Adobe Stock expands content library, capabilities and integration with latest updates

Adobe Stock expands content library, capabilities and integration with latest updates

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…

Adobe Stock has grown. A lot.

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.

All-new Aesthetic Filters

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.

PowerPoint plug-in

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.

What are your options? 

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.

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IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

Adobe today revealed a series of innovations coming soon in Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud in advance of IBC in Amsterdam. Keeping pace with high velocity content demands across both new and traditional platforms, Adobe will showcase advancements in VR, 3D, motion graphics and character animation supported by tools to deliver, measure and monetise TV and film content across multiple screens.

At IBC, Adobe will demonstrate these advancements at Stand 7.G27 in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center and at over 107 partner booths from September 9-13.

“Adobe is helping video creators of all kinds – from broadcasters and big movie studios to YouTubers and brands – create their best work,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management at Adobe. “As these stories take shape, ideas need to seamlessly move between tools, technologies and teams. Adobe’s multiscreen solution helps media companies connect with their audiences in a personalised way by delivering compelling experiences and adopting immersive capabilities such as 3D, VR and AR.”

Video editors from Hollywood to Sundance to YouTube are taking note of Adobe Creative Cloud, most recently Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, and through the work of next-generation creators like Smosh, RocketJump and SoKrispyMedia. Television networks are making history by bringing characters to life with Character Animator in The Simpsons and Cartoon Donald Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additionally, NBC Sports recently leveraged Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions to power the digital delivery of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I love keeping everything under one roof. I love the idea that it’s all housed under one banner and that all the apps within Adobe Creative Cloud can talk to each other. And for all of my future projects I want to really explore that workflow. It’s a really exciting sphere to be working within,” said David Lowery, director of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.

Driving the future of VR, 3D and animation

Expanding on the new VR features launched earlier this year, Adobe is unveiling additional innovation in the next release of Premiere Pro CC including auto-aware VR that seamlessly detects and applies the correct setting to stereoscopic and monoscopic media. Capabilities in Adobe Primetime empower media companies to capture the full potential of VR by building sustainable businesses and delivering premium viewing experiences. These include video playback support, dynamic ad insertion and content protection via Adobe’s Virtual Reality Digital Rights Management (VRDRM).

Rapidly accelerating 3D content creation, Adobe will showcase a 3D rendering engine which increases the pace and efficiency of 3D content generation. Artists can also now create editable 3D elements such as text and shape layers intuitively from within After Effects CC with new Cinerender technology from MAXON. Puppet creation and animation with Character Animator, Adobe’s popular live motion-capture tool, will get even better with faster and easier through integrated round-trip functionality between Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC.

Powerful integrated workflows and performance enhancements

With Adobe Creative Cloud, post-production teams can move freely from application to application without interrupting the creative flow. New features in both Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud let media companies and content creators engage their audiences more effectively across any screen:

Huge productivity gains (up to six times faster) with Adobe Stock video are reported in a new study by Pfeiffer Consulting, which compares using video with Adobe Stock and other stock services.

Performance improvements with real-time playback in a new After Effects video preview architecture lets users play raw footage in real-time, eliminating the need to cache before previewing footage. GPU-accelerated effects enable faster render compositions.

Refined Lumetri Color tools in Premiere Pro CC now provides HDR10 metadata support for editing and delivering HDR10 for new HDR-enabled TVs and displays, plus expanded support for color space metadata, providing greater precision for delivering brilliant imagery.

Destination Publishing to render and share video to Behance, the world’s largest creative community, is now possible along with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Better captions and subtitles in Premiere Pro CC lets users easily create and fine-tune captions to enliven silent auto-play video previews on Facebook for higher engagement, target different languages or improve accessibility for hearing impaired viewers.

Actionable analytics in Adobe Analytics for Video allows users to measure streams instead of just video starts and stops, delivering a more comprehensive view of how videos are consumed.

Premium ad-supported viewing on connected devices is now supported in Adobe Primetime, allowing media companies to deliver quality and buffer-free experiences, while weaving content and ads together into a single stream.

