The Best Websites for Free Clipart Downloads
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In 2014, Microsoft killed and buried Clipart Clip Art Is Gone! Here's How To Find Free Images Instead Clip Art Is Gone! Here's How To Find Free Images Instead Microsoft killed clip art and replaced it with Bing Image Search, which in Office filters for Creative Commons images. It's one of many resources and you can still find clip art elsewhere. Read More in the digital graveyard.

Clipart had outlived its usefulness as users relied more on search engines than Microsoft’s somewhat limited supply through the Office suite.

Today’s clipart needs to be modern, colorful, and less cartoonish. An online search for clip art images will net you files that are of far better quality and relevance. But you need shortcuts when searching for the right image is a daily workout.

These are 13 of the top websites for free clipart downloads. Browse through them and bookmark the ones that meet your needs.

Clker.com

Clker.com

This site is among the more neatly designed ones you can expect to find for clipart hunting. The images are free to download and use. All images are in the public domain, so feel free to use them anywhere after agreeing to the site’s terms of use policy.

The designs come from many other stock sites and from the online community. You can also make your own graphic and upload it to the site.

Vecteezy

Vecteezy

Vecteezy covers the gamut of vector art – from vector icons to vector patterns. Both free and premium image files are available for use. You can visit the small section for free vector clipart downloads which is still choc-full of nearly 75000 assets. The community contributions keep the artwork fresh and updated.

ClipArt Etc.

ClipArt

Start with any of the 71,500 clip art images on this simple site. The site keeps its focus on classroom friendly images that are appropriate for school websites, class projects, student reports, homework assignments, presentations, posters, art projects, picture books, bulletin boards, and creating teaching aids. For instance, go over to the Fractions collection that has nearly 500 files to help demonstrate math concepts in class.

Downloads are available in 240 dpi TIFF files, which gives you more scope with your layouts. The site offers a ClipArt ETC Free Classroom License for non-commercial classroom projects and a ClipArt ETC Paid Commercial License for commercial reproduction rights.

Webweaver’s Free Clipart

Webweaver

Free images and animations without the annoyance of pop ups or registration. That’s how this simple site announces itself, and it lives up to its name. Clip art categories include Holidays, Animals & Nature, Celebrations, Historical, and even a dedicated one for Fantasy. No Game of Thrones here, but I spotted a few that could be passed off as Gandalf from LOTR.

You might like the variety. For instance, the Speech and Thought bubbles are always useful for presentations and digital comics. Download them with a right-click on the image file and save the clip art to your desktop.

Clipart Of

ClipartOf

Clipart Of is a stock image website offering royalty-free vector, cartoon and 3D files, illustrations and clipart from artists around the world. One glance at the home page tells you that the quality is better than the average. But you have to pay for them.

The good news is that the site has reserved a small corner for free clip art downloads. Just five pages with about 100 free files. But, they all look useful. If you are an artist, you can also contribute to the site.

ArtVex

ArtVex

The free clip art database gives you more than 10,000 original images to choose from. The files are neatly categorized and you can also use the Google custom search engine to go through the vast collection. Some useful categories include Shapes Signs & Symbols, Math, Callouts, and Stickmen & Figures.

Clipart Lord

Clipart Lord

There’s nothing remarkable about the site apart from the fact that someone has gone to the pains of collecting the best clip art found over the web. If you are a clip art buff then the simple site is worth a bookmark. I usually find some excellent files here and use them in my projects.

Do note that you should at least link back to the original source of the files even though the images are free for personal and commercial use.

Vector Portal

Vector Portal

The site creates and showcases free stock vectors which designers can use in commercial projects. The library includes a good collection of stock vectors and clip art images which you can use with an attribution. Vector Portal allows you non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use and modify its images which carry a “for commercial use” license. Most of the files are in the EPS and AI formats (supported by Adobe Illustrator).

Free PNG IMG

Free PNG IMG

You can you can download free PNG images, pictures, icons and clip arts in high resolution quality. Categories covered include animals, artistic icons, cars, cartoons, clothing, electronics, games, fantasy, and more. It is effortless to drill down to the one you want with the detailed category breakdown. Some of the icons you might not find on most sites cover learning, internet, and entertainment related themes.

