Astro Stock Images from Adobe: What Are You Paying For?

If money has value, wouldn’t you want to know what you’re paying for when you purchase something? Money can drive our purchasing decisions more than any other factor. Some people let money be the only deciding factor on what they purchase. These people are under the impression that if something is more expensive, then they are wasting their money. In other words, if they can get something for cheaper, they’ll always go for it. In some situations that may be the smarter route to take. However, for others – such as the case for microstock images – cheaper isn’t necessarily better.

The Appeal.

The Adobe has a rich history of catering to creative professionals over marketing professionals. It is this line of thinking that has kept them at the head of the digital media manipulation industry for years. Their most famous application, Photoshop, has no equal. In fact, before Adobe took their services to the cloud, Photoshop could easily set someone back well over $1000. Thanks to their Creative Cloud, a subscription to a fully featured version of Photoshop will set you back a mere $20 per month. A Creative Cloud membership will give you access to not only Adobe Stock but their entire lineup of digital manipulation software.

The History.

In December 2014, Adobe purchased Fotolia for $800 million in cash. Six months later, in June 2015, Adobe launched their brand-new microstock imaging service, Adobe Stock (click here for review). They decided not to dissolve Fotolia and allow it to continue operating as its own, separate business entity. The two libraries are one and the same. In fact, it is from the library over at Fotolia that enabled Adobe to launch a service with over 40 million images from day one.

The Purpose.

Just because Adobe has a history of catering to creative professionals does not mean that they are ousting or ostracizing the marketing professional. Adobe is well aware that marketing is both a science and an art. As an art, creative professionals must use their creative flair to create marketing campaigns with the right images and message. As a science, every marketing campaign is scrutinized under a slew of metrics that enable the marketer to look at the data and tweak their campaigns, making each one better and better. Marketing is one of the few industries wherein people get better at it as time progresses.

The Packages.

Adobe has three separate subscription tiers for you to choose from. The first one is synonymous with paying for an image on demand. If you needed an individual image, you could get that one image for $9.99. For about half that price, the next tier up will allow you to get 10 images for $49.99 per month. If you added to a Creative Cloud subscription and add a title from their software lineup to the subscription, such as Photoshop, you could get these same 10 images for mere $29.99 per month. Finally, if you have a need for a large amount of images per month – as a marketing agency might – you can get up to 750 images for mere $199.99 per month. It might seem like a lot of money up front, but each image will only set you back by $.26.

Licensing Options.

In addition to the standard royalty-free license, Adobe offers extended licenses. These licenses extend the capabilities of the royalty-free license and allow you to use the image in ways that you couldn’t before legally. Typical examples include calendars, T-shirts, holiday cards and find more.

The Convenience.

When you add Adobe Stock to your Creative Cloud subscription, you’re paying for the integration inconvenience of Adobe Stock. You see, before Adobe Stock, you had to either shoot your own images or subscribe to a different microstock agency and import the photos into Photoshop to manipulate them. With the way that Adobe has integrated the Adobe Stock into their Creative Cloud lineup, you can now browse, purchase and license the images from directly within the app. Now, you no longer need to leave the app to go find the image you’re looking for. Everything is done from directly within the Creative Cloud software.

The Steep Discount.

I’m going to take an educated guess and assume that the majority of people who subscribe to microstock agencies also subscribe to Photoshop. By adding Adobe Stock to your Photoshop subscription, you can get a deep discount on the images. If you look at the pricing model, you can get one image for $10. At the next level, you can get 10 images for $50, or half the price of an individual image. However, if you were to add Adobe Stock to your current Creative Cloud subscription, you can get the same 10 images for $30 per month. That’s a mere three dollars per image, offering a steep discount over individual images.

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More Ways to Purchase Adobe Stock Photos

Whatever your budget and creative needs are, Adobe Stock got you covered. You can pay for your purchase or subscription via PayPal or credit card. The stock site now accepts charges to major credit cards, so you can avail of its valuable pricing and plans. Here are way to purchase Adobe Stock photos from the stock agency:

  • A la carte pricing. Like most stock media agencies, Adobe Stock allows you to purchase individual images. Each image cost $9.99, which is a bit higher compared to other stock sites. What sets AS apart from other cheap stock photo sites is their premium collection of images from inspiring contributors around the world. If you are looking for a high quality image for a one-time use only, this is the option for you.
  • 10 images plan. Need more than just one image? This is the plan for you. It comes with 10 Adobe Stock photos per month. Although it is an annual plan, you pay for it monthly. A limited offer is in succession, so you might want to catch it now! Don’t worry its cancel risk-free. If you think this is not plan for you, cancel your subscription within the first month without using up your image downloads.
  • 350 and 750 images plan. These are larger image plans for larger creative needs. Let’s say you’re working with multiple companies or running a media your own media company and you require large volumes of high quality images. These plans are perfect as they allow you to make additional downloads for only $0.99 per image.

All Adobe Stock photos come with a standard license. This means you have perpetual usage rights. You can use the images multiple times with a few restrictions. The stock site does not currently offer extended license. If you do want to purchase additional seats and unlimited reproductions or resales, you should check out other stock sites such as Fotolia.

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