Collaboration for Connected Teams

Adobe will showcase its new hosted collaboration service, Team Projects, to address the challenge of working with other editors and designers across multiple projects and tools. Built on Adobe Anywhere technology, Team Projects integrates deep collaboration features such as version control and smart conflict resolutions and allows editors and motion graphics artists to work simultaneously within Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Adobe Prelude CC. Additionally, the data in Team Projects will be securely hosted in the cloud and media files referenced by Team Projects can be locally stored source files or shared lightweight proxies.

Helpful Links from Adobe

Unveiling Created Connectivity – Creative Cloud.
YouTube Live Event with Jason Levine on September 7 from 8-9 a.m. PT.

Learn more about Creative Cloud Video.
Adobe Feature Reveal “What’s New?” and data sheet.
Adobe Feature Reveal Blog

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Chasing auroras: An interview with photographer Jamen Percy

Chasing auroras: An interview with photographer Jamen Percy

Jamen Percy is an international, award-winning photographer, designer and Adobe Stock contributor (check out his Stock portfolio here). He’s also got a bit of a thing for the Northern Lights, winning Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015: Aurorae Category and setting up his own Arctic Circle photo tour group, Aurora Chasers (see more on Jamen’s Instagram). We quizzed him on his photography workflow, selling for stock services and why you shouldn’t get between a mother bear and her cubs… 

Jamen Percy

How did you first get into photography? 

I was at the ripe old age of 26 when I was in need of a fresh change in my life, so I relocated from my home town in Sydney to London. There I soon became addicted to travelling abroad and this gave me that extra reason to invest in a proper SLR camera. The two went in hand, and it was wanderlust at first sight.

What kind of work and styles do you specialise in? 

I cover quite a variety of subject matter – I started with travel, specialising in the Aurora Borealis up in the Arctic circle, but then branched out as my lust for wildlife and nature adventures exponentially expanded. I would then do small studio shots in my London home for technique practice, which also helped pay for all the gear I ‘just had to have’ for my next trip.

Jamen Percy Aurora Borealis

What’s been the hardest shoot you’ve been on?

Every subject is hard – if it’s easy, then it’s not worth it. You can bet many other people have done the same if it’s too easy. When it gets hard, you know you’re on to something good. It’s also when most people give up. In terms of stock photography, a unique picture is key. I love shooting wildlife and, although it’s not as profitable for stock as other subjects, I enjoy it so much it never feels like work to me.

Jamen Percy brown bear

The hardest shoot so far would have to be brown bears in the forests of Finland. Their behavior is so unpredictable; you can’t just come out of your hide and give them some creative direction. They are tough models to work with! Although they aren’t aggressive if they do see you, if you come between a mother and her cubs you won’t come out on top. It makes toilet breaks outside the hide interesting…

Jamen Percy brown bear and cub

You’ve shot some amazing pictures of the Aurora Borealis too – how was that?

Very cold! It’s extreme conditions and it can be very hard to chase them as the weather seems to be against you 95% of the time. But, that 5% is always worth it, even if you can’t feel your toes or hands and it’s 4am. It’s never the same and always awe-inspiring.

Do you have a photography Moby Dick you’re still on the hunt for?

Yes, there’s a list! Working with wildlife is a game of patience and persistence. I have a project in Central America photographing one of the world’s most elusive predators – wild jaguars. It’s been going for three years now, still with no shot yet, but I know it will come. And when it does…

So what’s in your kit bag? And what non-techy item are you never without on a shoot?

I’ve gone from owning every lens possible to having just the bare essentials. For day to day use, I have a super wide-Carl Zeiss 15mm lens, then an all-rounder Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, followed by the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II. This gives me a full range and I rarely need anything else unless it’s really specific – telephoto or fisheye, for example – and for that I would hire the lens out. In terms of non-tech, I always have a soft cloth for cleaning the lens and a chocolate bar to keep my energy levels up. If you get tired and hungry you can’t focus and get lazy – photography can be surprisingly physical.

Jamen Percy

Can you describe your workflow for us?

I load my images straight into Lightroom, where I do a quick pass marking the ones worth keeping and deleting the rest, which usually reduces the collection to 25% of the original amount. From there I apply an overall lens correction and adjustments, then I go through each image and make local adjustments and tweaks to the lighting. By then I can usually spot the favourites and I keyword and export them to be uploaded. I try to avoid uploading similar images to keep my portfolio to a high standard.

Do you use any other editing tools such as Photoshop?

