Pixta Review

8 March 2014 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 14 June 2015

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PIXTA have more than 9,7 million stock photos, illustrations and footages from all around the world. It is the largest microstock photo site in Japan. Currently, PIXTA has over 144,000 contributors and more than 140,000 customers. The overseas expansion started in 2013, and they are developing the site in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.

PIXTA has rich Asia contents! They offer an impressive selection of a large number of stock contents with the feeling of real life by the contributors of Asia. These stock contents are created from home cooking scene and daily life of people living in Asia, which is significantly persuasive in comparison with the stock photos of "Asian".

To become PIXTA's contributor you have to sign up for contributor account on PIXTA Registration Page, and then pass "Contributor Introduction Examination" (for photo / illustration contributor) or "Footage Contributor Examination". After you pass those exams, you can upload your works to sell. What is important, you can apply for higher monthly upload limits if you have a large portfolio of over 500 images. You can become an Exclusive Contributor, but you can also upload only some of your images as exclusive, which is an option for non-exclusive contributors to increase their commission rates for individual images sold as exclusive.

PIXTA's customer support is very friendly and helpful, and their website design is very practical - you can easily find whatever you need on your Contributor's Page. Since PIXTA is a well established business for Asian market, sales are pretty impressive from the very beginning, even slightly better than on any other "newly established" stock photo sites. They have introduced their own subscription service called Imasia, so there is another opportunity to increase your portfolio's sales potential by opting in the service, as long as you are happy with 0,25 credits per sale.

Our verdict:

PIXTA accepts only high quality work, so you might expect some rejections (especially in terms of technical requirements for vectors), but if your portfolio is strong and you are looking for new sales opportunity, do not hesitate and register on PIXTA.

Pixta Details

LocationTokyo, Japan
Stock Media FilesOver 12 Million Stock Photos, Illustrations and Videos
How to applySign up as a contributor and take "Contributor Examination". After you pass the exam, you can upload your work to sell
Image sizeFor JPEG and PNG files, sum of width and height must be 1301px or larger
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector (EPS), Footage
LicensesStandard License and Extended License
Credit price$1 (with savings up to 12% with Credit Packages), from ¥29,700 for 1 Year Subscription Plan (25 images a day)
Contributor rates20 - 42% (30 - 53% for exclusive content) and 0.25 - 0.4 credits for sales via subscription based service Imasia.
Minimum payout50 Credits. Note: All rates are indicated by PIXTA's currency "Credits" (1credit = 100JPY)
Payment methodsPayPal or Skrill (Moneybookers)
Referral programPIXTA Affiliate Program. If new buyers sign up for PIXTA via any affiliate banner or link, you can receive 5% of their every purchase as rewards for 1 year after their registration
Upload methodsWebform, FTP. FTP is available for footage only
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUS Dollar, Japanese Yen
Language versionsJapanese, English, Chinese
Pixta Cool StuffMessage, Lightbox
Download ReleasesModel Release
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