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Adobe Stock / New stock shoot video for Touch and Tactility
« on: December 12, 2018, 19:43 »
Hi everyone,

Today a new blog post went live with a link to a video featuring stock photographer Andy Dean and myself capturing content that speaks to the 2018 Adobe Stock Visual Trend "Touch and Tactility."

If you have a moment, please check it out. I must warn you, it's very unsanitary and a bit violent at times. The video is at the bottom of this blog post:

Let me know what you think!....well, only if you like it. If you hate it just keep that to yourself ;)


Adobe Stock / Payout minimum reduced to $25
« on: December 12, 2018, 19:38 »
Hi All,

As the subject says...the minimum payment amount at Adobe Stock has been reduced from $50 to $25. If you have a balance of at least $25 in your account you can submit a payment request.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Important Fotolia Announcement
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:03 »
Hello everyone,

I have important news to share with you. One year from today on November 5, 2019 Fotolia will close.

What does this mean for you? If you have already synced your Fotolia account with Adobe Stock then you are all set. No additional action is required on your part. If you have not synced your Fotolia account with the Adobe Stock Contributor portal, now is the time to do so. Go to and create or sign in with your Adobe ID. You will be asked if you are a Fotolia contributor and then prompted to sync your account.

Beginning February 5 contributors will not be able to submit new content through Fotolia. All new uploads must happen via Adobe Stock starting on that date. You will however still be able to access Fotolia with your login credentials to view your sales history, the tax center and to submit payment requests should you prefer to do so up until November 5. After that, there will be no access to Fotolia in any capacity. Your content will still be online at Fotolia up until November 5 so customers can continue to purchase licenses to use your work through Fotolia. As always, any commissions earned through Fotolia sales will be paid immediately into your Adobe Stock Contributor account.

You will find additional information including how to sync your account here:

There are many advantages to using the Adobe Stock Contributor portal. You can edit keywords and titles on approved content. Free access to Adobe Portfolio where you can share custom collections created in the Adobe Stock Contributor portal along with your non-stock work, Adobe sensei generated auto keywords, auto title and auto categories to streamline your indexing process, contributors outside the US paid in USD can receive payments through Payoneer, top 10 contributors of the week displayed to show you what type of content is in demand from customers in real time, Creative Cloud members can upload to Adobe Stock through Lightroom Classic, Adobe Bridge and Premiere Pro CC. There are many new and exciting features being developed. Migrating everyone to one site will allow us to focus more on Adobe Stock development to provide these new features faster than ever.

Im sure you have many questions. I will be checking the forum frequently and will do my best to answer them in as timely a manner as possible.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Hi Everyone,

Each year for Adobe MAX ( the Adobe Stock Development team works to release new features. This year I am pleased to inform you that Adobe Stock Contributors will benefit from two of these features.

Feature One: Starting right now, all Adobe Stock Contributors have access to create their own customized web page using Adobe Portfolio. Historically, Adobe Portfolio has only been available to Creative Cloud members as part of their subscription. This is still true UNLESS you are an Adobe Stock Contributor!

The best part of this in my opinion is that the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal is now connected with Adobe Portfolio. What this means for you is that you can create custom Collections in the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal and feature them in your Adobe Portfolio page. You can customize Adobe Portfolio to fit your needs then share your Portfolio page or individual collections. The images have a clickable link for potential customers to click and buy directly through Adobe Stock! This is a fantastic way to showcase your work and drive sales to your contributor account.

I spent some time playing with this feature and I have to say that Im personally very excited about it. I was able to change the order the images are displayed in each collection and update the cover image to what I want. By default, the cover image has the Adobe Stock watermark on it. My personal preference was to have that removed so I customized the gallery and updated the cover with a non-watermarked version. You can see one gallery with and one gallery without to see what I mean in my Adobe Portfolio page linked here: The gallery titled Africa with the elephant image and the gallery titled Favorite Stock Shots with Hamilton the Frenchie are both Adobe Stock galleries.

Feature Two: Contributor of the week. We are now showcasing the top photo, vector and illustration contributors each week. This is a great way to see in real time what is actually trending in the market. I strongly recommend you check this out every week for motivation and inspiration.

Contributors will be featured automatically no more than once every 5 weeks. The featured contributors are selected automatically based on sales of content submitted in the past 6 months. The top ten contributors measured by the upload/sales ratio are featured.

I hope you enjoy these new features!

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Minimum Payment Commission Increase
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:09 »
Hi Everyone,

This morning we updated the minimum commission structure. You can view details at this link:

The breakdown detailing the changes can be seen in this chart. Let me know if you have any questions.

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Vector uploads are back online
« on: September 13, 2018, 22:50 »
Hi All,

Thank you very much for your patience. Vector uploads are back up and running. We look forward to seeing your new content.


