In this post, I’m going to review a collection of graphics I just acquired from MightyDeals. The name of the collection is “1100+ Premium Linear Vector Elements,” and it sells for less than $10. Is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out…
Here’s how the vendor describes the product:
- 1,100+ premium linear vector elements.
- 110 unique collections – themes vary including business, Web, Marketing, Infographics, Programming, Ecommerce.
- Scale up or down in size without losing an ounce of detail.
- Extended license – create numerous personal or professional projects.
Click here to preview the style and elements you’ll have access to in this deal.
What is it good for?
- custom icons/buttons
- ad hoc graphical anchors in web design
The download file is an archive containing the following:
- 1 copy (pdf) of the license
- 110 eps files
- 110 matching jpeg files
The pros: I like the low-key style of the graphics. Our work at Codecide often involves designing custom assets, so we regularly deliver infographics and icons. $9 sounded to me like a good deal given the size of the collection. At that price point, the financial risks are negligible.
The (many) cons: Each eps is encapsulating 10 different graphic elements, so technically you end up with 1100 different items. However, there’s a catch: before you can use them, you will need to create each element by grouping paths (or lines) in a vector editor. In other words, you still have to extract the individual items manually, since they are not grouped by default.
Finding the right element is also going to be a challenge every time you need one. The file names are numerical, starting with 602se7 and ending with 712. In other words, the file names are useless. The only practical way to find a specific element is to
- browse through the supplied (100+) jpegs in a desktop image viewer such as:
- visually locate and identify the element you need;
- open the matching eps file in a professional vector editor;
- isolate and extract the element you want to use.
If the challenges above aren’t enough of a let-down already, then you should consider the following drawback: extracting an element can be challenging and may turn the whole enterprise into a frustrating experience. You will need a combination of a good vector editor (one that can handle encapsulated postscript files) and editing skills to make this work. In many files, the elements either overlap or are so intertwined with each other that unless your editor has a lasso selection tool, you will end up having to select each path (line) individually before grouping and extracting the design. This is a real challenge for users of Inkscape (the most popular multi-platform, high-end vector-based editor on the free side of the market), for example, as this tool doesn’t provide a lasso selector, and it doesn’t let you easily extract a selection or object to a different design (unless you follow this method).
Finally, it should be noted that many of these elements repeat across different files, with the only difference being the color fills (or lack thereof.)
I would not recommend this package if:
- You intend to use the library with a low-end vector editor, or Inkscape.
- You don’t have time to invest in locating and extracting the drawings.
- You have limited vector editing skills.
In conclusion, the “1100+ Premium Linear Vector Elements” collection may be a good deal for the money if you only consider the quality and amount of assets you end up with. But those two factors alone can be misleading. In reality, you’ll need to put in a substantial amount of effort in order to get what you want or need out of this deal. I’ll be honest: at that point, it may not be much of a deal and the collection may well end up forgotten on a shelf in my digital garage.