How much does Adobe Stock Contributor program pay?

Article by Matic Broz June 3, 2021

How much does Adobe Stock Contributor program pay?

Adobe Stock Contributor is among the biggest contributor programs and pays generous commissions to contributing photographers for high-quality images.

Adobe Stock has quickly grown its library, considering that it’s only 5 years old but already owns more than 200 million assets.

This success is mostly due to Adobe Stock getting a headstart with Fotolia, stock photo site that merged with Adobe Stock. However, Adobe Stock also runs a successful contributors program that provides the majority of new images nowadays.

Commissions are based on the customer’s subscription plan, and whether or not they bought an Extended license.

Adobe Stock review - Image royalties
Adobe Stock review: Commissions on images
Adobe Stock review - Video royalties
Adobe Stock review: Commissions on videos

The minimum royalties improve with the number of lifetime downloads of your images.

  • 0-999 downloads: $0.33 minimum subscription royalty
  • 1,000-9,999 downloads: $0.36 minimum subscription royalty
  • 10,000+ downloads: $0.38 minimum subscription royalty

Although these commissions are not the best, especially in comparison to the Dreamstime contributor program, Adobe Stock runs a Bonus Program.

Bonus Program

If you’re an active and successful contributor, you can get free access to Adobe Creative Cloud assets.

  • 150-4,999 downloads: You can choose a one-year plan of either Creative Cloud Photography (20GB), Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, or After Effects.
  • 5,000+ downloads: one-year access to Creative Cloud All Apps

Note that each video counts as 8 downloads. The downloads only count within a Calendar year, January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2020, and only downloads of photos, illustrations, vectors, and videos qualify towards the download count.

To learn more about the actual prices for each download, click here.

You can request a payout of your earnings via PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill when you have reached at least $25 in earnings.

To submit your payment request for the first time, you must have a validated tax form, a minimum of 45 days must have passed from the date of the first sale, and you must have a valid payout account, PayPal, Payoneer, or Skrill.

How to become Adobe Stock contributor?

  1. Create your contributor account

    Go to and sign in with your Adobe ID (your Adobe account). If you don’t yet have an Adobe account, sign up first.
    For Fotolia users, you can sync your accounts via the Contributor portal.

  2. Upload content

    Accept all the Legal guidelines Adobe throws at you. Also, you need to be at least 18 years old and be the rightful owner of all the content you upload.

  3. Add title, description, etc.

    Every piece of content you upload to Adobe Stock Contributor needs to have a title, a category assigned to it, and keywords that best describe it.
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  4. Submit images

    Your content is now ready to be reviewed. A team of Adobe Stock curators will check all your content for technical quality and value.

  5. Manage your content

    You can add more or remove your content at any time. I also encourage you to edit and update descriptions and titles to make the more alluring on a regular basis.

  6. Earn money

    Wait to sell your first piece of content. It might take a while at first, but once it starts going, the earning will start snowballing.

How to upload images to Adobe Stock?

To upload images as a contributor, you need to create an account first. Then, click on Sell in the top right corner and start uploading images or videos with an FTP upload.

When the images upload, you’ll need to add a title, description, category, and keywords, for which Adobe Stock automatically provides suggestions. Importantly, for your photos that depict a property or a person, you must attach a valid Property or Model release.

When you’re done, click Submit and Adobe’s curating team will check your photos for technical and artistic issues, which takes around 1-3 days. When your images get approved, they automatically show in search, and you can start earning money.

Adobe Stock Contributor program also daily updates your sales to keep you up-to-date with your earnings.

Frequently Asked Questions

I tried answering as many questions as possible, but feel free to ask more in the comment!

How to delete Adobe Stock Contributor account?

Being Adobe Stock Contributor doesn’t cost you anything, so think twice whether it’s worth deleting your account. If you want to go through with it, navigate to the bottom of the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal and send a request via a contact form.

How much do Adobe Stock Contributors make?

As a Adobe Stock Contributor you can expect to earn anywhere between $0.33/photo and up to $70 per uploaded video. Some contributors that upload daily make thousands of dollars per month.

How to start selling images and videos on Adobe Stock Contributor?

Simply create a new Adobe account and sign in with your Adobe ID. Upload photos (or videos), add description, title, and keywords, and submit the content to be reviewed. Once it’s accepted, you’ll start making money for each piece of content sold.

Do I keep remain the owner of the content?

You are only selling the right to use your images, for which you earn money in the form of commissions. You still retain full ownership of your content.

Final thoughts

Adobe Stock Contributor program is one of the best ways to earn money as a photographer.

If there is one thought I would like to leave you with: “don’t quit too early”!

You won’t make money with stock photography overnight. It might takes months for you to upload enough photos to make a decent earnings – but you start rolling, you’ll be amazed.

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