Image Quality Guidelines

Our quality standards are aimed at providing useful imagery that designers may confidently use in their projects. Learn about common quality issues and try to avoid them

Our content editors review each file to check for basic technical and quality requirements. Please review the requirements below before uploading your files to GoStock.

Technical Requirements

Images on GoStock must have at least 3,000 pixels on their longer side. A higher resolution is always the better choice. Please refrain from upscaling too small images, because of unavoidable blurring.


You may only upload images to GoStock that you have entirely created on your own. For derivative works (e.g. remixes / composings), you may use images from GoStock, but no other sources are allowed. Particularly, do not copy images from "wallpaper sites" that claim to offer free images. Such images are well protected by copyrights. Also, if you have purchased images from a commercial stock site, you may have permission to use them in your own project, but it is prohibited to redistribute them under CC0. Also, do not copy images from other users on GoStock and upload them to your own account.

Derivative Works of GoStock Images

If you use an image from GoStock for your own work, we kindly request that you ask the original author for permission before uploading derivative works and isolations/cut-outs into your own account. This is legally not required, but it is polite and fair. Please respect the original author's decision. GoStock offers over a million images to choose from, so there are plenty of alternative resources available. If you publish such a work, please give credit to the original author in the first comment. The image author will be happy to see this and it is an interesting information for users.

Visual Requirements

Visual Requirements Any image on GoStock must have a well defined subject, clear focus, and compelling colors. Unintentional blurriness, extrem angles or crookedness, chromatic aberration, JPEG compression artifacts, and image noise must be avoided - just like any kind of embedded text, particularly time stamps, signatures and logos. Please browse our inspiring list of Editor's Choice images for examples of high quality photos. You may want to take a look at our list of recently declined images to get a better understanding of what is not accepted on GoStock. A few selected examples of unacceptable images are given below. The first photo shows strong JPEG artifacts due to too aggressive compression:

The racing car in the next example is blurred and the photo suffers from image noise:

The following photo of a tree at night is an example of extreme image noise:

This beach scenery has dull colors with an overall unpleasant atmosphere due to inapt weather conditions:

as shown in the following blossom - causes vivid colors to bleach out and lose all contrast:

A simple camera flash can usually not compensate for poor lighting conditions. Backgrounds often appear dark and gloomy, while the foreground gets overexposed. Commonly, harsh drop shadows are another problem of such photos:

Avoid distracting objects like tourists in your photos:

Embedded time stamps are unacceptable. Also, don't include your name or any copyright marks. In fact, any text should be avoided, because Pixabay is international - and embedded texts poses a language problem.

The following snapshot suffers not only from poor lighting and blurriness, but above all, no care seems to have gone into its composition:

Avoid crookedness and inapt angles like in these two photos:

Series of similar images
When having several images of one and the same object, please pick your favorite and upload that one. This scenery is breathtaking. However, the last one with the straight horizon is sufficient:

Borders and Over Editing
Please refrain from adding any kind of borders or heavy vignetting:

Apply any kind of filter or technique (HDR, effects, sharpening, etc.) in an unobtrusive manner and avoid over sharpened photos such as this:

Isolating Objects
If you isolate an object, do it properly. The following cat was isolated sloppily using the lasso tool: