If you’re a graphic designer, you probably find yourself consistently purchasing stock visuals from platforms like Shutterstock, Pond5, or Adobe Stock. And it’s a bit difficult to stand out from the pack with the limited creative assets those visual resource websites have.
But what if I told you it’s possible to have unlimited download access to over 2,000,000 creative and visual stock assets; including sound effects, stock photos, stock footage, video templates, vector illustrations, stock music, and graphic templates. With Envato Elements, that’s a reality. And while there are many other subscription creative asset stockpiles available, no other service offers so many elements for Envato’s subscription price. So if you’re a blogger, video creator, graphic designer, web developer, creative agency, or motion designer you’ll want to stick around.
In the brand’s description, the Envato Elements service is designing without limits. With one subscription, you have access to 2,000,000+ inspiring templates, assets, and themes. From just $16.50 every month you get access to an individual account (an account with access to a 2,000,000+ element library of creative assets) which is lower than the cost of licensing a single image or song on many stock platforms.
How does it work?
Envato Elements is unique in its own right. Unlike the traditional digital stock platforms that users purchase creative assets one by one with each asset having its commercial license, Envato Elements works as a subscription-based service. Which means you need to pay a monthly subscription fee of $16.50 and you’ll get unlimited access to Envato’s 2, 000,000+ catalog of amazing creative assets:
- Stock videos
- Stock Pictures
- Presentation templates
- Graphic templates
- CMS templates
- WordPress templates
- Motion Design templates
- 3D objects
- Lightroom, Photoshop and Illustrator add-ons
- and a lot more!
Envato Elements also has a massive resource selection of over 22,000 royalty-free soundtracks, and 102,500 sound effects. You get all of this with your monthly subscription.
Do I get a free trial?
Sadly, no. The reason probably being that their subscription involves the subscriber having access to unlimited creative resources and a free trial would give people access to download hundreds to thousands of assets. If they permit users to sign up for free even for short periods, they’ll be giving all assets away, which isn’t a business-friendly idea. However, I was able to search through Envato Elements entire resource library before subscribing.
The site offers many search options to discover and browse content. Asides from the ability to search via keywords, you can streamline your search via their intuitive filters in a category to locate what you’re looking for. A good tip that I keep in mind while browsing is ensuring I go through the alternatives similar to the specific item that I am looking at. Exploring the related resources that Envato Elements offers you is a great way to ensure that you pick the best item for your project.
Who’s this for?
Besides the creative assets, I mentioned in the “how it works” section that Envato has a lot to offer in their subscription package. But to know what’s in it for you, I’ll give you a quick summary of the different content creator types an Envato Elements subscription would benefit.
Graphic Agencies and Designers
Improving efficiency and overall design quality is something I strive to achieve consistently. Envato Elements helps in reaching that goal daily by its unlimited access to tons of vector illustrations, product mockups, quality print layouts, infographic templates, icons, and fonts. Not to mention Envato’s Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator add-ons such as brushes, actions, layer styles and presets.
For photographers you can look forward to amazing Adobe Lightroom presets to stylize and enhance your photos and tons of Adobe Photoshop extensions with your subscription.
Video Creators and Filmmakers
You can boost your production value with access to an abundance of motion graphics templates, stock photos, and stock videos via your Envato Elements subscription.
Also included in the subscription package is access to stylish openers, cool company logo reveals, titles templates and elegant lower thirds, intro video templates and amazing product promo templates.
But what I found the most exciting is Envato Elements’ addition of audio to the subscription. As a subscriber, you get unlimited download access to over 22,000 royalty-free music tracks and 102,500 sound effects. I find the addition of royalty-free music and sound to the subscription, a feature that puts Envato Elements ahead of the competition for video creators.
Bloggers and Web Developers
Envato Elements caters to so many creative groups and if you’re a blogger like I am or a web developer, the subscription is a gold mine. You’ll get access to various kinds of website templates and themes. Including CMS templates, responsive WordPress themes, eCommerce templates, landing pages and a lot more.
I also found their huge assortment of artistic illustrations, backgrounds, stock photos and icons helpful for use as design elements for websites.
Another huge benefit bloggers and web developers stand to get with their subscription is access to over 50 million real-world photos that you can use in personal and professional projects.
This feature results from a partnership between Envato Elements and Twenty20. Most creatives know Twenty20 for their massive selection of real-world, authentic photos. And Envato teaming up with Twenty20 only amplifies the fact that Elements is one of the leading creative asset platforms in 2020.
