New Shutterstock PowerPoint Plug-in Provides Picture Perfect Design





New Shutterstock Plug-in

Are you tired of creating boring PowerPoint presentations with bullet point-filled slides? Is it difficult to find high-quality images you can use to liven things up? If so, the stock photography site Shutterstock just may have a solution.

Shutterstock, in partnership with Microsoft, announced today it will provide PowerPoint users with access to more than 80 million professional photos and illustrations through a plug-in that works with PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016 and Office365. Users can now license images directly from inside PowerPoint and preview them in a slide before buying.

Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in



Shutterstock PowerPoint Plug-in Benefits

PowerPoint is still an application commonly used by business professionals. With more than one billion Microsoft Office users around the globe, customers regularly include images to enhance their sales decks, marketing presentations and business proposals.

The Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in will make finding stock images easier, the company says, helping to improve presentation quality and engage audiences better. (In other words, no more boring PowerPoint presentations.)

“We thought of PowerPoint as a potential pool for image users for a long time,” said Janet Giesen, senior director of business development and strategic partnerships at Shutterstock, in a telephone interview with Small Business Trends. “The new plug-in allows users, who may not have their own professional images, to be able to insert images from Shutterstock quickly and easily. Not only will this enable them to produce visually stunning presentations but it also saves lots of time. Users no longer have to visit other sites to download images. It’s all right here, inside PowerPoint.”

Shutterstock Plug-in Features

Here are a few key features of the Shutterstock Microsoft partnership:

  • The plug-in provides 80 million professional images at the touch of a button to millions of business professionals around the world;
  • Shutterstock’s plug-in works with PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016 and Office365;
  • The plug-in embeds directly into the presentation process so users can preview images before making a purchase;
  • Users can search for images by keyword or browse custom curated image categories such as backgrounds, business, people and nature.

Here’s a brief overview:

“We know our customers are frequently using images to enhance their PowerPoint presentations,” said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of developer experiences at Microsoft, in the announcement. “With this PowerPoint plug-in, Shutterstock is broadening its ability to enhance productivity, offering its entire collection of high-quality imagery to professional users.”



If there is a downside to employing the plug-in, it’s that users must purchase images, and that can get expensive. Pricing is offered in two ways: on-demand or by subscription. On-demand prices range from $29 for two images to $229 for 25. Subscriptions start at $139 per month, for 350 images, and can run as high as several hundred dollars per month, depending on how many images the customer may need.

As an incentive, during the launch, Microsoft is giving one image away for free to the first 25,000 users.

How the Plug-in Works

Once installed, the Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in appears on the right side of the PowerPoint interface.

Shutterstock PowerPoint plug-in interface



Users can search the Shutterstock database, and then click to preview a watermarked image for free. Once users select an image, they can buy it directly through the plug-in. To make a purchase, you must have a Shutterstock account or set up a new one.

Then select the pricing plan, choose the image size, and the plug-in inserts the unwatermarked image onto the canvas in place of the watermarked version.

The plug-in is available for download starting today from the Microsoft Office store.

Top image: Small Business Trends; Inside image: Shutterstock



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Paul Chaney


Paul Chaney Paul Chaney is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. He covers industry news, including interviews with executives and industry leaders about the products, services and trends affecting small businesses, drawing on his 20 years of marketing knowledge. Formerly, he was editor of Web Marketing Today and a contributing editor for Practical Ecommerce.

3 Reactions

  1. I am not sure I understand your comment “If there is a downside to employing the plug-in, it’s that users must purchase images”.
    How else is one supposed to use images that were not created by themselves? Images must always be licensed through a reliable source, and I fear that most sites that say they have free images cannot back up any legal claim made against me (my fear is that I truly do not know where these “free” images came from, whereas with companies such as Shutterstock, Getty, iStock, etc there is a whole company behind it, and in some cases, these companies are public ones, which only adds to a certain sense of trust).

    I may have misunderstood your point, though.

    • Paul Chaney

      You make a good point JoAnne. We all want to ensure that images we use are properly licensed. The point I was trying to make was that there is a cost involved, something that not everyone may have realized given the fact that the plug-in itself is free. Considering that small businesses typically have small budgets, I felt it was worth noting. Again, your point is well-taken and we appreciate your taking time to comment.

  2. Aira Bongco

    That looks amazing. I think it is good that a leading photography website like shutterstock is providing these designs. They add another twist to the usual Powerpoint presentation.

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