Fotolia review: Fotolia is now Adobe Stock

By Matic Broz, the editor-in-chief with 10+ years of experience with design, stock media and licensing, and photography.

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Editor’s note: Fotolia no longer exists. It was acquired by Adobe and rebranded into Adobe Stock. Read our Adobe Stock review.

Fotolia was a popular online marketplace offering a diverse collection of royalty-free stock images, illustrations, vectors, and videos. We will explore the history of the platform, its acquisition by Adobe, the quality and variety of content available, pricing and subscription plans, ease of use, the contributor program, customer support, and more.

History and acquisition by Adobe

Origins of Fotolia

Fotolia was founded in 2004 by Thibaud Elzière, Oleg Tscheltzoff, and Patrick Chassany with the vision of creating a platform that democratizes access to high-quality, royalty-free stock content. Initially catering to the European market, Fotolia quickly expanded its presence worldwide, becoming a leading stock content provider with a vast library of images, illustrations, vectors, and videos.

Acquisition by Adobe in 2014

In 2014, Adobe announced its acquisition of Fotolia in a strategic move to bolster its creative software suite, Adobe Creative Cloud. The deal, worth approximately $800 million, allowed Adobe to integrate Fotolia’s rich content library into its existing range of products and services, thus offering seamless access to stock content for its users.

Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud

Following the acquisition, Fotolia was integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Adobe Stock. This integration enabled Creative Cloud subscribers to access millions of stock assets directly within their favorite Adobe applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The merge also allowed users to license, manage, and edit stock content without leaving their creative workspace, significantly enhancing their workflow and overall efficiency.


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