Stock Photography 2023: How to Sell AI Generated Images on Stock Photography Websites

Are you interested in generating images using AI and want to sell them on stock photography websites? In this tutorial, I will guide you through my process of creating images using AI and then uploading them to two popular stock photography websites, Adobe Stock and Dreamstime.

You will also learn about the tools required for this process and the necessary etiquettes needed for submitting these images and increasing your chances of getting accepted. So, let's dive in and get started!

AI Image Generator

Before we begin, let's get familiar with the AI tool we are going to use to generate images, Midjourney. Midjourney is a text to image AI generator, available as a Discord Bot. It uses AI to generate artwork based on user prompts. You can get started by creating an account and joining the Midjourney Discord server.

For further guidance and a comprehensive understanding of Midjourney, we recommend that you peruse our structured and informative Ultimate Guide To Get Started with Midjourney, which covers all essential aspects of utilizing the platform for your creative pursuits.

Generating the Images

To generate the images, I use Midjourney. After signing up for the paid version, you can use the Imagine command to generate images. For instance, type “/Imagine fashion photography girl in the eighties with colorful outfit in a studio, extremely detailed, photography” and press enter. It takes less than 60 seconds to generate the image. Midjourney outputs four images, and then you can choose which one to upscale. The minimum required size for Adobe Stock and Dreamstime is 4MP, so upscaling is a necessary step.

Midjourney ai art, fashion girl
Fashion photography girl

Upscaling and Customization

To upscale your image, use Topaz Gigapixel AI or any other preferred tool, and be mindful of not losing quality during the process. Once the image is upscaled, crop out any unnecessary areas and customize it to your preferences. You can add some room for copy or print, as this amount of customization is essential for selling images online.

Topaz Gigapixel AI Upscaling

Title and Description

The title of your image plays an essential role in its visibility on stock photography websites, so make it count. Choose a unique and catchy title, keeping in mind the kind of image you have generated. The keywords you use should also be relevant to the image, and the description should convey enough information about the image for potential buyers. Adobe Stock won't require it, but it's necessary to put in accurate descriptions, especially for Dreamstime.

Submitting Your Image

Next, you will need to upload the image to the stock photography websites. While uploading, ensure that you have met all the requirements like labeling your image as ‘Created using generative AI tools.' Additionally, follow the guidelines for recognizable people or possessions and set the appropriate category as ‘Illustration.' For Dreamstime, one of your categories must be ‘Illustrations and clipart AI generated.

Adobe Stock Generative AI requirements


Generating AI images can be a lot of fun, and the possibilities are endless. However, selling them on stock photography websites comes with a certain set of rules and requirements that you must abide by.

By following the above steps and tips, you can increase your chances of succeeding in the stock photography industry. So, get your creative juices flowing, and start generating stunning AI images to make a profit.

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