Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular apps for imaging and design. This page will go into detail about the specific requirements and best practices for Adobe Stock Photoshop templates.
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Submit templates for the following categories:
- Print category: brochures/pamphlets, business cards, invitations, flyers, packaging layouts, posters, stationery, apparel mockups, desk scene mockups, product mockups
- Web category: desktop or laptop mockups (front & isometric views, environmental & contextual), social media kits, web banners in various standard sizes, web forms (signup, etc.), web UI kits
- Mobile category: mobile mockups - latest phone/tablet devices (front & isometric views, environmental & contextual), mobile UI kits, social media kits
- Art & Illustration category: hand-drawn/painted design elements kits, scene generator mockups
- Photo category: collage layouts, mockups (such as photo frames, photo albums, etc), photo filters/effects/masks
Photoshop Best Practices
Follow these best practices to ensure acceptance of your files to the Adobe Stock marketplace. If you would like to see examples of how files are correctly set up for acceptance, check out these free Photoshop templates.
Photoshop template files must be submitted as .psdt. The difference between a .psdt and a regular .psd file is that the .psdt will open up as an "Untitled" file. This allows end users to save the template as a new file when they edit it, and ensures that they do not overwrite the original template file.
To save your file as a .pdst, select the Photoshop format and add "t" at the end of the file extension
Use standard paper and screen sizes accepted by Adobe Stock. Layout formats that are not listed are subject to rejections.
Utilize artboards for multiple pages and screens within a file. Each layout or screen should have its own artboard to allow users to easily export them as separate files. Do not leave elements outside of artboards.
Since bleeds can’t be automatically generated in Photoshop, we allow bleed borders or marks on a separate layer to show the bleed area.
Do not use 3rd-party plugins or add-ons - these are not included in the template and will not work for end users.
Organize layers by grouping Text, Placeholder Images, Graphic Elements, and Background.
Each layout within a template file should be organized with separate layer groups
All text must be editable and use Adobe Fonts - do not outline text. Users expect the ability to edit and customize text to their needs.
The minimum acceptable font size is 8 pt. Anything smaller is subject to rejection for legibility reasons.
For more information, see Text in Templates.
Images must be embedded in the template. Adobe Stock templates are single files that do not allow for packaging of external files. Do not link images in your template - they will not appear for the end user.
Embedded images must be saved as .psd, .psb, .jpg, .png, or .tif files. We do not accept images in .ai or .eps format in Photoshop templates because end users may not have access to all Creative Cloud apps.
For more information, see Images in Templates.
Masking is used to hide portions of a design or image without permanently erasing it.
Layer masks work in the same layer and give the user more control over what is shown and hidden. It covers a layer with an invisible canvas which tells everything in black to hide that part of the layer and everything in white to show.