By Jennifer Farley

Freepik: The Search Engine for Free Photos and Vectors

By Jennifer Farley

Freepik 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.


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.



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?

  • ahallicks

    What a brilliant idea!

  • Troels Knak-Nielsen

    In case you wonder why OpenDNS blocks your access to this site, “pik” is vulgar slang for the male genitalia in Danish.

    • a-ha! So should it be free*** in the title?

    • Tijmen

      Also in Dutch :) free **** means something very different over here. But I like the idea of the site itself, and it works great as well :)

    • bellarush

      I’m told “eric” has the same meaning in Arabic.

      So I have given up any idea of calling my next site Free-eric

      In the dark old days of the late 90s, early noughts, s+pam filters routinely blocked any references to the British football club Scunthorpe U. F. C.

  • 4SeeN

    In the two example you have shown the license says “include authors tag”. The license also says commercial use. In your experience, what would be the best and correct way to use the above images while adhering to the license?

    Great article though and thanks for sharing :)

  • Fred R

    A useful meta-search engine, right enough – thanks. Also in this category, try for a good vector (SVG) library, and for stock photography available as PD or CC.

  • Anonymous

    When you are taken to the website hosting the image you invariably have to register before you can download the image so be prepared to join many communities.

    Whilst free for commercial use is usually the case there may be restrictions on the size of the image you can use.

    E.g. the downloaded inage may be 2000 X 1300 but you might have to reduce the size to 450 X 330 when you publish it.

  • Christian Olsson

    Thanks, this was really useful for me.

    Christian – Free WordPressthemes & Seo tips.

  • c_spha

    This is a good example of someone taking a Huge product and finding niche around it so this is going to be the second site I will come to looking for images

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