Learn how to use Adobe Stock in Creative Cloud apps and otherwise. Also view a list of helpful resources offering information about Adobe Stock features, workflows, and subscription plans.
Adobe Stock

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.


Overview

You can use Adobe Stock in your creative projects in these primary ways:

Creative Cloud libraries

Adobe Stock is deeply integrated with Creative Cloud libraries. You can add a watermarked preview of a stock asset to any of your libraries directly using the Adobe Stock website. Then, in Creative Cloud apps that support Libraries—Photoshop, lllustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, and After Effects—you can drag the watermarked stock image from the Libraries panel to your creative project. The stock asset is added as a library-linked asset to your project.

When you're satisfied that the stock image is appropriate for your project, you can choose to license the stock image directly from within the Libraries panel. Once you license the stock asset, all linked instances of the asset in your open documents are automatically updated to the licensed, high-resolution stock asset without the watermark.

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Aside from the Libraries panel, you may be able to license stock assets in supported Creative Cloud desktop apps from additional app-specific UI locations. For example, in Photoshop, you can license watermarked previews from the Layers panel, Properties panel, and directly from within the canvas; simply right-click the stock asset and then select License Image. 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.

Download stock images to your computer

Once you've found a stock image of interest on the Adobe Stock website, you can download either its watermarked preview or the high-resolution licensed version to your computer. Now, use the stock image in any app that supports importing photos, illustrations, graphics, or video assets.

Use Adobe Stock in apps supporting Creative Cloud libraries

You can open assets in a desktop app supporting Creative Cloud Libraries directly from within the Adobe Stock website. Alternatively, while working in such a Creative Cloud app, you can search for stock assets and license them from within the Libraries panel in the app.

Search for and license assets in the Libraries panel

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Using Adobe Stock
  1. In the Libraries panel of your desktop app, specify search keywords in the Search Adobe Stock bar. The search results are displayed right within the Libraries panel.
  2. Once you've identified the asset that you want to use in your project, you can purchase a license immediately and add the asset to a library. Alternatively, you can add an unlicensed preview (watermarked) version of the asset to your library for now and license it later.
  • To buy an asset immediately, select the asset and then click the License And Save To <Library Name> icon.
  • To add an unlicensed preview version of the asset to your library, select the asset and then click the Save Preview To <Library Name> icon.

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You can also choose these options from the context menu of the stock asset.  

Buy the desired stock asset, or use a watermarked copy for now.
Buy the desired stock asset, or use a watermarked preview for now.

  1. In the desktop app, drag the watermarked stock asset from the Libraries panel to your project. The stock asset is added as a library-linked asset to your project.
Add the stock image to your project
Add the stock image to your project.

  1. If necessary, apply some effects to the watermarked stock image. For example, apply the Stylize > Wind filter in Photoshop to emphasize the torrid summer day in the savannah. Effects that you apply to the watermarked stock asset are preserved when you license it later.
Add some wind to the savannah
Add some wind to the savannah.

  1. If you've been using a watermarked preview of the stock asset so far, right-click the asset in the Libraries panel of the desktop app and select Buy Image or Buy Video.
  • If you already have a multi-image Adobe Stock subscription, the stock image is instantaneously licensed. The count of remaining images in your Adobe Stock subscription is displayed right within the Libraries panel.
  • If you don't have an Adobe Stock subscription, you're taken to the Adobe Stock website. You can choose to pay just for one image or subscribe to a multi-image subscription.

Once you've licensed the asset, all instances of the watermarked asset in your open documents are automatically updated to the high-resolution licensed stock asset.

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You can also save a licensed asset directly to a Creative Cloud Library from within the Adobe Stock website. Hover the mouse pointer over the License icon () for the asset and then, in the context dialog, click the name of the library. Now, use the licensed image in your projects.

Download a template to jumpstart your project

Templates from Adobe Stock are available from right within the New Document dialog boxes in Photoshop and Illustrator. When you create a document in these apps, instead of beginning with a blank canvas, you can choose from a wide variety of these templates that include images, illustrations, and graphics.

Once you open a template, you can work with it just as you would work with any other Photoshop or Illustrator document.

For details, see these pages:

Use Adobe Stock in other design/authoring apps

Use Adobe Stock

You can use Adobe Stock with any design or authoring app that lets you import photos, illustrations, graphics, video assets, etc. Explore and license assets using the Adobe Stock website and then import the assets into the app. To understand how, see Explore and license assets using the Adobe Stock website.

Adobe Stock for teams

Licensed image

With Adobe Stock pooled image licenses for teams, license subscriptions that admins purchase automatically become available to all team members. The team members can check the available number of images in the pool on the Adobe Stock website. Once licensed by a team member, an image can be downloaded by up to 10 members of the team without licensing it again. Users can see, in their license history, all images licensed by the team. Images that have been licensed by a team member are marked with a Licensed badge, which can be seen in the web portal search results as well as in the Creative Cloud Library panel.

This pooled licensing feature is not available for individual Creative Cloud users.

Adobe Stock for enterprise

Adobe Stock for Enterprise

With Adobe Stock for enterprise, users of a product configuration for Adobe Stock within the Admin Console share a pooled quota of credits as determined by their administrator.

Once licensed by a user, any user of the organization can download the asset without licensing it again. Users can see, in their license history on the Adobe Stock website, all assets licensed by the organization. When they look for assets from within Creative Cloud apps or on the Adobe Stock website, assets licensed by any user in their organization are displayed with a Licensed badge.

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