Certified FAQ - Certified Criteria Checklist

Certified projects are reliable, well organized, and easy to use. To get Certified, sellers submit their best projects, requesting a review from our Curation Team.

What is Certified by Stoor?

For a submitted project to be Certified, it must undergo a review from our Curation Team and be found to meet all 20+ points of the Certified criteria.

Certified items are subject to the same terms as non-Certified items, including disclaimers of warranties.

If a project isn’t Certified, does that mean it’s low quality?

Not at all! If a project isn’t Certified it does not mean it’s a low quality project. Overall, the quality of projects on Stoor is outstanding! In order for Studio owners to sell on Stoor, they first have to share a portfolio of their work and submit a Studio owner application. The majority of designers who apply to sell on Stoor aren’t granted a Studio. This means, if a somebody is selling on Studio they’ve already proven themselves to be a producer of high-quality projects.

Certified by Stoor does not distinguish high quality projects from low quality projects. Rather, this program distinguishes the VERY best projects, from a pool of already outstanding projects. The best of the best. As many Stoor buyers can attest, project on Stoor are already some of the best projects around.

Through our Certified program, we’re partnering with our Studio owners to take their fantastic projects one step further, making them the best they can possibly be. Not every Studio owner will wish to undergo Certification, but if a Studio owner is interested in taking that next step and Certifying one of their projects, they can submit their project for a Certified review from our Curation Team.

What does the Certified review process look like? What Criteria are you checking for?

For the Certified program, projects undergo a 3-stage review process designed to ensure the highest level of quality. Projects that fail to meet the criteria for a given stage won’t proceed to subsequent stages, and therefore will not be Certified by Stoor.
Here are the three stages:

  1. Automated Denial Checkpoints
  2. Preliminary Curator Checkpoints
  3. Secondary Stage Curator Checkpoints

Automated Checkpoints (For All Project Categories)

These are qualities our system will automatically check for. If a project does not pass one or more of these checkpoints, it will not qualify for submission to the Curator’s Certification queue.

  • Project rating average is 80% or above
  • Studio rating average is 80% or above
  • Project has a refund rate of 0.5% or below
  • Project has 3 or more screenshots

Curator Review Checkpoints

These are the qualities the Curator will be checking for manually. Some of these checkpoints will apply to all category types, while others will be category-specific.

Preliminary Curator Checklist [These Apply to All Categories]

All projects must meet this preliminary list of criteria in order to enter the secondary stage of the Certified review. If the Curator determines that a project does not meet one of the following requirements, it will be denied certification without a full review.

Files as represented

  • The project is listed under the correct category
  • Project files are delivered by a direct link to a download folder
  • The sizing is as advertised on the project page
  • The project’s file format(s) is/are as advertised on the project page
  • High graphic quality (no pixelation at 100%)
  • (If applicable) Documents are organized appropriately (grouped, in order)
  • (If applicable) Documents are labelled coherently

Project File

  • Delivered files are within Stoor’s 1 GB limit
  • Main project files are all available in download folder
  • There are no third-party files (e.g. fonts, photos) included in the download folder
  • Project does not contain offensive or inappropriate content

Secondary Stage Curator Checklist [Category-Specific]

If a project passes the preliminary portion of the review, it will move on to this secondary stage. At this point, our Curator is reviewing projects based on category-specific requirements. If a project meets all of the requirements involved in this stage, it will be approved as a Certified project. If a project does not meet all of the requirements in this stage, it will be denied for certification and its Studio owner will be provided with information on how the project could improve.

Photos

  • Good contrast and clarity; the objects are well-exposed
  • High-quality image with no pixelation or distortions
  • Clear subject matter focus
  • Avoids heavy-handed processing
  • Avoids generic “stock” appearance
  • Follows rule of thirds to moderate or higher degrees
  • Architectural photography strives for “National Geographic” level of quality
  • Photo in the downloaded file does not have watermarks or added text

Graphics

  • Easily adaptable for potential end use cases
  • Files were created to be easily reorganized or used in new ways
  • Project clearly demonstrates value to potential customers
  • Balanced compositions
  • Well-crafted examples and applications are presented
  • Software required is clearly indicated on the project page

Projects

    • Easily adaptable files for potential end use cases
    • Files were created to be easily reorganized or used in new ways
    • Project clearly demonstrates value to potential customers
    • Software required is clearly indicated on the project page
    • Projects are presented as a cohesive set
    • Style is consistent across all Projects
    • Each Projects employs clean line work, spacing, and thoughtful layout
    • All projects are clearly displayed within the screenshots
    • Projects are either legible at a variety of scales OR Project set includes variations for different scales

Illustrations

    • Easily adaptable for potential end use cases
    • Files were created to be easily reorganized or used in new ways
    • Illustrations clearly demonstrates value to potential customers
    • Well-crafted examples and applications are presented
    • Software required is clearly indicated on the project page
    • Contain well-considered line work, color, and spacing
    • Illustration sets are visually consistent and work well together
    • Objects are stylistically unique; not derivative of other projects on the marketplace

Add-ons or Plug-Ins

  • Use cases are clear and show compelling before / after use
  • Includes a tutorial, help file, or FAQ
  • Use cases displayed are polished and professional
  • Software required is industry standard
  • Software compatibility is clearly labeled within use cases/screenshots on project page
  • Adds real value and improvement to the default software tools
  • Demonstrates a clear improvement to quality (Photo actions)

Templates

  • Template is easily adaptable
  • Design and colors are customizable
  • Formatted for use in industry-standard software
  • Utilizes a clear, functional grid
  • No third-party imagery is packaged in the download folder
  • No third-party fonts packaged in the download folder
  • Use cases clearly demonstrate how the project can be used.
  • Includes a tutorial, help file, or FAQ
  • Offers flexibility and versatility for a designer to alter (where applicable)
  • Covers multiple device types (where applicable)