The 24 best places to find free vector art online

Track down high-quality graphics to meet your needs.

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.

01. Free Vintage Vectors

These retro images have been carefully vectorised for maximum quality

After a properly retro look and feel for your work? Free Vintage Vectors is well worth checking out; it sources vintage illustrations from antique catalogues, books and magazines, then carefully vectorises them and makes available as PDFs for free download. The selection isn't enormous, but it features a great range of imagery regardless.

02. BrandEPS

BrandEPS is crammed with great brand logos and icons

Boasting over 9,000 brand logos and more than 3,000 brand icons, BrandEPS is a great place to go if you need a logo in a hurry; its free downloads include files in SVG format, as well as JPG and PNG if you're not fussy about scaling. It's easy to search and if you're not really sure what you're after you can also browse the latest arrivals.

03. Vector4Free

Need a Mexican Donald Trump? Look no further

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.

04. Vector.Me

Vector.Me has over 280,000 vector images to search through

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.

05. Freepik

Free vector art: FreePik

Freepik produces hundreds of free vectors daily for your use

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.

06. FlatIcon

Free vector art: FlatIcon

Flaticon is the largest search engine of free vector icons in the world

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.

07. Fudgegraphics

Free vector art: 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.

08. FreeVectors

Free vector art: FreeVectors

FreeVectors.net is an easily searchable catalogue of free vector graphics

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).

09. 1001 Free Downloads

Free vector art: 1001 Free Downloads

1001FreeDownloads is a quick and easy to use platform

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.

10. DryIcons

Free vector art: DryIcons

DryIcons gives you over 5,000 high-quality web and vector icons in 77 icon sets, and more than 1,700 vector graphics for designers and developers

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.

11. Snap2objects

Free vector art: 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.

12. Vector Portal

Vector Portal offers a wealth of free vector art

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.

13. Deviant Art

You'll find a wealth of free vector goodies at 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.

14. DaFont

Free vector art: 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.

15. Fontspace.com

Free vector art: 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.

16. Brands of the World

Free vector art: 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.

17. Spoongraphics

Free vector art: 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!

18. Vecteezy

Free vector art: 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.

19. DesignContest

Free vector art: 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.

20. Free Vector Archive

Free vector art: 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.

21. All Silhouettes

Free vector art: 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.

22. VectorStock

There's plenty of great free stuff in the VectorStock collection

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.

23. FreeVector

FreeVector boasts over 16,000 vector sets, with lots of company logos

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.

24. Vector Open Stock

Free vector art: Vector Open Stock

Vector Open Stock has over 12,000 free vectors

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!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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