6 reasons you need to move to Adobe Stock

6 reasons you need to move to Adobe Stock

Coming to the end of your stock subscription? Looking for a new and exciting range of stock imagery to explore? Here are our top 6 reasons to swap to Adobe Stock.

#1 You’ll save no end of time!
No, really! Adobe Stock means a complete end to editing watermarked images, only to do everything again once you’ve had sign-off to purchase the high res version from the powers that be. You can edit the mockup, then when you’re ready to buy just purchase from within the Creative Cloud app and it’ll just swap out the image right there in your work.

#2 And while we’re talking about time…
Not only can you purchase in-app, you can also search the Adobe Stock site without leaving the comfort of Photoshop, so no more time lost jumping between windows.

#3 There’s no charge for pooled images…
So, if you’re working as part of a team, you’ll all be able to access, license and manage images from one shared subscription.

#4 45 million images…
And counting! In fact, Adobe have already added 5 million new resources since launching last year. So expect it to be competing with the leading stock services in no time.

#5 You get a free trial…
Because you have to really give it a go to understand the true power of the workflow benefits, Adobe are even giving Creative Cloud for Teams users a 10-image trial! Click here for details.

#6 This guy…

Because we need to support a world that embraces grown men dressed as bunnies and mourning the loss of carrot supplies. And we thank Adobe Stock for having the variety of imagery needed for us to find him.

Bunny man


Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

5 things to consider when picking stock images

5 things to consider when picking stock images

Picking stock imagery may seem like a chore, but when you’re working on a project and looking to find the perfect photo, the most popular or most artistic isn’t always going to fit the bill. Our team have put together a few tips to bear in mind when selecting the right image for your work.

#1 Get the most from your image

The key here is to think broadly. The last thing you want is to purchase an image for the email campaign you’re designing, only to find out that you need to adapt it into a dreaded skyscraper banner the week after. If you don’t know all the elements of the project right now, try and pick an image that can be easily adapted to different aspect ratios.

Secondly, while I know it seems obvious, you’d be surprised just how many times I’ve seen stock images purchased and used once, only to then disappear into the abyss of a server, never to be seen again. Get your money’s worth, people! Where you have licensed an image for multiple uses, be sure to keep it in the back of your mind in case another campaign crops up where it can be used. We may use the same image in an education piece of marketing as in a business piece, for example.

#2 What’s the best before date?

OK, we all know that some stock photography looks like it’s been lifted straight out of the 80s, but we aren’t just talking about whether or not the models are sporting fetching mullets and a tache here. It’s important to take a good look at the items in shot to make sure that they aren’t going to date too quickly. As an example, we’re always on the lookout for computers or tablets that are about to be superseded by newer models. For some projects, as long as the photo is current, it’ll be absolutely fine. But the last thing you want to do is to put something in print that will result in a reprint in a couple of months.

#3 Don’t be stung by approvals

It’s the rule we all live by and all get caught out on: don’t download the high res version until all key stakeholders have seen the project. Preview versions are there to prevent you from wasting your budget or stock credits, so be sure to use them. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to download and take the hit on the budget so that you don’t end up duplicating work once the high res version is approved, take a look at Adobe Stock. The built-in integration between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud means that you can use the preview image when designing your visuals and, once it’s signed off, a hit of a button will swap out the linked asset – a massive time saver!

#4 Make the image your own

Most stock image licences allow you to adapt the original photo to some degree, and if you want your project to have something unique about it, it’s good to make the most of that flexibility. Inevitably there are going to be certain images that are more popular than others, so if your heart is set on using them, do something a bit different to make it your own. Take a look at the cover of our brochure of retail solutions, in which we replaced the standard brick wall behind the female shop assistant with a busy store.

Adapting Stock Imagery - Jigsaw24 Retail Brochure

#5 Have a few ideas in your back pocket

The last one is to make sure you have a few ideas stored away in your back pocket. While we all like to think we get it right first time, there are always occasions where the client has other ideas! So be sure to pick out a few image options when you’re searching, so that if they come back with the red pin, you’re ready with some alternatives that you already approve of.

