Looking for a good source of free vector illustrations to throw into your designs can be frustrating sometimes. You find something you like or that has an object in it which you could use only to find out that you cannot use it in a commercial project. Well I’ve done my share of digging through hundreds of search engine results and decided to put them in one place where I can share these favorites.
I chose these sites because I found that many – if not most – of the vector objects are available free for commercial use. It’s important for designers to respect the copyrights of the original authors. Many of these guys and gals make a living from producing quality graphics and illustrations.
Before proceeding, here is a little more information about the Creative Commons Licenses and how they work:
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These free downloads can be fully modified to conform with your project and can also serve as inspiration. Many of the sites have a link back to the original author so that you can explore more of their work. Some of the authors offer tutorials on how they designed the vectors on their own sites or blogs. It’s worth a look.
Here we go:
One of the best sources for free vectors. The community behind them is extensive and growing on a daily basis, not to mention the many currently popular designers that contribute to it. They also have a blog with tutorials and you can join the community for free. You can even upload some of your own work if you wish to share.
Great layout and lots of quality vector graphics to download. They offer a handy category section that makes it really easy to find what you are looking for.
3. Free Vectors Daily
This site updates their collection daily (as the name suggests). They have a big selection of vectors and the website is not crowded with ads. Sign up for their RSS feed to keep updated on their daily new vectors.
You can find vector graphics files in many formats here: AI, EPS, PDF, SVG, CDR. Each thumbnail displays the formats available. Their free vectors are classified by “Tags” so make sure to check out their “Tag Cloud”
Large inventory of vector artwork with an easy to find search bar. I like that they link back to the original author and the license type is displayed under the “More Info” button.
6. Brands of the World
This website has an amazing collection of Major Brand logos in vector format. They also have a huge collection of designer uploaded vector logos for inspiration. Requires you to sign up (free) to download vector logos.
7. Open Vector Source
Very nice website, it features a voting system and a “Top 20″ section of most popular files. You can also find many downloadable bundles that contain more than one vector object.
Colorful, nice looking website. Has a filter in the Gallery that lets you break down your results by Category, File type, License type, and Sort by. Part of the Open Source Design Network
9. Vector Portal
This website has a large variety of vector art for free. From backgrounds to packaging templates, they even have company-specific design guidelines in PDF format for download.
10. Free 4 Illustrator
Great collection of free downloadable vectors, their footer states: “All the Downloadable files can be used for commercial or Non commercial use. But selling or distributing our files is not allowed.”
Do you use stock vector art in your projects or do you custom design 100% of every aspect in your projects?
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