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How to search for vectors on Alamy

Search for vector files quickly and easily with our handy tutorial!

We’ve put together this simple guide to help you discover all the great vector files on Alamy as quickly as possible. This is the first in our new series of tutorials, designed to help make your image-buying experience as smooth as it can be.

Let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to cover in our tutorials and we’ll do our best to cover it in our blog or, for the video-lovers, our vlog!

So, what is a vector file?

Unlike other image files, vectors are not made up of pixels but are instead formed by a combination of points, lines, angles and curves that form shapes. Each shape sits on a different layer, and each layer of a vector can be individually edited. Vectors are infinitely resizable and, unlike other file types, the image quality won’t be affected by resizing – this makes them the perfect match for a whole range of small and large-scale projects!

For more help understanding vector files, check out our handy blog: What are vector graphics.

How to search for vectors on Alamy

Option 1

1. From the Alamy home page, enter your search terms in the search bar and filter your results to show only vectors by picking ‘Vectors’ from the right-hand drop-down list. Then hit the search button.Alamy home page

2. Once you’re on the search results page, you can filter down your search even more by using the 6 filter options shown along the top of the page. This’ll help you tailor the results so you only see the content you’re looking for!

Search results page

Option 2 

If you don’t have a particular image in mind, or just want to explore our collection of vectors, our vectors and illustrations category is perfect for you!

1. From the home page, scroll down to the ‘Browse images by category’ section and click ‘See all categories’Browse categories

2. From here, scroll down on the page and select the ‘Vectors & illustrations’ category:Categories page grab

3. Remove the ‘illustrations’ filter by clicking the ‘x’ and all of the results you see in the category will be vector files! Search away!Remove 'illustrations' filterAll vector files on Alamy are the same great price of £9.99! If you have any questions or need help with your image search, get in touch with our customer service team who’ll be happy to help you out!


Alamy is a global digital platform for creatives looking for fresh and inclusive content. Powered by Create search, Alamy delivers fast, catalogued search results, which include editorial photos, vectors, 360-degree images and videos from individual photographers, picture agencies and archives. Its global contributor base supplies upwards of 150,000 new images a day.

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