Freepik: The Search Engine for Free Photos and Vectors

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is a new search engine which provides a method of searching for free resources, namely photographs and vectors drawings. For web or graphic designers working with a small (or zero) budget it appears to be a really great resource. According to the creator’s web site “Freepik’s aim is to gather all free, high quality graphics on the Internet and make accessing them quick and easy so you don’t have to waste your time searching manually through hundreds of websites.” How does it work? The Freepik robots go out and visit new websites daily and browse for free photos and vectors. Images are assessed and listed in order of quality. When you use Freepik the search results provide a link back to the original location of the image. The owner of the photograph gets full credit and a link back to their site. So does it work well? Absolutely. I did a search for “Terrier” and the results returned a large pile (69) of some very high to medium quality photographs and 11 vector images. And best of all, they’re all free to download. SearchResultsThumbnails When you click on an image thumbnail you’ll see license information, the source of the image, how many times it’s been downloaded, image tags and information about the dimensions and resolution. SearchResult
VectorSearchResult I really like the dominant color feature and perhaps in future updates of the search engine it would be possible to click to see similar images with similar color schemes. If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for and have some time on your hands, you could take advantage of the links to “new ones,” most popular vectors and most popular photos to see what other people are looking at. As a designer, I’m frequently searching for images, so for me this is definitely a site to be bookmarked and used. Have you tried Freepik? What did you think of it?

Frequently Asked Questions about Freepik

What makes Freepik different from other free photo and vector search engines?

Freepik stands out from other free photo and vector search engines due to its vast library of high-quality resources. It offers millions of photos, vectors, icons, and PSD files, all of which are free for personal and commercial use with attribution. Freepik also offers a premium subscription for users who need more resources and want to avoid attribution.

How can I use the resources from Freepik?

You can use Freepik’s resources for various purposes, including web design, graphic design, presentations, and more. However, you must attribute the resource to Freepik unless you have a premium subscription.

Are there any limitations to using Freepik’s resources?

While Freepik offers a vast library of resources, there are some limitations. The resources cannot be resold or redistributed on other platforms. Also, the resources cannot be used in products or services intended for resale.

What is the quality of the resources on Freepik?

Freepik is known for its high-quality resources. All the photos, vectors, icons, and PSD files are created by professional designers and photographers, ensuring top-notch quality.

How often is Freepik’s library updated?

Freepik’s library is updated daily with thousands of new resources, ensuring that users always have access to fresh and relevant content.

Can I use Freepik’s resources without attribution?

Yes, but only if you have a premium subscription. Otherwise, you must attribute the resource to Freepik.

What are the benefits of a premium subscription on Freepik?

A premium subscription on Freepik offers several benefits. These include access to exclusive resources, priority support, and the ability to use resources without attribution.

How does Freepik compare to its competitors?

Freepik stands out from its competitors due to its vast library of high-quality resources, daily updates, and the option of a premium subscription. However, like any platform, it has its limitations, such as the requirement for attribution for free users.

Is Freepik suitable for professional designers?

Yes, Freepik is suitable for professional designers. It offers a wide range of high-quality resources that can be used in various design projects.

Can I contribute my resources to Freepik?

Yes, Freepik allows designers to contribute their resources. This is a great way for designers to gain exposure and earn money from their work.

Jennifer FarleyJennifer Farley
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Jennifer Farley is a designer, illustrator and design instructor based in Ireland. She writes about design and illustration on her blog at Laughing Lion Design.

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