You know that feeling when you're busy in the office or working from home 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 you can download in preparation for future projects. Please note and respect the Creative Commons licence if there is one.
Previously known as VectorOpenStock, Vexels still features thousands of free vector graphics and designs, organised into easy-to-browse categories. Its new selling point, though, is an online editor that enables you to customise vector designs in the browser, customising layouts, adding new elements and changing things like colours and text, so they're ready to go as soon as you download them.
Crammed with thousands of free vectors and much more besides, including Photoshop actions and brushes, photography and fonts, Freedesignfile is a great place to quickly find vector design elements and entire vector images, ready to be edited in Illustrator. All its images are free for personal use, and most can be used commercially.
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.
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.
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. It's absolutely packed with over 280,000 vectors, 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. In total, it offers over one million free vectors and photos, which can be downloaded in AI, EPS or SVG format.
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 most 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 including excellent city vector shapes for New York, Paris, London, Moscow and Tokyo.
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