Adobe Stock Makes Sharing Images Easier For Teams

Posted on 9/16/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Adobe has made it easier for companies with multiple designers (a creative team) to access, manage and license images from one shared Adobe Stock subscription at no extra cost. The service called “Pooled Images” allows an unspecified number of team members to have access to the same Adobe Cloud account.

If the team needs 10 images a month ($29.99) or 750 images a month ($199.99) the entire team can have access to the images they need for the cost of an individual subscription.
Any (AdobeStock) license currently assigned to one member of a team will automatically be available to all team members. Any team member will be able to see the images that have been licensed during the subscription term and the allowed number remaining. If one of the images already licensed was used on a project for a particular client, and a different designer wants to use the same image on a different project for the same client, the designer can do so without paying an additional fee. The designer may also download another copy of the high-res version without needing to re-license since the image has already been licensed by a team member.

If the second designer wants to use the same image on a project for a different client, then that designer will need to re-purchase the image.

Most of Adobe’s competitors charge companies with several designers an additional fee for a multi-seat license. Adobe’s move has eliminated the need for customers to purchase multi-seat licenses although it is believed that in the past many customers ignored this requirement and simply allowed several designers to access the same account.

Adobe Stock does not offer extended licenses and at the moment offers only a standard license that allows the licensee to use the images for illustration purposes only. The image can not be used in a company logo or brand.

All members of Creative Cloud for Teams accounts are automatically upgraded to the new system. Adobe Stock subscription previously available to the single subscribed account will simply be extended to the rest of the team members.

Microstock agency subscriptions typically use technology to limit the quantity of simultaneous sessions using each subscription, encouraging customers to purchase multiple subscriptions or use their enterprise services rather than allowing multiple staff to use a single subscription.

Copyright © 2015 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

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  • David Madison Posted Sep 16, 2015
    The irony of Adobe joining in and leading the race to bottom of image pricing and value is remarkable given they make a huge amount of their revenues selling Photoshop and Lightroom licenses to photographers; and are also fairly rigid about seat licensing requirements for software licensing in group environments....

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