

Cover Use– Allows the use of images on the cover of a book or magazine, or the front page of a newspaper.

Unlimited Print Run – Our Standard License limits the quantity of reproductions to less than 250,000. This Extended License has no limit.

Good To Know…

  • Extended Licenses can be added to the Standard License at any time. Simply send your request via email to to start the process.
  • All images licensed from Crestock are eligible for Extended License coverage, whether purchased individually, paid for with credits, or downloaded with a subscription.
  • Extended Licenses can be combined. For example, a Cover Use and an Unlimited Print Run license can be added to an image from the Celebrity collection for a combined fee of $100 (plus Standard License cost).
  • For detailed licensing terms, please visit (Creative Collection) or (Celebrity Collection).
  • Please note that neither the Standard nor Extended Licensing options allow the use of any image as a logo or trademark. In addition, Celebrity images cannot be used to directly or indirectly promote a product, service or merchandise. Use of Celebrity images in advertising or commercials, on packaging, album covers, or in electronic templates is not permitted.

Need an extended license or more information on what our images can be used for? Contact us or email your questions to


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