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

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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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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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Why are some details of an icon fuzzy?

I've created an icon in Illustrator for an iPhone app. When the icon is in the size for the iPhone, parts of the graphic fuzzy. How can I improve the details on the icon? My icon is a clock, and it ...
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Software used to create Icons, Buttons for Mobile Application [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software is best for GUI design? Which is the best way to create Icons, Buttons for Mobile Application development ?.
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Is there any way to combine a picture's border into the shape in illustrator?

I made an icon with a border, but I don't want the border. If I remove the border, the icon loses it's thickness and doesn't look right. Is there any way to make the border into part of the shape?
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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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Unique icon design for a university map application? [closed]

Most university map apps on Google's Play store seem to just use their university's logo or a generic map icon. Neither way seems ideal, but I'm unable to come up with a better way myself. How do I ...
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Can I legally use the Office icons in a website?

Can I legally use Microsoft Office icons in designing my site? For example:
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iOS App Icon design - the rounded corners issue

The problem: The anti-aliased rounded corners of my app icons show, due to the transparency, some pixels of the underlying background. My quick solution: Instead of exporting with "intact" corners I ...
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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 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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Align to pixel grid problem

I'm designing small icons for screen, I'm using align to pixel grid. One problem I've encountered is aligning a compound path to the grid. This is the letter "O", which is a compound path, when I ...
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Critique: How can I improve this realistic icon?

Programmer here, working on an app by myself. I think I'm slowly improving with my images each month, but I've never taken a course in graphics design, so there are elements of professionalism that ...
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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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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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Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to combine multiple png icons into one transparent iconset

What software can I use to combine multiple transparent png and icon files into one transparent iconset? Example:
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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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Need advice on reducing icon size without loss in detail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to resize icon sets in Photoshop? I'm redesigning the icon for my Android application. I designed it at 512x512 and then rescaled it to 96x96 and 32x32. However, it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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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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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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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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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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How to find existing names or associations a symbol has?

I saw a symbol like this, and didn't know what it was called or what existing associations it might have: It seems like a pretty easy question to answer by looking in a symbol dictionary or an ...
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What's a fast way to split an icon pack delivered as a psd?

I have downloaded the Icon Sweets 2 icon pack and I cannot seem to fulfill the seemingly very easy task of exporting individual PNGs for each icon (contained in a separate layer). Using the built-in ...
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Where to start with icon/graphic design?

I'm interested in learning graphic design. I'm able to draw using pen and paper, but have never really done it on a computer. I've looked for books on Photoshop, but all I could find were books that ...