Vector graphics are simply defined as “the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygons—all of which are based on mathematical expressions—to represent images in computer graphics.
Digging a little deeper, vector graphics are typically 2D graphic objects with specific drawing instructions. Vector art is best used for printing, as art is made from a series of mathematically-calculated designs. Vector graphics are the preferred image type for printed materials. Images stay crisp even when resized.
Upon doing a Google search for stock vector art, iStockPhoto takes the cake at number one. Featuring an immense database that houses a wide array of art in a multitude of different categories, including icons, fashion, coffee, infographics, social media, world maps and silhouettes; iStockPhoto seems ideal for coffee houses, technology-based companies, fashion boutiques, weddings, and anyone that wants to send out a unique, eclectic, or abstract message.
The name says it all. Upon arrival to VectorStock, the impression of the website spews “ART!” If you are looking for a dynamic of unique borders, frames, and patterns, you’ve come to the right place. Also housing an impressive list of industry-based stock vectors, those in beauty and fashion; science, health and medical; technology, architecture and landscaping; and business and finance need not look any further. VectorStock also stores a great deal of stock vector images for holidays and monumental occasions.
Often times while searching for images through Google, Shutterstock seems to be a dominant force in their web presence. Upon a click to their website, the reason why so many images are linked to Google is clear – there is abundance within this page. At a download allowance of 750 high res quality pictures each month, $149 isn’t such a bad price to bring your visual dreams to reality. Interestingly enough, if you’re wanting to run an empire, printing 500,000 items, they have a plan for that too
- Deposit Photos
With a rating of 4.8 out of five with over 670,000 votes, Deposit Photos is a surefire winner for stock vectors. Once you enter, it’s like entering a children’s playground – feelings of fun, and creativity. But the message definitely gets across. On the day that we entered, the page featured ice cream, air balloon tourism, magnetic and love hearts, and educational character banners (can you imagine music notes with faces dancing on the staff?). Deposit Photos is so grateful for their contributors that they even take the time to feature some of their artistic contributors
Are you on a budget? Do you want to experiment before committing? Or maybe you want free stock vector images. You have come to the right place, my friend. GraphicStock has exactly what you are looking for. By signing up for an account on the right side of the page, you will enjoy a week of luxury… of FREE DOWNLOADS! GraphicStock hosts a wide database of icons, buttons, patterns, backgrounds, and textures. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find drop-down boxes to everything from people, to sports and the outdoors, to nature and wildlife.
Be easy on Vecteezy! Sounds catchy, doesn’t it? We thought so too! Vecteezy’s database for stock vectors couldn’t be any more simple! Entering the website displays a big yellow box, screaming, “what are you looking for?!” We typed in the word ‘dolphin’ and received 21 pages of sea life stock vector art. Vecteezy also shares links to iStockPhoto
Veer offers ten free credits just for registering to their website. Stock vector image sizes range from 640 x 960 to 2560 x 1440. Veer is even cool enough that they honor iPhones and iPads. The latest image on the front page of Veer displayed the message, “Wake up and be awesome.” That’s pretty awesome… And images start at only 33 cents for a subscription to download up to 20 images a day.
- Big Stock Photo
Big Stock Photo offers a BIG front page with an upfront offer to get seven free days of images just by putting in your e-mail address. Once you finish that, you will be thrusted into a barrage of unique looking stock vectors of eclectic and abstract-ish art. Our favorite image, placed in the middle of the page is a lime green-lit honeycomb. The art categories here are plentiful –educational, business, editorial, architecture, food, people, nature, musical, health, transportation, sports, and many more. If you’re in need of assistance, there is a live chat button at the bottom left-hand corner.