How can I make existing icons flat? I tried to find any tutorial about this, but there is almost none. Is there anyone that knows about this stuff?

For example:

Original image

to this

Flat icon

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    Hi there, and welcome to GD! It would be most helpful if you could add some screenshots and show us what you have tried and where exactly you get stuck. This saves everybody time, and makes it more likely that you will get helpful answers. – benteh Jun 21 '14 at 21:31
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    What do you mean by 'flat'? If you mean 'in the style of flat design ala iOS7, which is a different style than what I have' then the answer is you don't. You redraw them as needed. – DA01 Jun 24 '14 at 0:37
  • No.Not like IOS7 style.I mean ,like the flat icon packs – user26302 Jun 24 '14 at 8:27
  • Yeah, there's no one magic technique, it's a case of looking at each icon and then designing a flat icon that gets across the same idea. You'll often need to take a very different approach since you'll need less detail. – user56reinstatemonica8 Jun 24 '14 at 9:35
  • @DA01 I think "flat" is pretty self-explanatory. Just solid colors, no gradients or 3D effects. Possibly a long drop-shadow at max. – Claudio Sep 11 '15 at 19:09

There are no automated tools that could do this (well).

There are a couple simple ways to this:
- Replace existing colors with solid flat colors and subtle gradients (see example below)
- Redraw/-create the icon in flat design (see icon below)

Icon from Cryten icon pack

Here, for example, the helmet is black, so you can select the outlines of the helmet and replace the gradient with a solid black color. After that you can optionally add a simple (gradient for the) "glow" effect.
Flat helmet

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