Need icon art

Posted on 2016-07-20
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Last Modified: 2016-07-20
Judging buy the icons my wrist made up, I need to purchase some ready made icons. But these are not the usual:


type of icons.

They will be:

"Revolutionary War"
"War of 1812"
"Culture War"

for example

Any idea where I can find a bunch of icons I can select from?

I need this for a product I am making, but not a web product, it's printed.

Question by:newbieweb
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by:Brian Pringle
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Be mindful of the license to make sure that it is allowed for this purpose.  There will be different licenses for print, distribution, resale, and etc.

Years ago, I purchased the Avanquest Art Explosion software, which is nothing more than a huge collection of royalty-free images and clip-art.  You can purchase it from Amazon for $40-$90 depending on the number of images.  There is a huge book with all of the thumbnails arranged by category.  It was well worth it when I used to need a bunch of graphics for projects and didn't want to have to spend time locating them, checking licenses, or getting a designer.  

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Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVE earned 1000 total points
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I've been using IconArchive and IconFinder for most of my icons:

IconFinder has a page with freebies:

If you're looking for (free) vector icons, check FlatIcon:

I have no idea if any of them will have the type of icons you want. I use them as icons for the programs I write, but they're never very fancy. I just want to be sure that they scale up nicely when users change settings in their file managers to medium, large, and extra large icons.

Another idea is to find a public domain graphic of what you're looking for and convert it to an icon file. For example, there's a public domain photo of Washington crossing the Delaware in Wikipedia:

I downloaded the medium size (it's the first size that exceeds 256 pixels) and then cropped it to 256x256, keeping the aspect ratio, i.e., keeping it proportional, meaning I cut off the left and right sides, creating this PNG:

WashingtonCrossingDelaware PNG
I then submitted the 256x256 PNG to this free site:

The ICO file that it created is attached, but EE does not allow ICO file types to be uploaded, so I made its file type TIF — change its file type to ICO after you download it. The icon scales up beautifully for small, medium, large, and extra large icons in file managers, including Windows/File Explorer. Regards, Joe

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by:Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVE
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You're welcome. Good luck on the project — sounds fascinating! Regards, Joe

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by:Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVE
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Post back here if you publish anything on it that we can view.

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Well, I really never want to put my EE membership in jeopardy, since EE is my life blood. My product is political in nature and pro-American. So, I do not expect to take the risk with EE.

Is there a private way to communicate? Do you share an email address via your profile?
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by:Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVE
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I used to have a disguised email address in my profile, which likely would not fool the clever spambots, but I removed it when EE provided the private Messages system. Click on the envelope icon in the upper right and click the Write New Message link. Messages sent there are private — only you and the recipient(s) can see them.

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