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There were two major announcements by Adobe today that impact Adobe Stock contributors. The first was the launch of the Adobe Stock Free collection which is being discussed in this thread: https://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/introducing-the-free-collection-from-adobe-stock/msg557657/?topicseen#new

The second announcement is the Advocates program which is a new initiative from Adobe Stock focused on championing self-identifying artists and content from underrepresented communities. To reflect Adobes commitment to inclusion, Adobe Stock is taking meaningful action: Were investing $500,000 in a new Artist Development Fund. Forty selected artists will use these funds to embark on ambitious new projects in 2021.

It is an exciting program and I'm looking forward to seeing it progress. The formal announcement for both the free collection and the Advocates program can be read here: https://blog.adobe.com/en/2020/10/14/adobe-stock-enabling-creativity-free-assets-artist-development-fund.html#gs.iq3y4h

For the sake of organization and to prevent a redundant conversation, please keep the comments and feedback about the free collection in the other thread linked above.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the Advocates program and Artist Development Fund.

Thank you,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Introducing the free collection from Adobe Stock
« on: October 14, 2020, 10:09 »
Hi Everyone,

Moments ago we launched a free collection on Adobe Stock. We'll be sending an email to contributors later today with this announcement but I wanted to give you a heads up in advance.

I expect you will have some (many?) questions and I'm happy to answer any that I can. We have put together a Learn & Support page with details and an anticipated list of FAQ for you here:


You can view the collection here: https://stock.adobe.com/free

Let me know your questions, I'll be around all day.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Contributor Portal is temporarily down
« on: October 08, 2020, 10:32 »
Hi everyone,

The contributor portal will be down for a bit. You can check this link for updates on when we will be back up and running.


Thank you,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Out of office (for a month)
« on: July 23, 2020, 20:06 »
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give you a heads up that after tomorrow (Friday, July 24) I will be on a one month sabbatical and will be offline most, if not all of that time. Instead, I'll be soaking up some sun and shooting lots of stock! I'll be back the end of August and will check in here then.

Should anything come up that you need assistance with, please write to us via the contact us link found at the bottom of the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal or via email to [email protected]. Someone will get back to you asap.

Stay safe and be well!

Mat Hayward 

Hi Everyone,

The next time you visit the upload page in the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal you will see a new feature. You can now select and upload collections of images you have created withing Lightroom while you are in the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal. It is a seamless workflow and should save you Lightroom users some time and help keep you organized.

To clarify, you can upload individual images through the Publish panel in Lightroom Classic and you can now upload Lightroom collections through the contributor portal. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock release UI improvement
« on: June 24, 2020, 15:01 »
Hi Everyone,

I am very pleased to announce that a very useful upgrade to the release UI has been added to the Adobe Stock Contributor portal today. You can now hide inactive releases so they do not show up when you are indexing new content. This has been a top feature request for me and I hope it makes your lives a bit easier when submitting. If you are like me you have many, many releases that will never need to be used again. This can be a nuisance when trying to find the right release. Now you can navigate to the release section under the Uploaded Files tab and deactivate releases you'll no longer use. Those deactivated releases will still remain attached to the files you have online and they can be reactivated at any time.

For me, I plan to only keep releases active that I'm currently using on a shoot. This way I can open the dropdown menu and select all relevant releases in one fell swoop. It should be a big time saver for contributors submitting a significant volume of content. We are working on more upgrades and I'll be sure to share them here in MSG as they are released.

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock Artist webinar today
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:01 »
Howdy Y'all!

Today (Thursday) at noon pacific time I'm hosting another webinar for Adobe Stock Artists. My guests this week are Instagram, Community Lab Lead Curator Alex Thebez and an amazing Fine Art Photographer and Creative Director Elise Mesner. If you feel like having your mind blown right now, check out her work here: http://elisemesner.com/. We'll be discussing how to build your brand with social media in mind. It's gonna be a good one! Click below to join. If you can't make it live, the replay will be available at the same link. https://www.crowdcast.io/e/build-your-brand-with

I hope to see you there!