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Top tips for searching for stock imagery

Top tips for searching for stock imagery

If you’re prone to picking the first image you come across when looking through stock photography, you might be missing out on some hidden gems. Well, the good news is that Adobe Stock includes some pretty handy filtering tools that make it easier to find imagery that’s right for your project and that hasn’t been used by every single other campaign out there. To give you an idea of the functions available, here are a few tips…

Option 1: Searching on the site

If you’re already using a stock service, chances are this is the search method you’re most familiar with.

As you’d expect, the home page on https://stock.adobe.com gives you the standard search functionality, with the option to type in your topic and the ability to filter down by type of asset – in this case, photos, videos, illustrations and vectors. I’m going to get things started by having a look for some nice photos of the Jigsaw24 mascot, the zebra.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 1

Once your results are in, it’s all about the filters, and first up is your option to sort images into a more meaningful list. Recency, relevance and popularity are all as expected, but Adobe Stock also includes the ability to prioritise the images that you have previously downloaded (handy if you need to refer back to photos you have used to find similar options) or by Undiscovered, which bumps up those images that you’ve not looked at before to help keep your work fresh.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 2

If you have specific dimensions you’re working to, or need an image that is specifically geared to span a page or fit into a tight square box, then use the dimension filter. While portrait, landscape and square are now standard in most stock providers’ searches, panoramic is relatively unique to Adobe Stock.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 3

The next option you have is to either include or exclude people from your images. While I don’t think we’ll be having that problem with our preview below, if you’ve ever experienced stock photography of an office environment you’ll be hitting the ‘Exclude’ button plenty.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 4


Another one of the great features within Adobe Stock’s search is the ability to filter by colour. While some searches typically include a few select preset colours to filter images by the primary colour within them, this includes a colour picker tool with full HTML colour options. For this preview I’m going to select standard Jigsaw24 orange…

Searching in Adobe Stock step 5

The final filter available in Adobe Stock is the ability to filter by category. While it’s not so handy when searching for zebras, it is great if you’ve originally searched for quite a broad term. All your standard categories are present and correct – Buildings, Transport, Travel – as well as a few that are less common, including Social Issues and Drinks. Here, I’m going to pick Animals just to make sure I get rid of the random images of cakes and tree trunks.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 6

Option 2: Searching in your app

Your second option for searching is to do it directly within the Creative Cloud app. While you won’t get the functionality you do on the website, you will be able to search for key terms and see the top results without having to leave the app. Within the app you can buy there and then, download a preview, and there’s a button to “Find similar” that will open up your browser and have all the search results ready and waiting.

Searching in Adobe Stock - in app searches

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

Wondering whether or not it’s time for you to switch to Adobe Stock? Sick of hearing us banging on about the incredibly awesome workflow benefits that come with the integration into Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? OK, well how about some cold hard facts to help you make up your mind about how Adobe Stock stacks up against your current provider?

Here’s a quick guide that pits Adobe Stock against the big boys: iStock, Shutterstock, Bigstock and depositphotos.

Who has the most assets?

While I’ve always been told it’s quality not quantity, if you’re drawing blanks and want something to inspire you, having plenty of images to look through is always a bonus. But how do the stock providers compare to each other?

Adobe Stock – Adobe Stock has 45 million assets and counting. Since it’s launch in autumn last year, an additional 5 million have already been added to the pot! 

Big Stock – Despite the name, this is by no means the largest library on the list, with a relatively respectable 32 million assets.

depositphotos – While we’ve struggled to get a definitive number for this one, the last source we can find put this at about 12+ million items, making it the second smallest on the list.

iStock – Last reported, iStock had about 10+ million assets on its books, making it the smallest stock provider on the list.

Shutterstock – Definitely one of the largest databases on file, it has over 70 million stock assets. 

Verdict: While Adobe Stock doesn’t have the largest number of assets within its library, it is by no means the smallest, and is a big jump for anyone using iStock, depositphotos or Big Stock.

What assets are available?

Of course, it’s not all about imagery. Many stock websites also offer video and audio for more complete multimedia provision.

Imagery – As expected, all of the providers on the list offer creative and editorial imagery. Well, you’d hope so…

Illustrations and vector images – Illustrations and vectors aren’t always a given on stock services, but depositphotos, Big Stock, iStock, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock all include both though.

