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. But sometimes the quality you need will not be there with free items. You may also spend more time searching for something of quality where paying would be a better alternative.
With that in mind I’ve put together a small collection of the best sources for premium vectors. These are currently the most popular but if you know other good sources that have been excluded from the list just let us know in the comments.
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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
The GraphicRiver market offers extremely high-quality vectors at super cheap prices. When buying from Graphic River and Envato you know you will be getting quality design files every time.
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.
Designer News Market
Designer News is a social news site for designers which runs their own digital marketplace. Content is submitted by real designers and tested by quality control. You’ll find a whole lot more than vectors but they are a big piece of the package.
Flava FX has well over 100 vector packs available for purchase, and 20 value packs that include multiple individual packs at a reduced price.
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.
Cutcaster is another marketplace for stock photos and illustrations. The selection in general is not quite as good as iStockphoto.
Big Stock Photo
Big Stock Photo has a very large selection of photos and vectors, and prices start as low as $1.
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.