Learn Icon Designing: The best of tutorials and articles

Maybe you think that designing an Icon is very difficult and just some professionals can do it.
But those professionals are here to teach you how to design your own simple icons just by reading some of the best tutorials have been collected here.
I’ve placed these tutorials into 3 categories; Articles, Photoshop, and illustrator Tutorials.

Articles

1- 10 Mistakes in Icon DesignDenis Kortunov explains the mosty commonly observed mistakes in icon design
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2- 7 Principles of Effective Icon Design – Some guidelines and principles before approaching icon design

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3- Icon Design: Bitmap vs Vector – a good article about differences between bitmap and vector file formats

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4- Drawing an Icon: Sketches and Metaphors – Process of sketching of an icon

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5- Icon Design Explained (Quickly) – quick slides for teaching some fundamentals

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6- How to Design Mini Icons – the technique of using Photoshop pens tool for creating mini pixel icons.

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7- The Making of an Icon – a great article on process of designing an icon

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Photoshop Tutorials

8- Create a Shiny Lock Icon Design

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9- Creating a Cool Yellow Helmet Icon

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10- Handy Web 2.0 Icons In Photoshop

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11- Illustrate a Traffic Cone Icon in Photoshop

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12- Making digital watch icon

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13- Pyramid Icon Design

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14- Create a Jaguar Style Folder Icon

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15- Creating an XP Style Monitor Icon

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16- Create a High-Gloss Graduation Hat Icon Design

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17- Computer icon

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18- Draw magnifying glass

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19- Clock Icon

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20- Creating a marker with Windows XP look

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21- Make an Icon for Contacts

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22- Stylish Search Icon

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23- Vista firewall Icon

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24- Vista Folder Icon

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Illustrator Tutorials

25- How to Create a Vector iMac Graphic in Illustrator

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26- Illustrate a Fun Magnify Zoom Icon

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27- How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator

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29- Create a Detailed Camera with Photo Icon

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30- Creating an icon “about company” in Illustrator

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