Learn the model release and protection guidelines for Adobe Stock.
Whether you do a photo shoot with professional or non-professional models or you take snapshots of friends and family members, you must obtain their permission before you publish the photos for commercial purposes.
Ask yourself: Would the person recognize him/herself in my photo? If your answer is “Yes,” then you need to include a model release with your submission. Recognition can be based on external factors (for example, other recognizable people, unique clothing, equipment, or location) or personal factors (for example, tattoos or birthmarks). That’s why it’s always safer to get a model release, even for a close-up shot of a body part. If the model is nude or depicted in a sexual way but otherwise not recognizable, a model release is still required. The model release must include a copy of the model's photo ID to verify that the model is an adult.
The same rules apply for videos you upload that include actors, friends, family, or even random people. And if your video includes voices, you need a model release from the speaker.
You also need model releases for any illustrations or vector artwork based on real people or body parts. For example, you need a model release for a photograph that includes a face printed on a t-shirt or a photo portrait on a wall.
Finally, don’t forget to include a model release for self-portraits. In this case, you must sign the model release as both the photographer and the model.
You can download a model release template from the Adobe Stock Contributor portal, find the English version here (alternate languages linked below), or route the model release for an electronic signature using Adobe Sign directly from the Contributor portal. The process is straight forward and there’s no need to download any software to make it work. For information, see Upload a model or property release.
Download our detailed checklist to confirm that you are including all required information:
We accept model releases in many languages. We also accept forms obtained from other sources if they include all required information found in our checklist and are filled out properly. See above for downloadable Model release checklist.
Sources for release forms include:
For directions on how to create, reuse, and attach release forms to your content, see Upload a model or property release.