Access Envato Tuts+ Premium
If you’ve never heard of Tuts+, it’s a digital learning platform with over 28,500 free how-to courses for all creative types. With an Envato Elements subscription, I got premium access to Tuts+. That’s a huge plus considering that I got access to additional 1270 video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. And the courses cover all aspects that would interest any creative individual:
- Web design courses
- Business courses
- Video and photography courses
- Coding courses
- Audio and music courses
- Motion graphics and 3D animation courses
- Illustration and design courses
My access to Tuts+ premium also involved 250 specialized eBooks.
How much does it cost?
Envato Elements cost me only $16.50 per month when paid annually. This plan is for individuals and gives you access to:
- Millions of creative digital assets
- Courses and tutorials
- Over 50 million additional stock photos
- Option to cancel at any time
If you run a creative agency and require more than one team member to access your Envato Elements account, the subscription fee is $10.75 per month for each team member. This plan includes every feature of the individual plan and more:
- A central location for all downloads
- You can scale and change members whenever you want too
- Teams can save up to 35% in subscription cost
For creative organizations that require all staff to have access to Envato Elements, they offer a custom pricing option. The plan contains all features of the team plan and additions like:
- Increased indemnification
- Tailored solutions
- Dedicated account management
Students also get a 30% discount for any Envato Elements subscription plan.
The Pros and Cons of Envato Elements
- One subscription to access all creative assets and unlimited downloads. No individual subscription for required.
- A single commercial license for all resources.
- Huge library of themes, videos, photos, design assets, and templates.
- New creative assets added daily.
- Premium access to Envato Tuts+ (240+ ebooks and 1000+ courses)
- Massive library but may not have the specific asset you’re searching for depending on your creative type.
- Subscription doesn’t cover technical support on resources downloaded.
- Creative assets are frequently updated but notifications aren’t given when updates are made.
Disadvantages of Envato Elements
I have to put it out there, so far this sounds fantastic! And yes, from my experience using Envato Elements, it is. But like any other service in the market, it isn’t all glamor, though it may seem like that up till now. So I’ll talk about some potential disadvantages of the Envato Elements subscription next.
All Users Can Access Same Assets
A major issue with using a service like Envato Elements or other stock videos, music or image services I’ve experienced is that you’re likely to come across your creative assets in use by someone else who subscribes to the platform.
That isn’t so much of a problem if it’s some random person or digital personality, but in worst-case scenarios, it could be your competition. Hence, certain companies that hire artists prefer paying them to design original content. That way they exclusively own all creative assets used by them.
Keep in mind that when you subscribe to access creative resources, you don’t own them but just have a license for free use.
Envato Elements Does Not Offer Resource Support or Notification Updates
One downside to Envato’s subscription I encountered is no technical support for assets. Here’s what I mean: Because Envato Elements offers unlimited subscription and all assets on the platform are designed by independent artists, Envato Elements cannot offer technical support or help on how to use the resources.
However, this disadvantage all boils down to the creative type you belong to. In certain circumstances, like stock photos or vector illustrations, this won’t be an issue. But no asset resource support for creative types like web developers who want to buy website templates or themes is a deal-breaker.
You also don’t get update notifications on items. So you have to search for asset updates yourself.
Is it worth It?
Speaking as an experienced content creator, I can authoritatively say; yes, it’s worth it. You get access to over 2 million creative resources and much more for a price of just $16.50 monthly, which is less than what you’ll pay for one image or song on other stock platforms.
But it all depends on how often you intend to use it as it’s a subscription you’ll be paying for it regardless of how frequently or not you use it.
Built on a community of top-notch independent artists and designers, Envato Elements offers users an opportunity for unlimited creative possibilities for all project types. For me, Envato Elements is a brilliant platform. As a blogger, graphic designer, and video editor, I consistently use Envato Elements. And the platform helps in filling the gap of any creative skill you lack or if you need access to creative assets for quick content creation.
Besides all this, there’s the access to Envato Tuts+, one commercial license for all assets, sound effects and music effects. So it’s safe to say Envato Elements is one of the best subscription plans out there for a creative individual.
Emmanuel Egeonu is a tech enthusiast and digital marketing consultant. He specializes in crafting engaging content in multiple niches like SEO, Marketing, Technology etc. He has consulted with leading tech influencers, a number of A-List tech brands and thought leaders.