Top 10 Sources for Downloading Free SVG Illustrations
Narek Bayadyan • Updated on Feb 14, 2022 • 4 min read
If you're building a website, making images for your social media posts, or, for instance, creating a banner for your Facebook page, you might often feel the need to include some sort of illustrations to add a bit of creativity and character to your designs and make them more appealing. Of course, it's always good to come up with your own original designs, but very often that's not an option. Fortunately, there are many great sources for free illustrations (available in .svg format) that you can use to quickly download awesome visuals and apply them in your projects. Here, we've selected 10 websites that offer free-to-use .svg illustrations. There are certainly more options, but we've chosen the ones that we like the most (we use some of them ourselves) and that we thought would be useful for our readers as well. So, let's start.
unDraw is a great source for free SVG illustrations and is one of our favorites. Here, you can find a nice selection of stylish yet simple illustrations on different topics that are completely free and don’t require any attribution.
Moreover, you can customize the primary color of the SVG illustrations to fit your existing palette. The site was created in 2017 by Katerina Limpitsouni with the goal of contributing to the open-source community.
DrawKit is an MIT-licensed (no credit or attribution is needed, and the illustrations are free to use for commercial and personal purposes) database of free SVG illustrations created by James Daly and meant to help designers and startups.
It includes a variety of illustration packs (most of them free) around different topics (e.g. Music, Health and Wellness, Economy and Finance). The files are also available in .ai format and can thus be customized after downloading.
Manypixels is another great source of free SVG illustrations. It incorporates a big collection of illustrations of different styles (different creators are collaborating on the resource) with the option to adjust the colors.
The collection is constantly expanding, and there’s a lot to choose from. The files can be downloaded as .svg or .png and are free to use without attribution.
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4. IRA Design
IRA Design is a bit different from the previous resources, providing more space for customization. It has "Ready to use" illustrations, where you can select a separate color (only gradients available) for different components (e.g. the hair of the characters or their clothes). But you can also download components separately (Backgrounds, Objects, and characters) and combine them the way you want on your device. All the items can be downloaded for free under MIT license.
5. Freebie Supply
Freebie Supply is an extensive directory that has put together numerous free resources for Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. So, if you're using any of those tools, you'll find lots of useful stuff ranging from illustrations and mockups to icons and UI kits. The licensing may differ among items, so make sure to check it before using.
Pixabay is a popular resource that offers a variety of free-to-use media files including photos, videos, and even music. But it also has a great collection of free .svg illustrations gathered from all kinds of different sources. All the items on the site are free for commercial use and don't require attribution, so you just need to find the required image and download it.
7. The Ultimate Avatar Library
The Ultimate Avatar Library is a collection of royalty-free avatar illustrations for personal and commercial projects. You can choose from a variety of styles and characters including Simpsons, Tech Stars, NBA Legends, and son.
The packs are free for commercial or noncommercial use. The library is growing, so we hope to see even more interesting stuff.
8. Delesign Illustrations
Another nice library of royalty-free .svg illustrations with adjustable coloring. Also includes a large set of icons available in both .png and .svg. No attribution is required for commercial or noncommercial use.
9. Open Peeps
Open peeps is an awesome tool for building human characters from different building blocks (hair, legs, clothes, etc.). You can download the library and use such tools as Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD to mix the components and come up with unique characters. There is also a number of ready-made characters that can be downloaded and used immediately.
The project is made by Pablo Stanley. It's free for commercial and personal use under CC0 License.
10. 404 Illustrations
Lastly, here's a unique library that includes free SVG illustrations designed specifically for 404 error pages to add a bit of fun and creativity to those.
We hope that our list helped you discover new and interesting sources, and you'll bookmark some of them for future use.
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