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

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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What icon conveys “results”?

I'm looking for an icon to convey results. There seems to be a lot of them online, but the vast majority of them fits the concept of financial results. I'm looking for one that will fit in with ...
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What is the best practice for laying out and exporting custom icons from AI?

I'm working on creating completely custom icons with AI and essentially exporting them out as an individual svg icons to be used in our app development. I have been experimenting with different ways ...
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How to create an inline horizontal navigation with mixed text and icon links that's easy to adjust, tweak and improve?

I'm cutting CSS and facing a problem, if I try to change the line-height, padding, margin of any of the last 2 items of the menu, other items will be affected. Here is the screenshot of my current ...
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How can I have a vector shape that is smart-cloned and kept in sync in Illustrator?

I try to design a vector shape that will render good at different sizes. I do have an artboard for each icon size: 16x16, 24x24, 32x32 and I do want to "clone" my shape so I will be copied in each of ...
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How do I create a professional quality desktop icon?

I would like to create a professional quality icon. Currently, I have created an icon with IcoFX. The icon looks great -- when it is scaled at the right size. When it gets scaled to the wrong size, ...
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Sharpening iOS Icons

I'm creating an iOS app and have a couple custom icons for my navigation bar. The first one is a plus sign and that came out pretty well. I also have a refresh icon and it's not as sharp as the plus ...
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Is there a way to extrude an image in Photoshop?

I want to create a new icon for my application according to the new Android Design Guidelines. Is there any way to get my 2D silhouette and automatically extrude it to create the 3D effect?
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Export iOS Icon Sizes in Affinity Designer

Although Affinity Designer has the extremely useful @1x, @2x and @3x export, I'm wondering if there's a way to export in the variety of sizes that are required for an iOS icon? I found a concise grid ...
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How to have multiple views in single window mode using GIMP?

I'd like a real-time preview while editing icons in GIMP. I know that you can press View > New View to get a real-time preview window, however in single window mode gimp puts the preview in a ...
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What icon to use for “Text Position”

So my application can position text added inside an object for it to be inside, on top, on the bottom or left / right to the object. Example: So the options are to be hidden inside a button ...
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App icon design feedback

I am designing an app icon for an industry-specific business app that does primarily job management. The name is very likely to be called "JobCheck", which may become a part of a collection, or suite, ...
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How do I “cut out” an icon with a background in Illustrator?

I am having some difficulties trying to delete the space where I created a simple '+' icon. Here are some images for reference. I hope this explains what I am trying to accomplish. Sorry for not ...
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I downloaded an icon pack, how do I get each icon separately?

I just downloaded the icons from http://www.entypo.com Say I want to just get the lightning bolt icon, how do I get that specifically from the PSD file, and since it's vectored, at the resolution I ...
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Is there an icon set of cartoonish faces?

Commercial or free. Something similar like these: http://dribbble.com/shots/482481-3d-Face http://dribbble.com/shots/121074-Face-Process http://dribbble.com/shots/685520-Face-Replace-iOS-Icon I ...
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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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Tools for creating and exporting a LOT of icons?

I have to create and a large number of icons (multiple sizes and colors of a couple hundred icons). Sizes can range pretty drastically (largest at 256x256px, smallest at 14x14px) so I also have to be ...
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General name for these type of images

What is the general name for these images with lots of icons and small items sketched (or outlined), they are quite popular these days. Evernote and Whatsapp for example uses them: ...
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Why do icons of the elementary icon theme have an “extra” path?

Lubuntu, a flavor of Ubuntu, ships with a few icon themes including elementary. Since many of the icons are .svg files, it's somewhat easy to make minor tweaks to suit one's visual preferences. While ...
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What's an appropriate icon to represent the concept of 'all'

In my app, I have a collection of objects that I'm allowing the user to filter. To represent each filter, currently starred objects, watched objects and the user's object, I use the icons pictured ...
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Exporting drawing for icon images to be used in Android for various screen sizes in a not too labourious manner?

I want to make a set of icons for android phones. The guide has a set of recommendations for the denstiy and sizes link to recommendations. What is an efficient manner to go about producing these ...
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How can I design a domain-specific “actions” icon?

We are writing an application for road construction management. Think of the guys that plan the lane expansion or road resurfacing that ruins your day. :) All throughout the application, we have the ...
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My icon is appearing choppy and blurred on iPhone, how can I fix it?

I'm creating an iOS 8 app icon in Sketch 3. For learning purposes, I've only set the color of the icon shape and I haven't added any other layers to it. What I did: Create app icon from iOS ...
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What's the best approach when designing website/app UI icons in Photoshop?

As the title says, I would like to know what's best to approach when inserting/using an icon when designing website/app UI. Should I insert it as a “smart object”, font-based icon, or vector mask? ...
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Android Launcher Icon “suggests” a border

Looking at the Android Asset Studio Launcher Icon Generator, the launcher icons always end up with a transparent border of at least 2dp. Same goes the App Icon Template. But Googles Design Guide does ...
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Icon suggestion for items/accessories that are personalised

Trying to think of an icon for a page that has heavy feelings of personalisation. Ideally, users see the icon and they understand that the space it links to is like their private area. But not ...
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How to indicate the user where to tap without annoying him

I'm sure you all know "the Knife Game". You have to place your one hand on the desk and, using the other hand and a knife, tap the spaces between the fingers as quick as possible using a knife (or ...