How to Become an Adobe Stock Contributor?

Adobe, known for its slew of programs heavily used by creatives all throughout the world, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, and more, introduced the Adobe Stock Contributor Site in 2016 which aims to make design process and exchange much easier.




Adobe Stock was launched in 2015 after Adobe’s acquisition of Fotolia. The service lets designers access stock images through applications within the Creative Cloud platform including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC. The Adobe Stock Contributor Site makes the Adobe Stock service even better, allowing creatives to sell their own artworks online and to fellow Adobe users. The contributed works by creatives through the site are offered at ‘industry-leading rates’. For more information on the Adobe Stock Contributor Site, watch the video below.



The Adobe Stock Contributor Site has an auto-keywording feature that suggests the first five keywords for each media you’ve submitted. The keyword algorithm uses machine learning technology that gives you the right keywords when you upload your work. The algorithm further analyses keywords from other submissions similar to yours and automatically generates keywords that are then reordered depending on relevancy. After the auto-keyword is done, you can also review and edit as you like.


Furthermore, the Adobe Stock Contributor Site has been directly integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud applications. The CC integration of the Adobe Stock Contributor Site empowers creatives and ups your productivity from the get-go. It lets you save time and reduce friction between work with photos, videos, illustrations, and vectors that can be easily retrieved. You’ll be able to upload images straight to Adobe Stock from Lightroom CC and Bridge CC.


How to Become an Adobe Stock Contributor?

Before this advantage, we only used to purchase and use stock art we find on Adobe Stock. Now we can sell our own work too!


It’s easy to become an Adobe Stock contributor. You just need to have an Adobe ID. You don’t need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber. It’s also easy to create an Adobe ID. Moreover, if you’re already a Fotolia contributor, then you’ll also be able to sync your accounts.


Now you’re ready to upload your files. Note that aside from stock photos, you can also upload vectors, illustrations, and videos. You can upload as many files as you want. FTP upload option is also available. And as mentioned above, if you already use Lightroom CC or Bridge CC, then uploading will be easier for you; you can upload your RAW or JPEG files directly from these applications.


Another thing to take note of is that the photos, videos, vectors, and illustrations that you plan to submit and sell are your own (meaning you own all the rights). You also need to be 18 years old and above to become a contributor.


Every sold Adobe Stock content entitles the contributor a 33% commission for photos and vectors, and a 35% commission for videos.


Wider Reach

With Adobe being a leading computer software company in the world, most creatives in the world use Adobe applications. According to the company, 85% of creatives who buy stock art use Adobe design apps – this includes our team at MicroCreatives – and around 90% of stock art sellers, on the other hand, use Adobe design apps to process their artwork. With this data, we can be sure that through the Adobe Stock Contributor Site, our high-quality stock art for sale will have a wide global reach, and at industry-leading rates at that. This is not only a great way to earn; it also provides us with a platform to globally showcase our work and our talent.