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Step-by-Step Guide for Becoming an Adobe Stock Contributor

Adobe became a household name (at least in homes with creatives) because of software packages like Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe also launched its own stock photo business, Adobe Stock, in 2015.

Adobe Stock is quickly becoming the go-to place for creatives to locate the ideal image to complete their project as Adobe’s technologies and content library grow more tightly connected.

Becoming an Adobe Stock contributor can be a terrific opportunity for photographers, videographers, and artists to make passive income, get their work showcased on a global platform, and earn money while they sleep. But how do you become a contributor to Adobe Stock?

Who can become an Adobe Stock contributor?

The conditions for selling photographs on Adobe Stock are straightforward; however, they are also subjective. To begin, you must be at least 18 years old, have valid government identification, and be the only owner of any file you offer for sale. If you include photographs of identifiable people or private property, you must obtain a signed release.

The second section is a little more complicated. According to Adobe, you must have “excellent” graphics. This involves being well-composed, having adequate lighting and exposure, having no noticeable noise, and not overusing filters and processing.

You do not need to be an Adobe customer to sell on Adobe Stock.

What can I sell on Adobe Stock?

Photographers can sell both generic stock photos and news-related editorial images. A Premium photography section also includes specific collections and high-end images from select photographers.

Illustrators can make money by selling their illustrations and vector graphics. 3D assets, design templates, and video are among the other categories.

Popular topics are images showing ethnic diversity, technology, fashion, gastronomy, lifestyle, architecture, beauty, business, and other topics. It’s good checking the website or their trend reports to get a sense of what topics to focus on. This will provide you with inspiration of what types of photographs are required.

How much can I earn on Adobe Stock?

Let’s get to the point where everyone is interested: making money! Selling on your own takes a lot of time and work to have your portfolio recognized, negotiate fees, and communicate with clients. Selling on a stock platform like Adobe Stock simplifies everything… for a price. Currently, when your work sells, you receive either a 33% fee for images and vector art or a 35% commission for films.

Once you’ve earned $25 in royalties, you can request payment by PayPal or Skrill. Obviously, if a photo becomes viral on a platform with millions of users, the potential rewards are enormous. However, for the majority of photographers and picture creators, the percentage indicates that it is more likely to be a pleasant continuous trickle of supplementary passive income.

How Do I Get Started?

It’s simple to get started selling your photographs on Adobe Stock. You’ll need a scan of your valid government ID and about 10 minutes to complete the paperwork and create your profile to sign up.

I’d also urge that you fill out your tax information when you set it up – while it’s optional, if you haven’t already, Adobe is compelled to keep the maximum taxes allowed, which equates to 30% of your revenue. Ouch!

Are you ready to transform your passion into a source of income? Here’s how to become an Adobe Stock contributor.

Step 1: Get Familiar with Adobe Stock

Before you join up to be an Adobe Stock contributor, I recommend taking a peek at the Adobe website’s aesthetic. You’ll immediately see what types of photographs thrive on the site and what consumers could be looking for right now based on what’s emphasized on the homepage and in each subsection.

Step 2: Create an Adobe ID

You can log in with your Adobe ID if you already have one. To create an Adobe ID, go to the contributor page on Adobe Stock and click “Get Started.” You must provide your name, email address, date of birth, password, country and agree to their terms.

Step 3: Complete and Upload Your Work

After you’ve created your ID, you may begin uploading photographs to sell on the marketplace. The dashboard is rather user-friendly, allowing you to monitor the status of all your photographs, whether they are under review, available for purchase, or have sales metrics.

Here are some general principles to follow before you begin uploading. All pictures must be in JPEG format and use the sRGB color scheme. Files must be larger than 45 MB (megabytes), with a minimum resolution of 4 MP (megapixels) and a maximum resolution of 100 MP. Do not upsample files in order to meet these minimums. Watermarks and timestamps are not permitted.

Step 4: Add Titles and Keywords

You could have the greatest beautiful photographs in the world, but no one will be able to locate them until you include keywords. It may appear strange and superfluous to include a title and keywords, but they are vital to your success on the platform. The majority of people use Adobe Stock to discover specific photographs that meet their topic, and the better you can utilize words to describe your image, the better it is for everyone.

Adobe’s Sensei can assist by recommending up to 25 keywords and a title. You’ll definitely still need to review and change them as needed, but it significantly speeds up the process.

Step 5: Wait for Your Approval

After all of that, you must now wait. Newly uploaded files are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and can take up to a week.

Step 5: Analyze and Optimize

You can proceed to optimize and improve your photography once it has been approved. To plan your forthcoming shoots, consult Adobe’s trend reports. Create more content for a popular niche if you uncover it. Fill in the blanks where there isn’t much content.


Joining Adobe Stock as a contributor might be a terrific, hands-off way to earn some additional cash each month. Signing up is free and simple, and income on the platform is passive once you’ve completed the first setup.