Video – Another big area for stock services is video. Adobe Stock has only recently added it to its arsenal, and all of the other providers on the list are advocates.

Audio – Audio is always a bit of a wild card for stock services and, of the full list, iStock and Shutterstock are the only ones to include it.

Verdict: For the most part, all of the services are fairly evenly weighted. Just bear in mind that if you’re after audio, then only iStock and Shutterstock are viable options. Adobe Stock is a good option for the non-audiophiles out there.

Who has the best assets? The zebra test…

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Jigsaw24 mascot is the elegant animal that is the zebra. Naturally, we find ourselves looking out for the very best zebra photography all the time. So how do the different stock providers look in terms of their zebra libraries?

depositphotos – A search on here returned 16,162 photos. Unlike others on the list, there’s much more of an emphasis on masked images of zebras on white backgrounds, and those that are photos aren’t always of the highest quality.

 deposit photos – the zebra test

Big Stock – Another with a focus on natural photography. The quality of the images is nice, although considering this has the fewest results (13,335 in total) a lot of the assets seem to be variations of the same image. Also, note that the search doesn’t seem to be able to distinguish between a zebra and a zebra crossing.

 Big stock – the zebra test

iStock – Now powered by Getty Images, it’s interesting that iStock returns very different results. A total of 18,133 assets for a search of ‘zebra’ with quite a nice mix of decent photography, zebras on white backgrounds and the odd quirky image thrown in.

 iStock – the zebra test

Shutterstock – The largest number of results came from Shutterstock, with a whopping 33,662 images! Quality is a mixed bag overall, with plenty of stylised photos as well as plenty you wouldn’t look twice at.

 Shutter stock – the zebra test

Adobe Stock – Like iStock, Adobe Stock has a nice mixture of assets and returns 18,786 results, making it the third largest in quantity. Oddly, Adobe Stock seems to return a large number of other objects (rhinos, birds, cake…) masquerading as zebras.

Adobe Stock – the zebra test 

Verdict: They all have their own specialities which makes it difficult to directly compare, but when it comes to variation and range Shutterstock, iStock and Adobe Stock come up trumps.

Which is the most expensive? 

It’s the all-important question and ultimately what helps sway the decision in many businesses, so what’s the difference in price?

First off, a slight caveat in that direct comparisons between different stock providers can be difficult because of the sheer number of options out there. However, for the purposes of this piece, we’re approaching it from the angle of needing an annual subscription for a team with a standard licence.

iStock – iStock only advertise for single users, and for a team subscription you would be looking at a higher cost. Their pricing is split between ‘Essentials’ subscriptions (which includes basic images only) and ‘Signature’ subscriptions (which includes access to all imagery.). For an annual Signature subscription, you can get 50 images per month for £119 (£2.38 per image) up to 750 images per month for £199.92 (27p per image).

Shutterstock – Shutterstock do offer team packages, with prices increasing as the number of users does. For a team of two users, they offer a 750 images per month package for £179 (24p per image).

Big Stock – Unfortunately there’s no mention of a teams package or an annual subscription, but monthly packages are available. For 25 images per month it’s £45 (£1.80 per image), and there are options up to 200 images per month for £112 (56p per image).

depositphotos – Team packages are available with an annual subscription through depositphotos. For 50 images it’s £51 per month (£1.02 per image) and options are available up to 500 images per month for £171 (34p per image).

Adobe Stock – The big thing to bear in mind here are that pooled imagery amongst teams does not cost more with Adobe Stock, so there’s no increase price as your team grows. A 10 image per month subscription will set you back £20 per month (equivalent to £2 per image). For 750 images per month, it’s £120 per month (or 16p per image).

Verdict: Adobe Stock is the clear winner in price when looking at team subscriptions. Ultimately, across all three services, the more images you’re buying the cheaper it’s going to be, but in terms of cost per image, Adobe Stock is the most cost-effective.

And one more thing… productivity

Stock imagery and productivity might sound like an odd combination, but the fact is that where Adobe Stock is in a very unique position is in its integration with your Creative Cloud applications. As well as being able to search for imagery directly within the app without having to jump back to the Adobe website, preview images can be saved and manipulated within your projects, then when it comes to buying the final version, you hit a button and it swaps out the preview for the final high res image, retaining any adjustments you made to the preview. Basically, it eradicates the need to duplicate work, so in theory, Adobe Stock makes you twice as fast.

