Adobe Stock offers over 45 million high quality, royalty-free images, illustrations, videos and graphics. It gives users, like you, the option to pay per image or subscribe to a plan. The website is integrated with Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and many more. This integration allows you to purchase, access and manage your images directly from your CC desktop software – saving you time and effort from reworks.
Aside from this integration and the 40% discount given to Creative Cloud members, there are many other advantages in using Adobe Stock photos in your creative projects.
- Great for comps and mock-ups. The biggest reason why creative professionals like Adobe Stock is that it is great for comps and mock-ups. It saves you time and money from conducting your own photoshoot. Imagine the number of ideas that will be presented. With stock, you can get idea across quickly. You can comp various stock images together to create a unique image or save the low-resolution comps for free.
- Quicker and cheaper. Generally, it takes weeks to months to coordinate and complete an entire photoshoot. It also takes a lot of money – more than what you will spend with Adobe Stock. If you want everything done and ready, you should opt for Adobe Stock photos. With stock photography, all you have to do is determine the price and get your client’s approval (if you are working as a designer for other people).
- Available for instant download. When working on a project, time is of the essence. That is one of the key benefits of Adobe Stock photos. You can download even the largest files very fast. Thanks to the blazing speed of the current Internet.
- Fine for brochure and current tactics. When it comes to advertising, you have to choose your battles. If you do not have a large budget for visuals, you need to determine the best image source to spend your money with. Adobe Stock is a nice fallback, especially if you have a Creative Cloud account. CC members enjoy 40 percent more discount when they add an image subscription to their existing CC software subscription.
There are two ways to purchase stock photography – royalty-free and rights-managed. Royalty-free does not mean you do not have to pay for the stock image. It simply means that you do not have to pay every time your purchase a photo. It is a one-time, fixed procurement. You can use royalty-free multiple times without time limit, but there are limits on the number of times you can produce them. On the other hand, rights-managed cost many times than their royalty-free counterpart. However, they are often of higher quality, prolonged duration of campaign, increased print runs, many more.