Questions about icons (graphic image, small picture, or object that represents a file, program, web page, or command).

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How to represent “all”/“all options”/“show all” as an icon

This to go in a tab. The other tabs show quite separate groups the user might find interesting. This tabs contains all of them. I've thought about writing "ALL" (capitals seemed more recognisable in ...
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Remove identical pixels in two layers/images with free software

I've inherited a large set of button icons at work, which I'd like to use in another project, but with a different button background. The trouble is that the original files have been lost in history, ...
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Would this use of initials in a logo be considered plagiarism..?

Would this be considered plagiarism? I have made the LiveBulb logo 3 days ago, I made it all from scratch. Starting at sketches and completely refined it using grids in Illustrator. Luka Balic ...
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Icon to signify “wish” or “wishlist”?

I'm trying to think of a way to visually depict the meaning of "wish" or "wishlist". I'd prefer to stay more on the side of "wish" than "list" as I'd rather avoid an icon of a list.
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Free pixel icon sets on the web?

where I can find very small and clear icons that I can use in a personal (non-commercial) project?
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What icons can I use to represent “Essential” or “Desirable”?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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What do you call these infographic icons?

What do you call these simple, basic types of graphic elements that are used in infographic commercials, and the like? They are vector based, look like pixel art, but have smooth edges, and are ...
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Critique: Musically Inspired Brand Identity Design for a Freelancing Home Studio Music Producer

My name is Kaitav Sapre and I am an independent home studio music producer. I am having a new logo designed for myself, but I am unsure about the type of logo I should consider getting designed, and ...
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Is there an icon set for displaying “All”, “Some”, and “None” states?

Is there an icon set for displaying "All", "Some", and "None" states? For example, an icon for "All categories", one for "Some categories", and one for "No categories".
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Where to find high-quality icon sets?

I'd like to change the style of our Windows Mobile application to follow the Modern UI style (as in Windows 8 or Windows Phone 7). While there are excellent guidelines for layout, fonts and sizes, I'm ...
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Where can I download social media icons?

I've seem these icons on lots of sites, so I assume they are publicly available and free to use. Does any one know who designed them, and the official site?
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What Windows-based tools do you use to create icons?

I'm working on a project that often needs small (16x16, rarely 32x32), simple, bespoke icons (either made from scratch or as slight modifications of other icons). Working on a Windows box, I end up ...
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What Icon Can Be Used to Represent “Attributes”?

I am looking for a comprehensible icon/a visual metaphor to express "arbitrary attributes", in the sense of additional information. In my particular case, each record represents a word, or a name, ...
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How would you represent i/o as an icon?

This has caused me to lose sleep and not get my weekly pat in the back from my boss. We have a web hosting related product that consists of database, bandwidth and I/O sub-products. To represent the ...
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Icon to indicate “not a member”, “guest” or “visitor” but not in a “no-access” kind of way

In my app I need an icon to compliment a link for an app for a sport/club venue. [ICON] Member Booking [ICON] Visitor Booking Is there any icon that springs to mind for a "visitor" - the context is ...
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Android Icon Tutorials

I've been trying to find tutorial on to make android icons as for the 2.0+/3.0+ specifications. I've found some based on the old 1.x specs but these are quite outdated. Does anyone have anything out ...
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Services and resources for creating Android icon(s)

What services/resources, paid or otherwise, are available to android developers who want an icon designed for their mobile app?
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Easy, Fast, Secured Icon Recommendation

I am trying to do a new website and there are 3 key points to it (Easy, fast, secured). I have already been thinking of using icons for those 3 words but I am not so sure yet. The site that I am doing ...
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Symbols for two levels of progress in educational software: Pass and Mastered

I need two symbols: Passed the Lesson Mastered the Lesson (earned maximum extra credit) CRITERIA Universal Clear that Mastered is "superior to Passed" Maybe there's nothing better than what ...
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How to make red icon on gray background less jarring?

My app has a button to record or play videos. When there are problems with this feature, we notify the user by overlaying an exclamation point. This "red !" UI works OK elsewhere in the app but on ...
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Suggest an icon for top tracks in a music application

I'm designing an online music player application, and in top bar of the application, we need a "Top Tracks" button. The application is skinned with a Mac OSX theme as of now, so ideally it should be ...
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How can I reduce/smooth the colors of an image?

I have an drawing that was created with colored markers. I've scanned it and would like to use it as clip-art/icon style image. I'm wondering how I can smooth out the colors of the image such that ...
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How to fill with similar colours?

I have this image that have been damaged by JPG, and would very much like to restore it, as if it had never been compressed with JPG. Can someone help me with this? I assume I need to fill with ...
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Are flat icon and logo design considered inside the same set of skills?

Currently, I'm looking for designer to help me in designing some flat icons, with such style (flat, minimalist, simple, clean, like these ones). Sometimes, I came across some amazing logo works by ...
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Creating graphics for Android/iOS/Mobile Devices

I've created icons many times now with tons of great information I've learned here at GraphicDesign StackkExchange. Now, I'm finally putting together my first real application that will go public on ...
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Learning to do icons - any collection of tutorials for a start?

