Oh, clip art! Or is it clip art? This can be as debatable as how you pronounce .gif. We’ve reviewed over 25 clipart sites that claim to be awesome, and narrowed them down to 15. If you’re looking for free HD images and videoswe have an article for that too.
The criteria for free clipart downloads were:
- Is it really free?
- How messy with ads is it?
- Do they have a big choice?
- What image types do they have? Must have at least .gif or .png.
- What quality is the clipart?
- What use is allowed?
- Do we need to register to use the site?
- What other features does the site have?
The ranking of the sites is subjective, even though many criteria had to be checked. So check them all out to see which one best suits your needs.
Vecteezy is part of the Eezy group of sites that cater to all types of designers. They claim to have millions of images, but they are a mix of free and paid to use. The quality is high and the available file types are .jpg and .eps. Every file you download seems to come as a zip file with a .jpg and .eps version.
The site is searchable. You don’t have to sign up, but you can. You only need to carry 2 ads per page. One is usually a large Shutterstock ad that looks like it’s part of the site, so it’s easy to accidentally click on it.
Clker seems to be the top site on other lists around the web, and for good reason. It is a huge site with high quality royalty free images for any occasion.
Registration is not necessary, but you can. Most of the images are .png and you can use their web-based image editor to customize the clip art. Searching images is also easy. With only 2 ads per page, Clker is a manageable experience.
Vector Portal is aptly named. With thousands of free, royalty-free .ai and .eps images, you’re guaranteed to find high-quality free clipart downloads for your next project.
Editing may require an image editing studio such as the open source and free GIMP or industry standard Adobe Illustrator. We saw an average of 4 ads per page.
Free PNG Img is also exactly what it says it is. It’s a good place to get free .png clipart images of just about anything in their 50,000+ collection. Use is regulated by: Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International† Use must therefore be attributed and may not be used for commercial purposes.
The quality of images is quite high and are available as .png type. However, they can be converted to .jpg and .ico on the site. That’s a handy feature that doesn’t require you to register. With only 4 ads per page, it’s worth looking at.
All Free Download proves that many creative sites don’t have a creative name.
The images are free and may be used royalty-free provided the source is acknowledged. We don’t know how many images they have, but it’s a pretty good selection and the quality is high.
Images are available as .jpg, .eps, and .ai. Three ads per page, plus a popup upon download, make the site a bit tedious to use.
The superpower of Public Domain Clip Art is that all free clipart downloads are in the public domain. So you can use it however you want.
With over 25,000 images, some high quality and some not so many, there’s a lot to browse. But the 3 ads per page don’t add too much to the chaos. All files are .png.
MyCuteGraphics has a specific style for their images. They are cute. Ideal for scrapbooking, these images are for personal, teacher, or non-profit use only.
All the clipart here is original and of high quality. You do not need to register to download. File types include .png, .gif, and .jpg. There is also zero advertising.
SweetClipArt presents a ton of free clipart downloads. The quality is high and the use is limited by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
You can use the clipart for non-commercial projects as long as the attribution is given. With only 2 advertisements per page, the site is well-organized. File types include .jpg and .png.
WPLipart is the product of Paul Sherman, who manages all public domain images. That’s a lot, more than 80,000. Style and quality vary and file types range from .png, .webp, and .jpg. Paul supports the site with 3 small ads per page.
Classroom Clip Art offers a mix of free and paid clip art. The free clipart downloads are the smaller version of the images and are watermarked.
You can pay about $20 a year to access all the larger versions. The high quality may be worth it to you. File types include .png, .gif, and .jpg. With a paid subscription, 5 ads per page seems excessive.
ClipArt ETC is a project of the University of South Florida. The quality is high, but all images are line art. They come as smaller .gifs and larger as a .tiff file. They are free for education and attribution is requested.
For commercial use you have to pay a fee per image. Each image has academic attribution information so you can properly credit them in essays.
Absolutely free clipart is limited in variety with just over 5,000 images and the clipart is very basic. Images are in the public domain and all .png file types. With only 2 ads per page, it’s easy to navigate the site.
Free Clip Art is very basic. It appears to be a curated site with clip art from public domain sources. However, no usage guidelines are given. The quality varies widely, as do the file types. Images can be .gif, .jpg, .eps, .ai, or .png. There are 4 ads per page, but they are not overbearing.
School Clip Art seems to belong to the same person behind Free Clip Art. The sites are identical in layout, but the clipart is not. However, there is likely to be a crossover as the clipart appears to be public domain. The file types and quality also vary widely.
Bonus: Wikimedia Commons
Since the last two sites were so similar, we felt we owed you just a little bit more. Wikimedia is not a clipart site, but has images, sounds and videos for you.
Usage rights range from the public domain to various Creative Commons licenses. It’s up to whoever submitted the source. What’s important is that they are free and there are many free clipart downloads to choose from. Plus no ads.