Do's and don'ts for selecting and editing photos for Adobe Stock
Review our tips to get all your photos approved for our collection.

You’ve shot some great images and now it’s time to make your selections and edit your photos to submit to Adobe Stock. There are no hard-fast rules, but these do’s and don’ts provide some good guidelines at each stage.

Selecting your images

Do: Be selective—pick shots that provide their own unique value to potential customers. 

Do: Choose photos that offer space for copy.

Don’t: Select too many similar images.

Do: ensure that your images are sharp by viewing them at 100%. 

General editing tips

Do: Process your images subtly: clean color images that are in focus sell well. 

Do: Use sRGB color profile.

Tip: Check out our Photoshop tutorials and Lightroom tutorials on everything from adjusting an image’s tone and color to sharpening.

Image adjustments

Do: Straighten horizon lines where appropriate.

Do: Adjust levels, curves, or brightness/contrast to ensure the best tonal range.

Don’t: Aggressively lighten shadows as this can introduce noise.

Don’t: Convert your image to black & white or duotone. Buyers want the maximum flexibility provided by the full color image. 

Do: Reduce noise if necessary—but don't overdo it, as you could create a soft image.

Do: Get to know sharpen tools and use them carefully—too much sharpening can bring out noise and unwanted texture. 

Image repair

Do: Remove logos and trademarks.

Do: Clean up dust spots.


Don’t: Add sunrays or flares.

Don’t: Create mirrored images, kaleidoscopes, or patterns.

Don’t: Use effect filters.

Don’t: Add vignettes or frames.


Don’t: Send the same file cropped in different ways.

Don’t: Send the same file flipped or rotated.

Don’t: Submit color and black and white variations of same files.

Before you submit

Do: Zoom in 100% and check your file before submitting.

Don’t: Compress files too much—this creates irreparable pixelation.

Don’t: Enlarge files

Don’t: Add text or watermarks to your image.