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Frequently asked questions

What is Burst?

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers. We built Burst to provide designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography. You can use our pictures for just about anything — your website, blog or online store, school projects, Instagram ads, facebook posts, desktop backgrounds, client work and more. All our photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required; you can read more about this on our license page.

How do I download free photos?

When you hover over or click on an image, you will see "High Resolution" and "Low Resolution" download options. "Low Res" images are great for small web graphics, where file sizes need to be very compressed. "High Res" images are better for presentations, websites, online stores, and anywhere else where quality matters most.

Can I edit, crop or resize Burst photos?

Yes, you’re welcome to crop, resize, add text and filters, or otherwise modify our stock photos as you see fit. If you don’t have Photoshop, there are lots of free or low cost online graphics editors that you can use instead. Feel free to add your logo or brand to our images to make them your own.

Can I use these pictures for another online store platform?

Yes! We believe in making commerce better for everyone, so these stock photos are free to use on any online store platform or ecommerce marketplace. Although they were specifically created and curated with Shopify stores in mind, it’s really up to you how you want to use them.

Why don’t you have photos of [___]?

If you can’t find what you're looking for, try searching for a synonym or more generic term. If that doesn't work, feel free to send content suggestions to burst@shopify.com. We're constantly shooting and uploading more pics to expand our library, but it's tough to cover everything. Your suggestions help us prioritize the content that matters most. By the way, if you're a photographer who wants to help fill in these gaps, please check out our submission guidelines and apply to join our community.

Do I need to credit the site or photographer?

Our photographers appreciate getting credit for their work because it helps share their photography with more people, so we’d encourage you to do so whenever possible. You can give credit by linking back to the original photo page or the photographer's Burst profile (e.g. “Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst”). We realize it's not always possible to provide attribution, so it is not mandatory under our image license.

What are the ‘Business Idea’ pages?

Business Ideas are free photo collections and case studies that empower you to start your own business in a trending ecommerce niche. They’re designed to help identify popular products that are relatively easy to make or dropship, and they provide all the images and insights you need to get started. The free photo sets include both the product photography and lifestyle images, so that you can download all the content you need to launch a professional brand for free. These collections are meant to be a starting point for a new business. We encourage you to add more products and take your own photos as you grow your online store.

Are these photos free for commercial use?

Yes! In fact, we’d highly encourage it, as many of our collections were created with entrepreneurs in mind. You can use these free photos on your online store, product packaging, or anywhere else you’d like. You can even use these pics to create t-shirts, mugs, or other products.

Can I use these photographs for offline marketing campaigns?

Of course. We’d be honored to have you feature our free stock photos on a billboard, flyer, menu or catalog.

I’d like to contribute photos. What types of images should I submit?

We’re looking for high-resolution, professional images that can be used by designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Our users are always eager for more pictures of animals, nature photos, textured shots and background images. If you think it’s a compelling photograph, please send it our way.