Adobe Stock / Question about your metadata workflow
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:44 »
I understand different agencies require different information when indexing. In addition to the yes/no poll above would you please elaborate on your workflow? For those of you that do embed metadata with both a title and description, when submitting to Adobe Stock do you copy/paste your description in the title field as an additional step or do you simply submit with the title you had listed originally?

Thank you!


Adobe Stock / Auto-Title Feature Added to Adobe Stock
« on: September 06, 2018, 12:24 »
Hi Everyone,

Earlier today we released a time-saving feature to the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal. Adobe Sensei now detects what is in your image and recommends up to 3 titles for you to use automatically. What that means is that you can now upload a file to Adobe Stock with no metadata embedded and the system will have up to 3 titles for you to choose from. This is a bit different from the auto-keywords as the title won't automatically populate the title box. It is instead, a drop down option should you want the Sensei recommendation. With auto-categories, auto-keywords and now auto-titles you can theoretically upload content and submit it to Adobe Stock while spending virtually no time indexing.

Give it a try for yourself when you have a moment. I have been pretty impressed with the results I've seen so far.

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Vector Uploads Temporarily Disabled
« on: August 22, 2018, 17:04 »
Hi all,

We have temporarily disabled all vector uploads at both Fotolia and Adobe Stock for maintenance. We will resume uploads as soon as possible and will update in this forum post when that happens. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Kind regards,

-Mat Hayward

Hello everyone!

This morning Adobe announced that in an effort to reduce production costs and take your post-production work to the next level, active Adobe Stock Contributors will be receiving a free year of the Creative Cloud Photography plan which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and other Adobe apps.

To qualify you need to one of the first 20,000 contributors to have 300 files approved or have $500 in earnings since January 1, 2018 with a 50% or higher approval ratio to receive a CCP member.

The first 2,000 video contributors to have 300 videos approved or with $500 in earnings on video sales with a 50% or higher approval ratio will receive a one year full Creative Cloud membership.

If you have already qualified then no action is needed on your part. In the next 6-8 weeks you will receive a code via email. If you haven't met the criteria yet...get out and start shooting and submitting!

An faq has been created to answer most questions. If you have any other questions please let me know.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Hi All,

The next time you log into the Adobe Stock Contributor portal you should notice a few changes. At the top of the portfolio page you will see a 12 week trend showing your sales from the past 3 months.

In addition, the sales tab has been replaced by the "Insights" tab where you will find your sales history and the option to check your sales, downloads and tax withholding statistics for custom date ranges. You can view this data in the portal and download a csv file with the information as well.

We expect to expand this feature in the coming months. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

-Mat Hayward

Hi All,

Later today, the contributor portal is scheduled for routine maintenance and will be offline for approximately 1 hour. This will happen at 4PM Pacific time.

Thank you,


Hi All,

Adobe Stock is hosting a workshop just before NAB in Las Vegas. It's coming up quick but there are a few spots left so if you are interested, please let me know asap. We've got some great models and a phenomenal location. Transportation from the Convention Center, food and beverages are provided. 

This workshop is geared towards photographers wanting to learn more about flipping the switch to create sellable stock video. We'll be shooting in the field on Friday and learning Post Processing, indexing and more in the classroom on Saturday.

More information can be found here:

I hope to see you there!

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / New feature in Adobe Stock Contributor Portal
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:19 »
Hi everyone,
Indexing at Adobe Stock just got easier!  I'm happy to report that the development team has enabled a new feature allowing you to hover over the preview thumbnail to automatically view the full image. This should help streamline the indexing process for you.

We listened to you that it was too difficult to see all the details in the thumbnail to determine which releases and/or keywords are necessary. The new feature to display the full image when you hover over it addresses this.
As always, please keep the feature requests coming as we are listening and working hard to make the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal the best in the industry.

-Mat Hayward

I'm very curious to learn where the group is in the sync process. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

For those that didn't know it was an option, you can sync your Fotolia account with the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal via


Hi Everyone!

Last year Sean Locke, Inti St. Clair, Terry White and myself flew to San Jose and created a series of videos while shooting stock at the Adobe Headquarters. We had a great time, got some amazing content and the videos came out pretty great if I do say so myself!

If you want to see Sean, Inti and Terry in action take a look at the videos inside the blog post linked here:


Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Update your 2014 tax form
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:51 »
Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder to update your tax form at Adobe Stock if your current form was created during or before 2014. Those forms will expire on January 1 which means all of your sales will be subject to maximum withholding.

You can update your tax form by clicking the Contributor Account link in the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal.

Happy Holidays!

