Sizes are up to you – I always do AS4 and US Letter versions of all my documents.
Bleeds are as per commonly accepted by all printers: .25” bleeds on all print documents.
Set rulers and guides for bleeds and cropmarks.
The rest is up to you
If you’re new and you want to design logos just go wild and have fun. Knock out a few designs you enjoy doing – I don’t think there’s a logo category that sells more than others, but obviously corporate or creative fields have a bigger audience than niche markets
1) Apart from Photo Dune there are other stock photography sites which often offer bundles. You will get at least 2 promotions every year, just make sure you keep on the lookout for these. Lately I’ve seen promos for:
Graphic Stock may still have an active promo where you can sign up for one week and download as much as you like for free.
In addition I used to have an account with them, and when I chose to terminate it I got a real nice offer for an entire year which I took up. So it may be worth signing up for a month, and then see if you can get a nice promo offer when you terminate your account. No guarantees on this one though
The latter has had several times an offer where you can buy 200 photos at any resolution for USD100. I signed up for that about 18 months ago and I still have about 50 downloads left on that promotion.
Other websites like ShutterStock have a wider variety, more choice and often also more quality photographs. However they are also considerably more expensive. I only use these if I need one specific shot and can’t find it anywhere else.
You can search by license here. So find great quality photos with unlimited license and then look for the authors who publish them. In many cases they will have a range of quality free photos you can download and use.
I have spent a lot of time there searching, filtering authors and finding suitable images.
It is time-consuming, but you will be able to get good results for free there.
Hope this helps
I can’t say that I’m surprised, I guess it’s just something we have to live with. I’ve also found more than one of my files on illegal sites – I guess we just need to shrug that off.
Nevertheless I wouldn’t mind taking a look – could you send me a pm?
You can write to support and:
1) argue your case and ask for it to be reconsidered 2) ask for more detailed feedback from the reviewer
Sometimes there is very little missing. Don’t throw away 2 weeks work!
You guys are really fast! I don’t think I’ve ever done a same day job.
For me it depends on what kind of file.
1) Backgrounds are fastest and I can probably do those in 1 or 2 days. .
2) Flyers, brochures, and menus would usually take me one week .
3) Corporate identity and stationary would probably take me a couple of weeks
This always includes letting everything sit for a day or so without looking at it. Usually I find that when I return to it with fresh eyes I spot a lot of things that are simply wrong and a lot of mistakes.
I also always leave the file for a day before uploading to make sure I avoid any mistakes with previews, thumbnails, description etc.
I don’t know much about using SEO techniques and marketing your items, I don’t do much of that myself.
I think the main difference that separates us from elite authors are 3 things:
1) They have a huge portfolio, which creates a lot more visibility .
2) They have top selling items in the categories they are interested in. Ranking in the top sales with a killer item will draw you lots of traffic. .
3) They have a huge following. As soon as they publish an item they have sales guaranteed from their followers/loyal customers
All of the above are built via long term effort.
I have noticed that: the more (quality!) items I upload, the more I sell. And more sales draw more traffic and again more sales. It’s a spiral.
So your best bet is to keep producing quality items. And then start deciding on whether it’s worth your while when you’ve had 30 items up for sale for a year.
I’m not making top bucks, but I do notice that my sales are steady since I passed a certain threshold both in terms of sales and portfolio depth.
Hope this helps
Ok, here’s a feat I’m definitely proud of: one of my stationery items is now the best-selling stationery on GraphicRiver.
There are others ahead of me in the category which are only invoices, only resumes or only proposal templates. However at this moment there is no better selling stationery/identity package.
Horray! Now that’s definitely not something I would’ve ever have expected to achieve! So, I’m very proud of that!