Adobe Review: Top 10 Best Stock Photos Review

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Wouldn't it be great, as a creative person, to have a convenient, in-depth source of high quality and good value stock photography? Adobe has clearly identified an opportunity to scoop up sizeable custom from the 80% of people who buy royalty free images, who also use Adobe tools.

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  • Three main price plans, geared to the number of images required each month
  • This site is a good fit for creative people who make extensive use of stock images, especially existing users of Adobe's Creative Cloud service
  • Image formats - JPEGs, Photos, Illustrations, Vectors
  • Image categories - an extensive range encompassing animals, the environment, hobbies and leisure, business, food, landscapes, technology, science and more
  • Standout user value - access to the same high level of support as available for other Adobe services
  • Stock image library is smaller than other sites, but does give the option to buy images individually

Adobe introduced its Stock service in mid-2015, following its purchase of Fotolia in 2014. Its release also coincided with an update to Creative Cloud, which integrated Stock throughout the various popular Adobe programs. Existing Creative Cloud users can also save heavily on the price of an Adobe Stock subscription.

Plans & pricing

The range of plans and payment options at Adobe Stock caters for the most casual and concerted users alike, with the 750 images a month package offering the best value, but the 10 images a month deal possibly being best for the majority of users.

Below, you can see a breakdown of the pricing and packages available.

Single images - downloadable without subscription for just $9.99 per image

10 images a month

  • Creative Cloud members save 40%
  • $29.99/month
  • Add to a Creative Cloud subscription
  • Additional images at $2.99
  • Rollover up to 120 images

10 images a month

  • $49.99/month
  • Additional images at $4.99
  • Rollover up to 120 images

750 images a month

  • $199/month annual plan, paid monthly
  • $249/month monthly plan
  • Additional images at $0.99

Creative Cloud bundles

  • Photography with Adobe Stock: $39.98/month
  • Single App with Adobe Stock: $49.98/month
  • Creative Cloud Complete with Adobe Stock: $79.98/month

Top 3 pros & cons

✔ 40 million copyright free images

✔ Strong integration with other Adobe programs

✔ Option to buy stock images without subscription


- Not an established stock image service

- Library 33% smaller than Shutterstock's

- No business/enterprise plans

Customer support

  • FAQs, community forums, phone, chat
  • Tutorials, setup help


Adobe Stock doesn't have an image library as well-stocked as certain rivals, but still has a huge amount going for it, including high quality photos, a good choice of pricing plans and strong integration with other Adobe programs. Sign up now to see what the fuss is all about!

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