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Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to 90 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations, videos, templates, and 3D assets for all their creative projects. The Adobe Stock service is built right into your favorite Adobe desktop apps, such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, so you can search, browse, and add assets to your Creative Cloud Libraries, and get instant access to your assets across desktop and mobile devices. In Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, to jump start your creative projects, you can even download artist-designed templates from Adobe Stock right within the New Document dialog boxes.

Adobe Stock is available as a subscription service. A number of purchasing options are available for individuals, teams, and enterprises.


Adobe Stock

Basics

What is Adobe Stock?

Adobe Stock is a new service that provides designers and businesses with access to 90 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations, templates, and 3D assets, for all their creative projects.

The Adobe Stock service is built right into your favorite Adobe desktop apps, such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, so you can search, browse, and add images to your Creative Cloud Libraries, and get instant access to your assets across desktop and mobile devices. In Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, to jump start your creative projects, you can even download artist-designed templates from Adobe Stock right within the New Document dialog boxes.

Adobe Stock assets can be licensed directly from within the Creative Cloud desktop apps or through stock.adobe.com.

What are royalty-free assets?

A royalty-free asset is licensed such that it can be used for any illustrative purpose, even in a professional context, without geographical restrictions or expiration dates.

What is the Adobe Stock Editorial collection?

The Adobe Stock Editorial collection offers images and videos that are newsworthy, timely, and depict real people, events, places, and products.

  • Adobe Stock Editorial images are available in two sizes: small image suitable for web use and limited print runs (US$49.99) and full-resolution image with unlimited print runs (US$199.99).
  • Adobe Stock Premium Editorial images are the most iconic, recognized images of our time. They have unlimited print runs and are also available in two sizes: premium small image (US$249.99) and premium full-resolution image (US$499.99).
  • All Adobe Stock Editorial videos are HD. When licensing Editorial videos, you have an option to purchase either a Standard license with limited viewership rights (US$79.99) or an Enhanced license with unlimited viewership (US$249.99).

You can access editorial assets on the Adobe Stock website or from within the Creative Cloud apps integrated with Adobe Stock. Such assets are marked "Editorial Use Only". You may not use editorial assets for commercial purposes, such as advertisements or for reselling products. View all of the terms of use for Adobe Stock here.

What file types are available?

Adobe Stock images are available in JPEG, AI, and EPS file formats. HD videos are available in the MOV format. 4K videos are available in various formats. All 4K videos are also available in HD. Three types of 3D assets are available in Adobe Stock: models (.obj), lights (.exr/.hdr), and materials (.mdl). These assets are supported in several 3D applications.

Adobe Stock also provides artist-designed templates to jumpstart your creative projects. In Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, templates from Adobe Stock are available right within the New Document dialog boxes. Once you license and download a template, you can build on it just as you'd work with any other Photoshop or Illustrator document. You can also find and download Motion Graphics templates from Adobe Stock for use in your Premiere Pro projects. Thousands of template options are now available on the Adobe Stock website.

 

What resolutions are stock assets available in?

All Adobe Stock content is provided at its highest available resolution. While this resolution depends on the camera used to originally capture the asset, most of the content can accommodate high-quality printed output up to 300 dpi. Vector files can be printed in all formats without loss in quality.

Is video content available on Adobe Stock?

Adobe Stock offers both HD and 4K videos. All 4K videos are also available in HD format.

Are there any special requirements for using 3D models, lights, and materials from Adobe Stock?

3D model, light, and material assets in Adobe Stock are optimized for use in Project Felix in the MDL file format. However, these assets can be used in several 3D apps subject to the following requirements:

Models

  • Any application that can import .obj files, including Adobe Photoshop, can load the models. However, the models don't look the same as rendered images on the Adobe Stock website if they're loaded in an environment that doesn't support MDL 1.3 or later. 
  • Each model has a .mtl file which contains some shader information for applications that don't support MDL. Depending on the application’s importer, some manual texture hookups may be required.
  • For best fidelity, these models require a rendering engine that supports MDL 1.3 or later.

Materials

  • Any application with a rendering engine that supports MDL 1.3 or later

Lights

  • Any application that can make use of image-based lights, such as Adobe Photoshop

Do I need a Creative Cloud membership to use Adobe Stock?

No. To download content from Adobe Stock, all you need is an Adobe ID, which can be quickly created for free.

What are the benefits for Creative Cloud members?

Creative Cloud members receive several benefits for Adobe Stock, including seamless integration within your favorite apps such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC, and more.

I currently use Creative Suite products; can I still use Adobe Stock?

Yes. Anyone can join and use Adobe Stock on stock.adobe.com.

