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Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:13 PM PST
If you’re a marketplace author (or regular buyer) and haven’t visited the wiki yet, well… shame on you! Drop what you’re doing and head over to wiki.envato.com right now.
The Envato Marketplace Wiki is the best place to learn almost everything to do with our marketplaces. It starts with the basics, and will take you a long way towards becoming a successful author. The articles are sprinkled with humor, great advice, and useful warnings about what can go wrong (that hopefully you’ll take note of before they go wrong!).
You’ll also discover:
Have you visited the wiki? What are your favorite pages?
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 02:00 AM PST
My name is Anand and obviously I'm the real face of Raincutter. I'm 19 and currently residing in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat in India. I'm a student, a freelancer and of course, a GraphicRiver author.
At the moment I only create files for GraphicRiver and have 38 items in my portfolio. I've always indulged in creating backgrounds and business cards. My portfolio features a variety of other stuff as well. Recently I also started taking interest in bigger items such as flyers and Powerpoint presentations as well as many other categories I didn't tried out before.
I don't have any formal training. I was interested in art since I was a child. I guess that influenced me over time and made me take interest in designing when I got PC back in 2005. It wasn't too long when I found myself amidst a crowd of teens who loved creating forum signatures and similar small stuff. That was perhaps the beginning point to develop my skills in this particular field. So my first pieces of graphics were actually some shiny and brushy forum signatures.
After sometime I started dealing with it seriously and took some technical knowledge behind print, web and graphic designing through various resources on internet. I joined GraphicRiver in August 2009 but couldn't really concentrate on my work seriously until March of 2010. The awesome GR reviewers, community, and the encouragement of our Site Manager Amanda and Scott helped me further in understanding the standards and needs of design industry eventually leading me to freelance internationally after two years of local work.
Sigh… My workspace isn't really that great at the moment and not as professional as other authors. It's kind of congested due to the fact I had to recently change my monitor with a new one. My stuff has really been good value for me. I have an Acer v173 monitor and CPU with following basic specs:
Also I have my plastic lizard companion which soothes my soul if my items get rejected.
It usually starts with some random idea popping in my head. It can be at anytime. It might either be while browsing inspirational work or even on my regular hike. Inspiration for me is something which stirs my creativity with awe. It forces me to try creating an item of that high quality but not necessarily the same visual style.
After I get hold of what I really need to create, I quickly open Photoshop and save a basic layout of the idea. I usually remember my ideas so whenever I feel like the atmosphere is perfect, I sit down in front of my PC and begin to give final shape to it. This is perhaps how I go basically creating files for my beloved marketplace.
However, if it's some new category I'm trying, I create basic items for it first so that I can understand the technical and aesthetic standard to pass it through the queue. Apart than that, there are times when your surroundings just aren't right to innovate anything at all. At that time, I shut down my PC, and either go out to take some fresh air or just take a little nap. The latter seems best though.
That's kind of really heavy question. I'd just state it as my opinion because I'm myself trying to stick to these points as much as I can.
I haven't really put much effort in marketing my files till now, but since my studies are almost over I'm heading towards its beginning. Presently I use Twitter to promote my files. Other than that I don't use any big medium except for the presence on marketplace forums.
It's really hard to choose from my own files because I don't know which of my files do I consider my favorite. Anyways here are some which I really like:
Glowing Abstract Background: It's my top selling item. The reason for choosing it is whenever I see that preview, it just seems really cold and smooth with that blue version on the top.
Fusion Vibrant Flyer: It's my recently produced flyer and I love it because of the vivid colors and the way it went out in the end. I also love the glasses on this flyer.
Creative Pro Mega Pack: It's one of my 'most worked on' product and the reason I included it is its flexibility to suit any business or work field. It has a corporate plus a stylish look. It was also included in the birthday bundle of Envato.
Once again it will be really hard to choose from such a talented mass of authors.
If I talk about from overall marketplace, I particularly love the hellicious style of devilcantburn. The way he use dark color themes with beautifully carved web elements make his items really awe-inspiring and professional.
If it's particularly for GraphicRiver, then Sevenstyles is someone who has inspired me a lot lately. He produced some really great flyers and posters. Once you look at his work you probably cannot stop yourself checking out his portfolio every few days.
There are probably hundred more but I can't list them all here now, can I?
I usually spend my spare time reading quotes. You can often find me playing RPG or RTS on my PC or either watching action/fantasy movies or listening to music.
Posted: 29 Nov 2010 09:31 PM PST
If you don’t regularly visit our Appstorm sites (and why not?!), you may have missed a great post featuring some awesome marketplace stats resources. Joshua Johnson recently ran a post on iPhone.Appstorm listing 7 iPhone Apps to Check Your Envato Marketplace Stats.
Are you a marketplace author? Do you have an iPhone? Well, what are you waiting for? Hit this link, check out the apps, and buy the one that jumps out at you. Or buy all seven and be the envy of the next Envato meetup!
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