You know that feeling when you're busy working from home or in the office but that piece of work just isn't coming together? You don't have the time to sort 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.
A good selection of free resources – including free fonts and free 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.
The collection at Vector4Free isn't huge - at just over 1,500 free vectors it's much smaller than many of the other sites featured here - but the quality is pretty consistent and everything is well tagged so it's easy to find what you're looking for. All the featured vector images are free for personal use, but check before using them commercially.
The team behind Vector.Me couldn't find a search engine for free vectors with a complete collection and flexible searching capabilities, so they decided to build their own. With a database of over 280,000 vectors it's absolutely packed with stuff, and there are separate logo and icon sections in case that's all you're after.
Freepik calls itself the "leading search engine of free vector designs". Created to help you find free vector art, illustrations, icons, PSD and photos for use in your designs, Freepik produces hundreds of free vectors daily – which can be downloaded in AI, EPS and SVG format – and has over one million free vectors and photos on offer.
FlatIcon boasts over 107,150 free vector icons. Its database is packed with free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats, so whatever type of vector icon you're looking for, you're likely to find it here.
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.
FreeVectors.net is a fun community of vector-lovers who share free vector graphics. The most recently added vectors are displayed at the top of the page, and all are free for personal use (with most of them free for commercial use too).
The team at 1001FreeDownloads scour the web for the best free graphics for designers. With thousands of free vectors alongside photos, brushes, gradients, PSDs, fonts and more – as well as high-quality graphics produced in-house – it won't take you long to find the vector you want.
DryIcons is an icon-developing website that creates unique icons and icon sets, vector graphics and web templates and – initially – gives them away freely, with its Free License.
That means you can use DryIcons' icons, vector graphics and web templates in any publicly accessible website, web application or any form of publicly accessible presentation, according to some basic terms and conditions – which you'll find on the site.
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.
10. Vector Portal
Vector Portal offers a wealth of free vector art, which designers can use in both personal and commercial projects. Easy to navigate, you can filter your search using the drop down category box or search bar. With an extensive library of artwork, you're sure to find something of use here.
11. Deviant Art
One of the largest artist communities on the web, Deviant Art is full of free and useful resources, including vectors. However, finding exactly what you're after among the crowd of chaos can be tricky. The search bar and the Resources and Stock Images link will narrow things down for you and no doubt you'll come across lots of free vector goodies.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
19. All Silhouettes
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.
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.
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.
From backgrounds and logos to flowers, wedding-themed graphics and patterns, there's a huge range of free vectors available at Vector Open Stock. In fact, there are 12,741 at the time of writing, with more free vector graphics added everyday.
Have you found a good resource for free vector art? Please let us know about it in the comments!
Contributor: Joanna Zhou
Joanna Zhou is an award-winning manga illustrator and graphic designer. She currently runs her own design label Maqaroon.
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