June 16, 2015

Adobe Just Launched Their Own Stock Photo Service

Adobe Stock
The release of the 2015 Creative Cloud apps was far from the only thing Adobe announced today.

The company also announced (and released) a brand new stock photo service. Aptly called Adobe Stock, the new service is both a standalone stock photo hub and (more appealingly) an integrated platform which has its primary functionalities built directly into Adobe's desktop apps. This means that you can search for stock photos, download a watermarked comp, and license assets directly with Adobe's programs, all without ever having to open your web browser.

Here's a brief demo of how Adobe Stock can greatly improve the process of using a stock photo in a Photoshop composition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8kqTWdPgnE

And here's Terry White, Adobe's worldwide design and photography evangelist, to tell you everything else that you need to know about using Adobe Stock, including the various pricing options, which range from $9.99 per image to various subscription plans anywhere between $30 and $200 per month, depending on how many images you need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwSFSu_9st0

The primary thing to note here is that Adobe Stock is, at the current time, just a marketplace for stock photos, illustrations, and vectors. It is not a marketplace for stock footage, and therefore is probably not as relevant to filmmakers as it might be for photographers and other digital visual artists. That's not to say that video assets won't eventually make their way into the platform. In fact, if Adobe adds video, and they can make the process of finding, testing, and licensing stock footage as easy as they have with photos, then they'll have a real winner on their hands. For the time being, however, it's just stock photos.

To learn more about Adobe Stock, head over to this post on the Adobe blog.     

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Oooohhhh...so THIS is why the Adobe Story icon went from "St" to "Sy". Was wondering about that.

June 16, 2015 at 8:15PM

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its ok, I will put some effort and open my browser instead

June 18, 2015 at 5:16PM

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Daniyar Seisenov
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Has anyone else noticed the price bump for Creative Cloud with the stock photo option? It's about another $20 per month, for up to 10 photos, with a carryover for unused photos up to 120. There are some things to consider:

1. Are the photos any good?
2. Is there a reasonable selection of photos? (I believe there are already a few million available, but I could be wrong.)
3. Is the low cost making a bad situation worse for photographers who are already finding their work being undervalued more and more every day?

June 18, 2015 at 7:43PM

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Hmm. I give them props for the crazy-easy integration (did we expect anything else from Adobe?). However, the added cost isn't feasible for me, personally-- not at that amount. Of course, for someone doing a lot of graphic design work this will be a blessing, I'm sure! Chances are I'll end up tossing it into my virtual shopping cart at one point.

June 27, 2015 at 2:24PM

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Kyle Delso
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