A mountain of free vector art is at your fingertips online, providing a welcome timesaver for designers. But the process is often more time-consuming than it needs to be when you have to search through muddled, cluttered pages to find exactly what you want.
To help keep your stress levels to a minimum, we've curated a handpicked guide to the best free vector art websites on the web. Here, you'll find our favourite websites, which have high-quality vector art that's easy to sort through. Please do make sure you check the individual terms carefully before downloading, and respect the Creative Commons licensing if applicable
01. The Noun Project
If it's icons you're after then The Noun Project is for you. With a curated collection of two million icons, created by a global community, both free and paid members get access to the same icons. The only difference is that free members need to credit the icon's designer when using the vector (and there are colour selection benefits for members, too). The website boasts it holds "the most diverse collection of icons
ever", including collections such as 'Food Allergy', and 'Little Monsters'.
02. Retro Vectors
Retro Vectors is a great-looking and well-organised website that, as the name suggests, specialises in vectors that carry a retro vibe. The collection is split into era-based categories: Victorian,'40s, '50s, '60s, and so on. All vectors are royalty free and free of charge.
When it comes to high quality, editable vector art, Stockio has got you covered. As well as these free assets, you'll also find stunning professional photos, icons and videos. If you create an account with Stockio you'll be able to keep track of your downloaded files thanks to a handy personalised portfolio.
Vexels has a variety of different vector graphics, and all of them are available for both personal and commercial use, although you'll often have to pay for a commercial licence. The vectors are neatly organised into categories to make searching easier, and there's even a selection of editable vectors.
Head over to 123FreeVectors and you'll find over 100,000 background and vector art images at your disposal. Covering everything from animals to bokeh backgrounds, chances are you'll find what you're looking for on this site. On top of free vector art, you'll also discover illustrations, clip art and wallpapers.
Freedesignfile is crammed with thousands of free vectors and much more besides, including free Photoshop brushes and actions, photography and fonts. This resource 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.
Boasting over 10,000 brand vector logos and more than 3,000 vector 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 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 79,000 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. Its vectors and photos can be downloaded in AI, EPS or SVG format.
FlatIcon boasts over a million free vector icons. Its free icons are 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. Some of its most popular sets include free social media icons in various styles.
Launched back in 2007, 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).
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.
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