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The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs


Designers love freebies that make life easier and help them create higher-quality work. Free vectors are useful, free vector packs even more so. Fortunately, there are plenty of talented graphic designers who are willing to give away their work (or samples of it) to benefit the rest of us. In this post, we feature 60 of the best and most useful free vector packs.

Many of the vectors featured here would be useful for particular styles of design and specific types of websites. Take a few moments to browse through them, and you may find something that’s perfect for a current or upcoming project. Before you use any of the freebies, be sure to check the license designated by the creator to stay within the stated guidelines.

Abstract Blobs and Bursts
A pack of 10 vectors for creating abstract effects.

Abstract Vectors

Wavy Vector Ribbons1
A pack of 7 trendy vectors of wavy lines.

Wavy Ribbon Vectors2

Trendy Circles3
Another trendy collection, this one containing six variations.

Trendy Circles4

Different types and combinations of circles are in this pack.


Weird Bubbles7
If other circles don’t meet your needs, ten vectors are included in this pack.

Weird Bubbles8

Modern Arrows9
An easy way to add a trendy style to your designs.

Arrow Vectors10

Vector Lines, Swirls and Patterns11
This vector pack includes 20 different lines and swirls.

Lines and Swirls12

Character Vector Pack13
T-shirt blog Teestrict offers a pack of cartoon characters.

Charcter Vectors14

Free Vector Pack One from Designious
Includes 20 vectors from some of the company’s premium vector packs.

Free Vector Pack from Designious

Free Vector Pack Two from Designious
Includes another 20 vectors from Designious’ premium vector packs.

Designiou Vector Pack 2

Vintage Mega Pack 5 Samples
A few select samples from Designious’ premium Vintage Mega Pack 5.

Vintage Mega Pack 5 Samples

Night Lights15
A set of four out-of-focus vectors from Go Media.

Night Lights16

Safari and Zoo Animals17
SpoonGraphics offers this collection of 20+ vectors of land mammals and aquatic life.

Animal Vectors18

A set of 17 vectors of various animals being distributed at GoMediaZine.

Animal Vectors

Dinosaurs Vector Pack19
A big set of lots of different dinosaurs.


Birds in Flight21
A pack of 12 bird vectors from Bittbox.

Birds in Flight22

Bird Vectors23
A high-quality sample pack.

Bird Vectors24

Simple and Cute Twitter Bird Vector Graphics25
These 8 vectors could be useful for bloggers who display Twitter updates.

Twitter Bird Vectors26

Illustrated Vector Sneaker Graphics27
A collection of 3 hand-drawn vectors from SpoonGraphics.

Sneaker Vectors28

Hand-Drawn Decorative Ornaments29
Bittbox provides this decorative vector pack.

Decorative Ornaments30

Hand-Drawn Decorative Ornaments II31
A second set from Bittbox.

Decorative Ornaments 232

Vector Garden Symbol Set33
This set includes 19 high-quality swirly vectors.

Swirly Curls34

Bittbox also provides this pack of flower vectors

Flower Vectors36

More vector flowers with a good deal of variety.

Flower Vectors38

The first foliage vector set from Bittbox.

Foliage Vectors40

Foliage Part 241
The second foliage set from Bittbox.

Foliage Part Two

Tree Silhouettes42
Several different types of trees are included in this pack from Digital Artist Toolbox.

Tree Vectors43

Ecology Vectors44
A big pack of nice leaves.

Ecology Vectors45

Flowers and Plants46
More than 30 different flower and plant vectors are included.

Flowers and Plants47

Dotty Women Vector Graphics48
This pack includes 4 vectors.

Dotty Women49

A big set of watercolor vectors that provide an alternative to using brushes for similar effects.

Watercolor Vectors

A set of 11 vectors from Go Media of fingertips, palm prints and streaks.

Fingerprint Vectors51

Poppy Color Stickers52
Twenty vectors (in 10 different colors) of Web 2.0-style stickers.

Poppy Color Stickers53

Embroidery Badges54
A variety of different badges are available in this pack.

Embroidery Badges55

Speech Bubbles56
A set of 33 vector speech bubbles.