I only use Photoshop to do studio shoots where I remove infrastructure and tools used to position the subjects, combining images or changing colours of objects. Most of my photos stay in Lightroom though. It now has so many more features that I don’t need third party software for panoramic and such like I used to. I also use Adobe After Effects to compile timelapses.

Jamen_Percy_Aurora

You do a lot of stock imagery work – how do you decide what to give over to stock services?

If I think it will sell on Adobe Stock, then I will submit it, otherwise the photo will sit on my hard drive and cost money rather than make it. However, context does apply to stock – some images will sell at high prices as art prints but never sell at all on Adobe Stock – these tend to be more creative visions which are too abstract to sell commercially but highly prized as unique in the art world. It’s all about finding the right audience for each image.

Jamen Percy

So is there a balance between what you think will be commercially successful and still retaining your style?

No never, but I seem to always get some of my style in each photograph, regardless of the subject matter. I will photograph anything that will sell, as soulless as its sounds – the image selling industry has become so hardline for making money you cannot afford to exclude anything and often the subjects people don’t want to photograph are in demand because of this. You can always use different aliases to separate your portfolio into styles with most stock libraries however. Also, having a good variety of work will increase your opportunities. Every subject matter is a challenge and has lessons to learn.

What kind of thing do you receive the most interest in?

My timelapses and photos of the Aurora Borealis have always outsold any of my other work. To get all the conditions right for a good shoot can take many seasons to crack, as well as the aurora coming in 11-year cycles of strength, so for 5 years there are almost no chances to photograph strong activity – which adds to its rareness.

Do you have any advice you can give to up and coming photographers?

Always be unique if you want to sell. If you don’t, you’re just adding to the pollution.

Check out more of Jamen’s great work on his Instagram, and over in his Adobe Stock portfolio.

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.

Adobe at NAB 2016: Rounding up the latest video app updates

Adobe at NAB 2016: Rounding up the latest video app updates

Missed NAB 2016? If so, you may have missed Adobe’s announcement about upcoming updates to their core Creative Cloud for teams (CCT) video apps. So we’ve picked out the highlights below. And remember, existing CCT users will get the updates for free as soon as they are released…

The next Adobe Creative Cloud release will be available in early Summer and will bring with it, Adobe say, faster than ever media ingest and editing workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder CC. There will be new VR Video capabilities in Premiere Pro, including field of view mode for spherical stitched media, and a new Essential Sound panel in Audition CC which they’re hoping will revolutionise the way you mix and edit audio projects. After Effects will also become more responsive, and there will be the usual performance and stability enhancements across all the Adobe video and audio applications.

While the announcement will be most relevant to users working with the core video apps, such as video editors and VFX artists, it’s handy to know that as an existing Creative Cloud user, you’ll have access to all these updates for free as part of your subscription.

The all-new Adobe video app features

Here are the features Adobe have picked as highlights of the upcoming summer release:

Editing immediately during ingest allows Premiere Pro CC users to get straight to work while importing their video and audio files in the background, and switch between native and proxy formats freely when using multiple devices. With initial support for Apple Metal and H.264 hardware decoding (Windows Intel Iris only).

Powerful proxy workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC help editors work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media even on lightweight machines like laptops. Editors can work natively with high-resolution formats up to 8K – such as RED Weapon – or with a new workflow that creates lightweight proxies at ingest.

Enhanced Lumetri Color tools within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries. This will help expand editors’ toolkit, making colour correction and adjustment easier for all filmmakers.

Performance improvements, like the new video and audio preview architecture in After Effects CC, deliver superior playback of cached frames for a smooth experience. You see overall efficiency improvements when interacting with the application while GPU-accelerated effects deliver faster rendering results.

Cinema 4D Exporter Improvements allow you to transition a project from After Effects CC to Maxon Cinema 4D with new export options. Animated 3D text and shape layers can now be saved directly into the Cinema 4D file format. Add depth and customisations to your text and shapes in Cinema 4D and changes are automatically updated in After Effects for a roundtrip 3D motion graphics workflow.

Easier and more efficient Character Animator includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.

The new Essential Sound panel in Audition CC enables novices to mix audio content with professional results in a single panel. Modeled after the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro, the Essential Sound panel provides simple controls to unify volume levels, repair sound, improve clarity, and help your video projects sound like they were mixed by an audio engineer.

