Today we are reviewing Envato Elements a subscription platform for any kind of digital asset such as templates, video, plugins, video
If you are working online for quite a time you must be aware of online purchases too. These purchases must be from Envato to fulfill the needs of your website.
Envato are considered as the biggest digital assets providers. They are operating in Australia and Melbourne. There are seven other asset directories associated to Envato.
3DOcean– 3D print models and CG textures.
PhotoDune– Stock images-free royalty stock images
AudioJungle– Royalty free audio and music
VideoHive– Royalty free templates and videos
CodeCanyon– Code snippets, plugins, scripts
ThemeForest– Templates and themes for websites
The general operations of Envato have expanded over a past few years. It has recently launched a marketplace for freelancers, online course service and tutorials, website builders, and freelancing.
Envato Elements have marked the greatest impression in terms of its services, which have been previously marketed by Envato as “Ultimate Creative Asset subscription”.
If you have a paid membership of Envato Elements, you will have access to several digital products. These products can be used and downloaded for a several times.
Here, in this post I will give an in depth review of the service, Envato Elements. I also describe the reasons behind why content creators and developers sign up.
About Envato Elements
The resource directories of digital asset of Envato continue to offer different products individually. The asset author is actually the one who sets the prices, yet Envato charges the allowing fee for the author to help selling on their platform.
Thus, the price of an item for purchase on Envato is highly different, such as, you may end up paying $60 for a theme offered on ThemeForest or $25 for a plugin from WordPress on CodeCanyon. GraphicRiver offers the same for $35 and for $5 on PhotoDune for the same photograph.
If you are a regular buyer of digital assets, you can find racking up your expenses very fast.
So, rather than paying for all the items one-by-one, Envato Elements provides you a chance to get a huge archive of digital assets at the expense of only $16.50 per month.
This archive comprises multiple stock photos, music, fonts, graphics, plugins and themes. The best thing is that the members of Envato Elements can download these items several times without any restriction.
Now come to the savings that you can expect from Envato Elements. Consider the fact that the service is growing very fast in terms of popularity.
What do you get from Envato Elements?
Visitors (non-members) can freely look and browse around the website of Envato Elements to find out the best offer. Nevertheless, we recommend to you a sing up as Envato publishes a catalogue of free digital files which are updated daily. These files are easily accessible from the homepage.
Sign in with your Envato account. You should surely have an account if you ever bought anything from the Envato marketplace, such as ThemeForest.
However, it’s just a matter of a few minutes if you haven’t.
You will get to know the extent of its archive after you start browsing Envato Elements with your account.
At the moment, there are about 1.6 million digital assets available at Envato marketplace for downloading. But the archive is continuously growing. Every week, over 22,000 new items are added.
The homepage also guides you for new items that are added to the archive along with the free files. Also, a curated list of top-quality assets is also displayed.
You can have an access to more than 460,000 motion graphics, 46,000 logos, 22000 icons, 1,800 presets and actions, 880,000 photos, 110,000 audio files, 15,000 video templates, 22,000 vectors, and 5,900 fonts.
Infographics, image backgrounds, and email templates are also available for the members. And the plus option for the members is that they can access courses and tutorials on TutsPlus.
Now if you have a WordPress website, we strongly recommend you install Envato Elements plugin for WordPress. In this way, you will be able to search for the archive while using your WordPress admin area and add media into the pages and posts directly.
More than 1,400 page templates and 80 template kits are also visible within WordPress plugin in Envato Elements. It is easy for you to use these templates for your website with Beaver Builder or Elementor. Both these page builders use drag and drop tool and are free for downloading.
Membership of Envato Elements offers something for almost everyone.
You can have an easy access to stock images for your blog, if you are a blogger. You can insert these images to your content.
Video templates are a huge attraction for YouTubers, motion graphics and audio files which are available for Website designs and can use millions of logos, icons, vectors, fonts and etc. Obviously, the quality of items matters a lot and if the quality of 1.6 million elements is poor, than they are of no use.
However, it is not the case with Envato Elements. It has followed a strict rule to include quality items in the archive. We could not find any item that is included to merely boost the catalogue in terms of number for marketing.
Also note that many elements offered by Envato at the marketplace are not free even under the Elements subscription. It means that a subscription does not allow you to download a file from the marketplace.
Here is how you can find a great item for your website form the Envato Elements.
How to find an item of your Need in Envato Elements
Finding the right digital asset form such a huge library is difficult. You will have to sort out the items and search specifically for the required item if you want to find the right items of your interest.