And in regards the other stock providers? Oh, is that tumbleweed we see…

Buy Adobe Stock at Jigsaw24

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

*Prices correct at the time of writing.

Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

The latest versions of iOS and macOS are packed with features that make it easier to move work between one device and the other. Known as Continuity, this set of features was first introduced in OS X Yosemite,  and lets you share files with your tablet, answer calls from your Mac and more. 

Connecting your Apple devices using Continuity features

Use Continuity to move between your iPhone, iPad and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, phone calling, and SMS. Great for use in business, continuity features mean you can switch between your Apple devices and pick up where you left off with your emails, messages and even phone calls. Here we’ll look at using the Handoff, phone calling, and SMS continuity features.


Use Handoff in Apple apps including Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In simple terms, use Handoff to start work on one device and pick it up and carry on working on it on another.

Here’s what you do…

(As an example, we’re going to use Mail)

1. Sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use for Handoff.

2. Turn on Bluetooth on all your devices, and make sure they’re all connected to the same WiFi network.

3. Use Mail on one of your chosen devices (as an example, we’re going to use Mail on our Mac).

4. On your second device (we’re using an iPad) swipe up from the bottom left edge of the Lock screen, where you will see the app’s activity icon.

5. Alternatively, go to the multitasking display by double clicking the Home button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then tap the app. (On your Mac, the Handoff icon appears on the Dock, or you can press Command and Tab to switch to an app with a Handoff icon.)

Phone calls

With continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your Apple devices when your iPhone is on the same WiFi network.

Here’s what you do…

1. Like Handoff, sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use – including your Mac. (These devices all need to be running iOS 8/OS X Yosemite or later).

2. All devices must be on the same WiFi network.

3. Sign in to FaceTime using your iCloud account.

4. Turn off WiFi calling if you have it on.

Make a call by selecting a phone number from Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. To answer a call, the incoming call message should display on your devices. Select which one you wish to take the call on and slide to answer as per usual Apple protocol.


With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages you send and receive on your iPhone can also be set to appear on your other Apple devices – even if the person you’re receiving messages from doesn’t have an iPhone.

Here’s what you do…

1. Make sure your iPhone is updated to at least iOS 8.1.

2. Enable iMessage on your Mac and iOS devices.

3. Go into Settings > Messages on your iPhone and turn on text message forwarding.

4. You’ll then get a code that you can enter to verify the SMS and MMS feature.

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Check out Live Mobile Dev at Adobe MAX 2014

Check out Live Mobile Dev at Adobe MAX 2014

Multi-platform support for web designers isn’t going anywhere. It is and should be at the core of the brief. In this update from Adobe’s MAX event back in October last year, Adobe showcased the new way to make live previews of content that are instantly update and synchronised across devices.

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What’s new in Adobe SpeedGrade CC?

What’s new in Adobe SpeedGrade CC?

IBC last year was rife with Adobe updates, and amongst them was this doozy from evangelist Jason Levine. In this 24 minute demo, he runs through the latest tools in Adobe SpeedGrade CC and the Pro Video tools in the latest batch of updates.

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Tutorial: How to insert 3D objects in After Effects

Tutorial: How to insert 3D objects in After Effects

If you’re looking to add photorealistic 3D content to existing footage, this tutorial from Adobe will show you how. Using After Effects’ Live 3D Pipeline and the included Maxon Cinema 4D Lite, you’ll be able to add 3D objects directly into your existing compositions relatively easily.

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Finalising the Brush Rush in a commercial

Finalising the Brush Rush in a commercial

Take a look at how the Re:Vision Effects plug-ins have been used along with Red Giant Universe to create the effects needed for this fake commercial advertising the importance of taking your time while brushing your teeth.

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How to add realistic spinning motion effects in Photoshop?

How to add realistic spinning motion effects in Photoshop?

Take a look at this cracker from Adobe TV. In it, Adobe’s Julieanna demonstrates how to use the nondestructive Spin Blur in Photoshop to create a realistic motion blur. This was one of the big draws in the updates released last year as it gives you the ability to spin an object at variable angles while defining the strength, flashes and duration of the blur.

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