Thursday, March 1, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Envato’s Most Wanted – $2,000 Reward for Low Poly Trees on 3DOcean

Posted: 01 Mar 2012 03:45 PM PST

Envato's Most Wanted

We’re putting a $2000 bounty on the heads of Envato’s most wanted file type – Low Poly Trees on 3DOcean. The first 20 files uploaded (and subsequently approved) to the 3DModels > Plants > Trees category each get $100 (with a maximum of 3 files or $300 per author).


In short, it’s a race to see who can quickly submit quality content based on the following criteria:

  • Date Posted: March 1, 2012
  • Prizes: 20 winning files will get a share of $2,000 of prizes! 20 x $100 “cash” (payable ONLY via either PayPal or Moneybookers).
  • Maximum Prizes per Author: 3
  • Closing Date: March 22, 2012 (12 p.m. Central US Time)
  • Files We’re Looking For: Low Poly Trees
  • File Requirements:
    • 1,000 polygons or fewer per tree
    • EACH submission must contain 3 variations of the same tree. A “variation” can be something as subtle as a branch variation or a variation for 3 different seasons of the year.
    • Must contain materials
    • Can be any format but MUST include an .obj version too.
  • Where Files Should be Submitted: 3DModels > Plants > Trees

It's as simple as that! The first 20 files to be uploaded (and subsequently approved) based on the above requirements win! Please note that we have some more specific rules to outline and clarify:


Good luck! :)

Dealing with Rejection – Part 1

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 09:39 PM PST

Dealing with rejection

Although it happened to all of us, no one really likes it when one of their files gets rejected on the Marketplaces. Whether it’s a hard or soft rejection, you feel a bit like Charlie Brown when the football always got yanked out by Lucy right before he tried to kick it. In this series of articles we’re going to look at how we can dust ourselves off and get back in the game when we face rejection.

I wrote a bit about dealing with rejection in my article Introduction to the Envato Marketplace, but this time around we thought we should go to some of our authors to ask them how they face rejection. You may be surprised that even long-time, successful authors don’t get all of their files approved.



Quickandeasy is one of our top flyer designers who puts together a heap of great work for GraphicRiver. Here’s what he has to say about rejection:

If you're rejected because of quality issues, the first thing you need to do, is accept that your item simply isn't as awesome as you think it is.

Either take on board everything the reviewer says, or put it into an 'unfinished items' folder and come back to it in a few weeks – by then, you'll have fresh eyes and it'll be far easier to see the problems with your file.

Several people regularly say things to me on Skype like "How can he even reject this, he's not got any items like this in his portfolio" or like today someone said "I think the reviewer has made a mistake, this file is much better… lalalalala"


Secondly, regardless of your rejection, it's important to understand that reviewers weren't hired because of their dashing good looks. All are fully qualified for their positions and more than capable of the job in hand – So whatever the reviewer's reason for rejecting your file should be taken on board as advice from a professional who's in a position to judge your work.

I was hired for my dashing good looks, but I’m not a reviewer, so I guess that’s OK.



dtbaker is an Elite author with high-quality work on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. Here’s what he had to say:

Even the best authors here get rejected many many times. Sometimes an item just won't ever make it on the marketplace, other times it can be improved. Your best plan is to have two (or more!) projects going at the same time, just incase one doesn't make it through the approval process. I have an approved and rejected folder, I use the good parts from the rejected folder to make even better items that eventually end up in the approved folder. When I look back at my rejected items and see what the improved version looks like I can certainly see the difference. That nasty rejection email was that last push I needed to put in the extra effort, which resulted in a great item.



Sevenspark is another Elite author who, while he may not have a huge portfolio, his files sell like hotcakes. Here’s some of his advice:

Take a rejection as an opportunity and a challenge. Many times, iteration is the key to success. Don't be afraid to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch. As a new author, you learn SO MUCH during the process of creating your first premium-quality WordPress theme. It takes a while to internalize everything, and the parts you coded on day 1 won't be nearly as good as what you coded on day 40. Rather than trying to fix everything in your code, it can be very liberating to just start from scratch and apply your newly gained knowledge to a fresh canvas. While it may seem daunting, you'd be surprised how quickly you can build a way better version of your product, now that you can see the whole picture. Leverage that perspective.

Also, "Do a huge volume of work". AKA practice, practice, practice. "It's going to take a while… and you have to fight your way through that" – Ira Glass

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Join us in Part 2 where we’ll talk to our Review Manager Jarel for some great advice on the role of reviewers and how authors can become successful.

Get 50% Marketplace Credit Back on All 3DOcean Purchases in March!

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:05 PM PST

Buy royalty-free 3D items on 3DOcean in the month of March (from March 1st to 31st, 2012 AEDT inclusive) and at the end of the month we'll credit back 50% of the total purchase price into your account! Choose from over 4,903 fantastic models, textures, concepts, materials and shaders from some of the best 3D designers in the world.

Our prices are already affordable, but now you'll get half your spend back as credits, so you can buy even more!

Best of all our authors will still earn their regular commissions.

All you need to do is head over to 3DOcean any time in March and buy awesome Stock 3D Models, HDRI Images or Cinema 4D Models! It's that easy! For every dollar you spend on 3DOcean during the month of March, we'll credit you fifty cents back the following month to spend on anything you like, including our other Envato Marketplaces.

Terms & Conditions

This offer only applies to purchases made on 3DOcean between 12:01am March 1st, 2012 and 11:59pm March 31st, 2012 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

All credits will be made to your spending/deposits account on the Envato Marketplaces. Credits are not redeemable or refundable for cash. Credits may be used on any Envato Marketplace, including back on 3DOcean to buy more 3D items.

Your account will be credited by April 9th, 2012 (AEDT) with 50% of the total purchase price of all 3DOcean items you purchased during the promotion period. For example if three $5 items were purchased during the period for a total of $15, then $7.50 of marketplace credit would be added to your account.

The usual Envato Marketplace terms & conditions of usage apply, including credit expiry one year after deposit or crediting.

If any price change is made to a 3D item after a particular purchase is made, the original price at the time of purchase will be used when calculating the credit to be given for that transaction.

Authors may not purchase their own files or attempt to unfairly use the promotion in any other way, whether through their normal account, or secondary accounts, and either directly or by someone else on their behalf. This includes dummy accounts, and author pairs or author rings purchasing each others' files. Strict consequences will apply at our discretion for violation of this term, including credits not being deposited or immediate disabling or termination of author accounts without further access to the account balance.

Make the most of this bargain! Enjoy shopping on 3DOcean!

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