Envato made it easy since it allows to search the categories with filters. This is to make sure that the results of your search would be more specific and relevant.
If you are aware of what you actually need, you will definitely use the search bar which is present at the top of every page. Therefore, restricting the search to a specific category will help you get better and the most relevant results.
Click the “browse” option at the page top will lead you to search for the item on the “all items” tab.
Here, you will find a list of categories displaying at the top. Under this list is a selection pane for the items for all the categories. It will give a great experience to the customers to shop.
This menu is useful as then your customers can access with Envato Elements from any page.
Filter is another important and effective way of getting a desired digital asset.
As you select a category, you will find a list of filters displaying towards the left side of the page. This list allows you to improve your search by displaying restricted items of the selected and specific sub-category with the most relevant tags.
Such as the items can be restricted if you select Adobe Photoshop.
Functionality to good search is also important for a digital library which comprises thousands of items.
If the right keywords are used, the search bar may help find the most relevant items in a matter of few seconds. Nevertheless, you can further refine your search by frequently selecting the categories and narrowing down the keywords with filters.
The main description area always follows the items which are related to the items displayed under the related items.
How to get Envato Elements Membership
If you want to merely sign in and browse Envato Elements, it’s free. Free browsing is available for visitors. Even the entire digital archive is available for browsing just like a regular member. The difference in this is that the item page displays an option of downloading for members rather than a sign of encouragement to sign up.
You can find a full explanation on the item page about the element and its purpose. It also displays the files to be included along with the applications, and file types which are usable with these elements and their dimensions. Such dimensions include colour selection and further relevant information.
If you are there to merely browsing and exploring the site to work on your project, it notes down your viewed items.
You can do this by placing and bookmarking your items in a collection. You can later review all these items as you decide to get started with Envato Elements to complete your project.
All the files that you want should be added if you intend to download.
It also provides a license to do so. For this, you need to simply add the title of your project and then assign a file for the already added project. You are now allowed to download the file.
If you wish to download a file without a licence, you can.
The video files are shown as previews so that you can watch the videos prior to download it.
Envato provides a detailed information about the looping, frame rate, file size and resolution of all the videos.
The best thing about the whole process is the simplicity. There is no need to switch from one page to another in order to download the assets of your desire. You directly click on the item of your choice, add a project into it and download.
All video files and stock images are of high definition and quality. The paragraphs that were checked had by width the resolution equal to 5,000 pixels. Similarly, 4k or 1080p are the biggest file’s resolution.
Cost of Envato Elements
The membership of Envato Elements provides you an access of more than 1,600,000 digital items and more than 50,000,000 stock photos on Envato Elements and Twenty20, respectively. EBooks and Courses from TutsPlus can also be obtained with this membership.
You can own this all at $16.50 per month excluding tax.
The students’ discount is 30% that students can avail by adding their student E-mail ID at the time of signing up. You don’t have to sign up for a long term contract instead the membership is valid for a month and you are free to withdraw you membership at any time of the month.
Although you can download the digital products without restrictions and at an unlimited number, but that does not mean you own the entire asset. Such as, you cannot download an element and then sale it again to someone else or start using print graphics to commercially sell the items.
Reading license terms and conditions will guide you to understand what it allows and what it doesn’t.
We believe that Envato Elements is a service that benefits a lot of people out there. As you come to know about the huge number of items available at the market place of Envato, the monthly cost would feel like incredibly low. Likewise, the offer of cancelling membership at any time of the month makes sure that you are not bound to fulfil a long-term and restricted contract.
The quality of items is another important and pleasing aspect. If you deeply explore the website for stock images, you may find a lot of graphics, videos and images in low quality. Envato has lower number of items to keep a quality check ensured for each single item to make it worth using and downloading.
Although I appreciate the Envato Elements service and its offers, but the service is not there for everyone. This is because, you need to use the service regularly so that the subscription remains worthwhile. If you do not download the audios, videos and images regularly, then you should purchase the digital items every now and then.
Moreover, Envato Elements may lack the items of your choice. Elements membership does not include all the items available at the Envato marketplace. It means that you will have to restrict yourself to the available files only or purchase the items separately.
Before you sign up, note that the Envato Elements offers it monthly membership at the cost of $16.50 per month.
Envato Elements can prove to be “All-in-One” type solution for most of the customers which provides them everything of their choice. However, others may feel that Elements is just a low cost complementary purchase for them.