35 places to get awesome free vector images
Freepik boasts over 800,000 free illustration vectors. There’s everything to choose from. You need animals? What about silhouettes? You’ll find it on Freepik.
Free vector images - Freepik homepage
You can download the files in a variety of formats: AI, SVG or EPS. And the best thing about Freepik’s free vector images? You don’t need to provide any attribution. You just need to create an account, then start downloading illustrations and icons, saving your favorites to your account.
Katerina Limpitsouni has created a library of amazing and customizable MIT-licenced illustrations. They’re free and there’s no need for attribution either.
Her whimsical and fun illustrations are also SVG – scalable at any size without losing any of the quality.
Free vector images - unDraw homepage
These free vector images touch on every topic imaginable, from SVGs representing online payments and private data, to soccer and heavy lifting. Eclectic to say the least!
You can even avail of the color image generator she provides on the site. You can literally switch up the main color scheme to match your brand identity.
Pixabay is another image search engine with a ton of free illustrations vectors up for grabs. Pixabay also aggregates images from other free websites, making their collection even bigger.
You’ll find a great variety of free vector images, ranging from cartoon images to object illustrations and icons for website button design.
Free vector images - Pixabay homepage
All of these vector images are available thanks to a community of creatives who regularly contribute their vector designs, all of which are copyright free – even for commercial use.
Vector Stock is home to over 200,000 free vector images. You can sort them by latest uploads or by trending vectors. As with the other sites, the formats include: AI, EPS, PDF and JPG. All free, all yours. However, the illustration vectors are for personal use only, which is a bit of a limitation for freelance designers.
You’ll need to provide attribution if you’re going to use any of the free vector images you find on this site.
Free vector images - VectorStock homepage
A nice touch to the information architecture on this site is the fact that on each vector on display on the homepage, you can click “view similar” to see more like that one. You can see a vampire and then instantly search more under the theme of halloween.
If you want access to over a million vector icons then Flaticon’s your best bet. It has collections grouped into packs, for easy browsing, or you can opt to see the best packs of the month.
Openclipart styles itself as the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for you to use for absolutely any reason. Not bad. Plus, all the goodies on Openclipart are in the public domain.
On top of that, they add new free vector images to their collection regularly, keeping the library fresh and ensuring you always have access to the latest designs.
Free vector images - Openclipart homepage
This is definitely the place to come if you’re more in the market for drawings and sketches for a website background or to place within texts, as opposed to icons.
Vector4Free is the little brother of free vector image websites. It doesn’t have the biggest collection on the internet, but it has got useful icons. Some are grouped into collections. You can search using the tags or the search bar to get what you’re looking for.
Free vector images - Vector4Free homepage
Their free vector images are added by artists from all over the world and range from comical cartoons to neutral icons and illustrations for business and technology.
And you want to know the best part? There’s zero attribution required because they’re distributed under Vector4free’s licence.
The Noun Project is an awesome repository of more than a million free vector images. It’s got tons that are customizable and easy to download.
Vecteezy has over 100,000 free vector images and claims to be the largest vector graphics community worldwide.
It’s got a good selection of vector images and you’ll find what you’re looking for there. You can also comment on illustration vectors and give design critique – perfect for vector designers who want free feedback, or for storied designers who want to practice a bit of digital mentorship.
Free vector images - Vecteezy homepage
Many of the free vector images you’ll find on this site are perfect for backgrounds, header or hero images. It’s also a great place to come for if you’re looking for login buttons and other UI elements.
However, that’s not all – their range expands to include food, drink, plants business and many more!
If you need to quickly grab a brand logo to throw onto a landing page, sponsors to go on the back of a t-shirt or need one for a testimonial then head on to Brands of the World.
It’s got the largest collection of free downloadable vector logos of the world’s companies and brands.
Free vector images - Brands of the World vector library
Find any company from Sketch to Kuro Sumi tattoo studio! What’s more, you can see comments and critiques for each one, making it a great place to come and learn or practice a bit of mentorship!
Iconmonstr is cool because they let you ask for missing icons, as well as casting a vote for new ones.
Free vector images - Iconmonstr homepage
Here you can download all the usual format suspects including PSD. When downloading their free vector images, you can choose between bold fill, heavyweight vector icons, or thin, lightweight ones with a straightforward, minimalist design.
Pixeden came about when a couple of designers and developers needed a one-stop place for all the tools of the modern designer.
The site has a great selection of graphic materials to choose from, including vector images. There are mockup files, vector packs, icon sets and infographic elements too.
Pixeden vector page
We also like Pixeden for its practical free vector images that are handy for web UI design. Their vector range even extends to 3D polygon shapes!
Vector.me has a lot of free vectors. Simply enter your keywords, hit search and browse until you find what you’re looking for. You can search through illustration vectors, logos and icons and there’s more than 280,000 to choose from all in AI, EPS, SVG and CDR formats.
Free vector images - Vector.me homepage
You can find every free vector you could need for UI design, graphic design for posters, t-shirts or whatever it is you’re after.
Pimpmydrawing.com is a free library of people and silhouettes available in AI and DWG formats.
What’s fun about Pimpmydrawing.com (apart from the name!) is the description of the vector images. A favorite description is an image of a woman walking:
“Farmer walking to the side in boots. She looks relaxed. Guess that is the advantage of living in the countryside… Not saying she is lazy just that the stress in the cities is different.”
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