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

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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
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Features of a good logo for a smartphone app

I can design but I am new to the "phone app" world. How do I make an awesome logo for this smartphone-app job? I am looking for a "To Do" list, please.
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Standards when creating Icons

I'm in the process of creating some icons for an application, and find myself coming up with the same question over and over again. Are there any guidelines for how thick the lines should be in an ...
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Microsoft Office Icons - At Least 500 x 500

Anybody know where there are some Microsoft Office Icons that are at least 500 x 500 pixels wide and a good resolution to download? I might even be willing to pay for them, I just don't want to have ...
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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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How do I create these light, glow and “smoke” effects in Photoshop?

I was browsing Dribbble when I noticed a few shots using an effect which appears to look like a magical beam of light, or a "magical smoke" and I could not find out how to create such an effect. If ...
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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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Photoshop Black / White Filter

I have a bunch of social media icons that are in color that I'd like to make grayscale. I've opened them all in Photoshop and am applying a black and white adjustment layer to each one. The problem ...
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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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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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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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When you export from Adobe Illustrator cs4, is it done as png-24?

In Adobe Illustrator CS4, when I do Save for Web & Devices I get to choose explicitly that I want png-24. But when I export I do not get asked it, is this because it is the default? I need it to ...
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New generation of Add New icon that has no “+” (Plus) sign [closed]

could anyone suggest me a new way to represent the icon "Add New" without using any form of plus symbol. For example, say Add New Quiz. How could I represent this as an icon without using any form of ...
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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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Alternative symbols to represent Valentine's Day?

Anyone have ideas other than heart shapes?
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New generation of 'Edit' icon that is not a pencil?

I was jotting down some notes for a future project, sketching some simple icons for functionality etc, but all I could come up with for an icon to represent 'edit' was a pencil. The pencil seems to ...
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What icon fits “navigation”?

I just thought about the this: We have dozens of well known icons for nearly each and everything. All those icons normally are inside some sort of "navigation" (bar/menu/etc.). But what's the icon for ...
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Creating images for websites; controlling precision of drawings?

I'm trying to break myself into making my own graphics for websites and I've come to my first roadblock. I need to make the commonly used icon that resembles >> in photoshop. The problem is ...
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Working on Small Resolution Images in Photoshop ( icons ) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I want to get a solution for a question that has been in my mind for a long time. For the past 2 years, several times I was ...
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Create iOS Settings App Icon?

I've searched and searched, but I'm looking to find a tutorial on how to make the outside border of the Settings app icon in iOS. Or the whole icon, I like the effect.
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Could someone recommend an app for simple designing of icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good resource for programmers to design icons? I have been developing web and iPhone applications for our company to use internally. For the artwork I've ...
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Greying-out images?

Could someone recommend me an easy to use tool for greying-out some images (icons) ?. In an Android application I am doing I have a set of full color icons that I want to use in a tab bar, but I want ...
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Can Inkscape be associated to SVG as the primary tool of the trade? [closed]

I'm planning to make an icon to represent SVG. I know there are official logos, but I never saw them until I looked for them, and I don't believe many designers associate SVG to these logos. My icon ...
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What icon fits “incomplete” and “overridden”?

When users create widgets in my system, they can leave the billing info incomplete till later. (They eventually have to fill it in unless the requirement get's overridden by a manager.) I need an icon ...
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I am looking for point of interest (POI) icons which would be suitable for use with MapQuest

I'm developing a web application for our company that uses MapQuest and we are trying to plot different items on the map. The default MapQuest icon is a purple circle, we need to use different ...
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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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Which app icon should i use? [closed]

My app allows the user to choose a color from a color picker or from an image, and has a wooden background (the one seen in these mockups) throughout. I have these 6 icon mockups, and i'd like your ...
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In Fireworks how to make a pictogram icon with partially overlapping stroke/outline

In Adobe Fireworks CS5 how to make a pictogram style icon like this one: Or more precisely, how to get the overlapping stroke/outline of the star atop the bottle without using a stroke filter?
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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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icons for web technologies [closed]

Hi I'm working on my own portfolio, and so I'd like to have some icons for technologies that I work with. So does anyone know of free icon sets that include css, php, c#, html5 and other web ...
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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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Image quality - Export vector icon to PNG vs resize PNG

I have a set of vector icons which I need to save as PNG images in 3 sizes (16,32,48). I'm confused as the best way to go about this to produce the best quality results. Either I can save each one ...
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Proper resolution for icons in Windows

I'm making a Java-based program for Windows 7 and I want my application to have a nice logo in the taskbar of windows. I have made a nice logo (in my opinion) but it´s hard to tell what it´s supposed ...
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How do I make a good OS X Icon from an existing png

I have this image: that I would like to make into a nice OS X icon. One that would go in the safaritoolbar or on an iphone. Problem is that they don't use PNG they only look at the shaded parts, so ...
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Photoshop or Illustrator for Icon Design

Photoshop and Illustrator compared, both expose nearly the same possibilities to create icons except that Illustrator uses a vector based system. In which situations is which product more reasonable ...
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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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Need a neat way to show availabity (e.g. working hours)

I need to show service availability for a service catalogue I am putting together. I want to do this as economically (in terms of real estate) as possible. For example, a service may be available: ...
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icon / design element database / site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are some good places to find free stock images? Are there good central locations for icons / buttons / ui elements? There are a number of great font databases ...
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Any good websites that offers free icons or icons to purchase? [closed]

Hi i have the following queries: Are there any websites that offers free icons for mobile design? As in totally free for commercial use and does not need to link back to website? Alternatively, are ...
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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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Best Way to Build & Design Buttons for iOS in Photoshop? [closed]

I have been getting into designing interfaces for iOS, mostly iPhone and iPhone 4 retina display. I'm wondering how I should go about creating interfaces, the most standard way? I have been using the ...
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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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Designing a button with an inset icon style in Photoshop? [closed]

I am using the Glyphish icon set, and I am trying to achieve an "inset" look of the icon in a button in Photoshop. Any recommendation on how best achieve it?
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Designing icons to represent abstract concepts- match test / suggestions

I'm making a site which requires users to review and tag information. The interface would benefit from icons, but many of the tags represent abstract concepts that I'm struggling to represent. I'm ...
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Guidelines or resources to create an application icon based on typefaces

I've been using an Open Source application for a while now and, given that its current icon looks somewhat basic, I thought it would be great if I could contribute back with a perhaps more ...
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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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Where can I find a better version of this image?

I saw a hard copy of the symbol in the lower left corner of this image and I'm trying to find either a higher resolution version or a vector graphics version. I need something that will look good when ...
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Graphic icons for using with “Appreciate this Post” & “Follow updates on this post”

What could be good graphic icons for using with "Appreciate this Post" & "Follow updates on this post" in a social web application? Thanks a lot for your suggestions.
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Icon 16x16 best way

Anyone know a good tutorial for learning to do 16x16 icon? The PROBLEM is when I'm doing in photoshop or illustrator and export the image in that size have like a transition effect. Example : ...
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What are “up-to-date” or “modern” icons?

My icons have been (lightly) criticized as "too 1998-ish": From left to right: refresh; auto/manual refresh toggle; filters; favorites; alerts. To what was the critique aimed at? What the critic ...