PD Clip Art

PD Clip Art

Public Domain Clip Art is a growing trove of clipart images which requires no sign-up to download and use. The collection numbers more than 25000+ at this point in time. This is a useful resource for students as they can tap images files on American history, U.S. Presidents, historical maps, and even women’s rights.

All Free Download

All Free Download

More than 21000 clip art choices organized in 700 pages should be enough to keep you busy. You don’t have to rummage around as all files are organized around tags. Most files are in the Adobe Illustrator (AI) and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format. As new files are added daily, sort them by newest first. Any download is free for commercial use with attribution.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Discovery is one of the more kid-friendly websites 10 Video Websites for Kids That Are Safe and Fun 10 Video Websites for Kids That Are Safe and Fun Read More you can visit on the web. Go straight to the space devoted for clip arts tucked away among their educational videos and curricular resources. The graphics are excellent and cover most of the categories (including animated clip arts) you would need to complete any school assignment. The designs are consistent because they are made by one designer.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

This is arguably the largest collection of free images on the web. So far there are 38,205,390 freely usable media files and it is always open for contribution from anyone in the world. Use the search box at the top to ferret the files you want to use. As a regular user, you can take advantage of the syndicated feeds to grab the latest images that come into the archive.

One of the littler known features of Wikimedia Commons is that you can also request a picture if you cannot find it among the thirty-eight million images.

Do understand the Creative Commons licenses What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? Creative Commons is a set of licenses which automatically give you permission to do various things, such as reuse and distribute the content. Let's find out more about it and how to use it. Read More before you use the images.

Clipart or Stock Photos — What Do You Pick?

Clipart took on some bad rep because of their overuse on PowerPoint presentations. But there are places where a clipart is a wiser choice over photos. Clipart can be used to communicate with simplicity while a photo can make it more complex than necessary.

Also, photos can be more expensive to purchase than clipart. And this creative constraint can be a better option if you are a graphic designer on a budget 4 Great Applications for the Graphic Designer on a Budget 4 Great Applications for the Graphic Designer on a Budget Read More .

As there are pros and cons to the argument, it all boils down to the purpose that is in front of you.

How Do You Use Clipart in Your Work?

Do remember that clipart is an umbrella word for different types of non-photographic graphic images and that can include vector images 10 Amazing Sites to Find High-Quality Vector Art 10 Amazing Sites to Find High-Quality Vector Art Finding quality vector art for your designs can be time-consuming. That's why we've put together this list of 10 top vector libraries for you to find exactly what you need, every time. Read More . All vector images can be dubbed as clip art, but not all clip art is made of vectors. They can be JPEG and bitmap files too.

So, tell us about your best sources for clipart images? Do you prefer photos to clipart? Also, tell us your best tip to modify any clipart you download.

Image Credit: Iulian Dragomir via Shutterstock

Originally written by Simon Slangen on October 16, 2009

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  1. patricia ann rapp
    July 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I volunteer at nursing homes and Bible school and have no budget so need free images. can you help me? I cannot get my PDF to print! right now I need a simple hobo or clown like Emmett Kelly. thank you.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 31, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Try Pixabay.com and its search bar. Loads of them there.

  2. Lorri Blount
    February 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This is a wonderful site. I am just learning how to use clip art online and the information is succinct and valuable.

  3. balamurugan
    December 23, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Very nice collections. I do want to recommend editableclipart.com, i frequently use that site for downloading maps and other generic clip-arts.

  4. retimer
    January 13, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Thanks, bookmarked some projects.

  5. Melinda
    December 14, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Those are some great sources. I was actually only aware of one of them, so I appreciate the links. I'll definitely bookmark this page.

    Here's one you don't have though. It's an e-book with links to a very large selection of free clip art images: http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/free-clip-art/

  6. Andrew Turner
    October 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

    New (beta?) front end for Open Clip Art

    http://testvm.openclipart.org/cchost/

    • Simon Slangen
      October 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for the link Andrew, this adds a lot in value to the site!