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How to Find Illustrations for Your Slider

by Brenda Barron on January 31, 2019

Do you want to find artwork and illustrations to use in your slider? Illustrations are a great way to add some originality to a website and strengthen your brand. There are many ways to find illustrations — you can get an artist to create one for you, find images online, or use a photo editor to compile free illustrations into a bigger picture.

If your slider needs illustrations, try out a few of these websites. Some of them are free too!

  • Envato Elements
  • Freepik
  • Pixeden
  • Vecteezy
  • Medialoot
  • Streamline Icons
  • unDraw
  • Hire an Artist

Envato Elements

Envato Elements illustration database, with a set of filters on the side and a handful of various illustrations layed out in a grid

Envato Elements is a subscription-based service that gives you access to an absolute ton of resources. Videos, music, templates — and, of course, illustrations of all varieties. Vectors, PSDs, and illustrations, from simple graphics to full-on digital art pieces, are here to download.

Freepik

A layout of various illustrations of all sorts from Freepik

This awesome resource does exactly what it says: provide you with thousands of free images. Characters, backgrounds, elements. Vectors, digitals, and even hand-drawn or sketched work. Use the elements to create a graphic for your slider, or put your captions on a pretty abstract background.

Pixeden

Several vector sets from Pixeden, from desktop elements to infographic charts

A premium subscription service (with some free stuff too!), Pixeden offers a variety of graphics for websites. Icons, vectors, and other illustrations are in abundance here, all for a fairly cheap subscription.

Vecteezy

A grid of various illustrations of people from Vecteezy

Need vector art? Vecteezy is the place to get it. There are both free and premium graphics here, and a pretty good sorting system so you can locate exactly what you need. There’s even an editor so you can tweak vectors to your liking.

Medialoot

MediaLoot icon sets, with options for different themes such as Valentine's Day or single line icons

Medialoot is packed with all sorts of graphics, effects, and even Photoshop brushes. The website is primarily premium, with both a subscription and individual purchases possible, but there are some free graphics to be found here too. Check out the vectors and illustrations categories!

VectorStock

A masonry layout of some of the different vector illustrations available from VectorStock

There are plenty of royalty-free photography websites, but what about illustrations? VectorStock contains hundreds of thousands of vector images. Twelve million, to be precise! There’s quite a few free vectors are well, but these can only be used in personal projects.

Streamline Icons

Streamline Icons' package of icons, with several simple example icons shown

How does a pack of 3000 simple illustrations sound? Streamline Icons allows you to download a free sample that you can use in your projects, purchase a single category of icons for cheap, or even buy the whole pack at a discount. If you need simple UI icons, try this out.

unDraw

a list of some simple vector illustrations from unDraw

Simple, open source vector illustrations, customizable and perfect for any project. No digging through license terms and contracts — just pick an image you like and download it in vector or PNG format. What more could you ask for?

Hire an Artist

If none of these websites appeal to you — your project requires individualized, custom-made artwork — your best bet is to commission an artist. The price of this will vary largely depending on the scale, how many pieces you need, the skill of the graphic designer, and the artist’s personal price.

You can find designers for as little as $5 on Fiverr, though of course art tends to be minimalist in design due to the low price and short time. Other great websites to hire freelance artists for one-time gigs include Guru, Hire an Illustrator, Dribbble, and Upwork. You can also seek out well-known artists through their portfolio sites.

Hire an Illustrator's portfolio list, with the names of various artists and illustrated icons for each one

Beautiful Slider Illustrations

Illustrated sliders can leave a big impact on your visitors. There’s an option here for every budget, free and beyond. To get personalized artwork you’ll definitely need to pay, but some of these free resources will accomplish what you need.

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