Below you can find a list of reasons why your PSD files may have not been selected to be published at Freepik:
Legal and ethical aspects
4. Invalid file
21. Group in a set
22. Color palette
1. Trademark / Copyright
We do not accept images that contain registered trademarks, personal information, and other legal aspects.
2. 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.
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.
4. Invalid file
It refers to files that, once uploaded, present loading errors.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Send to Flaticon (SVG)
We believe that Flaticon is a more suitable platform to send these icons. Once submitted, the Flaticon team will review your resources to determine if they meet the requirements for publication. We will not accept content already published in Flaticon.
8. 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.
9. Preview and PSD not related
This reason for rejection can be due to three main reasons:
- The PSD file does not correspond with the presentation of the preview. We recommend you use your own presentations in the preview. The preview must resemble 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.
- The file contains a color layer that affects the file preview.
10. 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 submissions 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.
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".
13. Spelling & Grammar
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
If your designs contain spelling or grammar errors, they will also be rejected.
14. 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.
The text included in the resource is outlined or rasterized, and it cannot be customized.
16. 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’ names will also be rejected.
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 card previews, and invitations with compelling backgrounds that are not included in the PSD. It is also frequent in the case of copyright-free photos used in mockups.
19. Functionality Issues
The PSD file presents functionality issues when executing certain actions: layers that cannot be modified or that replace more than one element at a time for no reason, incorrectly isolated objects, etc.
Wrongly applied masks are also considered a functionality issue and a reason for rejection. The shape of the masks must fit perfectly the elements they have been 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.
20. 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 into independent layers with their corresponding mask (if necessary).
21. 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 you group it in a set of four logos, we would accept it.
22. 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.
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).
If you add an effect to the typography but the effect can’t be downloaded, we will also reject your content.
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.
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 proper framing, apply the Rule of Thirds correctly, and place elements in a harmonic and appealing way.
25. Quality Standards
If your content is rejected with “Quality Standards”, it’s most likely because of one of the following reasons:
- We determine the commercial appeal of a specific file taking into account the downloads and profitability data collected throughout time. Therefore, your content will be rejected if we consider it will not reach the minimum number of downloads to be profitable.
- If your resource does not meet the company’s basic technical and aesthetic quality standards, we will not accept it.
- We will reject your content if the preview image does not have the minimum quality required.
Please, remember that If your content does not have the required conceptual and technical quality, we will not accept it, even though you improve aspects such as composition, color, typography…