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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.