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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Go Media’s Arsenal

The vector packs from Go Media are probably the most popular vector packs you can buy. When buying from Go Media you know you will be getting quality vectors.

Go Media Arsenal

Designious

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.

Designious

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

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.

iStockphoto

StockXpert

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.

StockXpert

Cutcaster

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

Cutcaster

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

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

Shutterstock

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.com

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

Chadlonius

Designfruit

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

Designfruit

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  • 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 :)

  • Andrew Houle, October 5, 2008

    Nice roundup, bookmarked. Thanks!

  • 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!

  • 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?!

  • Vandelay Design, October 6, 2008

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

  • Chadlonius, October 6, 2008

    Thanks!

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • Asbestos Survey, October 8, 2008

    Ya me too I ‘ll check out others too.

  • business opportunity, October 8, 2008

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

  • ff-webdesigner, October 9, 2008

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Flash Templates, December 8, 2008

    really thanks

  • Victor E, December 15, 2008

    Just another one I’ve stumbled across recently and bought from:
    http://www.laconicdesign.net/stockpile

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

    This blog list is awesome for designers!!!

  • 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.

  • Jason, July 6, 2009

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

  • Klaus, August 3, 2009

    Great tips,

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

  • Multiwp, January 15, 2010

    great sources! thanks man.

  • lukasz, April 20, 2010

    great post! awesome resources especially go media

  • 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.

  • AJL, May 21, 2011

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

  • Art Sans Raison, July 3, 2011

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