Learn how to use the Adobe Stock website to explore and license stock assets...
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Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to millions of high-quality curated and royalty-free photos, videos, illustrations, vector graphics, 3D assets, and templates for all their creative projects. You can purchase Adobe Stock as a multi-asset subscription. A number of subscription packages are available.

You can explore, preview, and license assets using either the Adobe Stock website or from within the Creative Cloud apps integrated with Adobe Stock.


Note:

Adobe Stock is deeply integrated with several Creative Cloud apps, such as Photoshop, lllustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, and After Effects. If you're looking for information on using Adobe Stock from within these apps, see Using Adobe Stock in Creative Cloud apps.

Explore and license stock assets

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You can explore and license several types of assets on the Adobe Stock website. Follow these steps:

  1. On the Adobe Stock website, sign in using your Adobe ID.

  2. (Optional) To search for a particular type of Adobe Stock asset, choose one of the following tabs: Images, Videos, Templates, 3D, Premium, and Editorial.

    Search for a particular type of Adobe Stock asset using the tabs on top

  3. Search for stock assets appropriate for your project. On the results page, switch between the All, Images, Videos, Templates, and 3D search results as appropriate using the drop-down menu on the left of the search bar.

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    Choose the desired option to refine your search results

  4. Optionally, filter the search results. You can filter the results by price, sub-category, presence of people, image orientation, color, etc. Different filter parameters are available for different asset types. For example, you can filter images by applying aesthetic filters such as the depth of field and vivid color. The search results are displayed as soon as you adjust the filter parameters.

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    Filter search results

  5. When you've found a stock asset of interest, download its licensed version to your computer. Do the following:

    1. Hover the mouse pointer over the asset on the results page. Icons for quick actions to work with the image appear.
    2. Hover the pointer over the Buy License And Save To My Library () icon.
    3. In the context dialog that appears, in the Save To Computer area, click Download.
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    License Adobe Stock assets

  6. Choose the desired purchasing option. A number of purchasing options are available for individuals, teams, and enterprises.

  7. Import the downloaded stock asset into your design or authoring app.

Notes:

  • You may want to preview several watermarked stock assets on the Adobe Stock website before you download the licensed version of the one most appropriate for your project.
  • Instead of downloading the licensed version of the asset, you can choose to download just a preview of it to your device. To do so, in Step 5 above, click the Save Preview To My Library icon ().

Open assets in a supported app

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While exploring assets on the Adobe Stock website, you can open them directly in supported Creative Cloud apps. Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC currently support this functionality.

  1. On the Adobe Stock website, sign in using your Adobe ID.

  2. (Optional) To search for a particular type of Adobe Stock asset, choose one of the following tabs: Images, Videos, Templates, 3D, Premium, and Editorial.

  3. Search for stock assets appropriate for your project. On the results page, switch between the All, Images, Videos, Templates, and 3D search results as appropriate using the drop-down menu on the left of the search bar.

  4. When you've found a stock asset of interest, open it directly in your Creative Cloud desktop app of choice. Follow these steps:

    • Hover the mouse pointer over the asset on the results page. Icons for quick actions to work with the image appear.
    • Hover the pointer over one of these icons: Buy License And Save To My Library () or Save Preview To My Library ().
    • In the context dialog that appears, in the Open In area, click the icon for your Creative Cloud app. For example, click the icon.

    Adobe Stock opens the asset in the chosen Creative Cloud desktop app. Before opening the asset, Adobe Stock places it in a library named Downloads.

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    Adobe Stock website: Open the stock asset in a supported Creative Cloud app

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    Open a template in the corresponding Creative Cloud app (Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop)

The visual search functionality on the Adobe Stock website lets you quickly find stock images similar to another image. On the Adobe Stock website, follow these steps:

  1. Click the camera icon in the search bar.

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    Invoke visual search

  2. Drag an image to the Search With An Image dialog. Alternatively, click Browse and upload an image from your computer. JPEG and PNG images are supported for visual search.

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    The Search With An Image dialog

    Adobe Stock displays assets similar to the image you uploaded.

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    You can also simply drag an image you want to search with to the search bar. Adobe Stock displays assets similar to that image.

  3. Optionally, on the search results page, enter a keyword in the search bar to refine the search. For example, while searching with the image of a cat, you can enter brown to see only images of brown cats.

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    Refine visual search using keywords

Note:

Visual search works best with images with dimensions of 1000 px x 1000 px and higher.

Find images similar to another stock image

While browsing search results, you can simply drag a stock image thumbnail to the search bar. Adobe Stock fine-tunes the results and displays more stock images similar to it. Alternatively, you can hover the mouse pointer over the desired asset and click the Find Similar () icon. Finding the perfect stock image for your project was never easier!  

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Find stock images similar to another stock image

Manage Adobe Stock assets added to your libraries

You can view and manage Adobe Stock assets that you've added to your libraries.

  • Click Libraries and choose the desired library from the drop-down list. To view all your libraries, choose View All.
Libraries

Rename a library

  1. Click  and choose Rename Library.

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  2. Enter a name in the text box.

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    Enter a name for your library

    A. Rename while viewing the desired library B. Rename while viewing all libraries 
  3. Click OK or .

Delete a library

  1. Click  and choose Delete Library.

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  2. In the pop-up box, click Delete.

Create a new library

  1. Click Libraries and choose View All.

  2. In the empty box, enter a name for the new library.

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    Enter a name to create a new library

  3. Click  to create a new library.

Manage assets added to your library

Open your library and hover the mouse pointer over an asset to view the available options. You can do the following using the Adobe Stock website:

  • License the asset and save it to your computer
  • Save a preview of the desired asset
  • Find similar Adobe Stock assets
  • Delete the asset
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Manage assets added to your library

Send the link to a library

  1. Click and choose Send Link.

  2. Share the library using the Send Link workflow. See Share libraries for more information.

View your license history

On the License History page of the Adobe Stock website, you can view a list of the assets you've licensed as well as the number of images left in your subscription.

Note:

If you have licensed an image, you can download it again without relicensing. Click the File ID in the License History and save the asset to your computer.

See also

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