-Mat Hayward

Hi All,

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 9) at noon Pacific we continue the series with the 2nd of 8 weekly webinars. This week we will be joined by commercial still life photographer Will Anderson and lifestyle photographer Sean Locke whom many of you are already well familiar with from here at MSG. The topic is "Home as a hub" where we'll be discussing ways to stay busy and creative during this unprecedented time.

I hope you will join us live. For those of you that cannot make it, the recording will live on at the same link immediately after.


-Mat Hayward

Hi everyone,

I want to invite you all to join in the discussions with the Adobe Stock artist community at our new Discord channel. It promises to be an engaging and inspiring place to be where you will find many members of the Adobe Stock team from around the world actively engaging.


I'll be talking about it a bit more during the webinar today at noon Pacific time. I hope to see you there!


Stay safe,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / 2020 Adobe Stock Artist bonus program
« on: March 30, 2020, 11:20 »
By now, you should have received an email about the 2020 bonus program for Adobe Stock artists. We are switching the program up this year.

Instead of the number of uploads being the qualifier, it's going to be the number of downloads. Contributors with more than 150 downloads between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2020 will receive a bonus code for their chose of Creative Cloud Photography plan or a single app which yes, one of those apps to choose from is Illustrator if you are a vector artist or Premiere if you are a video producer.

For those of you that have 5,000 or more downloads this year we'll be providing you with a code for the all-apps Creative Cloud. Still images count as 1 download, video licenses count as 8 downloads by the way.

You can see all the details here for additional information: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/royalty-details.html

Let me know if you have any questions,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Weekly webinars beginning Thursday, April 2
« on: March 27, 2020, 13:16 »
Hi everyone,

I hope you are all safe and doing well. 

I want to let you know that starting Thursday, April 2 at 12:00 Pacific Time we are kicking off a series of weekly webinars which will feature a variety of topics and guests. This first webinar Current trends in a changing world will feature Adobe Stocks Head of Content, Brianna Wettlaufer and Principle of Visual Trends, Brenda Milis along with myself as we share the topics and trends that are in demand in times of quickly changing lifestyles and priorities. We intend to have an active discussion of how we approach our craft through times of social distancing and working from home and sincerely hope you can join us live with your questions and comments.

As always, for those of you that cannot join live, the recorded version will be available to view at the same link immediately after.


I hope to see you there!

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Hand Washing Search
« on: March 02, 2020, 17:20 »
Hi All,

Thank you to everyone who joined the webinar on search this past Friday. I hope it was informative and that you got something from it. We touched a bit on the current trending search for Wuhan, China content. I've just learned in addition to Wuhan searches, we are seeing an increase in search for effective handwashing techniques right now. If you are looking for something to shoot right now, go find your favorite hand model, get them soaped up and let the hot water run (for at least 20 seconds....it's not just good stock, it's good hygiene!).

In case you missed the webinar about Adobe Stock search, you can view the recording here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/search-tips-and-tricks

-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Delay in approved assets going live
« on: March 02, 2020, 14:14 »
Hi All,

I want to update you on recent Adobe Stock uploads. The indexing for search results is taking us a bit longer than wed like and we are working hard to catch up. We are experiencing a delay of approximately 4 days at the moment but expect this to be resolved soon. We appreciate your patience and, as always, thank you for submitting your content to Adobe Stock.

Kind regards,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock Search Webinar
« on: February 23, 2020, 12:15 »
Hi Everyone,

I've scheduled a webinar with our Senior Product Manager in charge of search this Thursday, February 27 at 2:30PM PST. It would be great if you can attend. We'll do our best to take as many questions as possible during our 45-60 minute conversation about Adobe Stock search. How you can use the tools to your advantage as a contributor at Adobe Stock. I hope to see you there!


Mat Hayward

General - Top Sites / Have a happy holiday season!
« on: December 20, 2019, 09:57 »
Hi Everyone,

During the week of Christmas through New Year, Adobe shuts down so employees can celebrate the holiday season with our families. I want to let you know after today I will be offline until January 2. We do have staff answering tickets during the shutdown if you need support though response time may be slightly delayed.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I appreciate this forum very much and look forward to a fantastic 2020 with you all!

