You earn money every time your content is licensed on Adobe Stock or Fotolia. This page provides details about requesting a payment.

Royalties overview

The royalties for photo, illustration, and vector content sold on Adobe Stock equals 33% of the amount paid by the buyer. The price depends on the subscription plan. A minimum guarantee applies to make sure that contributors are always fairly compensated, whatever the price paid. The royalty for video sold on Adobe Stock equals 35% of the amount paid by the buyer. Terms for Adobe Stock and Fotolia differ. See our Royalty table for details.

Requesting a payment

You can request a payout via PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill when you have accrued $50 or more in royalties. Before you can submit your first payment request, the following criteria must be met:

  • A validated tax form must be on file in your account
  • A minimum of 45 days must pass from the date of the first sale of your content. Subsequent payment requests can be made when the $50 threshold has been reached again. 
  • You must have a valid PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill account to receive funds. You can set up your chosen account as part of the payment request process. Payoneer is initially only available for contributors outside of the United States who receive payments in USD currency, which includes contributors from South America, Australia, Russia, and Ukraine. See Payoneer FAQ for information on how to set up your account. We look forward to expanding the availability of the Payoneer feature to the rest of the world in the near future.

The currency you are paid in depends on the country you have set up your account in. The currency is determined automatically and cannot be changed. Payout occurs in one of these currencies: € / $ / £ / PLN / 円 / ₩ / SEK / R. Regardless of your country of residence, the royalty is calculated based on the US purchase price of the file.  


In Japan, you need a Premium PayPal account to receive funds.

To request a payment:

  1. In the upper right corner of the Contributor portal, see your total available balance. Click the total and you are taken to the sales page.

  2. If you have earned a minimum of $50, the Payout button is activated.

    Payout button
    Payout button is blue because the balance is more than $50
  3. Click Payout and indicate how much money to withdraw. 

  4. Choose PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill.

  5. Provide a valid email address that is associated with your payment provider account otherwise the conversion is declined.

    Payments are processed in the order they are received and are usually completed within seven business days.


    If you don't upload a tax form in the Contributor Account section of the Contributor portal, all content you sell is taxed at the maximum rate of 30% depending on your country of residence. In addition, you cannot submit a payment request without a validated tax form in your account.

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