Below you can find a list of reasons why your PSD files may have not been selected to be published at Freepik:
- Limited commercial value
- Aesthetic and technical issues
- Similar submissions
- Wrongly used typography
- Language wrongly used
- Grammar and spelling errors
- Ethical policies
- Do not include attribution
- Invalid file
- Send as a vector (.eps)
- Send as photo (.jpg)
- "Image not included" label
- Image included in PSD
- PSD type not accepted
- Non-editable text
- Alpha layer in preview
- Layers arrangement
- Mask wrongly applied
- Preview and PSD not related
- Functionality issues
- Color palette
- Group in a set
1. Limited commercial value
We determine the commercial appeal of a specific file taking into account the downloads and profitability data collected throughout time. Therefore, your image will be rejected if we consider it will not reach the minimum number of downloads to be profitable.
2. Aesthetic and technical issues
Files that do not meet the aesthetic or technical standards established by the company will be rejected.
If your content is rejected for this reason, it means that it has not the required technical nor aesthetic quality. Therefore, we will not accept your content even though you improve aspects such as composition, color, typography...
3. Similar submissions
Your content will be rejected because it has minimal differences from other resources sent in the same submission or is quite similar to other files previously submitted by the same author.
- Changing colors: we will not accept color changes to add variation in simple designs such as flat logos or business cards.
- If your resources are rejected due to similar submission on several occasions, then, we highly recommend you pay special attention to the editing process. Before submitting your content, review the files and select your best resources. It will help you reduce the number of rejected files and enhance your portfolio.
The PSD does not comply with the basic composition rules. In order for an image to have good composition, all elements must be put together coherently. Make sure you use a proper framing, apply the Rule of Thirds correctly, and place elements in a harmonic and appealing way.
5. Typography wrongly used
The font is not consistent with the resource. Your files may be rejected due to the following issues:
- Functionality: the font you used is not visually appealing nor harmonious. Please, bear in mind that fonts must be legible and consistent with the style of the resource.
- Composition: the text composition is poor. Make sure the text box is properly aligned regarding the column’s width and the font’s weight.
- Characters set: the typography must contain at least the characters that you are working with and these must be correctly used (punctuation, symbols, mathematical signs and diacritics).
In case typography is the main element in your composition, we highly recommend that you include a link to the site where you downloaded it or, at least, specify its name. Fonts must be free and for free commercial use. We suggest you use Fontsquirrel site for downloading fonts.
PSD files that are not valid at the time they are received (for example, "Happy New Year 2018"). If your design refers to a holiday that has already passed, but it does not include the specific date, it will be accepted. However, we highly suggest you send images in advance (two months is the ideal timing) so that users can retrieve your resources and, thus, you can obtain higher profitability.
7. Language wrongly used
The language used is not allowed. Please note that we only accept text properly written in English. Make sure the text has no mistakes, is related to the resource and is correctly integrated into the image that comprises it. Also, ensure it does not conflict with our ethical policies, except for relevant specific festivities, where a brief text in the local language is accepted.
8. Grammar and spelling errors
If your designs contain spelling or grammar errors, they will also be rejected.
This reason refers to duplicated or repeated files, meaning that we will not accept resources that have been already sent, whether they are published or not.
Please note: repeatedly sending the same resources does not increase the chances of publication.
All artwork you submit must be original and of your own. If you send us images that infringe copyright, we will reject your content. For more information about it, see "Tips - Image Rights".
11. Trademark / Copyright
We do not accept images that contain registered trademarks, personal information, and other legal aspects.
12. Ethical Policies
This rejection reason refers to resources that contain or encourage inappropriate behavior. For example, violent, sexual, or pornographic content will be rejected. We do not accept images that may, in some way, offend or affect the user’s feelings.
13. Do not include attribution
Make sure your images do not contain any signature, watermark or any other mark that identifies the author of the resource. Also, signatures or comments related to Freepik (for example, "designed by Freepik") will not be accepted. Links in the layers’ name will also be rejected.
14. Invalid file
It refers to files that, once uploaded, present loading errors.
15. Send as vector (.eps)
We consider it more useful as a vector. In this case, you just have to upload the .eps file together with its corresponding preview so that it can be reviewed and selected. Once submitted, our team will review your content to determine if it meets the requirements for publication.
16. Send as photo (.jpg)
We consider it more useful as a photo. In this case, you just have to upload the .jpg file together with its corresponding preview so that it can be reviewed and selected. Once submitted, our team will review your content to determine if it meets the requirements for publication.
17. "Image not included" label
The preview file contains an image that is not included in the PSD file. You must add the label “image not included” to specify it is not included in your resource. Make sure the label is legible and visible.
18. Image included in PSD
Photographs can only be used in the preview file and must include the label “image not included” in a visible and legible place. Photos used in the preview must be 100% original or free for commercial use. In case you are the author of the photo, you need to prove that you own the copyright.
If you cannot access free images for commercial use, you can use photos from our site submitted by the user Freepik. If that is the case, remember to include the image only in the preview file and to add the label “image not included”. However, you are not allowed to use an image of another author as the main element of your PSD, as it will be considered plagiarism.
It usually happens in the case of templates, brochures, business cards previews and invitations with compelling backgrounds that are not included in the PSD. It is also frequent in the case copyright free photos used in mockups.
19. PSD type not accepted
The type of resources accepted by Freepik is:
- Mockups. These are quite useful to have a preview of the design: interiors, electronic devices, etc.
- Templates: business cards business brochures (A4), posters (A3), etc.
- Isolated graphic elements.
20. Non-editable text
The text included in the resource is outlined or rasterized, and it cannot be customized.
21. Alpha layer in preview
In the case of isolated graphic elements, the preview file must include a background using alpha layer. This way, it will be easier to identify cropped elements. We will reject isolated elements without backgrounds with alpha layer.
22. Layers arrangement
Make sure that layers are correctly arranged and named in proper English. In the case of mockups and templates, you must create a group or folder for each editable element with the name of the object you are editing. Use colors to identify which one is the editable layer. In the case of graphic elements, all elements within the composition must be adequately cropped and separated in independent layers with its corresponding mask (if necessary).
23. Mask wrongly applied
The shape of the masks must fit perfectly the elements they have been are applied to. Images and texts must adapt to the object’s composition they are on so that the result is as realistic as possible and make it easier for the user executing the actions contained in the file.
24. Preview and PSD not related
This reason for rejection can be due to two main reasons:
- The PSD file does not correspond with the presentation of the preview. We recommend you use your own presentations in the preview. It is essential that the preview resembles the PSD file as much as possible to avoid giving users a wrong idea of the resource.
- The preview file exported does not correspond with its PSD file.
25. Functionality issues
The PSD file presents functionality issues when executing certain actions: layers that cannot be modified or replace for no reason more than one element at a time, incorrectly isolated objects, etc.
26. Color palette
The color palette used in the composition does not match with the resource’s theme. Your content can be also rejected because the colors employed are obsolete or not harmonious.
27. Group in a set
Your resource’s composition is simple. In order for your file to be accepted, we recommend that you group it in a set with other similar illustrations to add complexity to the composition. For example, we will not accept a logo as its composition is too simple. However, if your group it in a set of four logos, we would accept it.