Personal-Use Download

Electronic personal-use licenses are appropriate for images you'd like to sell to individual buyers for their personal use, which may include using the image for at-home printing, computer desktop displays, wedding announcements, online personal profiles, etc. A personal-use license prohibits the buyer from using the image for anything but strictly personal or limited educational use.

Unless you upload your own licensing agreement, buyers will be prompted to agree to PhotoShelter's Personal Use Electronic Download Agreement. You may also upload your own personal licensing terms, which can override or supplement our generic licensing agreement (learn more in Configuring Your Payment Processor, step 4). Note that a buyer never buys the copyright to the image, just the right to use it.


Creating a Personal-Use Pricing Profile

1. Head over to your Pricing Profiles by selecting Sell > Pricing Profiles from the Navigation Bar.  

2. To add a new Pricing Profile, click the Add Profile button in the upper right. 


3. Then click the Personal Use link in the popup window.


4. Name your Pricing Profile and provide an internal description (optional) for your own records. We automatically populate the Public Description, which is seen by buyers at the "Add to Cart" stage.

You can also choose whether you want to require buyers to enter a shipping address at checkout by checking off the checkbox next to Require shipping address.

Note: Because there is no physical shipment, we recommend requiring a physical shipping address upon purchase. Otherwise, only a contact email will be required to transact.


5. Under Sizes/Prices, set your desired pricing for each downloadable size image you want to make available (the longest dimension possible is listed). If you don't want to offer a size, don't enter a price. Optionally, add a description that will be displayed to buyers.  


6. Click Save Pricing Profile to commit your changes.


After you have created a Pricing Profile, you need to apply it to your galleries or images that you want to make available for personal-use downloads. Read more about Applying Pricing Profiles.


Purchasing a Personal-Use Download

A look at what happens when your buyer purchases a personal-use download. 

When a buyer selects images on your website that are priced for royalty-free sales, they are prompted to select the size that they need, depending on the options you've made available. When they check out and provide their credit card, your payment processor (PayPal, Stripe, or merchant account) receives the funds automatically. 

PhotoShelter then generates the file they purchased from your original file and emails them the download link. The file is available for download for 10 days from a secure area after purchase.



A few additional things to be aware of regarding personal-use downloads:

  • PhotoShelter will always generate a JPG and embed IPTC metadata into the file.

  • If your image is too small, the size options may not be applicable - for example, if you have priced a medium-sized download (1500 pixels), but your image is only 1200x900 pixels. You can get around this by picking a royalty-free size that is no larger than your image, or by pricing the Original Size option.

  • Image sizes will only display to buyers if your original file dimensions exceeds the pixel dimensions listed next to the size.

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