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Find free vector art online: the 19 best sites

Vector illustrations created and offered by Icon8
(Image credit: Icon8)

It's now possible to get some fantastic free vector art online for many uses, including for branding, web and even app development. To help you navigate the increasing number of websites and studios that offer free vector art libraries, we've compiled this list. You should find everything you could need below.

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

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01. The Noun Project

Free vector art: The Noun Project

Icons are plentiful over at The Noun Project (Image credit: The Noun Project)

If it's icons you're after then The Noun Project (opens in new tab) 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. Icon8 Illustrations

Vector illustrations created and offered by Icon8

Icon8 offers free, modern vector illustrations (Image credit: Icon8)

Icon 8 is a website that offers both paid-for and free vector art, icons and illustrations. The site's work is '80% coding and 20% art' and everything is created in house. This means its vector art can be used across web, in app and more, but they ask you to pay a fair fee for the work. However, Icon8 also offers a range of completely free free vector illustrations for many uses. Start with these freebies and see where it takes you.

03. Stockio

Free vector art: Stockio homepage

Stockio enables users to build their own portfolios

When it comes to high quality, editable vector art, Stockio (opens in new tab) 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.

04. Vexels

Free vector art: Vexels

Vexels has a range of vectors in a range of categories (Image credit: Vexels)

Vexels (opens in new tab) 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. 

05. 123FreeVectors

Free vector art: 123 Free Vectors

123FreeVectors has a wealth of free and premium assets (Image credit: 123 Free Vectors)

Head over to 123FreeVectors (opens in new tab) 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.

06. Freedesignfile

Free vector art: Freedesignfile

Freedesignfile is constantly updated with top quality vectors

Freedesignfile (opens in new tab) 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.

07. BrandEPS

Free vector art: BrandEPS

BrandEPS is crammed with great brand logos and icons

Boasting over 10,000 brand vector logos and more than 3,000 vector icons, BrandEPS (opens in new tab) 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.

08. Vector.Me

Free vector art: Vector.Me

Vector.Me has over many thousands of vector images to search through (Image credit: Vector.Me)

The team behind Vector.Me (opens in new tab) 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.

09. Freepik

Free vector art: Freepik

Freepik produces hundreds of free vectors daily for your use

Freepik (opens in new tab) 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.

10. Flaticon

Free vector art: Flaticon

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

FlatIcon (opens in new tab) 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.

11. FreeVectors.net

Free vector art: FreeVectors.net

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

Launched back in 2007, FreeVectors.net (opens in new tab) 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).

12. DryIcons

Free vector art: DryIcons free vector art

DryIcons gives you over 6,700 high-quality web and vector icons

DryIcons (opens in new tab) 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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Joanna Zhou is an award-winning manga illustrator and graphic designer. She currently runs her own design label Maqaroon.