If you work online, you have probably purchased something from Envato to help you with one of your projects.
Envato is one of the biggest online providers of digital assets. Operating out of Melbourne, Australia, the company has seven major asset directories.
- ThemeForest – Website themes and templates
- CodeCanyon – Scripts, plugins, and code snippets
- VideoHive – Royalty free videos and templates
- AudioJungle – Royalty free music and audio
- GraphicRiver – Fonts, logos, icons, and graphical templates
- PhotoDune – Royalty-free stock images
- 3DOcean – 3D print models and CG textures
Over the last few years, Envato has expanded its operations and launched a freelancing marketplace, website builder, online tutorials and courses service, and more.
The service that has made the biggest impression is Envato Elements; which Envato has been marketing as the “Ultimate Creative Asset Subscription”.
If you purchase an Envato Elements membership, you will gain access to millions of digital assets. These assets can be downloaded and used an unlimited number of times.
In this article, I would like to take a closer look at the Envato Elements service and show you why many content creators and developers are signing up.
What is Envato Elements?
Envato’s main digital asset resource directories continue to sell products on an individual basis. These prices are set by the asset author, however, Envato takes a fee for allowing the author to sell on their platform.
The cost of purchasing items on Envato websites will, therefore, vary greatly. For example, you might pay $60 for a WordPress theme on ThemeForest, $25 for a WordPress plugin on CodeCanyon, $35 for a logo on GraphicRiver, and $5 for a photograph on PhotoDune.
As you can see, if you are regularly purchasing digital assets for your projects, your expenses can quickly rack up.
Instead of paying for each item individually, Envato Elements gives you access to a huge digital asset archive for just $16.50 per month.
The archive contains themes, plugins, graphics, fonts, music, stock photos, and more. There is no restriction on how many times Envato Elements members can download these items.
When you consider the savings that Envato Elements could give you, it is easy to understand why the service is growing in popularity.
What Does Envato Elements Offer?
Visitors can browse around the Envato Elements website freely and look at what is on offer, however, I recommend signing in as Envato publish a host of free digital files on the home page and they regularly change which files are available.
You can sign in using your Envato account. If you have ever bought anything from an Envato marketplace such as ThemeForest, you should have an account.
If not, it only takes a few seconds to sign up for a new account.
When you start browsing Envato Elements, you start to get an appreciation for how big its archive is.
At the time of writing, over 1.6 million assets are available for download; however, the archive is growing quickly, with more than 22,000 new items added within the last week alone.
In addition to free files, the home page also shows the latest items added to the archive and a curated list of what they consider to be top-quality assets.
How Much Does Envato Elements Cost?
An Envato Elements membership gives you access to over 1,600,000 digital assets on Envato Elements and over 50,000,000 stock photos on Twenty20. Courses and eBooks from TutsPlus are also provided with the membership.
All of this can be yours for just $16.50 per month plus tax (those of us in Europe pay €14.50 per month).
Students can save a further 30% by entering a student email address when signing up.
You will be pleased to hear that you are not forced to sign up for a long-term contract. The membership is charged monthly and you can cancel at any time you want.
I believe that this is a service that many people will benefit from using. When you consider how many items are available to you, the monthly cost of using the service is incredibly low. Memberships can be canceled at any time too so you do not have to worry about being tied into a long-term contract.
What is particularly pleasing is the quality of the items that are included. If you delve deep into a lot of stock image websites, you will come across many low-quality images, videos and graphics. Envato could have included more items to boost their number of items, but instead, they have put quality controls in place to ensure each item is worth downloading and using.
I believe that for some customers, Envato Elements will be an “All-in-One” solution that gives them everything they need; but for others, the Elements service will be a low-cost addition that complements other purchases.
I encourage you to visit Envato Elements and browse around to see what it offers. It will help you appreciate the quality of items that they have in their archive.