Whether it’s an icon pack you’re looking for or a few images that will represent your brand, there’s no denying that graphic illustrations are one of the best and easiest ways to make any page come to life. Having beautiful illustrations on your website doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are tons of sites out there where you can get them for free! Some will even let you customize them. Check these out.
Here are a list of places to find free good quality illustrations for your websites:
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Launched in 2017 by Katerina Limpitsouni, unDraw is a website where you can find open-source illustrations to use on your website, school reports, blog, or anything and anywhere else that might need sprucing up. The site is constantly updated with fresh content and offers on-the-spot image color generation so you can easily match any theme.
The illustrations are customizable, minimalist, and future-proof. They come in SVG format so you can set them to any size you want without compromising image quality and load time, too.
Humaaans.com is a public library of illustrations created by Pablo Stanley in 2018. The images are fully customizable, allowing you to sort of build your own illustrations rather than just picking one from a pre-made pack. You decide how many characters to include, what background to use, the characters’ pose, hair style, color, accessories, and more.
All illustrations from humaaans.com are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that not only allows you to use them for free (whether for personal or commercial use) but also allows you to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the original work as long as credit is given to the original creator.
Free Illustrations by Lukasz Adam offers a wide variety of free open source SVG images under the CC0 license. This means that all illustrations on the Free Illustrations website can be used for personal, commercial, and other purposes with no attribution required.
The images from Free Illustrations are more colorful and more detailed compared to the first two that were previously mentioned here. The website has a wide range of categories, from random and generic icons to patterns, people, and more.
Website: Free Illustrations
If you’re a Mac user and you’re looking for something Mac-friendly, Mac-optimized, or something that’s just made especially for Mac, check out Drawkit. It’s another great website to visit for anyone in search of beautiful vector illustrations to add to their website, blog, or even school- or work-related projects. While the illustrations are pretty simple and basic, Drawkit does offer a very wide and diverse array of categories of illustrations to choose from so finding one that will fit your vibe won’t be difficult.
Their content is updated on a fairly regular basis and they’re awesome at keeping their collection up to date with many of their illustrations packs showcasing beautiful art relevant to current events like the Black Lives Matter movement, COVID-19, and more.
All illustrations from Drawkit are licensed under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL2).
Illustrations.co was founded by Vijay Verma as a result of a 100 day illustration challenge he had participated in a few years before the website launched. It started out as a collection of his old illustrations and it’s now one of the most amazing sources of free, open sourced illustrations online.
Illustrations.co hosts a plethora of illustrations, from people to animals, inanimate objects, scenes, and even thoughts, processes, and ideas. You can get the illustrations in a variety of formats including SVG, PNG, AI, EPS, and Figma.
Another amazing resource for open source illustrations is Open Doodles. The website has been proven to be a favorite among graphic designers and enthusiasts because it encourages development and creativity by adopting the open design concept.
Like Free Illustrations by Lukasz Adam, all illustrations on the Open Doodles website are under the CC0 license which is pretty much the least restrictive license that allows you to do whatever you please without the need for any kind of attribution.
Website: Open Doodles
Out of all the websites mentioned here, Absurd Design has got to be one of the more unique ones. Aside from the usual vector images which you’ll find on most free-to-use illustration websites, they also have surrealist illustrations that are more artsy and perfect to use on blogs and website landing pages or even brand logos.
Images from Absurd Design are free for personal and commercial use. However, there are certain prohibitions that are further explained on their license page.
Website: Absurd Design