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Adobe have dropped a fresh round of updates for Stock, their stock image service, making it easier than ever to find perfect imagery. On top of expanding Stock's already colossal library, Adobe have introduced powerful new aesthetic search filters, and deepened app integration with a free Microsoft PowerPoint plug-in, allowing users to find high quality images without ever having to leave the programme.
Having launched Stock back in 2015, Adobe spent the last two years figuring out exactly what creatives want from a stock image service. They've realised that design teams are increasingly on the lookout for images that aren't just authentic, but can be used to tell great stories, too. So they've incorporated this idea into the latest batch of feature updates. Take a look...
That's right, folks. As if 45 million high quality images weren't enough, over the last two years the good people at Adobe have doubled Stock's asset library to a massive 90 million.
Creatives rejoice! Adobe have recognised your daily struggle to find that perfect image, and reckon their fancy new Aesthetic Filters feature will help you cut search time, so you can crack on with creating. If you recall, Adobe introduced a feature called Visual Search late last year, which utilised artificial intelligence and analysis to allow users to search via images rather than keywords. Now they've taken it one step further with Aesthetic Filters powered by Adobe Sensai, a unified AI and machine learning framework. It lets users narrow down results by photographic properties, such as Depth of Field and Vivid Colour. Using an intensity bar, you can quickly and easily filter your search against these two parameters to find the exact image you're after.
Having received an avalanche of requests from users to develop a Stock add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe have done just that – allowing users to illustrate their presentations with stock imagery without having to leave the application. Once you've installed the plug-in (which is absolutely free), all you need to do is click on the Adobe Stock icon in the toolbar and start searching. Users can search for images by keyword, explore curated collections, or even perform a Visual Search by dragging and dropping an image into the search bar and having Stock dig out something similar. The PowerPoint add-on also allows users to preview images from Adobe Stock, test different layouts and styles, then use Preview History to license the images.
There are three options currently available for Adobe Stock...
Adobe Stock Small
- Equivalent to £2 per image.
- £240 ex VAT per year.
Adobe Stock Mezzanine
- Equivalent to £1.20 per image.
- £576 ex VAT per year.
Adobe Stock Large
- Equivalent to £0.16 per image.
- £1440 ex VAT per year.
To find out more about different Adobe Stock plans, click here.