Can I try an Adobe Stock asset before buying it?

You can try out Adobe Stock images and videos by downloading the low-resolution, watermarked version. No payment is required until you decide to license the asset.

Templates and 3D assets must be licensed before you can download them. Many are free. You can view a large preview of these assets, showing you a detailed view. Descriptive text about each asset is included in the Details pane.

Do I need to create an account to make Adobe Stock purchases?

If you are a new Adobe user, an account is created for you when you make your first purchase. Adobe sends you an email with a receipt for your purchase and a link to set your account password. You must set your password within 72 hours of receiving that email or the link expires. If the link expires, you can go through the Forgot Password workflow to set your password.

After your initial purchase, you can still make purchases on Stock for an hour without setting your password while you go through the delayed account creation workflow. During this time, you won't be able to log in to account management or any other Adobe services until you've set the password. After one hour, you will be logged out and will need to set your password from the email to log in again.

How can I license and download Adobe Stock assets?

You can license and download assets from the Adobe Stock website or from within a Creative Cloud application. For details, see Using the Adobe Stock website.

If you're having trouble while downloading your assets after licensing them, see Unable to download Adobe Stock assets.

What is the Adobe Stock Premium collection?

The Adobe Stock Premium collection contains thousands of hand-picked images from the portfolios of some of the world’s top photographers and agencies. They have the same file types and resolutions as other Adobe Stock images, but have been selected for exceptional content, style, authenticity, and production quality.

All Adobe Stock Premium collection images include an Enhanced License, which allows unlimited print runs. However, Extended Licenses to create derivate products for resale (such as coffee mugs or T-shirts) are only available for Premium images with an Adobe Stock Enterprise account.

Adobe Stock Premium collection are priced at three tiers. You can also license the same images in a smaller size for half of their price. For example, you can license a premium image priced at US$499.99 with dimensions of 6000 px x 4000 px or for US$249.99 with dimensions of 1688 px x 1125 px.

Can I download images from the Adobe Stock Premium collection at a lower size?

Yes. Adobe Stock Premium collection images are currently priced at three tiers. You can also license the same images in a smaller size for half the price. For example, you can license a premium image priced at US$499.99 with dimensions of 6000 px x 4000 px or for US$249.99 with dimensions of 1688 px x 1125 px.

What are credit packs? How can I use them to purchase stock assets?

Credit packs let you purchase assets on Adobe Stock in a flexible and cost-effective way. When you purchase a pack, you have one year to redeem your credits to license specific content such as premium images, videos, editorial images, and other asset types. Credit packs are similar to buying tokens at an arcade: you save money by buying a stack of tokens, and then different games cost different numbers of tokens.

For more information, see FAQ | Credit packs.

 

How are templates and 3D assets priced?

Adobe Stock offers a range of price points for templates and 3D assets including some that are free. Any template or 3D asset priced at US$9.99 can also be licensed with a subscription, just as images are licensed.

If you are interested to see templates or 3D content within a specific price segment, refine your search results by applying a price filter.

Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud

How does Adobe Stock integrate with Creative Cloud apps?

Images and videos from the Adobe Stock website can be opened in many Creative Cloud applications with a single click. They may also be saved directly to a Creative Cloud Library, making them immediately available in most of your Creative Cloud desktop and mobile applications.

Adobe Stock can also be launched from within the Libraries panel in Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Dreamweaver CC, and Adobe Muse CC. You can also license watermarked previews of Adobe Stock content directly from the Libraries panel in the desktop applications.

For more information, see Using Adobe Stock.

In which Creative Cloud applications can I use Adobe Stock?

Adobe Stock content can be used in any Creative Cloud desktop or mobile application in which a user can place a photo, video, illustration, or graphic. Images can also be saved directly into Creative Cloud Libraries for instant access across apps. The Creative Cloud Libraries feature is currently supported in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Dreamweaver CC, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, and Comp CC.  

In Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC, templates from Adobe Stock are also available from right within the New Document dialog boxes. These templates, designed to jump start your creative projects, are in the .psdt,  .ait, and .indt formats. Once you license and download a template, you can build on it just as you'd work with any other Photoshop or Illustrator document.

Can I share a licensed asset in a Creative Cloud Library?

You can share the licensed asset with employees or subcontractors, provided that they follow all of the license restrictions.

If you transfer the asset or a derivative work to a client, then you must purchase a second license if you intend to use it for the benefit of another client.

How do I use Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud apps that don’t support Creative Cloud Libraries?

Adobe Stock images can be downloaded directly from the website to your computer and opened in your desktop app. For details, see Using the Adobe Stock website

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