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The 13 best places to find free vector art online

Looking for free vector art? Joanna Zhou reveals sites that make it easy to track down high-quality graphics to meet your needs.

You know that feeling when a piece of work isn’t coming together and you need to test out lots of ideas but can’t risk the extra time drawing something from scratch? So you decide to search for some free vector art online - but it's not always easy to find what you're looking for.

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A good free selection of vector art can be a lifesaver for any designer. But more often than not, the process of finding what you need amidst cluttered, confusing pages just adds to the mounting deadline stress. To help you avoid that experience, we've put together a hand-picked guide to the best free vector art resources, including various useful designs that you can download in preparation for future projects. Please note and respect the Creative Commons licence if there is one.

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01. Freepik

Freepik is a specialized search engine with a great line in free vector art

Freepik helps you to find free photos, ilustrations, PSD and vectors for using in websites, banners, presentations, magazines and advertising. It's essentially a highly specialized search engine, but although the site itself does not host the images, it lets you download them through their site, just by clicking Download. It also has a deals subpage, which lets you buy some premium content cheaply, thanks to deals they've struck with external websites. You'll find all the vector art content indexed by Freepik here.

02. Snap2objects

 Snap2Objects
These photorealistic Apple products are ideal for creating mock-ups or previews

A nice clean site with lots of great free vector art. The blog-style layout is a bit time consuming to browse but you can find a lot of gems include excellent city vector shapes for New York, Paris, London, Moscow and Tokyo.

03. Fudgegraphics

 Fudgegraphics
Use these textures to represent anything from blood to spray paint

Fudgegraphics is a creative blog run by designer Franz Jeitz so it doesn’t have a huge selection of freebies like vector stock sites. However, everything here is made to a high quality including one of the best free splatter vector files available online, so it's definitely worth including in your search for free vector art.

04. DaFont

 Dafont
This font has very useful monochrome versions of social media logos

Dingbat Fonts are essentially a collection of small vector illustrations. Simply type the letter you need and “Create Outlines” in Illustrator CS6 to turn it into an object. Not all fonts are free for commercial use, so check the right filters before searching.

05. Fontspace.com

 Fontspace
Efon contains a lot of cute and quirky dingbats, ideal if you’re designing for children and pressed for time to create your own illustrations

Font websites are generally more user-friendly and pleasant to browse than the ad-laden free vector art homepages. Fontspace in particular has a great user experience where you can see whether a font is free for commercial use simply by moving your mouse over it.

06. Brands of the World

 Brands of the world
Find high-res logos of almost every major company in the world here

Brands of the World is an invaluable timesaver if you’re designing for corporate clients and don’t want to sit around waiting for someone to forward you a hi-res version of a certain logo. You can just find it here.

07. Spoongraphics

 Spoongraphics
A nice set of vectors which add a distressed texture to your art

This personal blog belonging to designer Chris Spooner features a large number of well-made, original freebies. Come for the free vector art, stay for the excellent and insightful articles!

08. Vecteezy

 Vecteezy
This is one of the best free world map vectors and a good resource to have for future projects

Popular site Vecteezy is a one-stop shop for finding any free vector art that you’re thinking of. However the quality does vary, so you may have to spend time wading through mediocre vectors before finding something that is good enough to use. It's worth the time, though, because there are some quality vector graphics to be found here.

09. DesignContest

 DesignContest
It’s surprisingly difficult to find a good free t-shirt template and these come closer to the mark than anything offered by other vector sites or blogs

DesignContest is more of a commission site and extremely tricky to navigate if you’re just looking for free vector art. However, it does offer a well-designed free T-shirt template and various other free icons on the lower right menu.

10. Free Vector Archive

 Free vector archive
Use this vector set to save precious time on any project requiring a London skyline

A big stock vector site with very efficient browsing options. You can search by colour, theme, popularity or file extension. It’s clean to navigate and free from distracting ads - all in all, a superb place to search for free vector art.

11. All Silhouettes

 All Silhouettes
The raylight file has an array of sunbeams that can be adapted for all kinds of work

Despite being heavy on adverts, All Silhouettes trumps many other free vector art websites in that everything is clearly labelled, fairly quick to navigate and the vast selection is available as bumper vector packs rather than single images. 

12. VectorStock

VectorStock's main business is a library of reasonably-priced vector imagery, but as a handy aside it also boasts a substantial collection of free vectors. They're all available in EPS format, and it's nice and easy to create an account and start downloading.

13. FreeVector

With, by our reckoning, over 16,000 free vector sets available to download, you're in with a pretty good chance of finding what you want at FreeVector. To make life easier there's a good selection of categories to choose from, plus a pretty sweet collection of company logos.

Joanna Zhou is an award-winning manga illustrator and graphic designer. She currently runs her own design label Maqaroon.

  • Have you found a good resource for free vector art? Please let us know about it in the comments!

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