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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.


Adobe Stock / .eps uploads are back up and running
« on: May 11, 2017, 11:28 »
Thanks for your patience! You can now submit your .eps vectors to Adobe Stock.


Adobe Stock / Call for content
« on: May 08, 2017, 21:09 »
Hello All,

Not a week goes by where I'm not asked at least once what type of content Adobe Stock is looking for. The general, catch-all answer is that regardless of the subject matter, buyers are looking for authenticity. Real looking people in real situations with genuine expressions and interactions.

That remains true and I expect it always will. That being said, a more specific list of content needs and requests has been generated. If you are looking for some motivation on what to shoot next..look no further than the list linked below....

Adobe Stock / EPS vector uploads temporarily disabled
« on: April 28, 2017, 00:47 »
Hi All,

We would like to let our contributor community know that we had to temporarily disable the ability to upload .eps vector files. We will report back when it's re-enabled again. You can continue to submit .ai vector files in the usual zipped format. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock Contributor Portal Updates
« on: April 19, 2017, 15:57 »
Hi All,

I see that this notification was posted in another thread but I'm posting it here as well to ensure maximum exposure.

We removed the View statistics from the Adobe Stock contributor portal, because the feature wasnt yet providing aggregate views across the Fotolia and Adobe Stock websites and caused confusion.

Over the last few months our foremost priority for the Adobe Stock Contributor website has been to make the submission process as fast and easy as possible. We now provide an automatic category suggestion, more auto-keywords and the ability to upload a CSV file of metadata for easier keywording of multiple files or videos.

We are working on improving the available statistics on the contributor portal but cant share a release date at this time.

Please share your feedback on the portal and keep the suggestions for improvements coming. I recommend you take a look at the expanded auto-keyword function and the auto-category feature as those are two new features that can potentially increase the speed of your upload process dramatically.

I'm at Photoshop World in Orlando this week so my responses may not be too swift but I will check in here as often as I can.

Thank you!

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Promotion for Fotolia customers to try Adobe Stock
« on: November 29, 2016, 14:55 »
We wanted to let our contributor community know that we are running a promotion in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to offer a subset of our Fotolia customers to try an Adobe Stock plan and convert their Fotolia credits to standard licenses.

The transfer of credits to standard licenses requires the purchase of an Adobe Stock plan. The royalty you earn for licenses will initially be $0.99 per image, with each image during the promotion representing one converted credit. Soon thereafter, we will move to pay a royalty at 33% of the image price based on the specific, undiscounted product that was purchased by the buyer. For reference, based on some of the most popular Adobe stock plans, the small image plan of 2 images per month will earn you $3.30 in royalties for each sale. Licenses from the 10 images a month plan pay out at $0.99, and sales from a large subscription plan with 350 or 750 images a month guarantee a minimum payout, which is $0.25 - $0.40 based on your Fotolia rank. We'll be monitoring royalties and payouts closely to keep a careful eye on the success of our contributors. 

The Fotolia website remains a primary destination for our clients and well continue to serve them. In parallel, since many clients use Adobe products and appreciate the benefits of integration, we want to provide an opportunity with the promotional offer to experience the full set of features of Adobe Stock plans, such as our extended range of asset types (Premium, 4k Video, 3D, templates), content at all price points, integrated workflows, and many more.

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