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / New Adobe Stock Portal feature!
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:35 »
Hello everyone,
One of the top requests we have received since launching the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal has been to make it easier to copy and paste keywords from one image or keyword list to another. I'm very happy to announce that as of today that request has been completed.
Upload your latest and greatest work (if you don't have any...get out and start shooting!) and work your way to the uploaded files page. You should see your uploaded files and the keyword boxes as normal. Just below the title box and above the top keyword box you will now see a toggle switch labled "paste keywords." Click here and instead of individual keyword boxes you will see everything listed out in one list so you can copy everything to paste elsewhere or you can paste other keywords here as you wish.
If this is your preferred method of adding keywords the default will remain as you leave it. Keep in mind that the Adobe Stock search engine still puts a greater emphasis on the first 7 keywords. Personally, I find it easier to sort and move keywords to a different order using the original keyword boxes so you may find yourself toggling back and forth.
I hope you like the change. Please keep your suggestions coming, we read them all and are working hard to make the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal the best upload experience in the industry.


Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Two new Adobe Stock features
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:09 »
Hi All,

Take a look at the following blog post announcing the two latest features offering customization to your Adobe Stock portfolios!

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Two new contributor features in Adobe Stock
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:40 »
Moments ago we went live with two new contributor features in the Adobe Stock contributor portal.

For vector contributors you no longer need to zip your AI or EPS files with a jpeg preview. You can now upload the files directly. The system will automatically generate the jpeg for you. This should save quite a bit of time in your workflow.

We have integrated Adobe Sign into our model and property releases. It is now much easier to generate, send and receive releases. You do not need an Adobe Sign account to take advantage of this feature.

Both new features are specific to Adobe Stock and not Fotolia. If you haven't already synced your existing Fotolia account to Adobe Stock I recommend you do so here:

For additional details, please check out our blog post:

Let me know if you have any questions or comments,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Fotolia forum is moving
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:10 »
We wanted to let our Fotolia contributor community know that we plan to close the Fotolia forum on July 31 on the Fotolia website, but have set up a new Fotolia forum on the Adobe forum page here"

We would like to standardize on a single and modern forum platform used by all Adobe apps. The new Fotolia Forum is an International forum and you will receive input and be able to communicate with all contributors instead of just those in your zone. You can post in your own native language. To read other contributors posts in your native language use the Translate option next to each post, see instructions here:

The new Fotolia forum is already live, and while old forum posts wont be migrated, we encourage you to try it out and start new discussions.

We are aware that many of you had engaging discussions on the Fotolia forum and we hope that you will continue to share thoughts and feedback on the new Fotolia forum community.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Hi All,

I wanted to share some big news with you.

Adobe Stock announced today the availability of editorial content through partnerships with Reuters and USA TODAY Sports. In addition, a Premium collection partnership with Stocksy has been announced. 

We often get the question from our contributor community when we will accept editorial content, so I wanted to let you know that initially, Adobe Stock will be focusing on strategic content partners for the Editorial collection. A broader contributor program for editorial content may be possible at a later time.

There are several blog posts summarizing the changes and announcements here:

-Mat Hayward

Hi All,

We are continuing to work hard in an effort to improve your experience with the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal. One thing we heard loud and clear through your helpful feedback is the need to see a preview of your videos while working in the tagging tool. In addition, we recognize the need for photo contributors to view a larger version of your photos from the indexing page.

I am happy to inform you that today we have updated the portal and these features are now live. While indexing your photos and videos you will see a small round icon with two arrows inside of it (located above keyword boxes). Clicking this icon will enlarge your image and/or activate your video to view.

Please keep the suggestions and feedback coming. What do you want to see next? If you haven't yet had a chance to sync your Fotolia account with the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal you can do so by visiting:


Adobe Stock / Shoot to sale videos online
« on: June 01, 2017, 12:26 »
Hi All,

Earlier this year I set up a lifestyle photo shoot with the inention of creating a series of videos showing some tips on setting up and executing a stock photo shoot. The videos were posted today on the Adobe Stock Blog so if you have a moment I would love it if you would take a look!

Using the images captured in the shoot linked above I created three additional short videos showing the process of uploading, indexing and submitting content to Adobe Stock. Check them out to see how the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal works if you haven't already started using it to submit your content.



We would like to share an update regarding small and medium sized videos on Fotolia. We increased the price for small videos from 12 credits to 30 credits, and for medium videos from 30 to 45 credits, which will result in higher royalties in parallel. Downloads for HD 720 and HD 1080 remain at 60 and 75 credits. The royalties you receive for Fotolia credit sales are determined by your rank; please see this for more info:

Videos on Adobe Stock are offered at HD 1080 and 4k only and you will always earn 35% royalties for every purchase on Adobe Stock.


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