Summary: This article has some handy tips to learn and improve your item in the Graphics categories.
The Three Characteristics of a Successful Portfolio
High Quality: The item is easy for the subscribers to use, it saves the subscribers time and displays an understanding of techniques that are at an equal or higher skill level than the average customer/subscriber.
Note: We love to see Authors branching out into different media types and encourage people to continually add to and improve their skills. Please make sure that you’re at an appropriate skill level before uploading files to a category you’re unfamiliar with.
Relevant: The files shouldn’t look dated at the time of upload. Upload and create items that are relevant to contemporary industry trends - or - have a unique and timeless style.
Attractive: The file needs to be described and presented in an attractive manner. Show off the key selling points and features of the item without cluttering the cover image. You can read tips on how to prepare successful Cover and Preview Images here.
Example: RNS Miles by Yorlmar. Eye catching cover image that clearly shows the item with additional preview images to showcase the features.
Common Reasons for Item Rejection
The Design isn’t Suitable for the Elements library
You can confuse and overwhelm subscribers with hundreds of similar items. Instead it’s better to focus on creating a highly-curated portfolio with a strong emphasis on unique high-quality items that subscribers will find helpful and easy to use.
The Item is Similar to other Items in the Library
If we feel an item is too similar to another author’s existing item, we may remove it from the library. The appeal of a unique and interesting design will result in many more downloads than a design which simply copies ideas from existing works.
The Item is Almost the Same as Items you’ve Previously Uploaded
To avoid oversaturation and crowding of the library, items can be removed if you already have a large selection of similar items in your portfolio. Elements has an Item Bundles and Splitting policy, you can read about it in the author help center.
The Item is too Conceptual to be useful as a Stock File
Sometimes an item will look great in a private portfolio, but the file itself will be too conceptual to be used as stock. The aim of Elements is to be a creative toolbox. The files need to have broad commercial appeal for the subscribers.
Note: Make sure you’re always thinking of the subscriber. How likely would they be to use the files, does it help them with their work, does it fill a gap in the market?
We love to see authors who experiment with new techniques and styles, but we will remove items that have low commercial appeal.
We encourage you to share your experiments and portfolio pieces on the Elements Author forum and look forward to seeing your commercial stock items in the library.
The Item is Extremely Simple
This is an item that would be just as quick for a subscriber to make themselves than the time it takes to find and download the item. Examples include, traced images, “doodle” style illustrations, “squiggle” kits, gradient backgrounds, basic shape packs, extremely simple print layouts and other quickly made items.
Elements subscribers are likely to be working within the creative industries already. They’re looking for assets that help them to complete their work quickly and easily. They have the skills and tools to create their own simple items when they need them.
See examples below of items that do not meet our quality standards
Do not Upload: Rudimentary graphics.
Do not Upload: Unrefined “doodle” packs, standard/default design templates, traced images and generic icons.
Do not Upload: Excessive Variations
Do not Upload: Basic Recolours