Shutterstock Search & Premier Integration

Webdam supports two types of integrations with Shutterstock. Webdam users can use the Shutterstock Search integration to expand their asset searches to the vast Shutterstock library. Shutterstock Premier customers can use the integration to have their Shutterstock assets automatically synced to their Webdam library.

For example, if you're looking for photos or video depicting active lifestyles and wish to expand your search beyond your DAM, you can easily toggle to the Shutterstock results and pull results from their database. 

The Shutterstock search feature is available for admins, contributors and regular users. It must first be enabled by your admin before using.


This article covers the following topics:


Enable Shutterstock Search (admins):

  1. Log into Webdam
  2. Click on your initials in the top left corner to access your user profile menu
  4. Select CONNECTED APPS from the sub-navigation
  5. Click CONNECT by the Shutterstock icon and enter the necessary login information

All Administrators can view a full list of all connected users in the System Preferences.



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Disable or re-enable the Shutterstock Search feature as an individual admin, regular user or contributor:

  • Log in to Webdam.
  • Choose Add-on Settings from the Account.
  • From the Extras tab, uncheck/check the Enable Shutterstock Search according to your preference.
  • Click Done.


If the Shutterstock Search feature is enabled, there will be a second tab with Shutterstock Results when you search.


To download one of the Shutterstock assets, click the asset and then click Download in the Asset Details Panel. You will need to log in to Shutterstock to complete the download.



Shutterstock Premier Sync 

Shutterstock Premier Sync is available to any Shutterstock Premier customer. With this integration enabled, any assets you purchase in Shutterstock can automatically be synced to your Webdam library.

To enable sync with Shutterstock premier as an individual admin, regular user or contributor:

  • Log in to Webdam.
  • Choose Add-on Settings from the Account.


  • From the Extras tab, click Connect User and enter your Shutterstock username and password and click Sign In.


  • Review permissions request and click Allow.
  • As an Administrator, view a list of Connected Users in System Preferences.


Shutterstock Premier sync frequently asked questions:

  • How long does it take for assets to sync?  Sync should be complete in 15-20 minutes, although thumbnail images and metadata processing may take a bit longer.  
  • Where will synced assets be stored?  All assets will be synced to the “Premier Content” folder. Sync will pull content from your Download History in Shutterstock; images, creative and footage can all be imported. Please contact your Shutterstock account manager to decide what is best for your workflow and business needs.


  • If multiple Premier accounts contain duplicate assets, will the assets be deduplicated? Duplicate assets are handled based on the transaction type. Duplicate comp assets will not be synced to your Premier Content folder. Duplicate licensed assets will be synced, replacing the current version and creating multiple replications of the asset.  
  • Are there restrictions on the size or file types that can be synced?  There are no restrictions on the size of files that can be synced. Editorial, music and Offset assets cannot be synced.
  • Will asset metadata also be synced?  Yes, metadata will be embedded for images and videos. This includes the standard fields, Rights Usage Terms and the four custom metadata fields that can be configured within Shutterstock Premier. The custom fields map to custom fields 17-20 in Webdam.











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