Sell your pictures online on Adobe Stock and Shutterstock

If you are a photographer or you just love taking photos and think that they are good enough to sell, today we will explain to you how to sell your pictures online on platforms like Adobe Stock and Shutterstock and will give you all the tricks about it.

Adobe Stock

Creating an account

Adobe Stock is a platform that includes stock pictures, videos, vector and illustrations, templates and even music and audio. It is such a diverse market online where you can not only sell your pictures but add new assets daily, giving you access to a range of content. The Adobe Stock library allows you to upload as many pictures as you like and puts you in contact with users and potential buyers around the world. 

Creating an account is easy you just have to Adobe and choose the right bottom on the top which says sell. Some of the basics that Adobe Stock requires for opening a new account is that you need to be at least 18 years old, have a valid government i.d. and be the sole owner of every file you submit for sale.

To sign up, you’ll have to scan your valid government ID fill out the forms and set up your new profile. You will also need to complete a tax document because Adobe is required to keep the maximum taxes possible which translates to 30% of your earnings.

Prepare your work for uploading

Once your account is running smoothly and the Adobe ID is working is the moment to start uploading your pictures! As you can see the Dashboard is user-friendly and admits just JPEG format and a minimum of 4MP and maximum of 100MP, the size is 45 MB for pictures.

Moment to add keywords to your pictures

Now is the moment to add the keywords for your pictures, this will help others to find your pictures easily. Adobe normally helps by suggesting up to 25 keywords and a title. I recommend reviewing and editing them as necessary but it does speed the process up considerably. Adding a location is also appealing.

Reviewing & Analysis of your pictures

Now you just have to be pacient and wait, new uploaded files get reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and can take up to a week to be reviewed.

Optimize your content

You’ll also have free access to an Adobe Portfolio for creating a website where you can show your work. This is perfect for selling your pictures online as it gives more quality to the time of choosing your pictures. And what about the rights of the pictures? Don’t worry, once you upload your work, you enter a non-exclusive partnership that allows us to promote and license your content.

Shutterstock for selling pictures online

Shutterstock is another platform that has been in the market for more than 16 years and allows people from everywhere around the globe to sell your pictures online, videos, music and more (for free). Creating an account in Shutterstock is easy, when you start sharing your work on the platform you still retain the copyright to your creations, and you also receive a royalty anytime a subscriber downloads one of your photos.

Creating an account

Creating an account is easy, you just need to Log into the account creation portal, fill up all the forms with your email and password. Please note that you must 18 and above. 

Of The good things about selling your pictures on Shutterstock is that pays you monthly, when someone downloads your content you can make from 20 to 30% begin earning money every time someone purchases and downloads your content.

Start uploading your pictures

One thing that you should know before you start uploading your pictures is that Shutterstock has their own quality standards, and this are very high, I would say higher than Adobe.

Add keywords and Categories to your pictures

Once you start uploading the process is very similar to Adobe Stock, you just need to fill up the keywords and location of every picture, it also asks you to write at least 5 words on the description, and choose at least one Category for the photo. As you can see it gives you some keword suggestions that will hel you out to fill it up.

One cool thing about Shutterstock is that you have the keyword tool where you can actually find some keywords related to your pictures and add it to your ones.

Submit your content

Once you uploaded your content and has been checked then you will see on the Reviewed section all the pictures that have been accepted and the ones that have been rejected, as you can see these pictures were rejected as some of the quality standards weren’t. enough for Shuttersotck to sell our pictures online. So just be aware of that when you choose yours!


As we said earlier, if you want to sell your pictures online with Shutterstock they pay you monthly, there is a Earnings Summery where you can see all your earnings by month and also the Videos or other Stuff that you added to sell. You could also see all the insights and upload anytime you want some new content.

As you can see it’s very easy to become a contributor ofShutterstock and Adobe Stock but if you are not sure enough with this 2 platforms, don’t worry we created a while ago a post where you can see different platforms where you can sell your pictures online!

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