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PNG files with transparency

Find out why customers want PNGs with transparent backgrounds, and discover the technical requirements and steps for submitting them to Adobe Stock. Plus, see examples for ideas and inspiration. 

More and more stock customers are looking for basic assets that instantly and clearly communicate a single idea. For example, they might need an image of an isolated object like a lightbulb for a web page, an illustration of a vintage frame to place over a photo, or a geometric graphic to use as an overlay in a video. 

These types of “utility” assets are typically used as components of larger designs — they aren’t meant to stand alone in illustrating commercial concepts or conveying ideas. 

To meet the growing demand for high-quality utility assets, Adobe Stock now supports PNG files with transparent backgrounds. 

Here are a few examples: 

What's a PNG file?

A Portable Network Graphic (PNG) file is a raster image that uses lossless compression. That means that PNGs retain all their original file data when compressed, so they can contain a great deal of image detail. They also support opacity and transparency.

Because PNGs can have transparent backgrounds, designers can layer them on different backgrounds and the backgrounds will show through. This makes the PNG format an excellent choice for utility assets.

Use cases for PNGs with transparent backgrounds

  • For websites: Photorealistic logos, avatars, and objects 
  • For social media and layouts: Isolated objects and scene elements 
  • For art and collages: Shadow and light effects and overlays, and creative materials and textures 
  • For general use cases: Overlays, isolated objects, backgrounds, patterns, textures, banners, mockups, photo sets, icons and logos, infographics, layouts, letter sets, character sets, element sets, and flat lays 

Technical guidelines and best practices for creating and submitting PNGs 

Basic specs 

PNGs submitted in the Adobe Stock Contributor portal should follow these specs:

  • Background: None

  • Color space: sRGB 

  • Maximum file size: 45MB

  • Minimum image resolution: 4MP

  • Maximum image resolution: 100MP

For more detailed guidance on creating and submitting photos, illustrations, and vectors to Adobe Stock, see our article on photo and illustration requirements and our submission guidelines for vector assets

Best practices

Here are some key dos and don’ts for submitting PNGs:


Do: Upload images with transparency. 

Do: Upload assets that provide unique value for a customer. 

Do: Crop to minimize empty space around the images.

Do: Isolate individual objects, elements, or people.

Do: Remove or minimize shadows.


Don’t: Submit identical files, one as a PNG and one as a JPEG. 

Don’t: Add checkered or colored backgrounds to indicate transparency. 





Adobe Artists:

Custom Scene | 509914127, Tartila | 512157229, Simon | 512158206, Custom Scene | 509912273, Daria | 505785548, Rule by Art | 507489112 

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