What Makes Adobe Stock Stand Out from the Rest?

Although Adobe Stock has only been in the industry for more than a couple years, it already has one of the largest stock photo libraries in the market. Acquiring Fotolia in 2014, customers now have access to over 40 million high quality images from the contributors of the previous stock site. Check more info here. On the other hand, the newer and more attractive website is built into the Creative Cloud software so creatives can purchase, access, and manage images right inside their favorite desktop apps.

Searching and finding of images in the stock photo agency is a breeze, too. Various sorting options are available, including popularity, relevance and most recent. Adobe Stock also provides new ways and price points to license and download images. Simply log on to your Creative Cloud account, and AS will be added to the “Library” module. You can now download HD and 4K videos from the gallery, as well.

There are a number of things that make Adobe Stock a great stock photo agency, but what makes it stand out from the rest of the stock sites in the market?

Creative Cloud Integration.

This feature is exclusive to the stock photo site only. It allows you to work with comp images (meaning free and watermarked) in the design stage. Based on your or your client’s approval, you can easily license and replace them with the full version of the image. No need to worry about redesigns or redoing your manual efforts. All you have to do is find the perfect image to enhance your creative project.

Licensing options at Adobe Stock is also simple and straightforward. A single image is priced at $9.99 and includes a royalty free license. You can also get the best pricing with subscription plans. There’s the month-to-month commitment starting at $29.99 for 3 assets a month. Annual plans are also available in the stock site starting at also $29.99 per month for 10 images. If you have a more consistent creative need, the latter is the best plan for you.

A free trial promo is currently open for creatives around the world. When you purchase the annual plans for 10 images per month and 40 images per month, you can get the first month for FREE. It is cancel-risk free within the first month. So if you decide AS isn’t for you, you can simply cancel your plan. The subscriptions also entitle you to low-priced additional images and rollovers of up to 480 standard assets, depending on the type of plan purchased.

For contents you can’t get with a plan, you can buy credit packs. Photos, vectors and illustrations cost between 5 and 50 credits each. Credits last for one year from purchase. They don’t auto renew, so you can just buy more when you need them. And of course, the bigger the credit pack you purchase gives you the bigger savings!

With these remarkable features, Adobe Stock has become a major player in the stock content market. Integration into the software makes it ideal for Creative Cloud users.


Delight in Adobe Stock Photos Curated by Adobe

Adobe Stock photos are high quality, royalty-free images curated by Adobe, read our review here. They are world class images integrated with Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator CC for easier and faster photo-editing jobs. Adobe acquired Fotolia to provide its users with a wider collection of images, videos, illustrations and graphics. In fact, it currently has over 45 million creative files in its library.

With millions of images in its library, Adobe named its own stock photo agency Adobe Stock where you can find the perfect images to jump-start your creative project. The best part is you can actually make these images amazing through Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps. With just a few clicks, you can instantly download your images directly to your CC software and license them whenever you need to.

Adobe Stock gives courtesy to Creative Cloud users by giving 40% discount when you add the image subscription to the Creative Cloud subscription. If you are already using Photoshop as your primary photo-editing application, you will greatly benefit by making Adobe Stock as your primary image source as well. You get to save time and effort downloading the images to your computer and opening them to your photo-editing software, click here for info.

What about non-Creative Cloud users?

If you are a non-Creative Cloud user, you do not have to worry. You can still use Adobe Stock as your primary image source. The stock photo agency also works as a standalone website. This means that you can purchase and download images even without a Creative Cloud subscription. You can purchase a single image or subscribe to a monthly plan with the regular rate. Currently, the website also offers a subscription plan for videos.

Adobe Stock Free Trial

Adobe Stock also offers free trial for creative professionals to determine if the stock agency meets their demanding needs and budget. The free trial is valid for one month, giving users 10 free images to download and use within the next month. The best part is you can cancel anytime within the first month. If you feel the website caters to your creative needs, you do not have to renew your subscription. It will be automatically renewed and your first month will be refunded when you sign up for an annual subscription plan.

The Adobe Stock photos are directly opened to your CC application. How does this work? As soon as you find the low-resolution version of your favored image, you can open it with your software and work on them. If you decide that it is the perfect image for your project, you can directly license the image there. Automatically, the lower-resolution image will be replaced with a high-resolution one, saving you from hours of rework.

Get Your Adobe Stock Photos Creative Cloud From Within Photoshop

Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of programs are the best of the best when it comes enabling creative professionals through technology.  And with the launch of Adobe Stock earlier this year, programs like Photoshop and Illustrator got even more powerful.  Now, through Adobe Stock Photo’s Creative Cloud integration, you can access millions of stock photographs from right inside of your creative cloud programing without ever leaving Photoshop, Illustrator, or any other creative cloud offering.  Here’s how you can purchase photos from Adobe Stock without ever leaving your Creative Cloud program of choice, you can read it’s a review here.


  1.  Sign Up For Adobe Stock

If you don’t have Adobe Stock Photos Creative Cloud already, make sure to sign up for the service.  By doing so, you get access to millions of stock photos at the tip of your fingers, and you can purchase and download these easily from right inside of Photoshop or other programs.  Check out their plans and offerings and make sure that you are signed into Adobe’s Creative Cloud when you purchase the plan that will work best for you.

  1. Launch Adobe Stock From The Creative Cloud Libraries Panel

From the Libraries panel on the right hand side of your Creative Cloud workspace, you can launch the full Adobe Stock library easily.  Just click on the link that says “Search Millions of Photos at Adobe Stock” or by clicking on the Adobe Stock icon.  If your Libraries panel isn’t displaying, make sure it is set to display in your program settings.

  1. Search For Imagery

From the Adobe Stock Photo Creative Cloud library, you can search for the perfect image for your project.  Once you have found an image that works for you, you will want to save it to your Adobe Creative Cloud library.  To do so, click the drop down menu by the “save to” menu and name a new library.  You will see a small alert display when you have saved an image correctly.

  1. Use The Image From Your Creative Cloud Library

Once you have an image downloaded, it’s easy to insert it directly into any project you are working on.  Just select the library that you saved your image to with the drop down menu, and then drag and drop your new image into your project.  Using this technique, you can download as many images as you need, and then access them quickly and easily from inside of Photoshop or any other Creative Cloud program.