Troubleshooting & help

Read the Adobe Stock Contributor Guide  to find out:

  • What buyers are looking for
  • How to create content that sells
  • Tips for success to make your content found

Our customers are looking for content that speaks to them and can illuminate a wide variety of topics. They want content that their audiences can relate to. Focus on authentic images of real people from all cultures. 

Here are some links to inspire you: 

Find inspiration and education through the Adobe Stock Artist webinar series. Subscribe here to view archived webinars and for notifications on upcoming episodes where you can participate live.

Custom export settings have been added to Adobe Premiere Pro optimizing video exports for Adobe Stock submission.  Learn more HERE.

Contributors with more than 100 lifetime downloads are invited to submit Illustrative Editorial content to Adobe Stock. See here for more information. 

Adobe Stock Contributors have access to use Adobe Portfolio. No Creative Cloud subscription required. Create a custom collection in your Adobe Stock Portfolio and share the gallery on your custom Adobe Portfolio page to promote your work and drive sales. 


Click HERE to learn how to redeem the Creative Cloud bonus code for qualified Adobe Stock contributors. 

We want your voice heard. Adobe Stock is committed to making authentic and culturally representative imagery more widely available. The mission of the new Adobe Stock Advocates program is to showcase and support outstanding new voices and visuals that are honest and impactful.
Click HERE to learn about the Adobe Stock Advocates program

  • The Artist Development Fund is a $500,000 creative commission program from Adobe Stock. As an expression of our commitment to inclusion we’re looking for artists who self-identify with and expertly depict diverse communities within their work. Click HERE for additional information and apply. 
  • Learn about the first 8 recipients of the Adobe Stock Artist Development Fund HERE

Participate in fun Creative Challenges, interact with other contributors and members of the Adobe Stock staff HERE

If you are 18 or older and own the rights to the photographs, video, illustrations, and/or vector imagery you create, you are welcome to join us at Adobe Stock. You don’t have to be a professional, an artist, or own fancy equipment to be an Adobe Stock contributor. You do not have to be a Creative Cloud subscriber. Sign up for an Adobe ID to start contributing. Learn more.

Our core collection includes photos, video, illustrations, and vector imagery. Each content type has its own requirements that can be found here.

Upload your content directly from Adobe Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Bridge. Learn more

The royalty rate for photo, illustrations, and vector content licensed on Adobe Stock is 33% of the amount paid by the customer for the content. For video, the royalty rate is 35% of the amount. This amount depends on the customer’s subscription plan and the type of content licensed. For payment on downloads made under subscription plans, a minimum guarantee applies that may replace the royalty rate calculation. We also license content through custom agreements not reflected in the royalty table. Payment pursuant to custom agreements is always based on royalty rates of 33% for photo, illustrations, and vector content and 35% for videos.

To learn our payment policies and find out how to request a payment, see Get paid.

Licensing creative content is an economic activity. As an Adobe Stock contributor, income derived from your sales in the US is subject to US IRS (Internal Revenue Service) withholding tax. Depending on where you live, see Tax basics for US citizens and registered aliens or Tax basics for non-US citizens. If you do not file your tax forms, Adobe automatically withholds 30% of all earnings.

For information on our review criteria and why some files are rejected, see the Review process section. For do's and don't for each content type, see the Prepare and upload your content section. 

Adobe reserves the right to block an account if the content or upload behavior is not in compliance with our Adobe Stock Contributor Agreement.

Keywords or other IPTC data entered in Lightroom Classic appear in alphabetical order in the Keyword section of the Contributor portal. Adobe recommends that you manually reorder the keywords on the Contributor portal based on priority. This critical step ensures that your images are returned in the search results.

Some contributors experience difficulties uploading EPS files through Internet Explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer, try another browser or upload AI files.

If you upload an AI or EPS file, you may observe a shift in color when you view your image in the Contributor portal or on the Adobe Stock site. The color shift only impacts the image preview. To avoid this color shift, create a JPEG of your vector file, then put the JPEG and AI or EPS in a folder and create a ZIP file. Upload the ZIP using FTP. Information on FTP can be found here.

In addition, when you are saving an AI file, make sure "Create PDF Compatible File" is checked.