I tried looking over StackExchange a lot, but couldn't find anything related to my question :(

I have seen many (MANY) icon sets evolve from being nothing to everything. A few days ago I have seen BootStrap Icons, and they looked nice!

So, how do people create their own icon sets?

  • Is there a very popular tool they use?
  • Do they hand-code the icons?

P.S. I am VERY new to Stack Exchange, so please do point out any mistakes I have made in my question...


I would also like the software to be freely downloadable, or at-least a free version with features enough for an average human to understand and use. A web platform is preferred, but not completely necessary if it is open-source. I would like to license the icons I make, under my own license of choice too!

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    ...you draw them in a vector application like Illustrator (commercial) or Inkscape (open source). And: hi, welcome to GDSE! Have a look that the help center if you're stuck or confuzzled!
    – Vincent
    Mar 12 at 13:45
  • @Vincent I would really like a FOSS software like Inkscape, not illustrator :( Personal question: is inkscape good? i have seen lots of software that's just software in terms of name. i want software in terms of use for what it is designed
    – RealZombs
    Mar 12 at 13:49
  • I don't really understand what you mean with 'software in terms of name', but I can confirm that Inkscape is very decent at what it does. You need to wrap your head around the vector-oriented drawing thing, but then it's great.
    – Vincent
    Mar 12 at 13:53
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    Inkscape is passable, and goid for breaking copyprotection. But a bit painful for day to day work.
    – joojaa
    Mar 12 at 15:05
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    After practicing intensively say a week it's easy as pie for drawing everything that you can imagine (including the details) before seeing it. Like any drawing method it becomes harder than stone if you start to expect that the program brings for you the details that you cannot imagine before seeing them.
    – user287001
    Mar 13 at 0:58

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