Submit vector art according to the specifications on this page.

If you’re submitting illustrations that are not vector images, see Photography and illustration requirements

Submitting vector assets

You may submit vectors through the Adobe Stock Contributor portal as AI, EPS and SVG files.

 

There are two ways to submit vector files: 

1. As standalone vector files (AI, EPS and SVG formats only) 

AI and EPS file submissions:

Recommended for most submissions, and especially for complex assets 

SVG file submissions:

Recommended for simple elements such as icons and other UI elements

  • When saving, make sure Create PDF Compatible File is checked

  • No minimum artboard size (size recommendations)

  • Maximum file size: 45MB

2. As a ZIP folder (AI and EPS formats only) 

Folder submissions include only:

●    AI or EPS vector file (when saving, make sure Create PDF Compatible File)

●    JPEG preview file minimum size 2048 x 1424px

●    Folder size: Minimum 4MB - Maximum 100MB

 

To generate a JPEG preview image in Adobe Illustrator: 

●    Go to File ➞ Document Color Mode ➞ RGB color

●    Go to File ➞ Export ➞ Save for web

●    Preset: JPEG, Maximum, Quality 100%

●    Image Size: Insert the required size (Minimum file size 15MP)

●    Save to folder with .ai file

 

Workflow image of saving an image for web by clicking file, then Save for Web (Legacy), and Export as JPEG.
Saving for Web to export a preview image.

Note:

If you upload an AI, EPS or SVG file as a standalone vector, 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, submit your vectors as ZIP folders with the JPEG preview image in the sRGB colorspace as detailed above

Technical guidelines

Creating great vector art that provides variety and value to your collection will help get your files through the review process quickly to reach a wider audience and increase your earnings. Please use these best practices for all vector creation and automation workflows.  

Best practices for submitting vectors to Adobe Stock

An example of a vector illustration with groups of assets organized neatly in separate layers named "Scene" and "Background".
Well-organized layers and groups.
Instead of: Try:
Locking or hiding layers
Unlocking and unhiding all layers and objects in your Illustrator file
Including linked or rasterized design assets
Importing and embedding design elements as editable layers in your Illustrator file
Describing outlined designed text as editable
Outline your text and describe your vector file as having “replaceable” text in your title and keywords
Applying a checkered background to show transparency
Export your file with a transparent background for your vector and preview images

 

Learn more about technical best practices for creating great vectors to submit and sell or about best practices when using Adobe Illustrator paths, strokes, and anchor points to optimize your vector files.

Size guidelines

While vectors are scalable, we recommend creating vectors in as close to useable sizes so users can edit them as-is. Users can also download vector files as JPEGs and small vector files will download as low resolution JPEGs if not at scale.

Please use these ranges for different vector files:

Category
Content examples
Minimum size
Maximum size
Design elements and sets
Icons, logos, patterns, characters, lettering
600 x 600 px
4800 x 4800 px
Scenes and Illustrations
Character scenes, cartoons, digital artwork
1200 x 1200 px
4800 x 4800 px
Small print layouts
Postcards, business cards, tags
96 x 96px 
3600 x 3600 px
Large print layouts
Flyers, posters, envelopes
2400 x 2400px
4800 x 4800 px
Small digital designs
Social media sets, mobile UI, small ads
250 x 250 px
3600 x 3600 px 
Large digital designs 
Web layouts, desktop user interfaces, large ads 
600 x 600 px
7200 x 7200 px

Titles and keywords

The Stock Contributor portal will suggest titles and up to 25 auto-keywords. Please review the suggested title and keywords for accuracy. The portal makes it simple to edit, reorder, or remove auto-keywords. Arrange keywords in order of importance as the first 10 keywords listed are prioritized in search results. Do not use people's names or trademarked names (examples: Instagram, iPad, or Ferrari) as keywords or in your title.

You can pre-add keywords to your preview image in Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, or another image-editing software, and the metadata will be preserved when you upload your zipped folder to the Contributor portal. You will be able to review and edit the keywords before submitting your content.  

Learn more about adding titles and keywords using the portal or see the Illustration section of the artist field guide for examples and more information. 

Metadata spam

Title and keyword (metadata) spamming are liable for rejection from our review team and for the suspension or termination of a contributor account on Adobe Stock. Metadata spam includes all:

  • Long (multiple sentences) or non-descriptive titles 
  • Repetitive titles or keywords, including the root or stem of words 
  • Non-relevant metadata 
  Instead of: Try:
Title Female runner on a run in nature outside with dog pet walk or exercise. 
Young woman running with dog outside
Title Girl running with dog. Female runner with pet dog. Woman on a run with husky. 
Athletic woman running outside with pet dog
Keywording girl, dog, running, runner, run, dogs, girls, outside, nature, natural, beautiful, marathon, weight loss, athlete, athletic, vector, graphic design, line art, design, art,
girl, dog, run, athletic, exercise, nature, fitness, hand-drawn, cartoon, vector 

Meaningful variety

We accept up to 3 meaningful variations of vector files. Simple color variations do not count as meaningful variations for editable vectors.

Variations must alter the style, subject or composition of the file in a useful way to a prospective buyer. See the Technical guidelines > Additional best practices for more information on usability and content use cases. 

Examples of icons with acceptable and unacceptable levels of meaningful variation to submit as separate assets to Adobe Stock. Acceptable meaningful variety provides more than just color variation.
Accepted variation in vectors.

Spamming is strictly prohibited and may prompt us to block your account or close it permanently.

Legal basics

If you create vector art based on a photograph or a work of art, you must supply a property release, even if the photo or artwork is your own work.  

If your content is drawn from a photo or observation, ask yourself if the person would recognize themselves or the property owner would recognize their property. If a person would recognize themselves, you need a model release. If an owner would recognize their property, investigate whether the item is protected by privacy, trademark, or copyright law, because a property release may be required.

Stock assets must not have logos, trademarks, company names, or brand names (examples: Apple, Nike, Gucci, BMW) or images of copyrighted works, such as art, sculptures, or architecture. We cannot accept vector assets with these elements. Illustrations with brands or products may be considered for illustrative editorial content.

 

For more information, see our Legal guidelines.


 

 

 

 

 

Contributors: ThanakornmacrovectorMaxim Basinski