9 Known Limitations of Adobe Stock

Despite the promising rewards of Adobe Stock, the stock photo service also includes some known issues and limitations that both Creative Cloud members and non-members should be aware of. These issues and limitations are not discusses in the Stock documentation, but Adobe feels that it should advise the public to give them some idea of what they are dealing with. Here is a list of these limitations.

  1. It does not support PowerPoint. PowerPoint is not supported for use with Adobe Stock. Questions about using downloaded stock images in PowerPoint can be answered by PowerPoint customer service.
  2. Image resolution. All Stock images are provided in the highest possible resolution. Vector files can be printed in all formats. You do not have to worry about losing the quality of the images. You can use most of the pictures for high quality printed files in 300 dpi. 
  3. Difference between the measurements of images. You can find the measurement of the images next to it. It is different from the size of the file. Image measurement is presented in MP, while file size is in KB or MB.
  4. Use of images on e-book or book covers. You can use Stock images on e-book and book covers only if the print runs not more than 500,000 copies. You cannot use images with models in a manner they could perceive as offensive, including romance novels and religious or political books.
  5. Downloaded images as Internet Explorer icons. If the image you downloaded appears as Internet Explorer icon, it means it is in SVG format. To work with such image, open it with Adobe Illustrator. If you do not have the program, download the image in JPEG format.
  6. Use of images as trademarks and logos. You cannot use Adobe Stock photos as part of your company’s identity. You cannot use it as a logo or trademark. Individual and business that own their logos have copyrights, whereas Stock license only grants you rights to use. The contributors still own the rights to the photos.
  7. Image dimension for web pages. Are you planning to displace Adobe Stock image on your website? If you are, make sure that the image file does not exceed the allowed size, which is 2000 x 2000 pixels.
  8. No PNG Files in the service. If you cannot find transparent backgrounds in the website that is because Adobe Stock does not have PNG files included in the images.
  9. Issues and limitations in Internet browsers. Currently, Adobe Stock does not support AOL browsers. Also, sometimes Google Chrome does not display all of the images in the Stock website. If you have trouble viewing images in Chrome, clear your browsing history and cache. You can also view the website from a different browser.

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