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Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to 60 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free photos, videos, illustrations, vector graphics, 3D assets, and templates 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 and Illustrator, to jump start your creative projects, you can even download asset-rich templates from Adobe Stock right within the New Document dialog boxes.

You can purchase Adobe Stock on an as-needed basis as a single asset, or you can purchase a multi-asset subscription. A number of subscription packages are available.


Adobe Stock

Basics

What is Adobe Stock?

Adobe Stock is a new service that provides designers and businesses with access to 60 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free photos, videos, illustrations, vector graphics, 3D assets, and templates 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 and Illustrator, to jump start your creative projects, you can even download asset-rich templates from Adobe Stock right within the New Document dialog boxes.

Adobe Stock images can be licensed directly from within the CC 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 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 rich templates to jumpstart your creative projects. In Photoshop and Illustrator, 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. More templates are 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.

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, Illustrator, InDesign, 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.

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. They have the same file types and resolutions as other Adobe Stock images, but have been selected for exceptional content, style and production quality. Images from the Premium collection may only be purchased on-demand; you cannot use a standard license from your subscription. All 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 images 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 $499.99 with dimensions of 6000 px x 4000 px for $249.99 with dimensions of 1688 px x 1125 px.

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

Yes. Adobe Stock Premium images are currently 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 $499.99 with dimensions of 6000 px x 4000 px for $249.99 with dimensions of 1688 px x 1125 px.

How are templates and 3D assets priced?

Adobe Stock offers the following price points for templates that can be purchased on-demand: Free, $19.99, and $39.99. Any templates or 3D assets priced at $9.99 per asset can be licensed only via a subscription plan.  

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, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, and After Effects. 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 and Illustrator, 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 and .ait 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 CC 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.  

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