12 of the Best Sources of Premium Vectors

There are a number of resources online for finding free stock photography, vectors, custom shapes for Photoshop, and all kinds of other useful items for designers. However, sometimes the quality you need will not be there with free items, and you may also spend more time searching for something free than it’s worth. There are certainly times when it’s appropriate to pay for quality work.

With that in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to put together a small collection of the best sources for buying premium vectors. If you know of other good sources that have been excluded from the list, please leave a comment.

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Vecteezy is a community artists who love to share their their free vector art with the community. The team also sells Premium Vectors at a monthly subscription (starting at $14/mo) and also have a nice variety of promo codes form their partners

Vecteezy - Free Vector Art

Go Media’s Arsenal

The vector packs from Go Media are extremely high-quality. When buying from Go Media you know you will be getting quality vectors.

Go Media Arsenal


Designious is another source of high quality vectors with a wide selection from which to choose. You can buy individual vector packs, or get a big discount by purchasing the Giga Vector Pack.


Vector Stock

Vector Stock is a marketplace that specializes in vectors and illustrations. Designers can sell their work through Vector Stock, and anyone can buy individual pieces for as little as $1.

Vector Stock

Flava FX

Flava FX has well over 100 vector packs available for purchase, and 20 value packs that include multiple individual packs at a reduced price.

Flava FX


iStockphoto is the leading marketplace of stock photos and vector illustrations. They have a huge selection of quality items with prices starting at $1, and they also have subscription-based plans.



StockXpert is another leading choice for both stock photography and vectors. The selection and prices are similar to iStockphoto. They also sell individual items or subscriptions.



Cutcaster is another marketplace for stock photos and illustrations. The selection in general is not quite as good as iStockphoto or StockXpert.


Big Stock Photo

Big Stock Photo has a very large selection of photos and vectors, and prices start as low as $1.

Big Stock Photo


Shutterstock is a subscription-based marketplace. For $249 you can download up to 25 images per day (or 750 per month).


I Heart Vector

I Heart Vector has number of vector packs, as well as individual vectors, for sale. Individual vectors start at $1.99 and packs start at $4.99.

I Heart Vector


Chadlonius is a graphic design blog that sells some individual vectors as well as sets of vectors.



Designfruit is a graphic design blog that also sells dome premium items, including vectors.


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  • Art Sans Raison, July 3, 2011

    Thanks to Vandelay and also to the commenters for sharing so many great vectors resources!

  • AJL, May 21, 2011

    Watch out for http://stockfuel.com/stock_vector.html as well.

  • liz, November 27, 2010

    Great list! You should update this … lots of new sites these days. http://www.mrvector.com is one of my personal favorites.

  • lukasz, April 20, 2010

    great post! awesome resources especially go media

  • Multiwp, January 15, 2010

    great sources! thanks man.

  • Klaus, August 3, 2009

    Great tips,

    I also added http://www.yougraph.com to this list!!

  • Jason, July 6, 2009

    You may want to check out Mr. Vector. They have some great vector packs. http://mrvector.com Great list btw.

  • Web Design, January 19, 2009

    I use shutterstock through work, although they have lots of content I find they’re not the best on the market and some of their content is rather bad.

  • Victor E, December 15, 2008

    Just another one I’ve stumbled across recently and bought from:

    Their vector packs are super-unique, check em out…The prices are crazy low.

    This blog list is awesome for designers!!!

  • Flash Templates, December 8, 2008

    really thanks

  • VECTORJUNGLE, November 25, 2008

    Theres also http://www.vectorjungle.com/. A lot of cool vectors and all of them are free for personal and commercial use.

  • Lee Marriott, October 17, 2008

    Ive bookmarked, great little round up! I always love to see how other have worked their vectors and leanr how to improve myself! thanks

  • ff-webdesigner, October 9, 2008

    very good summary, more than I thought that there is on the market.

  • business opportunity, October 8, 2008

    You missed 123rf.com. I use them regularly for quality stock and sometimes vectors and the pricing is superb.

  • Asbestos Survey, October 8, 2008

    Ya me too I ‘ll check out others too.

  • Dainis Graveris, October 7, 2008

    I have big trust for Gomedia now, but I’ll check out the others too! I knew just few of them, nice :)

  • alex, October 7, 2008

    Thank you for mentioning us. We are very happy to be on your list along so many other great vector resources.

  • Chadlonius, October 6, 2008


  • Vandelay Design, October 6, 2008

    Thanks for pointing that out. Not sure how I did that, but it’s fixed.

  • Ben W, October 6, 2008

    “iStockphoto is the leading marketplace of stock photos and vector illustrations. They have a huge selection of quality items with prices starting at $1m”

    Really? 1 million dollars?!

  • Mayur, October 6, 2008

    You missed 123rf.com. I use them regularly for quality stock and sometimes vectors and the pricing is superb.

    Great List!

  • Andrew Houle, October 5, 2008

    Nice roundup, bookmarked. Thanks!

  • Michael James Riley, October 5, 2008

    This is amazing. I never was very good with illustrator and this will probably give me a boost in a lot of areas, at least a starting point for some of the things I’ve been trying to create.

    Thanks :)