Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Ben Oakley
For any content creator, whether you’re a self-published author or long-term blogger, chances are you’ve heard of Envato Elements.
It’s a subscription-based platform for many kinds of digital assets like website templates, video, plugins, fonts, stock photos, music files, and graphics.
The beauty of Envato Elements, is that everything on the site has the same royalty-free license, which means across the board commercial rights.
This allows you to use anything from Envato Elements on your books or websites as long as you register its use.
Your items are also future-proofed. Even if you unsubscribe, you can use any existing element you have registered for use.
Self-publishing sites rarely mention Envato Elements, but for authors, bloggers, and any type of creative, it is a toolkit from the Gods. Here, we look at the benefits of Envato Elements for creative individuals and businesses.
Fonts & Typesetting
Getting the right font for your book cover or blog title is important to let your audience know what to expect. On last count, Envato Elements had around 20,000 different fonts and typesetting to choose from.
It is without doubt, one of the largest collections of commercial-use fonts in the world, a literal godsend for cover designers and graphics experts.
As with any other asset on the site, you can download as many as you need for each project – good news for prolific creators!
Over Four Million Stock Photos
Other premium stock photo sites cost a small fortune and rarely come with commercial usage. Envato Elements cuts through the noise and gives you a selection of over four million stock photos.
4,241,759 to be precise, on last count. As a stock photo subscription alone, Envato outclasses the rest in terms of value and commercial use alone.
Personally, I cannot recommend it enough. Without it, finding suitable images for book covers and promo material was a difficult journey. Not anymore!
Website Templates & WordPress Themes
Instead of using generic templates for blogs and author sites, an Envato Elements subscription gives you access to premium designs at better value than buying the themes direct.
If you’re in the market to create a website or blog, then you’re already on the hunt for the best theme for the job. There are over 4,000 website templates and 1,500 WordPress themes to choose from.
In fact, this very website you’re on now was created using a theme from Envato Elements. If you can work out which one, add it to the comments below to see if you’re right!
The best part of an Envato Elements subscription is that you can use as many as you like for as many websites as you need. This makes it a perfect subscription model for creatives who make websites for other people.
If you find the theme you like best and want to use it again on another site, you can! Simply add a new project to your account and add the theme again.
Graphics & Graphic Templates
These can be used on your website, in your book, for promotional material, and anything else you design or need that requires graphics.
Many of them are compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator so you’ll need a subscription with either one of them. If you’re creating print book covers, then having Photoshop is virtually a necessity.
Graphics include icons, backgrounds, patterns, vectors, character images, gradients, slideshow titles, cover artwork, and even Christmas cards!
Over Three Million Stock Videos
No other digital asset subscription on the face of the planet – I checked – offers everything above in addition to over three million stock videos and motion graphics.
And as you can see from the image above, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking for ‘small white pumpkins’ or ‘sexy robot android woman’, Envato Elements has it all.
Stock videos can help with YouTube content, book trailers, business conferences, b-roll footage, backgrounds, and promotional marketing tools.
Envato Elements Truly is a Creator’s Toolkit
In addition to the extraordinary benefits listed on this page, there are other assets you can use under a commercial license. These include:
- Royalty-free music.
- Sound effects.
- Presentation templates.
- Product mock-ups.
- CMS plugins.
- Logo templates.
- New additions on a regularly basis.
How Much is This all Going to Cost?
Remarkably, Envato Elements is extraordinary value. I should know, I take out an annual subscription every year and it has saved me a lot of money on individual elements.
Having a digital asset subscription also saves time, as you don’t have to browse through hundreds of different websites to find what you’re looking for.
In the UK and EU, prices start at only €14.50/month (£12.20). U.S. prices start from $16.50. These were accurate as of August 2022 but check the Envato Elements site for any changes.
Overall, Envato Elements is the best digital asset subscription service on the planet. I use it, I know other site owners and authors who use it, and it really is good value for the access you get with it.