Also new in Audition, Direct Export with Adobe Media Encoder enables you to export video projects with finished audio directly with Adobe Media Encoder, saving the trip back to Premiere Pro. All formats and presets are available, including formats which support re-wrap to minimise re-encoding video. Get full control over audio channel streams for multichannel audio formats, such as MXF, ensuring compatibility with your workflows and standards.

Quickly find Adobe Stock assets with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site. Adobe Stock will have enhanced connections with CC apps and new workflows to enable Adobe Bridge and Lightroom users to contribute to the Adobe Stock marketplace directly from within the application.

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Boosting design efficiency with Adobe Stock: A Pfeiffer report

Boosting design efficiency with Adobe Stock: A Pfeiffer report

If you’re still unsure about how beneficial Adobe Stock, Adobe’s new stock image service, could be to your design workflow, Pfeiffer have just published a very interesting report on the matter. ‘Adobe Stock: Boosting Design Efficiency Through Integration’ looks at how integration with Adobe Creative Cloud significantly increases productivity for creative workflows working with stock images.

The findings

The main findings of Pfeiffer Consulting’s market-specific benchmarking project they conducted on behalf of Adobe included:

– Adobe Stock provides tight integration with Creative Cloud applications that resulted, on average, in 10x efficiency gains over working with common stock image services in the benchmarks conducted for this research.

– Adobe Stock allows images to be licensed directly from Creative Cloud applications. All occurrences of the placement image are replaced, and non-destructive adjustments in Photoshop are automatically applied.

– Productivity gains measured in these benchmarks are very significant. Efficiency improvements linked to using Adobe Stock are particularly important in complex workflow situations where images are included in complex Photoshop compositions or used in multiple documents and resolutions.

Real world workflows

They came to these conclusions by looking at three real-world workflow examples, designed and executed by professionals with many years of experience with the programs and workflows involved. As you can see from these cases, using Adobe Stock integrated into Creative Cloud took only a fraction of the time it took to use another web-based stock service.

Workflow 1: Simple replacement of licensed image. Time necessary to license high resolution image and replace in composition: with Adobe Stock (16 seconds); without Adobe Stock (2min 52sec).

Workflow 2: Replacement of licensed image, including colour adjustment. Time necessary to license high resolution image, apply colour grading and replace in composition: with Adobe Stock (28 seconds); without Adobe Stock (4min 47sec).

Workflow 3: Stock images as Smart Objects in Photoshop. Time necessary to update placement image used as Smart Object in Photoshop and replace with licensed file: with Adobe Stock (28 seconds); without Adobe Stock (2min 31sec).

– Check out the findings in full by downloading the Pfeiffer Report on Adobe Stock here.

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.

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.

Free trial of Adobe Stock for Creative Cloud for teams members

Free trial of Adobe Stock for Creative Cloud for teams members

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams members can now redeem a thirty day free trial of Adobe Stock per account. Stock allows its users access to a vast library of stock images available to purchase directly in Creative Cloud apps. Manage your content and experience seamless Creative Cloud integration for yourself.  

Adobe are inviting members to visit the Adobe Stock website and sign in with their Adobe ID to claim ten free stock images that teams will have thirty days to download. The offer is restricted to one use per Creative Cloud account and is not available to those who have already used their test run or already have an Adobe Stock subscription.

Adobe Stock’s library of images is always growing, giving its users a vast array of content to play and create with. With over 45 million images available, the image archive has quickly become the go-to stock photo source for designers and artists. Any images purchased within Adobe Stock can be accessed by the entire team at no extra charge.

Here are a few thoughts from our design team:

Xenia: “Adobe Stock makes it really easy and quick to search for images and add them to your library straight from Photoshop. The imagery is constantly being updated too.”

Simon: “Once you’re browsing, the interface feels cleaner and simpler than other libraries I’ve used.”

Thierry: “I find Adobe Stock really useful for mocking up how a project can look by placing in preview images without having to leave the application.”

You can find our full review of Adobe Stock here.

Unclaimed Adobe Stock trial licences expire after 30 days from the date they are awarded so if you’ve got one, what are you waiting for? Make the most of it today and get creating!

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