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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published October 5th, 2008 by Steven Snell