Yours sincerely,

Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock 2020 Visual Trends
« on: December 11, 2019, 14:49 »
The Adobe Stock Creative Services team has announced the 2020 visual trends. If interested, give this blog a look:


-Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Article on Adobe Stock search
« on: December 11, 2019, 14:07 »
This article was recently brought to my attention about Adobe Stock search. There is some valuable insight in the article and I wanted to share it with you.


-Mat Hayward

Hello from Adobe Max! Today it was announced we are now accepting applications for the Premium collection.

Visit stock.adobelanding.com/join-premium to get started!

Im offline most of the week but will answer your questions as soon as possible.


Mat Hayward

Hi Everyone,

A quick note to let you know access to submit Illustrative Editorial content to Adobe Stock has been expanded to Artists ranked Silver and above (1,000 lifetime downloads or more).

Thank you,

Mat Hayward

This is a feature that I've been getting requests for since day one.

I'm very pleased to inform you that you can now search for specific assets using the content ID number within the dashboard section of the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal. The "Search By Content ID" box is in the upper right corner of the main dashboard page.


Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Any New York based Adobe Stock Artists here?
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:09 »
Those of you in New York, Adobe will be at Photoville in Brooklyn this coming weekend and next. I'll be doing a handful of presentations on shooting stock and also on concert photography in the Adobe tent. I would love to see some MSG faces in the audience! Photoville has the rare mix of being both free and fun!


In addition, I can neither confirm nor deny that there may or may not be a secret event being held for Adobe Artists on the evening of Saturday, September 21 in Brooklyn (Dumbo). If you are in the area, send me an email via [email protected] and see what happens.


Mat Hayward

Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock Indexing Webinar Tuesday, September 17
« on: September 10, 2019, 14:21 »
On Tuesday September 17 at 1PM PSD I will be speaking with Adobe Stock Indexing Lead Tracy Wolfe about all effective keywords and titles to increase visibility of your content.

If interested, sign up to attend live here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/keywords-count-effective

We will do our best to get to answer any questions you may have live during the webinar. If you can't make it at that time, the same URL will take you to the recording after we are finished.

I hope to see you there!

-Mat Hayward

Hi Everyone,

The initial launch of Illustrative Editorial submissions has been a great success. I am pleased to inform you that we have increased the access to submit to Adobe Artists ranked at Gold (10,000) downloads and above. If you qualify you should see the Illustrative Editorial check box in your indexing page.

More details can be read here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/illustrative-editorial-content.html

I look forward to seeing your submissions!

Mat Hayward

Hi Everyone,

In addition to the Creative Cloud bonus program announced earlier today, I have more good news to share. We have started accepting Illustrative Editorial submissions from individual contributors. As we are just getting started, we have limited this access to contributors ranked at Emerald or above (25,000 downloads or more). We will expand this access in the future. For now, if you are not ranked at Emerald or above though you feel you have a strong Illustrative Editorial collection already established you may write to us for consideration via the contact us link at the bottom of the contributor portal. Be sure to include a link to your existing work. 

To understand what Illustrative Editorial is and to learn about our guidelines, please review the information here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/illustrative-editorial-content.html

I'm looking forward to seeing what you submit!


Adobe Stock / Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Bonus Program
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:57 »
I've got good news to share with you. The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription bonus program is back!

You can read all the details here: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/creative-cloud-bonus-FAQ.html

If you have 300 or more files approved that have been submitted in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive via email in the next 6 weeks a code for a complimentary year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (20GB).

If you have 300 or more video files approved in 2019 with at least a 50% approval ratio you will receive a code for a complimentary year of the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan.

We are appreciative all of the amazing contributors at Adobe Stock. This bonus is our way of saying thank you for your effort. We look forward to seeing the work you create with Adobe software at Adobe Stock!

-Mat Hayward

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