Using free icons can make a big difference to any type of project. Graphics grab attention and are more compelling than words. Navigational icons on a web page are always going to be more effective that a set of text links. You can download icons from any of the free online collections listed below. These include images suitable for use in business, school projects, website design, ads, apps and printed documents.
Creating an icon takes a lot of skill, and it is fortunate that there are plenty of talented icon creators who are willing to let anyone have free use of their icon designs. You will find these on sites that allow you to download icons for free and use any of them in any way you want and as often as you choose.
Some free icon sites make it a requirement that somewhere on your project you place a link back to their site. Even when it’s not a condition of use, this is always a wise thing to do. It shows that you only use images that you are legally entitled to use.
Free icons can be fully customizable and, on some sites, you will be able to change the size and the color before downloading. There will also be some icons you are not allowed to alter, so always check the terms and conditions of use before making any alterations.
Each collection of free icons has its own search box where you can enter a name or any words that describe the type of image you want. This will bring up pages of results showing related icons, so you can browse through them and select which ones you want to use.
Another way to find what you are looking for is by clicking on an appropriate category to find galleries of the type of icons you require. When you select a set of icons for use as navigational buttons, these will provide a consistent style for your project. You may pick individual icons to support your text or to act as a visual aid by replacing text. Look for unusual and eye-catching icons to highlight your headers and titles.
Choose brightly colored icons when you want them to stand out from a darker background. If you use a white background, then you should be looking for icons with a black outline or a strong dark border.
Get started now by using the links in this list of 11 places to find free icons.