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- Rated 4.5 stars
- Envato Elements
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Elements is a service from Envato that aims to provide creatives with an ever-expanding library of digital assets for their projects. If you want access to a large collection of photos, graphics, illustrations, fonts, HTML templates, and WordPress themes and plugins, as well as other content then Envato Elements could be just what you’re looking for.
In this Envato Elements review, we’ll explore what this service has to offer, how it works, and how much it costs to help you decide if this is a good option for your needs.
What is Envato Elements?
Envato Elements is a subscription service that provides you with access to over 410,000 digital assets for your projects. To keep things simple, Envato Elements offers just two pricing plans — monthly and annual — with both supporting unlimited downloads. However, if you also want access to the 400+ WordPress themes and plugins, you will have to choose the annual payment plan.
Unlike some other premium image and digital asset services, you won’t have to worry about credits and download limits. This approach from Envato Elements is good as it gives you the ability to experiment with different files before making a final decision on which one to use for your project.
When it comes to content creation, the Envato Elements assets are produced by a community of independent designers. These designers are paid for their efforts via a revenue sharing model. Fifty percent of net revenue is reportedly shared with the content creators who supply the assets for Envato Elements.
Who is Envato Elements For?
We’ll look at some of the content available in more detail later on in this Envato Elements review. However, to give you a better idea of who could benefit from signing up to this service, some groups from the target audience include:
- Website owners who want a varied choice of WordPress theme and plugins.
- Bloggers who need high-quality images for their articles.
- Web designers who require WordPress themes, HTML templates, and other assets for their websites.
- T-shirt and other merchandise creators who seek starter graphics and templates for their designs.
- Graphic designers and other illustrators who'd like more fonts, brushes, actions, and layer styles.
- Business owners who would appreciate ready-made stationery, business card, and website templates.
As you can see, anyone creating visual content is part of the Envato Elements target audience. If you’ve ever struggled to find a suitable featured image for a blog post or you want to speed up your design workflow by starting with a template or using actions and presets for your favorite software, Envato Elements could help you out. Now that WordPress themes and plugins are also available as part of the service, anyone who owns a WordPress website or works with this popular platform should also consider signing up with Envat Element.
How Much Does Envato Elements Cost?
You can join Envato Elements for a monthly fee of $29 but if you also want access to the 400+ WordPress themes and plugins, you'll need to pay the annual fee of $348 (which is the equivalent of $29 per month). The fees include unlimited downloads of the 410,000+ items in the library. These items are available under a commercial license, allowing you to use them with confidence in all of your projects.
You can cancel your subscription at any time and retain the rights to use any items you downloaded and registered during your time as an Envato Elements customer. However, we'll be covering the license details in more depth later on in this Envato Elements review.
At the time of writing this Envato Elements review, the items in the assets repository consist of:
- WordPress Themes (259) including blogging, portfolio, business, ecommerce, and multi-purpose themes.
- WordPress Plugins (154) including email marketing, forms, media player, and social media plugins.
- Photos (372,899) including high-quality landscape, food, people, and tech royalty-free stock photographs.
- Graphics (9,120 items) including illustrations, backgrounds, vectors, icons, and objects.
- Add-ons (861 items) including actions and presets, brushes, and layer styles.
- Fonts (1,794 items) including serif, sans-serif, and decorative fonts.
- Graphic Templates (16,105 items) including product mockups, UX and UI kits, and infographics.
- Presentation Templates (1,290 items) including PowerPoint and Keynote templates.
- Web Templates (1,290 items) including email, admin, website, and landing page templates.
- CMS Templates (703 items) including Shopify, Drupal, Magento, Ghost, and Tumblr templates.
- 3D Renders (12,678 items) including a wide range of objects.
WordPress users will notice that there are now WordPress themes and plugins available as part of Envato Elements. There isn't the selection to match ThemeForest, the largest WordPress theme marketplace, or CodeCanyon, the plugin marketplace, both also owned by Envato, but it looks like new items already being added on a regular basis. Royalty-free stock photographs have also been added to Envato Elements with over 300,000 to choose from.
It’s also worth pointing out that even during the process of writing this Envato Elements review more items were added to the library of assets. To help you narrow down your search for the right asset, many of the top-level categories are divided up further into sub-categories.
You can also filter the items by other properties, such as responsive or retina ready, when browsing the web templates category, for example. If you’re using a specific software application, you can also filter the items by this criterion. Software application filtering options include:
- Adobe Illustrator.
- Adobe InDesign.
- Adobe Lightroom.
- Adobe Photoshop.
- Affinity Designer.
However, in most cases, you should be able to open, edit, and use the assets in a compatible application of your choice as well as the prescribed software.
How Does the Envato Elements License Work?
Envato Elements keeps things incredibly simple when it comes to licensing. As mentioned, the items you can download are covered by a commercial license, which you can find out more about here. This means you can use the assets you download in your own work, as well as client projects.
