- You must send in your ALREADY WRITTEN tutorial. Please note not every tutorial will be accepted. Contact us prior to writing the tutorial.
- Your tutorial must be your original work and not published elsewhere.
- You must have a PayPal account for us to pay you, this fee will be paid within the first week of the new month following publication of your tutorial.
- You will need to format your tutorial as per the format described below.
- Your tutorial may be edited prior to publishing.
Are authors getting paid?
Yes. The amount of money depends on the volume of the article and its quality. Before the article goes live we make sure both sides agree upon the publishing & payment conditions. It is also possible to put a link to the author's web-site.
What to Write About?
We are looking for extensive tutorials using these programs: Adobe Fireworks
We prefer more complete, practical and extensive tutorials.
You must fulfill the following criteria:
If the tutorial is accepted:
- The author can use tutorial graphics in any commercial or non-commercial work, except in an online tutorial. Source files cannot be resold or redistributed.
- You grant a license to readers to use the knowledge and demonstrated effects shown in the tutorial in their own projects without reference to yourself, Fireworks Zone or this site. They may not reproduce the tutorial itself, but they can use the techniques you teach.
- You grant a license to Fireworks Zone to be the exclusive publisher of the tutorial online. You may republish extracts online - for example on your own site - however the tutorial in its entirety should not appear elsewhere. You may also republish the tutorial offline in any way you wish - e.g. sell it to a magazine, submit it to a book.
Photography and Source Images
Some tutorials make use of photos for their effects. There are a few things you need to know in this regard:
- DO NOT use images from Google Image search or simply taken from a website
- DO NOT use images from Flickr UNLESS they have a Creative Commons License for Commercial Use. In this case you must provide an attribution link back to the Flickr page you found the image on. Note you can find CC Commercial images on Flickr using their Advanced Search feature.
- DO use images you photographed yourself
- DO use images from free stock sites like SXC.hu and StockVault.net, BUT make sure you check the agreement for use in files for distribution. Sometimes you need to ask permission from the photographer. We need this because if the image is included in the sample file, we cannot distribute it unless you have permission.
- IF YOU USE images from a stock site like iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, or other THEN you are free to use the images in your screenshots, but in the source files you need to use a watermark over the image as they do in the previews on their sites. In other words you can purchase a stock image to use, but in the sample file you cannot be distributing the whole image (because the photographer is not receiving a royalty from the sale of files)
Please include links to the source of any images you have used in your tutorial wherever it has been used. If you do not include your image sources your tutorial will not be accepted, because we need to verify that the file is OK.
Thank you for taking the time to make sure the photos are OK, it helps protect the site, the photographer and yourself!
Credit All Sources and Use Common Sense
Always credit your sources
When you credit your sources, it is clear that you are not trying to hide something. For tutorial submissions it also lets our editors check that the tutorial is acceptable.
Use common sense and Err to the side of caution
There are no hard and fast rules about copyright. Beware of "rules" like ´copying 40% is OK´, there is no such thing. And remember that even aside from exact words or images, it can be the idea or principle. If you think something might not be OK, then trust your gut and do not do it.
Tutorial Acceptance and Payment
Please note, not all tutorials will be accepted. We only accept tutorials that match the site´s standards of both writing and tutorial content.
If your tutorial is accepted, payment of US$150 will be made within the first two weeks of the new month following publication on Vectortuts+. Please note that if we gain evidence in this time that the tutorial or source images used in the tutorial have been plagiarized we will take the tutorial off the site and payment will not be made.
How to Format Your Tutorial for Submission
Your tutorial must come with:
- A Sample PNG for people to download
- An HTML file with the tutorial written out. The HTML file should be written in the same way that tutorials on the site are, that is in a set of "Steps" with an image before each one. Additionally you should have a paragraph at the beginning giving an introduction.
- Images in the tutorial should be no more than 600px wide. The only exception is for when the tutorial has a final product that needs to be large (e.g. a wallpaper)
Get Feedback BEFORE Writing the Full Tutorial
You can send in a single JPG image and tutorial pitch to us for review prior to writing the whole tutorial. This will save you time in instances where the tutorial/image is not what we are looking for. You can do this by clicking the link below: