During school, the best activities were art activities for me as I’m a very visual person. Like all nerds, I loved school projects and having the excuse to design things. Fast forward, now I find myself needing stock art to put on the blog or just designing things for fun. Some of the sites even lets you use the art for commercial use (business cards, book covers, cds, etc) but there are limitations, so read the license carefully if you are heading down that road.
The best sites I’ve found for amazing quality clipart are listed below. They are sponsored by companies who hope that you will eventually buy some stock art from them and I’ve done that before. It’s astounding what is available for use, they are truly beautiful graphics which would take me hours to do myself!
How to download & use files:
1) When you click on any site, either use the categories to find what you want or do a search.
2) Usually they want you to open a free account, which is the price of admission.
3) Pick what file format you want (jpeg or eps) and save to your folder on your computer.
4) Open in your graphics program or put into any office software program for use (eg. microsoft office)
Pixelbay – high quality photos and stock art
Stock exchange – another site for high quality photos and stock art
Free Vector art and graphics archive – gorgeous vector art for every project possible and divided into categories! I didn’t realize that you can download pre-made infographics which look really slick.
Vector Open Stock – only click in the middle area if you want free vectors. It gets confusing when top and bottom bars appear and they link to other sites.