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Free Adobe Stock Images

Matic BrozUpdated May 17, 2022

Want to download high-quality, royalty-free Adobe Stock photos? There are two legal ways to do so for free, and that’s what I’m going to cover in this article. First I’ll explain what Adobe Stock is and how it works. Then I’ll give you the details on how you can download your own premium images for free.

What is Adobe Stock?

Adobe Stock is a stock photography and video library that allows you to search, browse, buy, and download images. It’s like an online photo store where you can find the perfect image for your project or post. In addition to premium images, you can grab stock footage, vectors, templates, audio, and other assets.

Adobe Stock’s best feature is its integration with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of apps. You can access all of your assets from one place. For example, if you’re working on a design project, you can pull your images right inside Photoshop CC. Or, if you’re working on a video project in Adobe Premiere, you can open stock video clips or templates. Because you don’t have to pay for testing the assets (you pay only for those used at export), you get much better results at a lower price. 

As a photographer, you can also sell your photos through Adobe Stock. You can upload any type of media, including videos, audio files, 3D models, illustrations, graphics, etc. Once uploaded, it will be available in all of your projects on Creative Cloud.

How to get free Adobe Stock images?

There are two ways of getting free assets from Adobe Stock, both legal. With the Adobe Stock free trial, you can get 10 or 40 standard photos, vectors, or videos from the Adobe Stock collection of 1 million assets.

Free trial (free premium images)

The free trial provides a 30-day preview of what the subscription entails. During this period, you get 10 or 40 downloads, depending on the plan you pick.

First, you enter your payment information, but you won’t be charged until the end of the free trial. And if you cancel before the 30 days, you still won’t be charged. So, it’s 100% risk-free. Unlike Shutterstock, Adobe Stock’s free trial has no hidden tricks. For example, Shutterstock doesn’t allow cancellations 4 days before the free trial expiration.

How to get the free trial?

  1. Go to Adobe Stock.
    This link takes you directly to the free trial page.
  2. Click the “START FREE TRIAL” button.
  3. Sign in with your account.
  4. Enter your payment information.
  5. Verify everything is correct.
  6. Click the “Agree and subscribe” button.

In addition, there are other free trials that you can use to get even more free images.

1+ million free images, videos, and more (free collection)

In addition to the free trial, Adobe Stock offers more than 1 million completely free assets. What’s more, there’s no need to attribute the authors, so you can use the free images for commercial projects as well.

In total, the free collection consists of 1+ million images, 8.5K HD videos (4K videos too), 3.5K design templates, and more than 1,000 3D assets. By creating a free Adobe account, you get the option to license these assets for free with the Adobe Stock Standard or Enhanced license.

How to download free photos?

  1. Go to Adobe Stock.
  2. Click the Free button in the primary menu.
  3. Browse photos, videos, and other assets.
  4. Click on the one you like.
  5. Click on the License for Free button.
  6. Sign in or create a free Adobe account.
  7. Use the royalty-free photos for commercial or creative projects.

Which license do I get with the free collection assets?

Free collection assets are licensed under one of the two royalty-free licenses found at Adobe Stock.

  • Standard license: Photos, vectors, and illustrations.
  • Enhanced license: Videos, templates, and 3D assets.

Which assets can I download from the free collection?

The Adobe Stock Free Collection includes free images, vector art, illustrations, video clips, graphic designs, animation templates, and 3D models. To find this curated collection, click “Free” in the stock.adobe.com navigation bar.

How long may I use the free assets?

All licenses are royalty-free licenses, which is a perpetual license. That means you may use the free assets as many times in as many projects as you want anywhere in the world. Even if you cancel the account, you may use all the assets you downloaded.

How may I use the free stock assets?

The standard license (photos, vectors, illustrations) grants you unlimited views on the web, mobile, and social media; up to 500,000 prints; up to 500,000 views for recordings or digital production. The enhanced license (videos, templates, 3D assets) grants everything the standard license does, plus it allows reproduction beyond 500,000.

How many free assets can I download?

There’s a daily download limit to avoid abuse of the free downloads. But as long as you download a couple of assets, you’re good to go. You can always buy a subscription plan to increase your daily download limit.


Are there free Adobe Stock images?

Yes, there are two ways to download free Adobe Stock images. First, there’s a free collection of more than 1 million assets that you can download. Second, use the 30-day free trials with the 10 and 40 monthly downloads subscription plans. This way, you get 10 or 40 premium photos or other assets.

Are Adobe Stock images copyright free?

No, all Adobe Stock images are licensed under a royalty-free license. This means you’re allowed to use the images if you buy the license. Copyright-free means that the author/photographer no longer has to be paid for their work.

How do I get my 10 free Adobe Stock images?

You can get 10 (or 40) Adobe Stock free images with the free trials that come with the annual subscription plans. Go to the free trial page, enter your billing information (you won’t be charged), and confirm. 

Are there free videos on Adobe Stock?

Yes, the free collection contains free video footage, including HD and 4K videos. These are licensed under the enhanced license, which allows more than 500,000 copies. I recommend using Adobe’s video editor Adobe Premiere Pro.

Does Adobe have stock videos?

Adobe Stock offers more than 23.1 million premium stock video clips and 8.5K free HD videos. You can buy premium videos with credits only; 8 credits for HD videos, 20 credits for a 4K video. Credits cost between $8 and $9.99.

How to download Adobe Stock images without a watermark?

There are three ways to download Adobe images without a watermark. First, by purchasing a subscription plan; these cost $0.26–$9.99 per image. Second, by getting a free trial to either the 10-images/month plan or 40-images/month plan. The free trial lasts 30 days and grants you 10 or 40 assets, based on the plan. Third, by downloading from the free collection.

Can I use Adobe Stock images for commercial use?

All Adobe Stock images, even those from the free collection, may be used for commercial purposes. But keep in mind that you need to purchase a license to use them commercially.

Is Adobe Stock included in Creative Cloud?

Adobe Stock is integrated into the Creative Cloud, but it’s not free. With each Creative Cloud plan, you can also get a free trial of Adobe Stock. But you’ll have to pay for the service if you want to continue using it. Also, students and teachers can get a discount on Creative Cloud, but they do not get a discount on Adobe Stock.

Does Adobe Stock license Rights-Managed?

Adobe Stock does not offer rights-managed licenses because all photos can be downloaded by every customer. You can get several variations of a royalty-free license: standard, enhanced, and extended, but they do not grant exclusivity.

Are Adobe Stock images royalty-free?

Adobe Stock licenses only royalty-free images. This is a perpetual license that allows up to 500,000 copies (standard license) or unlimited reproduction (enhanced and extended licenses) of images and royalty-free stock footage.


Adobe Stock is a service that provides high-quality, royalty-free images for creatives to use for their projects. If you’re looking for images for your social media posts, blog posts, or website, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find something better than Adobe Stock. And the best part? You can download some of their images for free!

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Matic Broz is a photographer, graphic designer, and stock photographer. For over ten years he's been helping photographers improve their photos and graphic designers find the best images for their designs. His work has been featured by Lifewire and PetaPixel. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and petting random dogs. Read more

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