This page is an overview of Adobe Stock’s contributor guidelines. Familiarize yourself with our guidelines before you begin submitting content.


For the full legal agreement, see the Adobe Stock Contributor Agreement.

Account creation and regulation

Age requirement: You must be 18 years or older to submit content to Adobe Stock account.

Adobe ID: You must create an Adobe ID, or use an existing Adobe ID to access the portal. It is important that you accurately select your country of residence, because the country associated with an Adobe ID can’t be changed.

Government ID: You are asked to upload a JPEG file of a valid government-issued photo ID to verify your account when you submit content for the first time. It must match the first and last name of your Adobe ID for the Adobe Stock Contributor account and include your date of birth. If you set up your account under a different name, you can edit your first or last name in the Account section of the Contributor portal.

Your content: You retain all rights to files and the underlying rights depicted in the content of files in your Adobe Stock account. You agree that you don’t violate privacy, moral rights, or any rights of others.

Taxes: You are responsible for entering correct payment and tax information in your account. See Payment and taxes for more information.

Fotolia contributors: If you are already a Fotolia contributor, the system asks you to sync your Fotolia account when you create or login with your Adobe ID on the Contributor portal. This step does not impact your Fotolia contributor status, and you can continue to upload and manage content on the Fotolia contributor site if you prefer.

Prohibited activities

If we see prohibited activities related to content submissions or account management, you may receive a warning, or your account may be suspended or terminated. Several warnings may lead to account suspension or termination.

Some examples of prohibited activities are:

  • Spamming of content, such as multiple submissions of identical, or almost identical files
  • Irrelevant or spamming of keywords or titles. 
  • Purchase of own content to increase sales rank and boost search results
  • Copying of other artists’ files or keywords
  • Submitting public domain content
  • Submitting infringing, illegal, or pornographic content

Account closure by you

If you decide to close your account, contact our Contributor Support team.

Content ownership

Copyright: You must own or control all the rights to files you submit to Adobe Stock. Don’t submit files that don’t belong to you (for example, photos that your spouse took) or that incorporate items that are not yours, such as content found on the internet.

Local and federal laws: You must follow local and federal laws when creating and submitting content to Adobe Stock. We do not accept illegal, pornographic, or immoral content.

Release forms: When you submit content to Adobe Stock, you must own or license all rights by attaching a model and/or property release with your content. See Model release requirements, Property release requirements, and Known Image Restrictions for more info.

Personal information: Do not embed your personal or company logos, watermark, name, or tracking information into your files.

Nudity: For submissions containing nude content of artistic value, the model must be at least 18 years old. The model release must include the model's photo ID to verify age. Never submit any sexually explicit material. Submissions must not contain X-rated or any illegal content according to US law.

We reserve the right to accept, decline, or remove files. 

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