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How to Bid on Images at Cutcaster?

The first step to bidding on images and naming your price at Cutcaster is to create an account at Cutcaster under the Register page.  To bid on images and name your price you need to be a registered Cutcaster user.  It’s free.


Once you have selected the image you would like to bid for, you can look to the right hand side of the screen and see the different pricing options based on the file sizes.  First, choose the size of the image you would like and the license type, Standard or Extended.


Next, if you look right below the menu table, you will see three options.  threeoptions

You can enter your new price (bid) and click on the ‘Send’ button:

place new bid The artist will receive an email letting them know that they have a bid for one of their images and will have 48 hours to either accept the bid, negotiate or reject the bid.  In most cases, sellers react in less than 2 hours to bids.

If the Artist Accepts Your Bid:

Login to your Cutcaster Account and from within your Studio page under ‘My Marketplace’ you will see a red ‘New’ under ‘Accepted Deals’.

my marketplace new

Click on ‘Accepted Deals’.  You will then have the option to ‘Purchase This File’.

purchase this photo

You will then be taken to Cutcaster’s Cart page where you can checkout using any major credit card, Cutcaster credits or pay by invoice.  If you have a coupon or discount code, you can also use them on this cart page.

cart area

When you select your payment option, click on the green ‘Checkout’ button and the image will be available for you to download.

If the Artist Decides to Negotiate:

If the contributor decides to negotiate after receiving your bid, you will receive an email letting you know what price the contributor is willing to accept.  Log onto your account and under ‘My Marketplace’ within your studio page you will see the counter-offer under ‘Content I Want to Buy’.

content i want to buy

You can either Accept, Negotiate or Decline the new price:sellers new proposal

If the Artist Declines Your Bid:

If the artist declines your lower price (bid), an email will be sent to you notifying you it was declined.  The declined offer will show up in your ‘Delcined Deals’ in ‘My Marketplace’.

declined deals

If you have any further questions, always feel free to email help@cutcaster.com.

Update to Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images and Illustrations Cutcaster still needs

We talk to 10-20 buyers a day and gather requests for content that they need now.  If you have photos, illustration, or vectors that fit into the categories below, we need your work!  Send in your best work and be included in lightboxes we send directly to customers!  As with all submissions we are looking for good photographic composition, lighting, and technique.  Remember to think like a designer when keywording your images.  Never spam keywords that don’t fit your images.

Business People and Concepts:

We need shots of people at work, business equipment, offices, and office buildings, people in business attire. Remember, not every shot of a person needs to be isolated on white, and not every model needs to be looking straight at the camera.  Use your imagination, but keep the poses natural, and relaxed and always use a model release.

Food and Drink:

We need high quality images of food and drink, as well as people cooking, and eating those meals. Grocery store shots are very desirable, but watch your logos and trademarks!
Keywords:  Food |  Wine |  Cooking | Grocery Store |  Eating |  Drinks |  Feast | Alcohol

Holiday and Seasonal Themes:

At Cutcaster, we use the term Holiday to describe a seasonal event, not a vacation!  We need all of the holiday themes.  These are huge sellers!  Christmas, Yom Kippur,  Ramadan, New Years, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year, Earth Day. Birthday themes are also needed.  If it is a holiday celebrated anywhere in the world we would love to see it!

Home and Garden:

Household images of beautiful interiors, furniture, modern kitchens and baths.  Pretty gardens, and pool side views are also needed. Home repair and improvement are also needed.

Personal Care and Cosmetics:

Personal care and spa treatments are hot right now.  Grooming, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and outdoor health activates are fast sellers.  Any way you pamper yourself!  Cosmetics are also hot. Portraits highlighting classic or dramatic makeup and hair  are needed.
Keywords:  Spa |  Make-up |  Yoga |  Massage |  Women’s Health |   Diet

Financial Images:

It’s all about money.  Cash concepts, taxes, real estate, trading.  Business people in banking situations, or simple designs with cash concepts.  The stock market is hot right now.  Submit images that show thrift and savings, as well as upbeat images of financial stability.
Keywords:  Money |  Taxes |  Real Estate |  Trading |  Banking |  Savings

Kid Stuff:

We love kids, from infants to teens, advertisers are looking for great looking kids in natural poses, as well as child related products. Don’t forget, when shooting kids you must have parental consent, and a signed model release!
Keywords:  Infant |  Toddler |  Teen |  Child Care |  Family


Healthcare topics are huge right now.  Swine flu, flu season, medical offices, and professionals. Medications, and prescription drugs,  holistic medicine.  If it has to do with health, we need it!  We are very interested in seeing vectors on this topic as well.
Keywords:  Medicine |  Flu Season |  Doctor |  Drugs |  Xray |  Dental

Religious and Spiritual Images:

We need all of the world religions represented in our library:  Christian and Catholic, Muslim, Judaism, Hindu and Buddhist, as well as lesser known spiritual paths, including Paganism, Sufism,  Amish and other religious cultures.  Icons, rituals, festivals, symbols (for you vector makers), traditional food, and items as well as spiritual locations.  Be sure when submitting images of churches/mosque/ synagogues to include the name of the building, and where it is located, as they did here.
Keywords:  Christian |   Muslim |  Judaism |  Hindu |  Buddhist |  Spiritual


In a very multicultural world, it is important to show people of many cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Hispanic, Asian, and African Americans in business settings are highly desired.  As well as families, and groups.  Business settings, home, and school pictures are desired.  We also need people expressing their native cultures, such as Hindu traditions and Native Americans in traditional clothing.

