Better Icon Design in 6 Easy Steps

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When I review icons submitted to Iconfinder, I have a responsibility to our designers and to our customers to make sure all premium icons on the site are the highest possible quality. But the difference between “not quite good enough” and “premium quality” is often very small and usually involves minimal changes. In this article I have distilled my design guidelines into Six Easy Steps to Better Icon Design. The steps follow the basics of sound icon design and should be seen as a guide, not a dogmatic rule book. The savvy designer knows when he or she can break the rules for the greatest benefit.

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Create a gingerbread man icon

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Today I will show you how I did this gingerbread man icon. My way is not THE WAY, and I’m sure there is different ways to active the same result. This technique is quite handy for me because it gives me the confidence to go back and change some details, colors or steps if me or the client are not satisfied.

I started in making a photoshop document 1024 x 768 pixel at 300 dpi in RGB ( sRGB IEC61966-2.1).
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Create Perfect Dashed-Line Circles in Adobe Illustrator

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From time-to-time I need to create a circle with a dashed outline in my icon designs. The problem is that when I create the dashed line in Adobe Illustrator using the Stroke palette, the dashes do not work out evenly so I end up with partial dashes or overlapping dashes where the circle begins and terminates. In this short article I will show you how to calculate the dash and gap values to create perfect dashed lines every time.

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