Discover the best marketplaces for designers and artists to sell motion graphics
Motion graphics design is a field that has grown tremendously over the past few years. There are more and more websites that offer motion graphics artists opportunities to sell their graphics and motion presets online to make money. In this blog post, we'll show you the top sites to sell your motion graphics and earn an income on your work. We'll go over what types of motion graphics you can sell, where you can sell them, and the best way to get started.
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There are many distinct types of motion graphics that you can sell online. Some of the most popular types of graphics or presets include logo animations, lower thirds, transitions, overlays, backgrounds and text animations.
While there are many different types of motion assets to sell, becoming a successful motion graphics artist will take research. It's important to design with the customer in mind, so take a close look at the marketplaces outlined below. See which motion assets are popular and selling well, and look for trends and themes. Next, research what's missing – motion graphics that would be useful but missing on these websites. While there is no guarantee that you'll make money, by doing some upfront research and preparation will save you time later on and better your odds for success.
There are a lot of websites that offer motion graphics artists a place to sell their work, but it can be difficult to decide which one is best. Below are the top websites for motion graphics artists to sell motion graphics online. Most of these marketplaces allow a variety of graphics and presets, and since most of them offer non-exclusive rights, we recommend testing out a few to see which ones generate the most money.
Creative Market is a huge marketplace for designers and artists to sell motion graphics, motion presets, photos, graphic design, web themes, fonts and more. The website gets almost 7 million visitors per month, so there are many opportunities to reach potential customers. There is a small hurdle to start because you have to apply to open a shop, but once you're approved you can start earning 60% royalties on all sales. The Creative Market staff and community offer a lot of help in terms of articles and videos to get started.
DesignCuts is a website where you can sell your motion graphics, motion presets, templates, fonts, add-ons and more. The website gets roughly 700,000 visitors per month. There is a barrier to entry because you have to apply to open a store, and it's unclear what the seller royalties are. However, they offer a Product Academy to help increase your chances of being accepted.
Dribbble is a designer show-an-tell website that now offers a marketplace for designers and artists to sell their work. You can sell your motion graphics, motion presets, photos, web themes, fonts and more. Dribbble.com gets roughly 15 million visitors per month, but it's unclear how many are customers are shopping at the marketplace. Dribbble Marketplace is actually powered by its sister site Creative Market, so you have to first apply for a Creative Market shop, link your Dribbble profile, then you're all set. Once you're approved, you can start earning 60% royalties on all sales.
FilterGrade is a digital marketplace built specifically for motion graphic artists. Sellers can post and sell all types of motion assets, such as Lightroom presets, add-ons, social media templates, video look-up tables (LUTs), After Effects templates, Capture One styles, overlays, and more. The website gets about 600,000 visitors per month. You can apply to sell on FilterGrade by filling out a form and sharing a link to your portfolio. Royalties are higher than most other sites, with sellers earning 70% commission on every sale.
MotionElements a Singapore-based global and multi-lingual platform for selling video assets. Sellers can post and sell everything from stock videos, music, 3D models, After Effects and Apple Motion templates. This makes it a good place to sell to customers outside of the US and North America. MotionElements gets just over 600,000 visitors each month. There is no barrier to entry, so you can join as a contributor and start selling today.
Pond5 is a stock marketplace with a focus on video assets, as well as After Effects templates, music, sound effects, photos and more. Popular AE templates include lower thirds, logo animations, openers and presentations. The website gets almost 3 million visitors per month, so there are many opportunities to reach potential customers. Sign up is easy and you can start selling after a few small verifications.
Pond5 also offers a "Exclusive Video Artist Program", which allows artists to sell exclusively on Pond5 for a higher revenue share of 60% on every sale. This is a great incentive, but keep in mind that it locks you into only selling on the Pond5 platform. It's also focused on video assets and it's unclear if it applies to After Effects templates as well.
TurboSquid is primarily a 3D model stock marketplace, but it's also a great place to sell motion capture, plug-ins and stock videos. The marketplace attracts over 4 million visitors a month, so although it is 3D-focused, there is an opportunity to get in front of a portion of customers looking for motion graphics as well. Additionally, assets sold on TurboSquid are syndicated on its network of sites, including Free3D, CG Studio, and PixelSquid. This is a bonus way to reach more customers via TurboSquid. New contributors will receive at least 40% in royalties for each sale with increases as you continue to sell more. To become a TurboSquid artist, simply sign up, access the artist publishing area and start selling.
Creating and selling motion graphics online is a great way to generate passive income as an artist and designer, but you have to do your research about where and what to sell. Once you have determined the graphics and/or presets want to sell, start creating them. Then, choose a few of the websites above that offer non-exclusive rights and start selling. Treat it like an experiment and, hopefully, over time you will see which marketplaces are the most profitable and sustainable to sell your motion assets. With artistic quality, craftsmanship and a little luck, you'll start making great passive income on your motion graphics and presets.
If you are a creative person with skills beyond just motion graphics and presets, you should explore other ways to generate income online. There are many adjacent types of design assets that you can sell online, including stock videos and photography. Visit our categories page to explore 16 other types of digital assets to start selling for passive income.