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Tips and Tricks: Free Vector Graphics

June 4, 2014

If you work in Adobe Illustrator at all, you know about vector files – graphics that can be re-sized without loss of clarity. Vector files are to Illustrator what clip art is to Photoshop and other graphics editing programs.

Freepik offers free vector files, some more useful than others. Do check the individual license for any vector file you want to download. Many are okay for commercial use provided attribution is made, but terms may vary. Always read/understand the Terms of Use and always include a link to the license in your Notes to Reviewers.

Please note that vector files can’t usually be opened in programs other than Illustrator or programs like Illustrator. Below you’ll see an example of the type of files on offer. Have fun!

(Edited to add this top tip from Doreen Erhardt: “Just so you all know, CS-3 can open EPS vector files types and CS-5 can open both EPS and AI vectors, but neither can open SVG files. Also, IF vectors are new to you, you MUST resize them when opening them in Photoshop. So before you click OPEN when the dialog box comes up after download, resize the dpi/ppi to 300 and the dimensions to that which works well as a size for your design.”

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  1. June 4, 2014 3:09 pm

    Just so you all know, CS-3 can open EPS vector files types and CS-5 can open both EPS and AI vectors, but neither can open SVG files.

    Also, IF vectors are new to you, you MUST resize them when opening them in Photoshop. So before you click OPEN when the dialog box comes up after download, resize the dpi/ppi to 300 and the dimensions to that which works well as a size for your design.

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