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

Royalties overview

The royalty rate for photo, illustrations, and vector content licensed on Adobe Stock is 33% of the amount paid by the customer for the content. For video, the royalty rate is 35% of the amount. This amount depends on the customer’s subscription plan and the type of content licensed. For payment on downloads made under subscription plans, a minimum guarantee applies that may replace the royalty rate calculation. We also license content through custom agreements not reflected in the royalty table. Payment pursuant to custom agreements is always based on royalty rates of 33% for photo, illustrations, and vector content and 35% for videos. See our Royalty table for details.

Requesting a payment

You can request a payout via PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill when you have accrued $25 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 $25 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, South Korea, South Africa, 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.

Accounts created after February 18, 2020 are paid in USD. Accounts created prior to February 18, 2020 are paid in a currency based on the country the account was set up in. For those accounts, the currency was determined automatically and cannot be changed. Payout occurs in one of these currencies: € / $ / £ / PLN / 円 /  SEK for accounts prior to February 18, 2020. 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 $25, the Payout button is activated.

  3. Click Payout and choose PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill.

  4. 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.