When I first started making printables, I struggled to figure out where everyone was getting images and graphic designs. Especially free graphics (or cheap graphics). I kept thinking to myself “not everyone can be making their own art!?” Turns out I was right. In fact, few people making printables were making their own art. There are graphics (yes, some free) all over the internet.
Graphic designs and clip-art are also needed in designing websites (like my header), media kits, and more. So if you’ve been wondering where to find fabulous graphics…look no more. I’ve rounded up my common stops on the internet.
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The Hungry Jpeg. <<<Click on that link, then click “Freebies” on the top bar. They have a ton of freebies. They add new ones all the time, so check back often. Right now there are over 600 free graphics, free fonts, free papers, etc. I just downloaded some butterfly graphics I didn’t have! Check the license…most are more commercial, but a few are personal use only.
They are my first to-go when it comes to purchasing graphics, too. For a few reasons.
1. Their license is very liberal. A lot of places you can only use a graphic one single time and that’s it. You have to re-buy it. The Hungry Jpeg allows for 10 uses…and every single item gets its own 10 uses. I always buy bundles. So I can use each of the hundreds of items 10 times each. I’ve never had to re-purchase something because I change designs often.
2. Their bundles are AMAZING! As I said, I buy the bundles. I never use all the fonts, but the graphics are great. I do a lot of holiday stuff, and they have a new bundle every month. Honestly, I need to stop purchasing graphics. I have enough to do holidays for the next three years and never re-use something.
Deal Jumbo is one of my new favorites!
1. The ton of freebies impressed me. Seriously…there are A LOT. A lot are fonts, but if you scroll through all the fonts, there are some treasures buried.
2. But the new watercolor bundle I got for just $12 really won me over.
3. And their license is fabulous.
(If you have trouble getting to the following pages on the freebie link, just click freebies in the bar on top…then go to the rest of the pages…my referral link only shows the first page).
Creative Fabrica has a ton of freebies. Over 360, with new ones all the time. Most are fonts, but if you dig through all the fonts, you can find some great graphics, backgrounds, and more.
Their license is pretty good. You can either buy a subscription and have unlimited use while you have an active subscription -or- purchase the items you want.
First, they do 6 free goods every single week. Check out: “Free Goods of the Week.” They update every Monday, so check back often. They will have you make an account to download, but it’s free. I get the newsletter so I get a notice in my box every single week about the free goods. I love it!
Creative Market is one of my top stops for graphics.
1. Like The Hungry Jpeg, they have amazing bundles. They change often so I’m not going to link to any specific bundle.
2. The graphic designs are fabulous. Check out “Graphics” page.
3. Their license is a little more restrictive than others, but the quality of the graphics is through the roof.
Another popular stop when I’m looking for free graphics is Pixabay. Everything is free and almost everything is CC0. Aka: you can use it as much as you want, no attribution required.
They also have a ton of clip art that use when making printables, especially coloring sheets. I feel bad paying money for a plain outline of something that someone else is going to color!
A new favorite of mine is OpenClipArt.org. Everything is CC0 (use as much as you want, free, no attribution required). And I found a ton of flower outlines. I’ve been doing more coloring stuff, so open outline stuff is vitally needed. But there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of simple graphics and clip art pieces.
I just found this but I think I like it. They do have some freebies, but they’re limited. (A lot are icons and mock-ups, which I don’t use). But they did have some graphics and some great grunge backgrounds.
They also do bundle sales of graphics and their license is one of the most liberal I’ve seen.
Reusable Art. Everything is CC0, but limited selection. There is some cute stuff, though.
Luvly. Some free stuff. Limited selection, but all cute.
Pixelo. Very good extended license, but limited offerings. They do have some freebies, though.
MyDesignDeals.com. Very good extended license, but limited offerings on website. Bundles decent, but only available for limited times…but they leave them up on website. So you can search for something, find a fabulous bundle, and it’s not available.
PublicDomainPictures.net. Most is CC0, but mostly images (not graphics, clipart). There are some, though.
Freepik. I don’t use them for a couple of reasons. First, it’s mostly vector graphics. I don’t use Illustrator, so I don’t need (nor can even use) vector graphics. Second, most are attribution required unless you buy premium membership. I think that’s really the point…they’re selling the membership. But they do have a great selection.
Graphic Burger. Free for personal and commercial use. But an eclectic mix.
Design Cuts. Everything costs, but decent quality and license.
Inky Deals. Does bundles based around a certain theme: photoshop effects, watercolor, brushes, etc.
StockUnlimited. They have both a pay for images and a subscription service. The subscription service is something I’m going to look into…unlimited downloads.
Shutterstock. Expensive, but good quality.
Free Design Resources. Free, but mostly fonts. There are some graphics, though.