Envato Elements Review

Envato Elements Review

Finally, a creative elements site that enables the full spectrum of creative work!

Designers and creators don’t always build their work from scratch. In many cases they reuse elements from other creatives. These assets are usually sold through various sites and recently I’ve tried more than one of these sites.

Motion Array

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I started with Motion Array which has a good library of assets, but for a site that may have initially catered to Apple’s Motion assets, it currently seems to focus on creatives using Adobe’s After Effects. To be fair, After Effects is a larger market and while this makes sense it did limit the appeal of their offerings as I now double down on Apple’s creative suite.

Motion Array has a good selection of music and stock footage video. So even if you don’t need it for the Motion templates, the stock footage and video assets are super helpful.

Enter Envato

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I was poking around on a FinalCutPro subreddit and discovered one of the commenters suggesting that another user try Envato for assets to assist with their video production. So, I gave it a whirl.

I’ve literally spent the last several evenings impressed by the sheer size of the catalogue of assets. Like Motion Array they have a great library of audio, video, and images to pull from. In addition Envato has 3D assets, WordPress templates and plugins. It also has vector graphics—which are really helpful as elements for thumbnails for posting online content.

There are a few cons.

Finding the service has caused strain in our marriage. I thought I was signing up for a monthly subscription and accidentally signed up for the annual. That was an unplanned expense and I’ve been warned that if I don’t use the service for the whole year that the money will be wasted. So far it looks like it has a lot more than one year’s worth of assets. So I should be ok.