When downloading an asset, you can choose from two licensing-related options:
- Project Use – register the item with a specific project for eternal use.
- Trial Use – a no registration option that’s great for examining an asset before deciding whether to use it.
The trial use option is ideal for exploring an asset to find out more about it, before you’re sure if, and where, you will use it. Once you’re ready to use an asset, you can select the project use option and then enter the required details. Registering a download for a project is as straightforward as entering the name of the project. You really don’t have to submit much information at all to ‘license’ a download.
In short, if you’ve paid for access to the Envato Elements library you can use any of those files in commercial projects. Cancelling your subscription means you can’t download any more items, but any items you’ve already downloaded and registered to a project can continue to be used by that project. For more information, it's well worth watching the short video on the Envato Elements licensing page.
Envato Elements User Experience
When it comes to user experience, again, Envato Elements keeps things incredibly simple. To help you decide whether to sign up with Envato Elements, you can first browse the library for free. If you do see any assets that you like, it only takes a minute or two to sign up and start downloading.
Once you’ve created a free Envato account, you can sign up to Envato Elements on the monthly subscription plan. After entering your PayPal or card payment details, you can start downloading the files immediately.
Once you’ve seen something that catches your eye, you can find out more about the asset on its own page, before making a decision whether download it or not. If after closer inspection, the item still looks like a good match for your needs, you can hit the download button to get access to the files.
Before downloading the item, you will need to either register it for use on a specific project or download it for trial use. The latter is the best option if you just want to take a closer look at an item, before deciding to use it on a particular project. It’s worth pointing out that once you’ve registered an item for use on a specific project, you can continue to use the item even if your subscription has ended.
When you’ve made a choice, a zip archive of the files is downloaded to your computer. You can then extract the files from the archive and open them with a compatible software application or service.
It’s good to see that if you download a background image or other type of graphic, you’ll also get access to the JPG or PNG versions of the files in addition to the editable Photoshop or Illustrator files (depending on the type of file you’ve downloaded). Having a JPG or PNG version of the asset means you can instantly use it without needing access to a specific software application.
If you don’t currently have access to the right tools, simply download a file, upload it into your WordPress blog and crop or scale it there before publishing it on your website. Of course, if you want full editing capabilities then having the right software application is recommended. However, it’s good to know that there are other options.
While you’re logged into your Envato Elements account, you can view the items you’ve downloaded from your dashboard. This makes it easy to quickly download something again to register it with a different project or add a license to a trial item to enable it for use on a live project.
Envato Elements vs The Competition
When it comes to finding images and other assets for your work, there are plenty of options out there. However, they broadly fall into two categories: free repositories and commercial services. Both have their pros and cons with free services often having either a small selection of high-quality items or a larger library of low-quality items.
Furthermore, as they are in short supply, the best items from the free services are often widely used throughout the web. Upgrading to a premium service is usually the best way to gain access to a large pool of high-quality items that haven’t already been overused. However, you’ll often have to pay a hefty price to join a premium service like Shutter Stock.
Envato Elements sits somewhere in between the free and premium options. You can join up for a relatively low monthly fee while getting access to a large selection of high-quality items.
I was really impressed with Envato Elements. Just $29 per month gets you access to a massive library of high-quality assets.
As a blogger and social media user, I now have a seemingly endless supply of images that I can use to enhance my articles, tweets and other social media posts. If I were a graphic designer, web developer, or another type of creator, then Envato Elements would be even more useful and better value. Being able to quickly download a website template to show to a client as a starting point, or grab some interesting new fonts for a project will save you a lot of time and effort, ultimately helping to improve your bottom line. Business owners who need a set of stationery templates will be able to find something suitable here too.
Now that WordPress themes and plugins are available from Envato Elements, it's an even better deal before. Also, since the first version of this Envato Elements review was published, the number of digital assets in the library has increased from 20,000 to over 410,00, with the price remaining the same.
My only concern with Envato Elements is quality control. So far, all the assets appear to have been created to a very high standard. Hopefully, as the popularity of this platform grows, especially as a way for creatives to sell their work, Envato will keep on top of content submissions to maintain the current quality levels.
Based on the current library of assets available from Envato Elements, this service comes highly recommended for anyone who needs a steady stream of WordPress themes, plugin, graphics, templates, mockups, and a wide range of other visual content at an affordable price. As you can continue to use any items you’ve downloaded and registered after your subscription has ended, even if you only need a handful of items for a project, Envato Elements is still a great value proposition.
- WordPress themes and plugins now included.
- A wide range of different types of items.
- Large library of high-quality assets.
- User-friendly interface and member dashboard.
- Easy to understand licensing.
- Continue to use assets after ending subscription.
- Affordable monthly fee.
- Not as many WordPress themes as items in the other categories.
Summary: Library of premium WordPress themes and plugin, graphics, illustrations, templates, and other digital assets for your personal and client projects.
Rated 4.5 stars