Questions about icons - small graphic images or symbols that conveys meaning through visual representation.

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Critique: how to visually differentiate similar looking icons of “Test”, “Save”, “Load” & “Download”

I'm Currently working on a mail template builder project. We're using a lot of icons and now I need to make some for our menu bar. As you can see they must represent Test, Save, Load, & Download ...
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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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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 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 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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Is it our task to teach people new scientific discoveries?

You know how a raindrop looks like, don't you? Well, maybe not... While the German Wikipedia doesn't list that fact yet, it has reached the English version: Whenever designers refer to rain drops ...
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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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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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How to best represent different priority levels using icons?

In a web application I'm developing we categorize systems based on their criticality (1-4). A system might have connected emergencies, which have emergency levels (1-3). Combined they give you the ...
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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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What would you use as an icon to represent social media?

Ok, So I have a website I'm working on that uses 7 social media websites (facebook, twitter, g+, youtube, pinterest, instagram and tumblr) plus the rss icon. Rather than plaster them on the website ...
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How can I develop a system to translate ideas into Ideograms?

I am in the process of creating some infographics for some design thinking methods. I need to translate sometimes complex (but with common themes) ideas into visuals. To put it a different way, why ...
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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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Extracting icons from a single image

I have purchased a set of icons. In the package there are five files that contain all the icons, assembled on a regular grid in different file formats. The file formats are .ai, .eps, .pdf, .png, ...
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What are the radii for the new iOS 7 icons?

What are the radii and sizes for the new iOS 7 icons?
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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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tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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Automatically convert high res image or svg into multisized ico?

Is there any software or script that will automatically convert a high res image or an svg into the multiple dimensions needed to create a proper multisized ico? Ideally it would resize the file into ...
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Icon for clearing ALL values in form

What icon should I use for clearing all values from textboxes, selectors etc in my form on aspx website. I don't want to use the reload button icon, because I'm not going to do postback I will just ...
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Re-use icon for similar meaning in UI

I am on a development team that is building an enterprise intranet application with several different user groups giving different kinds of support. The application displays attributes in key-value ...
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Sizes for icon for social sharing

I am creating an icon for our brand to appear on our clients sites next to the sharing options e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. I cannot find a standard size for all these icons. I realise that each ...
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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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How to calculate a good background for a small image? (procedural background) [closed]

I want to frame favicons. A size of a favicon is usually 16x16 (could be bigger). The frame would be 160x100. Favicons have different shapes and colors (I don't know ahead of time what favicons look ...
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Which sizes should I deliver icons in? (Desktop, not web)

It's the first time I am designing some icons for use on a desktop, but I have now come to the point where I have to export them as .ico. My question: How do I deliver, hand in the icons to the ...
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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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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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Create icons from sprite image

If I've a big sprite png image with 40x40 icons. How I can convert it to separate images for each icon with photoshop or gimp? As the sprite is quite big I would prefer and automated method.
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Is there a name for this kind of website footer graphic?

(taken from KeePass site) These images were quite popular on websites around the early 00's, from as far back as I can remember. They seemed to phase out with the introduction of flat and material ...
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What is a good icon for a 'change units' button?

We are working on a software with a design close to Office 2013 (2D icons, main colors black and white). We have a button which allows the user to change the units in the software. We are looking for ...
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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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What's the easiest way to create to get this subtle 3D effect in an icon in Illustrator?

I managed to make the drop shadow, and I think I know how to get the ~1px bright outline/stroke, but how would you do this dark/bright effect around the edge and across the hole path?
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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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How to create a crisp favicon

I have been trying to create a favicon for my website for sometime and I cannot get it to be crisp. It is a simple Favicon. This is the best I could make it, The W will not be crisp. Is this favicon ...
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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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What is the best way to represent show and hide in icons?

I have a web page that has a list of columns of information. All columns have names and then some of the columns have items in them. I want to have an icon to represent Hide all empty columns ...
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Icon idea for the air line distance between two places?

The user is allowed to enter an address. After that he is (next to other information) shown the direct airline distance to that place. I just can't come up with an icon that fulfills following: ...