Sports Images and Vectors:

There is a wide world of sports out there, and we need them all.  Football, baseball, soccer, golf, rugby, squash, cricket, tennis, mountain biking, water sports, and winter sports.  From drag racing to curling, we need them all.  For vector makers, be creative!  Make your sports come alive!
Sports:  Winter Sports |  Water Sports |  Soccer |  Football |  Baseball |   Golf

Electronics and Telecommunications:

We all have them:  cell phones, computers, flat panel tv’s, surround sound.  We also need the back bones to these systems:  Server rooms, computer rooms, satellite arrays,  circuit boards and more.  If it makes the internet run, makes your phone ring, or your cable work, we want it!

Do you need a particular image or illustration? Post your requirements in the Project Request Forum!

Add a link to our Photography Resource Page and get traffic back to your photo site

We are creating a large directory to help out visitors find the best photography related resources on the internet. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact us to request a link.

To have your link added to our links page, you will have to provide a link back to our site: http://www.cutcaster.com/

The link must use the anchor text “Royalty Free Stock Photos”.

To submit your site, email us at webmaster AT cutcaster DOT com:

1) Your site’s title

2) URL

3) Short description

4) Exact reciprocal link location i.e. the page you are adding our link to

Why buying Cutcaster credits is an easy payment option?

Buying credits to license royalty free stock images and vector illustrations at Cutcaster gives you one more way to quickly download and license your desired files at a discount. When a user has available credits in their Cutcaster Credit account, they are able to control their budget and immediately download images or vectors from the site without having to checkout every time. It’s ONE simple click. The credit packages range from $23-4000.

On your MyCart page, if you click on the checkout button it will go directly to the usual checkout page where you have two options to pay. The first option is “pay-as-you-go,” which allows you to download any of the content at Cutcaster using any major credit card. The second option is buying credits in bulk at a discount and then using them. If, however, your Available Credits are less than the Total Amount of the items in their cart, you can use a credit card to purchase the files or buy more credits. But if your Available Credits are greater than the Total amount, you can choose between using your Cutcaster Available Credits or just use your credit card.

If you have any questions give us a call at 215-688-2751 and ask for John or email us at webmaster@cutcaster.com. To see a comparison of the different credit packages click on http://www.cutcaster.com/credits.

Top ten things you can do to promote your stock photography and vector portfolio and get more sales

Top 10 things you can do to get more views, improve your sales and promote your stock photography and vector portfolio.

1. Take the time to properly keyword your photos and clipart with concise and descriptive words. Use scientific names or exact locations if relevant. In addition, use descriptive titles and unique descriptions for each file. Try not to just cut and paste the metadata. This helps buyers and search engines locate each photo you have in your portfolio.

2. Link to your Cutcaster portfolio from your website, your blog or your email signature on outgoing emails. Create a concise email signature that will be attached to all your outgoing emails and have links to your portfolio in it. Adding a signature to your username is also smart to do if you post in forums or message boards. These links are valuable tools for people to find your photos.

For example, if we used our Cutcaster demo account, we would want to link to this URL. http://www.cutcaster.com/studio/pub/874219924

3. When linking to your portfolio try using anchor text links like “stock photography” or “download photos.” Wikipedia says,
“The anchor text, link label or link title is the visible, clickable text in a hyperlink. The words contained in the anchor text can determine the ranking that the page will receive by search engines.” This will help Google and other search engines know that your studio link is related to whatever text you use in your anchor link.

For example, if we used our Cutcaster demo account, we would want to link to this URL. http://www.cutcaster.com/studio/pub/874219924 using the anchor text ” Royalty Free Stock Photos

4. Join our Photography Referral Program and use your referral links to send photo buyers and photo sellers to your photography portfolio to find extra ways to make money while you promote your work.

5. Use the Portfolio “Share” button to add your portfolio and photography to social networks that you belong to. Just click on the “Share” button on your studio page or any page that has an image that you like at Cutcaster and add it to the list of social networks.

6. Submit your portfolio studio and lightbox links to Google. This helps Google find your portfolio and index your content faster. You should submit your unique Cutcaster portfolio link that you can find on your studio page to the the major search engines. In Cutcaster’s case we would submit, http://www.cutcaster.com/studio/pub/874219924.

Here is the address to submit those links. http://www.google.com/addurl/

7. Submit your Cutcaster studio page to photography and vector related portfolio sites, directories and forums. You can do Google searches to find the best directories or look at our Photography resource page for good sites to promote your artwork.

8. Create specific photography lightboxes that highlight images around a topic that you know photo buyers are interested in. For example you might want to create a lightbox that relates to Christmas photos and clipart or New Years’ photos with 20 or more of your best photos in it. Or create one that is for Sports photography or Food lightbox related. It is up to you. You can submit these lightboxes to search engines and also send them directly to friends, family and best of all photo buyers.

9. Do your research and create great photos. Look at the information agencies provide you to know what buyers are looking for and where there are under-served, niche markets you can target. Check out what photo agencies are looking for or what is requested by photo buyers in things like ProjectRequest.

10. Use http://search.twitter.com to find out what photos, images or clipart people are searching for or having a hard time finding. Try simple searches like “stock photos” “stock photography” or “find image” and play around with the keywords to find different conversations and searches people are having. Find the buyers and talk to them about what they want and then create it for them. If you have what they are looking for, you can then direct them to your Cutcaster studio page so they can buy it.