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Adobe Stock Review a better Stock Agency for Creative Cloud


With the launch of Creative Cloud 2015, Adobe has presented their new offer Adobe Stock as part of their integrated software platform in June 2015. It shows some unique features and might be worth considering, especially for existing customers of the Creative Cloud software package.

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Adobe Stock Review – Basics

  • One of the largest stock image libraries already available
  • Available in 20 languages and most countries
  • Simple pricing starting at $9.99 for a single image with several subscription offers to choose from
  • Discounted subscription for existing Creative Cloud users
  • Integration into the Adobe software platform allows design comping and easy licensing after approval
Adobe Stock Search Results are broad

Adobe Stock Search Results are broad

Adobe Stock Photos Details – What is Adobe Stock?

While Adobe Stock was just announced a few weeks ago, it already shows one of the widest varieties of images available in the stock image market today. After the acquisition of Fotolia in late 2014, Adobe started the integration into their existing software subscription offer quickly while keeping Fotolia as a separate stock agency. With the new integrated Adobe Stock photos, customers have access to the 40 million files already submitted by Fotolia contributors through a new website and – even more attractive – built into the Creative Cloud software.

The content offered includes all the photos, illustrations and vector graphics supplied by Fotolia contributors. At this stage, stock videos have not been integrated (but it appears to be a logical next step).

Adobe Stock Image Details

Adobe Stock Image Details

Searches offer a wide variety of images, with sorting options allowing to change the order of images by popularity, relevance, the most recent additions or the “Undiscovered” option which shows images that have not been used by customers in the past.

Along with the new offer, Adobe Stock also provides new ways and price points to license and download content from their website as well as within the software. When logged in to the Creative Cloud account, Adobe Stock can be added to the “Library” module in Adobe’s creative software like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and AfterEffects. Maybe there will be Adobe Stock Videos soon as well.

One of the mind blowing features is the ability to work with (free, watermarked) comp images in the design stage and after a customer or management approval, the images can be easily licensed and replaced with a watermark-free image without manual effort or redesign work. This is a unique feature in the market and only possible due to the tight integration of an image library into the software itself. A detailed explanation of the integration can be found on Adobe’s support pages or in the video below:

Licensing Options at Adobe Stock

The single image pricing is very simple at Adobe Stock: $9.99 for a perpetual royalty free license for any image in any required size. You can sign up for Adobe stock free trial and get 10 images within the next month.

The monthly subscription offer comes at $249.99, or – if booked for a whole year – at $199.99 per month. It contains up to 750 images per month and as such falls in the range as similar offers by Shutterstock or iStockphoto.

There also is a limited subscription offer priced at $49.99, and it offers up to 10 images per month. The specialty about this subscription is that unused downloads are being rolled over towards the following month (up to 120 images), so in months with lower needs you can save up for the next busy season.

And here comes another specialty into effect: If you are a Creative Cloud member, paying a monthly fee for using any of Adobe’s software in the subscription model, the monthly subscription comes at a discounted price of $29.99, basically a 40% discount for Photoshop or InDesign customers. Creative Cloud Stock Images are really affordable for all their members.

Pricing Options

Adobe Stock Photos Pricing Options

As payment method, Adobe is listing the major credit cards. Though existing Creative Cloud members should be charged through their regular payment system which also includes PayPal as an option.

At this stage there is no option for “Extended Licenses” as we know them in the microstock market: Typically you would need Extended Licenses to buy images for multi-seat usage, unlimited print reproductions or products for resale. Those licenses, however, can still be purchased through the Fotolia site if needed.

Adobe Stock Review Summary

While being a new offer in terms of website and technology, Adobe Stock allows access to one of the largest image libraries. The pricing is simple and caters different customers’ needs. With the integration into the software which we expect to become even tighter in the mid term, Adobe Stock becomes a major player in the stock content market right at the start.

Quick Video how the Creative Cloud Integration works

If you are a photographer or want to learn more about the background of content and where Adobe gets all the nice images from?
Watch our Interview with Adobe’s Head of Content – Scott Braut

Read the full transcript of Scott Braut’s interview here.

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About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.