Review of stock icon collections
The following is a list of
resources for designing and working with icons. It
includes image editors specifically made for creating and
editing icons, design guidelines,
and some favorite icon
If you are using a simple bitmap editor or the
built-in icon editor in your developer environment,
it will be nearly impossible to produce a high
quality icon. Fortunately, icon editing software is
screenshots) and expert
XP icons. Many Awards.
Available in $59.95 corporate and $34.95 personal
trial version. Lifetime license.
trial version. $54.95
For frequent icon editing a
tookit with more tools
(e.g. icon librarian) is available.
Freeware icon editor.
The premiere graphics editor (not just for
icons). $589.99 ($59 off at
Amazon). The best; but rather expensive
if editing some icons and bitmaps is all you
need to do.
Paint Shop Pro X
Amazon). A decent image editor should be
in every developers tookit.
Open source SVG editor. Runs on many
many other formats: ICO, CUR, BMP, JPEG,
GIF, PNG, PSD, TIFF, XBM, XPM, WBMP, RC
Design Guidelines and Icon-related Articles
These articles cover the basics of icons. With
all the variations in dimensions, color-depths,
transparency and file formats, Icons can be more
complex than you might think.
an Icon? The basics of Vista, XP, and OS X Tiger Icons.
application icons Discusses how the various icon sizes and color depths are
New with VistaÂ® Icons? An overview of Windows Vista icon format.
What is a Windows Vista
Creating Windows XP Icons
- Official Microsoft User-Experience-Team document.
Graphical history of Windows
Articles and utilities related to favorite icons (the icons that show up
beside an entry in your favorites list in Internet Explorer).
Small utility to update the icons in your favorites list in Internet Explorer
(requires utility library sign-in at PCMag.com - $8 and up)
Small utility to refresh the icons in your Internet Explorer favorites menu.
Free download. Includes C++ source code.
site is added to the favorite menu in Internet Explorer.
Free Online FavIcon
generator tool. Upload an image. Download as a FavIcon.
Custom Icon DesignersCustom-designed icons are often available as a service from the
vendors of the stock icon packages. If this is
affordable, it is usually preferred method, since the
original designer will be best able to maintain a
consistent appearance throughout all of the icons.
There are also a few alternatives to a
Instead of getting a custom-made icon,
IconGalore sells individual icons ($3 per icon)
which is very cost-effective if you are able to find
a suitable icon.
Design Outpost offers a system
where you post a job, along with a job price. Higher prices typically draw more
interest from the better designers. A portfolio of
past work is available.
Dexter, Talida, QualityCube
AOL, Polaroid, IBM
Pay Pal, KPMG, Toshima
SoftwareFX, Sony, Sungard
Intercim, Genetec, Elixant
Kontact, KDE, Nuvola
Ask for job quotation
Motorola, Qualcomm, VeriSign
Ask for quotation
Microsoft, Apple, Oracle
Bosch, BAE Systems, Chess.com
Motorola, Sentient, Adaptev
Ask for quotation
SAP, HP, Bank Of America
Red Sweater Software, Pineapple News
Nero, TopStyle, FeedDemon
Ask for a quotation
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