General information

Why should I sell my content through Adobe?

Adobe Stock gives you exposure to the world’s largest creative community. Adobe Stock is currently accessed by millions of stock buyers directly through Adobe Creative Cloud apps and the web. By contributing to Adobe Stock, you will be able to reach these global buyers and get rewarded for your work with best-in-class royalties.

How can I become an Adobe Stock contributor?

Becoming an Adobe Stock contributor is simple. If you have great photos, videos or vector content and you own or control all the rights, you can become an Adobe Stock contributor. Get started on https://contributor.stock.adobe.com and upload your first files.

You must be at least 18 years of age and the sole owner of every file you upload for sale. If your content contains recognizable persons or private property, you also need to attach a signed release to the content.

Do I need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber to contribute?

You don’t need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber to submit content, but you do need to have an Adobe ID. You can use an existing one or create a new one.

What kind of content can I sell on Adobe Stock?

You can sell photographs, videos, vectors, and illustrations on Adobe Stock. Our customers are looking for high-quality content in all subject areas, including images with models, culture diversity, technology, fashion, food, portraiture, lifestyle, architecture, beauty, business, and more. For information on content requirements, it's important that you read the legal guidelines.

File formats supported:

Images (photos or illustrations):

  • JPEG format only
  • Minimum image resolution is 4MP (megapixels)
  • Maximum image resolution is 100MP (megapixels)
  • Maximum file size is 45MB (megabytes)


  • AI or EPS format.
  • Upload EPS or AI files directly. Previously, you had to place each file in a ZIP archive that includes a JPEG preview. If you have ZIP files already created, you can continue to upload them. 

Note: A direct upload of .eps files isn't supported if you're using Internet Explorer as your browser. Switch to a different browser to upload them.

  • Minimum resolution is 5,000 x 3,000 (15 million pixels).


  • Videos must be uploaded through FTP.
  • Minimum video resolution is 1280x720. However, we recommend recording in Full HD, 4K DCI, or 4K UHD.
  • File format must be: MOV, MP4, MPG, or AVI format.
  • Duration needs to be at least 5 seconds and not exceed 60 seconds.
  • Maximum file size: 3900MB (3.9GB)
  • Avoid vertical or square framing.

What are buyers looking for?

Our customers are looking for relevant, current, high-quality, authentic content of all subject matters including images with models, culture diversity, technology, fashion, food, portraiture, lifestyle, architecture, beauty, business, and more. Since purchased content will be used in a commercial capacity, it must be free of any intellectual property or copyright issues, as well as any technical issues.

More information about the specific content that buyers are looking for is updated quarterly here.

How will my content be used?

Our customers have diverse content needs and span professions such as designers, advertisers, content creators, and small business owners. Buyers are required to use the content within the licensing guidelines. Typically, stock content is used for online and offline advertisements, product packaging, publications, software, or digital design. Stock content may be used for resale merchandise (mugs, T-shirts, etc.) under the Extended License. Clients are prohibited to use the content for logos or sensitive and defamatory topics.

How do I get paid for content?

Every time someone purchases your content on Adobe Stock, you get a 33% commission for photos and vector art, and a 35% commission for videos based on the price of the image. 
Fotolia’s commission rates differ from Adobe Stock. For sales that occur on Fotolia’s website, contributors will get paid the Fotolia commission rates. Read about Fotolia’s commission structure here.

You can request a payout via Paypal or Skrill when you have reached at least $50 in royalties. Please allow up to 7 days for your payment to be processed.

Can I sell my content exclusively on Adobe Stock?

We don’t offer the option to to sell content exclusively on Adobe Stock.

Will my content be available on Fotolia.com in addition to Adobe Stock?

Yes, the content you upload through the contributor portal will also be available on Fotolia.com.

Note: Fotolia’s commission rates differ from Adobe Stock. For sales that occur on Fotolia’s website, contributors will get paid the Fotolia commission rates. Read about Fotolia’s commission structure here.

What type of licensing do you offer?

Adobe Stock content can be purchased under a Standard or Extended License. Standard Licenses grant rights for up to 500,000 print runs with no expiration dates and images can be used for:

  • Websites, blogs, newsletters, and web banner illustrations
  • Press articles and magazine illustrations
  • Print advertising (magazines and urban displays), commercial documents or packaging
  • Slide shows and videos for broadcast and presentations
  • Decorating and design elements, including framed images for personal use.

Extended Licenses provide unlimited impressions/print runs and the ability to create products for resale such as coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc.

All Premium collection images include an Enhanced License, which allows for unlimited print runs but can’t be used to create products for resale (such as coffee mugs or t-shirts), unless purchased through an Adobe Stock for enterprise account. See Adobe Stock License terms for more info.

Can I submit content captured on mobile devices?

We accept content taken from any camera, including mobile phones, as long as it meets our legal, technical and quality standards.

What copyright considerations should I be aware of?

You should be aware of any logos and trademarks that appear in your images, vectors or videos. These are strictly forbidden and must be removed before submission. If your content contains recognizable persons, buildings, locations, or intellectual property such as objects, artwork, sculptures, or designs, a Model or Property Release may be required.

Learn more about copyright and trademarks.

Do you require Model and Property releases?

If your image, vector, or video features an identifiable person you will need a Model Release. If it features intellectual property or private property such as buildings and locations, you will need a Property Release.

For more information, see Legal guidelines.

How do I report suspected misuse of my content?

If you suspect unauthorized use of your content or have licensing questions related to a client’s usage, please contact our Contributor Support team.

Can I contribute to the Premium collection?

Initially, the Premium collection represents a relatively small group of artists and agencies who have been hand-selected for their personal style and the quality of their work. Over time, we’ll be expanding to a broader community of contributors. We’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Where can I find more information about contributing to Adobe Stock?

Information for Fotolia contributors

As a Fotolia contributor can I upload content through the Adobe Stock Contributor portal?

Yes, you are welcome to use the new Adobe Stock Contributor portal. You will be asked to log in with an Adobe ID or create a new one. You will be prompted to sync your Fotolia login with the Adobe ID in order to avoid duplicating your data. Your Fotolia login remains valid and your Fotolia account data remains intact and accessible on the Fotolia site. Syncing your Fotolia account is only possible on the first login to the Contributor portal. Once your account is synced you’ll be able to monitor sales, request payouts, upload, and index your content from both Fotolia and the Adobe Stock Contributor portal.

Will I retain my status as a Fotolia contributor?

Your Fotolia contributor status and commission level will be reflected on the Adobe Stock Contributor portal and you will continue to accrue credits from sales towards a higher rank.

Can I set pricing for my content?

Adobe Stock licenses content at fixed prices. The price is determined by plan options such as single image purchases, annual or monthly membership plans, or an Enterprise agreement. Prices on Adobe Stock are not customizable.

If you signed up as a contributor on Fotolia, your can continue to set price levels for sales by credits on Fotolia.

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