How to Create Icons: 25 Best Tutorials

Icons play important role in interactive and web design. Icons are essential in most graphical user interface to make it more attractive. They are real visual elements in your design for executing tasks or navigate to a certain location.

You can find hundreds of online resources that can help and inspire you in your own icon designs and in this collection we hand-picked 25 best tutorials on how to create icons. These tutorial will help you to learn about designing icons. If you know about other icon designing tutorials, don’t forget to share them with us in the comments below.

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1. Create a Professional 3D Twitter Icon in Illustrator

Learn how to create a sleek & professional Twitter icon or button using Adobe Illustrator.

Create a Professional 3D Twitter Icon in Illustrator

2. Create a Vector Combination Lock in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Vector Combination Lock icon from scratch!

Create a Vector Combination Lock in Illustrator

3. How to Make a Golden Compass in Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an antique golden compass.

How to Make a Golden Compass in Illustrator

4. Create a Speedometer Icon in Illustrator

In this tutorial you will see how to create a Speedometer icon in Illustrator.

Create a Speedometer Icon in Illustrator

5. How to Create a Suitcase Icon in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn to create a suitcase icon, suitable for a travel oriented site, or vacation brochure.

How to Create a Suitcase Icon in Adobe Illustrator

6. Create a Gift/Present Box Icon in Illustrator

Learn how to create a Christmas or Birthday inspired Gift Box in Illustrator using shapes, colour gradients and 3D options.

Create a Gift/Present Box Icon in Illustrator

7. How to Create a Wallet Icon Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

In this tutorial we will learn how to create wallet icon using simple techniques and objects. To round the corners of multiple rectangles, we will be using the Dynamic Corners Tool, part of the (VectorScribe plugin), which is much easier to use and accelerates our work.

How to Create a Wallet Icon Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

8. How to Create a Cute Valentine’s Day Icon with Adobe Illustrator

In this Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to create how to create an envelope icon, you’d love to click!

How to Create a Cute Valentine’s Day Icon with Adobe Illustrator

9. How to Create a Trash Bin Icon with Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the trash bin icon using such techniques, as 3D modeling, gradient mesh, blend tool and blending modes, as well as tracing raster images.

How to Create a Trash Bin Icon with Adobe Illustrator

10. Create a Simple Trunk Icon

In the following tutorial created by Andrei Marius,  you will learn how to create a simple trunk icon.

Create a Simple Trunk Icon

11. Create a Download Folder Icon in Photoshop

Icons are often challenging to create. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a download folder icon using different shapes and reflections in Photoshop.

Create a Download Folder Icon in Photoshop

12. Create a Realistic iMac Icon in Photoshop

There is unlimited stuff you can do in Photoshop. In this tutorial, you will see how to create a realistic iMac icon in Photoshop that includes a 27-inch screen, a keyboard, and a mouse.

Create a Realistic iMac Icon in Photoshop

13. Cubite graphics design logo icon Photoshop in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Cubite graphics design logo icon in Photoshop.

Cubite graphics design logo icon Photoshop in Photoshop

14. Create Your Own Set of File Icons

Follow this tutorial and you will learn how to create your own set of file icons.

Create Your Own Set of File Icons

15. How to Create a Calendar Icon in Illustrator

Learn how to design a calendar icon in Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial covers the step-by-step process of designing this vector icon in Illustrator using tools such as: shape building tools, brushes, a round corner script, and multiple gradient colors.

How to Create a Calendar Icon in Illustrator

16. How to Create a Juicy RSS Feed Icon

Learn how to make a unique RSS feed icon. This tutorial requires a familiarity with Adobe Illustrator’s basic tools as you’ll use the gradient mesh tool and make light use of Illustrators mapping feature.

How to Create a Juicy RSS Feed Icon

17. How to Make a Vector Military Cap Icon

This tutorial will show the intermediate-to-advanced Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a realistic military style cap icon using predominately gradients, blends, and the Gradient Mesh Tool.

How to Make a Vector Military Cap Icon

18. Design a Detailed Compass Icon in Photoshop

Another drawing tutorial for icon lovers in which you’ll be illustrating a metallic compass.

Design a Detailed Compass Icon in Photoshop

19. Adobe Photoshop CS3 Style Icons

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the Adobe CS3 style icons using some basic gradients and layer styles.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Style Icons

20. Create a Leatherback Book Icon in Photoshop

Learn how to create this leatherback book design in Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how to draw a book and apply textures and layer styles.

Create a Leatherback Book Icon in Photoshop

21. Create a Detailed Camera Icon in Photoshop

Simple icons are relatively easy to create but more realistic icons can be quite challenging. In this tutorial you will see how to create a detailed Fuji X100 camera icon in Photoshop.

Create a Detailed Camera Icon in Photoshop

22. Create a Cardboard Box Icon in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to make a cardboard box that can be used for a number of purposes, such as for icons or for other design purposes.

Create a Cardboard Box Icon in Photoshop

23. Learn To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon/Illustration

Google Plus is making its presence all over the internet, so in the following tutorial you’ll see how to create your very own glowing google plus icon/illustration.

Learn To Create A Glowing Google Plus Icon/Illustration

24. How to Create a Beautiful Printer Icon in Photoshop

Learn how to create this beautiful printer icon with reflections and shadows all within Photoshop. A detailed PSD is included with this tutorial.

How to Create a Beautiful Printer Icon in Photoshop

25. How to Draw a Shopping Bag Icon in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to drawn a red shopping bag icon. This Photoshop tutorial will cover the basic techniques of drawing such as creating the shape, shading, and adding shadows.

How to Draw a Shopping Bag Icon in Photoshop

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