For everybody’s information: Regarding to InDesign, you can upload CS5 files, but make sure you provide IDML files for CS4 users. IDML is the equivalent to the INX files in version CS3 .
IDML files are completely functional InDesign files, and can be created using the File -> Export function in CS5 . You have to explain this with your submission in the ‘Comments to reviewer’ box. Hopefully the reviewer is aware that he should use the IDML files for version CS4 and doesn’t reject your submission because he is unable to open your files (as I had for two of my files).
I’ve now made two folders in the zip file, one named ‘CS4’ with the IDML files and one ‘CS5’ with the INDD files.
I think that you can not see yourself as a professional if you’re not using licensed software. If you’re making money from your work, you should also pay for the tools you made it with.
If you’re a student, it doesn’t have to cost that much either. I bought my CS5 Design Standard license for about € 300,-. It’s perpetual and you can use it for commercial purposes.
I’ve had a quick look at your file and the first things I noticed:
Your description in the preview image doesn’t look like you understand what the terms mean. Full Blade? I think you mean bleed. 4 Color Picker? I think you mean 4 color variations.
Further, the fonts in the flyer don’t match and are hard to read, the colors are not vibrant and the description is a mess, just keywords without any structure.
Sounds great, I just wish the reviewers could provide some feedback (very brief), because the current system of generic rejections & uncontactable reviewers is very frustrating.
If you really want to increase quality long term, let people know what they are doing wrong.
I also think that a more detailed explanation when a file is being rejected has to become the new default with the increase in quality standards.
Now, especially the “This File Does Not Meet Our Critera” reason is far too vague. Just tell us if it lacks in aesthetics, uniqueness or another criterium.
Needs a little more line spacing (characters are intersecting now), otherwise great.
Now it looks like there are weird stripes behind the logo instead of a shadow
I like the last two better than the red/blue one. The black & white one is probably the most usable for print work.
But you can’t really go wrong with either one.
nice article. wasnt there a badge for ‘post writers’ or is that my fault?
There is, but it seems you don’t get this badge automatically. I’ve written a tutorial for Vectortuts and didn’t get a badge for it. I think writers and marketplace authors are different database entries.