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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.

There’s Big Money In Adobe Stock Free Photos

Last year, Adobe launched their newest offering in the Creative Cloud and called it Adobe Stock. They instantly became a part of the Big Six – one of the six biggest stock photo agencies in the market.

They did it by buying Fotolia for $800 million in cash. You wouldn’t know it unless you actually compare the two, but their library is the exact same as Fotolia’s.

Now that they’re out there, Adobe is offering 10 free photos when you had Adobe Stock to your Creative Cloud account subscription.

Claim Your 10 Free Photos from Adobe Stock


You don’t have to have a new Adobe account. They decided to include both new and existing accounts. All you need to do is add Adobe Stock to your subscription. It seems simple enough. If you already have a creative cloud account within Adobe ID, then you can add Adobe Stock for $29.99. The price will grant you 10 downloads per month – plus the 10 free you for signing up.

However, if you don’t currently have a subscription to the Creative Cloud, you’ll find that the same subscription to Adobe Stock that will grant you 10 downloads per month will cost you $49.99.

You see, the real savings aren’t in Adobe Stock alone.

The Real Savings Aren’t in Adobe Stock Alone


Before Adobe offered the Creative Cloud, they offered software such as Photoshop for about $1000. It was pricy, but the capabilities it gave you were worth it. At the time, no other software came close. There were others that tried, but Photoshop became the industry standard when it came to digital photo manipulation.

Adobe doesn’t do that anymore. They still offer it, but you can’t purchase Photoshop, download it, and make that copy uniquely yours. Instead, they’ve moved to the cloud and now offer Photoshop as a software service. Now, when you check the price to how much Photoshop will cost you, you’ll find that it is much more affordable but mere $20 per month.

This is where the real savings kicks in. The real savings aren’t in Adobe Stock alone. When you add any one of their software titles to your Creative Cloud subscription, along with Adobe Stock, you’ll find that your first software title is essentially free. Yes – this includes Photoshop.

You could pay $49.99 for a subscription to Adobe Stock – or, you could pay $29.99 for a subscription to Adobe Stock and an additional $20 for a subscription to Photoshop. That means you’re paying $49.99 for the Adobe Stock plus Photoshop. This makes Photoshop, or any other of their software titles, free of charge. This is where there is big money in Adobe Stock free photos. Take advantage while you still can.