Adobe launches a public beta of their new Adobe Stock Contributor Site

iStock and Getty not doing it for selling your photographs anymore? Contributing video to Pond5 got you down? Then you might be interested in the new public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor Site. This isn’t entirely a shock since Adobe began integrating stock footage content into the Creative Cloud some time ago. It’s the continued evolution of the Creative Cloud. Looking over the information about the new stock contributor site it looks like Adobe is trying to make things as easy as possible with integration in both Lightroom and Bridge. It would stand to reason we might see something similar pop up in other apps as well. I would at least thing Adobe would add the ability to contribute stock video to the site from Adobe Media Encoder. The auto-keywording feature looks quite nice as it will “machine learning technology to automatically generate the first five keywords of each image you submit.” It remains to be seen how accurate that might be but anything helps. I wonder if they will come up with something similar for stock video?

What’s in it for the contributor? Check out Adobe’s extensive contributor FAQ for a ton of answers. Here’s a couple of highlights from that FAQ that potential contributors will be most interested in.

How do I get paid for content?

Every time someone purchases your content on Adobe Stock, you get a 33% commission for photos and vector art, and a 35% commission for videos based on the price of the image. Fotolia’s commission rates differ from Adobe Stock. For sales that occur on Fotolia’s website, contributors will get paid the Fotolia commission rates. Read about Fotolia’s commission structure here. You can request a payout via Paypal or Skrill when you have reached at least $50 in royalties. Please allow up to 7 days for your payment to be processed.

Do I need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber to contribute?

You don’t need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber to submit content, but you do need to have an Adobe ID. You can use an existing one or create a new one.

What kind of content can I sell on Adobe Stock?

You can sell photographs, videos, vectors, and illustrations on Adobe Stock. Our customers are looking for high-quality content in all subject areas, including images with models, culture diversity, technology, fashion, food, portraiture, lifestyle, architecture, beauty, business, and more.

Adobe has also produced a video about one of their contributors.

The full press release is below for this public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor Site.

Today we are excited to announce the public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor Site, a new platform that allows you to upload and sell your photos, illustrations, videos and vectors to the world’s largest creative community.

Most creatives that purchase stock assets use at least one Adobe product on an ongoing basis. To support this engaged and passionate creative community, we are delighted to offer the premier destination to buy, but now also to sell high-quality, royalty-free content.

By contributing to Adobe Stock, you have the opportunity to showcase your work to millions of customers directly inside Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC. Additionally, the release of our new contributor site includes two amazing features that will make submitting content to Adobe Stock easier than ever: auto- keywording and Creative Cloud integration.


Auto keyword generation might help take some of the drudgery out of stock footage contribution tagging and uploading.

One of our major new features is suggested keywording, a time-saving tool that leverages innovative machine learning technology to automatically generate the first five keywords of each image you submit.

When you upload an image, our algorithm will analyze it, generating keywords from top images that are similar to yours. We reorder those keywords by relevancy and display the top five for you to review, edit and reorder.

This feature is in beta and is based on the concept of “machine learning” – its accuracy will improve as our contributor community uses it. The more you leverage the feature, the better it gets – ultimately saving you more time!

Creative Cloud integration

A Lightroom plug-in will make contributing to Adobe Stock easy.
A Lightroom plug-in will make contributing to Adobe Stock easy.

One of our major priorities for contributors is to maximize the time spent doing what you do best – capturing and creating content – and minimize the time spent during the submission process. That’s why we’ve integrated Adobe Stock contributor submission directly within Creative Cloud applications, right from where you create, saving you time and reducing friction.

Bridge will also feature integration with Adobe Stock.
Bridge will also feature integration with Adobe Stock.

During this beta phase, you’ll have the ability to upload images to Adobe Stock directly from Lightroom CC and Bridge CC. For an in-depth tutorial, visit our HelpX page. Our goal is to open the feature to more content types and to integrate into more CC applications soon.

More Improvements to Come

Adobe Stock is more than just stills as see in the file formats listed on the upload page.
Adobe Stock is more than just stills as see in the file formats listed on the upload page.

The Adobe Stock Contributor Site is currently in beta. This means that although the site is fully functional, some features will continue to be polished before we release it publicly. The beta phase is a great opportunity for us to give you a sneak peek and to gather your feedback in order to make improvements. We want to build the best tool possible for our contributors, so we’ll be listening carefully to your input.

We look forward to hearing from you as we focus on building the best experience possible for our contributor community.

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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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