Graphics for Commercial Use

Since writing my post on Print on Demand with Etsy, I have gotten lots of questions about where to source commercial use graphics and clip art.  This post is going to review some of my favorite places to find affordable design resources in 2019.

What is a Commercial Use License?

There are plenty of places to source free graphics on the internet, but, just because something is available for download does not mean that you can use it. Before you use an image or graphics, you will need to make sure that you have a “commercial use” license for the content. While the details of each commercial use license are different, generally having a commercial use license means that you can use the graphics for “for-profit” or promotional endeavors. Be sure you review the conditions of each commercial use license before purchasing as they will all contain different restirctions and conditions. For example, you may be limited in the number of products you can print, or the licenses or may require you to customize the graphic before using or it could require that you provide credit to the artist.

Not All Commercial Use Licenses Are The Same

Another consideration in purchasing graphics with a commercial license is “exclusive use.” Many of the graphics mentioned below are non-exclusive use, which means that other people can buy the same graphics and use them. As an artist can sell non-excluse graphics to many people, they can often be purchased for a fraction of the price of exclusive use graphics.  If you buy exclusive use graphics, it means just as it sounds, you have the exclusive rights to the design, and no one else will have the same graphic. In my expereience as a small business, starting with non-exclusive use graphics is the best way to miminise your initial investment and risk. If you are interested in working with exclusive graphics, then perhaps consider starting with non-exclusive use graphics and reinvest your profits into the creation of new custom graphics.


Etsy for Commercial Graphics

Etsy is a great place to get graphics with commercial rights. There are 1000s of sellers on Etsy that are offering graphics and accompanying commercial licenses. A quick search comes up with over 5000 commercial licenese for graphics for sale. Prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, but there is something for everyone’s price range.   Often the most expensive commercial use licenses on Etsy are “storewide”. This means that you purchase a single commercial license to get commercial use for all of the graphics within the store. Some of these sellers have thousands of graphics within their shop, so it can be a great deal when you total up the number of graphics you are getting to access with the license.

Another place to look on Etsy for commercial graphics is in terms of a individual graphics set. Take the example of Trevela Designs. Trevela provide a small business use commerical license with a purchase of its clip art sets. This license allows you to produce up to 100 pieces with credit and link back to their shop. This means that for less than $2, you can have graphics to print on up to 100 items. If you follow my instructions for printing on demand with Etsy, you can have a shop set up in Etsy and Prinify with graphics for under $5.

Creative Fabrica

Creative Fabrica for Graphics

CreativeFabrica offers a monthly subscription packages from just $9 per month and allows you to access a library of graphics and fonts. As a member of CreativeFabrica you can use these fonts and graphics for commercial purposes. There are a few different commercial licenses available on CreativeFabrica so be sure to read up on the terms and conditions of each licenses if you intend to use for commercial purposes.

I have been a long time member of CreativeFabrica and love it! I really like it because for a few dollars a month I get access to heaps of graphics from different artists. If you do some searching, you often find the artist on Creative Fabrica listing their graphics for sale on Etsy as individual packages. I have always found the CreativeFabrica subscription costs much more cost effective then buy large amounts of graphics and commercial licenses individualy.

Creative Market

Creative Market for Graphics

Creative Market is an online marketplace for graphics, fonts, themes and photos. They offer products for as little as $2 and always have freebies available for download. Creative Market offers large bundles of graphics for up to 96% off the individual graphics price. Like the other resources listed in this post, Creative Market has various licenses available. The terms and conditions for the graphics will depend on how they are going to be used. So, be sure to read all of the terms and conditions before you make a purchase.

Design Bundles

Design Bundles for graphics

Design Bundles is similar to the marketplaces listed above. You can purchase individual products or purchase a subscription to get access to everything on the site.  One thing that I love about Design Bundles is that it always have heaps of  freebies available.  Every week new free designs are posted up for download and they come with a commercial license. I’ve been caught out a few times with Design Bundles offering graphics I have purchased for free.  I  recommended bookmarking Design Bundles and checking out their freebie section each week. It is a great way to build your library of graphics without a large upfront investment.


Canva License

Many people are surprised to hear that Canva graphics can actually be used on printed materials. For as little as $1, you can print a Canva graphic on up to 2000 products. Check out Canva Licensing Terms to get all of the details for their commercial licenses.

Canva is also an excellent option for working with your graphics. If you are not familiar with any graphic design software, check out Canva’s drag and drop interface.  From Canva you can export your designs print.

Commercial Use Graphics

Whether you are starting a new print on demand business or looking for graphics for a website. There are plenty of great online resources to find graphics with commercial use licenses. If you can recommend another resource to get graphics online, let me know in the comments below.

For more information about how you can make money using the resources listed above, check out these posts:

12 Comments on Commercial Use Graphics – 5 Affordable Options in 2019

  1. You are absolutely correct when you say there are plenty of places to source free graphics on the internet and that just because something is available for download online does not mean that you can use it.

    You see this almost always with new internet marketers, or “newbies”. They go to Google, find a image they like, copy and paste, and then move on.

    The complete ignore the words found at the bottom of every image on Google: “Images may be subject to copyright.”

    This is huge because now more and more people are suing for image copyright infringement. This is why your post on where to get free images we can use without legal issues is spot on!

    READ people…We’ve got to READ the fine print!

    Great post!

    Talk Soon,


    • Thanks Howard. I have a craft blog and more times than once I have found my images on another site, without any credits or links back to my original post. It is always really disappointing when that happens!

  2. I’ve always been a big fan of Canva and use them for many of my own graphics. While I’d definitely love to upgrade into the commercial and exclusive rights camp in time with purchasing and downloading from professionals selling their products on places like Etsy, Canva requires such a small investment it’s always worth going for early on. I’ll keep using Canva for the time being.

    • Hi Todd, Yes, if you have a subscription for Canva then it is a pretty affordable option. If you are using the free version of Canva then it might actually be cheaper to buy graphics from one of the other resources and import them into Canva. If you do not have Canva for business then graphics on Canva can be up to $10 for a single graphic with a multi-use license.

  3. Wow! I never knew about all the options that are available. However, I’m an avid user of Canva but the other options I’ve never heard about. Thank you so much for this detailed post.

    I also love the layout and design of your blog! It’s so pretty!

  4. Hi Carolyn, thank you for a great article on commercial use graphics.

    As an internet marketer, it’s very tempting just to go to Google images and copy some great looking graphics and too many newbies can’t resist the temptation. However, this can have severe financial consequences. So people need to be very careful.

    I use Canva and I also use (free) as they have great images that are Free for commercial use and No attribution required.

    Thank you for bringing up this important topic and making people aware.

  5. Personally, I find your article very helpful.
    This is one of the things that I’ve been wondering, guess I found my answer.

    Although I’m not familiar with samples that you stated (except Canva, which I’m a fan)
    I think it’s time for me to check it out.

    Again thanks for this post.
    By the way, I like your site’s theme.

  6. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about graphic for commercial use and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for how to use graphic for commercial.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


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