I am a developer and really need to get to grips with graphics. Even before settling on a specific tool, what I need is somewhere to go and learn how to do things, such as for instance a "save" ...
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Tool for working with cross platform/desktop icon format?

I want to create/edit a desktop icon that must work on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (KDE/Gnome) and mobile devices. Is there a tool that handles all these different formats?
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How to prevent inconsistencies when designing new icons for a pack

I am currently using the Entypo icon pack for the design of my website. Unfortunately it's missing some icons I want. I am willing to create them but I'm afraid to create inconsistencies because I ...
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What technique is used to create these image based icons?

I just saw a mailbox zero inbox icon and thought it was cool! I am wondering: what is the technique to create this artwork? Mask with an image? I am looking for a keyword to google it. Example:
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How to create a light border for an app icon

This is a fine piece of iPhone app icon: I'm wondering how they created the fine texture along with the slight 'glow' on the edges: I suppose the texture is made by a semi-transparent layer on ...
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Where can I find icons / vector art of everyday objects?

I am designing an application that requires between 100 - 200 icons / vector art of everyday objects - grandma, banana, boat, etc. The resource that I've found that is closest to my needs is The Noun ...
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What design tool shows zoomed-in and normal-size versions simultaneously?

Hopefully there is a way to do this in Sketch-- that is what I use :) But does Illustrator or anything out there, natively or with a plugin, allow for a designer to simultaneously view a normal size ...
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How to export ICO files to use as Windows folder icons

How can I export a file that you could set it as a folder icon in Windows 7? And also, how do you get an application that has only one icon to change it's size when re-scaling? I set folder options to ...
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Icon Character Design - name and methods

Im looking for tutorials about designing characters/mascots with illustrator in a specific style viewable below. I liked this design style but the actual original tutorial page is no longer online ...
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How to go about creating an Icon Pack

As a beginner in Illustrator I've been creating some pretty cool graphics I'd like to share on my website. From what I've seen, people create a one file .ai icon pack that you can download and use ...
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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In InDesign, is it possible to hide the Web Content loading icon?

I am using web content layouts to make sure my animations are shown on the iPad. If I display the magazine on an iPad, I can see a loading icon on opening the page, right before the animation starts. ...
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Why is OS X using my 32px@2x icon instead of scaling down the 128px icon? [closed]

I'm making a custom folder icon similar to the ones in the Home folder (Pictures, Documents, etc). To do so, I extracted the images from the .icns of the blank folder icon and photoshopped my own ...
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How to convey the idea of an “API” as an icon?

I've been assigned to design an icon (or logo) for our API (Application Programming Interface). In programming, an API allows programmers/developers to access, or "hook into" functionality located on ...
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What is the difference between an icon and a button?

Since we are getting more UI questions here on icons and I didnt see this question here I thought it would be on topic to ask what the difference between an icon and a button are other than an icon ...
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How can I make my graphics look less “cartoony”?

To begin with, I'm a programmer -- not a graphic designer, so I'm not very good at making pleasing looking images. But I want some that at least look decent enough for version 1 of my video app, and ...
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License that allows me completely free commercial usage of images

PROBLEM: I need free images for my application. They are intended for controls ( main window / buttons / treeview icons ... ). MY EFFORTS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM: Searching through Internet, I was ...
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How to create a 3D effect in Inkscape as required by the Android Design Guidelines?

In the Iconography section if the Android Design Guide they describe the following style that should be used for Launcher Icons: Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, ...
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What is a good icon to indicate that a given item is NOT part of a list?

I need to place an icon next to an email address to indicate that the email address is NOT a member of a given mailing list. This could be abstracted as: What icon best indicates that the entity it ...
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Icons for hardware elements (cache, pipeline, etc.)

I am trying to find symbols for hardware elements which are not usually visible and do not have AFAIK a more recognizable symbol, such as caches, pipelines, etc. It's in the context of a ...
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Modern UI icon - Blur

In an imaging app I'm working on, I want to enable the user to apply a blur filter to the image. Bit creating an icon for that filter isn't easy. Should I Draw a white circle and just apply a blur ...
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Icons and text (daycare) for “pee pee” and “poo poo” without being gross?

I have buttons where the daycare worker can select that a child went to the bathroom. They choose whether they "pee'd" or "pooped" (or however you say that in a politically correct way). I want to ...
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How to achieve a gradient in adobe illustrator

I am looking for someone to explain how to achieve a subtle gradient in adobe illustrator like the one in this icon. much thanks.
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How can I create this 'link' or 'chain' icon?

I'm trying to find the name of this highlighted image element to look for similar vector icons. I tried to search by "link", but can't find anything like it. How can I recreate this shape using a ...
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Pathfinder not accomplishing my task in Illustrator

I am trying to make a speech bubble. My attempt consists of a rectangle and then using the pen tool to establish three points. They are not filled and only have a border. Here is what I have: This ...