Speech Bubble Vectors57

Office Objects
A quality set of vectors from random objects around the office.

Office Vectors

Technology Vectors
This set includes monitors, a mouse, headphones, a cell phone and more.

Tech Vectors

Tower Vector Pack58
This is a pack of silhouettes of famous towers around the world.


Vector Stars60
Several different styles of star vectors are included in this pack.

Vector Stars61

Power Tool Pack
A set of 10 vector power tools.

Power Tools

Vector Notes
A nice collection of hand-written post-it notes.


Wood Signs
This pack includes several different types of wood sign vectors.

Wood Signs

Sport Set62
A collection of equipment and balls from different sports.

Sports Pack63

Winter Sports Vectors64
Snowboards, snowboarders and skiers are included in this pack.

Winter Sports65

Skaters Vector Pack66
A great set for grungy skater designs.

Skater Vectors67

Surf Vector Silhouettes68
A pack of various silhouettes of surfers.

Surf Silhouettes69

Live Music
A nice collection of musicians performing on stage.

Live Music Vectors

Rap Attack Vector Pack70
This is a big set of rap and hip-hop influenced vectors.

Rap Attack71

Sexy Girls Vectors72
A pack of female silhouettes.

Sexy Girls73

Vector Skull Set
A big set of 18 vector skulls.

Vector Skulls

Urban Collection74
A large pack of various vectors for urban-influenced design.

Urban Vectors75

Transportation Silhouettes76
Every type of transportation, from bike to horse to car, is included in this vector pack.

Transportation Vectors77

Aircrafts Vector Pack78
A big pack of vector planes from different eras.

Aircraft Vectors79

Road Signs and Traffic Light80
Various signs are a part of this colorful vector pack.


Grunge Photo Frames82
Easily add a grunge element to your designs with these frames.

Grunge Frames83

Vector Grunge Elements84
Another pack for creating grungy designs.

Grunge Elements85

Ink Scribbles and Scratches86
This pack includes a few different scribbles to use in your own work.

Ink Scribbles87

’70s Vector Pack88
An assortment of ’70s-style vectors.

70s vectors89

Vector Ornaments
This is a big pack (over 40) of various ornamental vectors.

Vector Ornaments

Other Sources of Free Vectors Link

Although this post focuses on vector packs, you can find individual vector files (as well as some packs) at the following websites:


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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

  1. 1

    great collection..!!!

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    Very nice! Thanks!

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    wow .. thats huge and creative collection ! thanks for sharing

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    wow that’s a lot.

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    now that rocks. thanks!

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    Love the freebies

    January 16, 2009 9:15 pm

    Fantastic, especially the hand drawn ornaments.

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    AWESOME!!! You empower us like no other! Thanks SM

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    Thanks for the nice article.

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    whoa, me likes freebies! Thanks SM!

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    Thank you

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    Wojciech Słowacki

    January 17, 2009 12:23 am

    This is an amazing collection of vectors! Thank you Smashing Magazine.

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    Thank you very much!

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    Unbelievable this collection :)

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    Shoddy collection of the most common vectors that you can easily find – mostly on one site – if you Google for free vectors.

    I sure don’t comment a lot on this site, but it usually has some excellent content.
    In attempt to make things better this year, this is a very poor start.

  15. 15

    This is great stuff…I’ve always been into adstract art and this looks easy enough to do even if you don’t have experience!!!

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    What a great list.. Thanks a lot.

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    great job!
    keep up the good work, it’s very appreciated..

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    wohooooo…. great collection! thx again, smashing!

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    This is irresistible!

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    Well, even if you see a lot of common vectors, its still a very usefull collection. I`m glad to have a collection like that without searching through the web for hours..

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    Very Nice collection, Thank You :-)!!!

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    Great resource, thanks..

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    Really good collection. Thanks :)

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    Smashing my brains out in gratitude. orz

  25. 25

    Wow what a huge list. Thank you!

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    Scroll +75 exp level up

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    I’ve got a collection of vector computers for network diagrams that might be helpful:

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    Wow! They are so many and so useful for design work. Great find smashing, once again.

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    Are all of them royalty-free so I can use them at work? ;)


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