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

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How to open or save as ico in Photoshop CS6

This plugin to open and save as .ico in Photoshop has been around for a while, but I can't seem to make it work for CS6. According to this question in the Adobe Forums, the plug-in works if installed ...
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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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How to make rough background with Paint.NET?

How to draw an icon with rough background like that: Is it possible to do this with some fill tool?
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Icon suggestion for “In use”?

I am trying to come up with an icon that would capture the concept of "in use". I have a list of files, some of which will be used by other objects in the system, and I need a visual cue to present to ...
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Photoshop action to export icon resources for OS X app?

Is there a photoshop action for exporting a 1024x1024 canvas as all the required icon resources for a OS X app? Seems like something the design community would have made, but I can't find anything so ...
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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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Classification schemes for icons

Is there a standard classification scheme used by graphic designers for icons to help identify the characteristics of icon designs? I am not referring to things that describe the physical ...
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Icon that visualizes hiding/showing empty columns? [duplicate]

What would be the right icon for a toolbar button that triggers the following functionality in a spreadsheet application? Toggle the visibility of all columns of the current sheet that currently ...
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Can you protect social media iconography?

I frequently create mock-ups with free-use icon sets. I've begun to see many designers offer "Premium" commercial licenced sets of Social Media icons. I'm wondering: Is it even possible to make an ...
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Photoshop vs. Illustrator for Icon Development

My client is requesting SVG files (saving as an SVG would require me to build the icon in Illustrator), but I have always designed icons in Photoshop (importing vector art from Illustrator, and ...
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How would you represent “religion” in an icon, neutrally?

I am involved in a web application where items in a list have a category. Each category of an item is shown through the use of an expressive icon. One of the categories is religion. My coworker, a ...
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What symbol to choose to indicate a subcategory or next page

In a very short descriptive text I want to indicate that a user has to open several cascading/nested sections in a menu structure. At the moment I use the > character to indicate the structure. But is ...
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Having trouble getting this Google Chrome Extension icon right

This is how my icon is looking now. I want to remove that "alpha" or something, that grey square. I want it full like Chrome suggested me to do this: Upload an icon image that represents ...
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Preparing icon with arrow heads with different sizes

I am new to Photoshop, please go easy if my question is unclear. I am trying to prepare an icon in Photoshop and I happened to see this. So I want a similar graphic but I want the each color area to ...
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Critique: Icon app redesign

An amateur graphic designer here. I was told to redesign a reddit app icon on playstore and he told me to apply the Google's new design scheme that was leaked a few days ago (The first illustration ...
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What icon can I use to represent 'concept'?

What sort of icon/graphic could represent 'concept'? It would be very helpful as a place-holder when I am making basic sketches and notes. Third Party Edit (from comments): hhajemi (OP): From my ...
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Icon to show amount of posts on a blog

Cant think of any ideas for this. Currently im using a pencil icon to add a new post to my cms, but i need an icon that will show how many posts a blog has. The pencil icon doesnt scale down well ...
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Universal Icon for Religion [duplicate]

Is there a culturally-universal symbol to represent religion or a place of worship? I would like to avoid having an icon containing multiple religious symbols because that opens up a whole mess of ...
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The Creative Process for creating slight juxtapositions

I am assigned with the task of developing weather icons. As you might suspect, many things in relation to weather are extremely similar with hardly any differentiation. I am running into the problem ...
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Feelings icons that are not emoticons?

For a particular project, I've got to come up with a set of a ten small one-color icons meant to represent certain feelings. However, these icons must not be emoticons, or faces, of people for that ...
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How can I get the “swipe down” icon from control center - iOS 7

I would like to use the swipe down icon: from Control Center of iOS 7 : in my iOS 7 app to indicate that you can swipe down this pop up : How can I get this icon. Am I allowed to use this ...
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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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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 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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Icon design etymology?

Is anyone aware of any resources for Icon design etymology, or the history of icon design? I'm talking about icons like Wi-Fi/Ethernet/Bluetooth status indicators, add, save, and similar simple images ...
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Photoshop layers to batch icons?

I am trying to save out 24 rasterized layers to icon format. Is there a script to do this? I have tried greenfish but it does not let me set a custom size 100x100 I have also tried batching as png ...
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Is there a standard color for a 'Share by email' icon for web?

This is a question which has always been floating around my brain when putting the final touches on a website. (And I couldn't find much about it on the web) When using social icons in the context of ...
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Critique: Amateur looking buttons with icons?

I am working on a cms with the feature to 'follow' and also the option to see stats. There are 2 buttons, and the stats value becomes 1.2k etc after it reaches over 1000. I have added some icons, ...
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Editing a bitmap image

I have these two icons: Image without a tick sign Image with a tick sign I want to add a tick sign on the top image which is without a tick sign. I am a developer extremely novice in graphic ...
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Simple icon to represent vibration?

I'm looking for a simple icon to represent vibration. It can't be too similar to the sound icon because I'm going to put it right below a sound icon (the speaker shape). I was thinking something with ...
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How do I create a cursor (.cur) image file in Photoshop CS4?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and I need to create a .cur image. The actual process of doing so is simple enough but I cannot find the necessary Photoshop CS4 plug-in to do so. Can anybody help me either ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

I've been working on an application that works as a remote control for a media player, over the web. The remote itself is an application that runs in your web browser, on your phone or on your tablet ...
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How to represent craftsman services / manual work as icon?

Our application helps creating invoices and allows to insert an item into an invoice that represents a service performed by a craftsman. A typical service could be paperhanging or installing ...
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Icon to represent a music mix?

I'm building a music application which can create a mix of songs to play for you. What icon can I use to represent this feature?
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Best icon to represent “I need help to remember this”

I am building a flashcard web application and I want to give to the users the possibility to ask some help (mnemonics) to remember of something. I'd like have a little icon that would represent in the ...
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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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How to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...
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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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What is a good icon for expressing sarcasm?

I created smiley for happy, sad and neutral event. Any suggestion for sarcasm? Here is the image for above three expression: Can someone suggest an icon for sarcasm?
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Icon to Signify “search products” or “products”

I'm trying to design a search box for products searching and I can't seem to think of how to represent search for products. My client wants his website to look like this http://www.hipmunk.com/. I'm ...
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How can I improve this icon/design?

Been working on an icon for a blog called Bitcrate which focuses on tech/media stuff. First off, what I have so far: I didn't want to do some rehash of playing off computer 'bits' but thought the ...
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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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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 to make a circular zigzag in Photoshop?

For weeks, I have been trying to achieve how to make this. I know how to do the gradients and the fonts and everything else EXCEPT for the zigzag circle. I only use Photoshop to design as I am ...
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How can an Icon symbolize “Search Relevance”?

What's a relatively simple image that could be used as an icon to symbolize "Relevance", such as Search Relevance? I really can't think of anything that would be instantly recognizable, or even that ...
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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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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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product images/icons for printing company?

I work for a printing company, and our webshop is missing icons/images for our products. So, I've finally convinced my bossman to buy a pack, but we really can't find any... here are a few examples of ...