While it’s easy to find free icons on the Internet these days, the best way to make your website’s design unique is to create your own custom icons. If you have never done it or have little experience, you should definitely take a good look at these icon design tutorials and articles.
Getting started with icon design
While these articles are not really tutorials, they are great resources too understand the basics of icons creation.
A presentation by John Hicks, a great watch for designers who want to understand some concepts before creating their first icons.
Great pieces of advice in this article on PSDtuts, a must-read whether you’re a seasoned icon designer or not.
While it is good to know what to do when creating icons, it’s also good to be aware of mistakes to avoid.
4. Icon Design: Bitmap vs Vector
An article that answers the following question: “Why do you deliver your icons individually sized in PNG or GIF files, when a single vector file like SVG or EPS can be made any size we desire?”
More tips to help you understand how icon designing works.
A complete walkthrough the creation of an icon, gives a great overview of the process.
Icon design tutorials
For a more practical approach, here is a list of tutorials that will help you to understand how icon design work by doing it.
8. Create a shiny icon lock design
10. Creating an XP Style Monitor Icon
11. Create a closed book icon
12. 3D Mp3 Player
14. Create An Aperture Style Camera Lens Icon
16. Photoshop Electronic Torch Light Icon
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21. Wii mote controller tutorial
24. Creating a Cool Yellow Helmet Icon
25. Create a computer icon
28. Paint brush icon in Photoshop
Icon search engines
If you’re not going to create icons by yourself but still want to use it in your design, no worries. There is plenty of icons search engines out there: