July 14, 2024

Adobe Stock CC: A Fully-Featured Stock Photo Library for Designers

Adobe has recently introduced Adobe Stock, a major addition to its Creative Cloud collection, hoping to reshape the stock image industry to its own advantage.

The move comes after Adobe acquired microstock photography agency Fotolia in December 2014 for $800 million. Adobe claims that 85% of people who buy stock imagery use their apps, so it seems they have enough ground to potentially dominate the stock image industry.

Adobe Stock landing page 2015

Although still relatively new, this service already has thousands of photos with more added every week. Let’s take a peek at what Adobe Stock has to offer creative professionals.


Uniquely integrated into Creative Cloud, Adobe Stock allows users to search and preview stock images while working in Photoshop CC.

After finding a suitable item, the watermarked image can be added directly to the Creative Cloud library making the image immediately available in all Creative Cloud apps. The watermarked version can be freely tweaked like any other photo, allowing the user to be absolutely sure of the outcome before spending any money.

Furthermore, you can access your stock images within Adobe’s Library on any Adobe licensed machine.

The shared Creative Cloud library also makes it easy to share stock images with other team members.


Adobe Stock offers competitive tiered pricing, allowing its subscribers to be flexible with their plan. This goes both for freelancers and big creative studios.

  • 1 Single Image – $9.99
  • 10 Images/Month – $29.99/Month (with an active Creative Cloud Membership,)
  • 10 Images/Month – $49.99 with no contract.
  • 750 Images/Month –$199.00

Single stock images cost $9.99/piece ($4.99 until September 20th, 2015).

A big advantage to the 10 Images/Month plan is that up to 120 images of unused Adobe Stock photos can be rolled over, which makes sense when work is not steady or doesn’t require photographs.

How do you feel about Adobe Stock? Is it something you’d want to use in your professional workflow? Let us know in the comments!

Elio is a freelance designer with a weak spot for open source. As a board member at Open Labs Albania, he promotes free software and open source locally and regionally. Elio is also a community designer and Representative at Mozilla. He has organized various conferences such as OSCAL and Mozilla Weekend. You can learn more on his website, see his work on Dribbble, or follow his tweets @elioqoshi.

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