Adobe is fast growing its curated collection of completely free stock photos, vectors, illustrations, videos, audio, and templates from talented providers – with now over 1,000,000 assets! The popular Adobe Stock Free Collection is available to everyone at no charge – plus these high-quality assets meet the same standards as their paid media, so all of them come with a royalty-free commercial license forever. Check out the free Stock here, and download away!
Adobe is doing right by the artists who created all this valuable content, too. Even though you’re getting access to 1+ million unwatermarked, world-class assets at no cost to you, Adobe still makes sure the artists are getting paid for providing it. So, you can use these assets in all of your personal, business, or commercial projects with the peace of mind that you are sourcing content ethically and respecting the artist community. But again, you pay nothing.
No subscription or credit card is required to access and download any of these Stock assets. All that you need is a free Adobe ID, if you don’t already have one. Here’s a quick one-minute video review of the free portfolio:
As large as the new Free Collection is, it still represents only a tiny fraction of the complete (massive) Stock library. If you’d like to go beyond the free assets, then Adobe has really been sweetening the pot lately for you to try out the paid content as well… These are engaging, hand-picked images, illustrations, vectors, pictures, graphics, design templates, 3D models, audio/music and more from a vast collection of over 320 million assets to choose from.
And they’ve made the free paid-asset trial a lot simpler for everyone… All new Stock subscribers now get the first month including 10 downloadable assets completely free (worth $50), with no payment required until the second month. But if you cancel during the first month, then your credit card is never charged – and your service continues until the end of that first month. Even if you cancel up to 14 days after the second month begins, you’ll still be fully refunded.
On top of that, they’ve enabled easy online cancellations for any customer who decides not to continue. Cancellations can be made at any time by visiting your Manage Account page (or by contacting Customer Support in your region).
Note: You do not need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber to sign up for Stock (not even the free level of CC), or even to be using Adobe software at all – because Stock can also work standalone. Either way, all you need in order to take advantage of this offer is an Adobe ID, which can be quickly created by anyone for free.
So now at no risk and no charge, you can have US$50 worth of professional, high-resolution stock images, forever. The standard license to use or edit this content is royalty-free and granted in perpetuity, with no geographical restrictions or expiration dates. Sign-up is immediate, so you can choose and download your best favorite images right away:
Adobe Stock is Seamlessly Integrated into Your Workflow
Better still, Stock has some really cool features that integrate the service with all of your favorite tools like Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as impressive new Visual Search capabilities to make it easy to use and fast to find the perfect image for your needs. You can search, edit and license right inside your apps, using advanced filters to discover the perfect asset.
The Stock integration with the CC tools is very helpful and a big time saver. For example, you could do a quick search to find a dozen Stock images to try out and see which one works best. You can drag them all into Photoshop and then continue to edit and manipulate your composition. Then when you’re done and have decided which ones to keep, just tell Photoshop to license them – and those preview images will be seamlessly replaced with the full-quality, non-watermarked versions, while retaining all of your edits without missing a beat!
An independent research report found that “Adobe Stock provides tight integration with Creative Cloud applications that resulted on average in 10x efficiency gains over working with common stock image services in the benchmarks conducted for this research. Productivity gains measured in these benchmarks are very significant.”
This can save you serious time: “… licensing, replacing, and making multiple image adjustments takes 42 seconds in Adobe Stock, versus 7 minutes and 16 seconds with other stock providers.”
And if you’re part of a larger organization, then you can use the group-enabled capabilities of Adobe Stock (such as sharing pooled images) to collaborate together with your coworkers on larger projects using Creative Cloud for Teams.
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Are You a Photographer or Designer? Sell Your Work on Adobe Stock
On top of being an Adobe Stock customer, you can also easily become a contributor as well – and set yourself up to make money by doing so. There are no registration or portfolio management fees, and you’ll be able to showcase your work to millions of buyers around the world, 24/7. Thanks to enormous daily sales volumes and royalties typically one-third of the sales price, you could potentially earn thousands of dollars every month. Plus, Adobe recently added a Bonus Program which grants complementary access to Creative Cloud for active contributors.
Just submit your best original work, and if it’s accepted after a short review period, then you’ll receive a royalty every time one of one of your images or designs is sold through the service – via both Adobe Stock and Fotolia. The submission process is simple and automated, thanks to the smart auto-keywording and auto-categorization tools.
Selling your work to the millions of creatives on Adobe Stock is an easy way to add more revenue that both complements your creative career and diversifies your portfolio. Contributing to Stock can be part of any creative lifestyle, whether you’re looking for a full-time commitment or a part-time gig. This can provide whole new opportunities to expand your portfolio and earn meaningful income – essentially, helping you to make money doing what you love. Heck, with a little ingenuity, you could potentially even turn your next vacation into a paid holiday.
If you have any additional questions, you’ll probably find them answered in the comprehensive Adobe Stock FAQ! Or feel free to ask them below.
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