Time to sum up

Both Shutterstock and Adobe Stock have probably good photos with content which is not lousy and that fit your needs. However, in both of them, they are not easy to find. If you can afford paying 40 euros for one image, Adobe Stock Premium is probably the easiest way. If not, I think the Featured Sorting in Adobe also is very helpful. Coupling it with the fact that Adobe’s Search by Image actually works compared to Shutterstock, I think we have a winner.

In order to get good results, remember that both Adobe and Shutterstock prioritize keywords, not the title, so don’t be surprised to find titles that don’t match your keywords. Unfortunately, a good search is not simple. It needs 3 main ingredients: 1) carefully selected keywords, 2) taking advantage as much as possible of available filters and 3) exclusion keywords.