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Here are some of my favourite sources of free icons for commercial use – and personal use.
Some of these icons require no attribution (i.e. no link back).
Collectively, these resources will give you access to over 2 million icons.
Not bad, he?
These icons are great for web designers, and also to use in your social media projects. The icons range from social media icons to just about any icon you can think of.
I’ve also included video walkthroughs to show you how to navigate each resource and help you get up to speed fast without having to spend time figuring out where’s what.
Let’s get into the resources:
- 1 Icons 8
- 2 Free icons: no sign up required
- 3 Icon Finder: over 2 million icons
- 4 Search for icons and set your criteria
- 5 Download icons in many formats and sizes
- 6 And here’s another resource for icons and buttons…
- 7 How to get your free stock icons for websites
- 8 Once you get your free icon sets, resize before using on your website or blog
- 9 What about stock images for commercial use without attribution required?
This is a great resource for icons and graphics.
Here’s a video walkthrough:
In the video, I share one of my best resources of free icons for personal and commercial use. Now, with this resource, you’ll need to link back to the website in order to use the icons for free, but there’s about fifty-nine thousand eight hundred free icons here, so this is a great resource.
Keep in mind that the website from where you can download free icons does update regularly, so the number of free icons available is very likely to change.
It’s almost certainly always going to increase, but I should think that with around 60,000 free icons for personal and commercial use, you’re probably gonna be okay.
Free icons: no sign up required
One of the things you’ll appreciate from this resource is the fact that you don’t have to sign up to anything. You can simply search for and download any free icons you want.
Here are some handy features:
- you can choose the format
- you can choose the size
- you can choose the colour
It still blows my mind that resources like this exist. You can very quickly find a bunch of great looking icons to use on your website or on any project and download the formats you like to work with, and the size and colours you need.
In the video, you can watch over my shoulder as I set out to find a great icon and then go through the process of selecting and choosing a format.
Enhance search with format, colour and size criteria
The left-hand sidebar provides you with enhanced search capabilities to help you narrow down the style of icon that you want. So for example, if you select a particular colour, that will filter out all the icons that don’t meet your criteria and show you the ones that do.
Size and colour options
When it comes to choosing a size, you can toggle between options and you can even select to download a load of different sizes at once!
How cool is that!
When it comes to colours, you’ll notice that many icons don’t have a background, which is ideal as it enables you to get to work right away with them on any project.
You can download the free icons and use as you please, or you can grab a shortcode and put that on your website to display the icon but have hosted on the source server.
If you need free icons for your personal projects or free icons for your clients, then you’ll love this resource. You can use these icons on just about any project, from websites to apps to documents and anything else you can think of.
But watch out… these icons are highly addictive 🙂
Icon Finder: over 2 million icons
Here’s one of my very best icon resources with around 2 million icons to download, many of which are free. Within this resource, there’s probably enough icons to last you a lifetime.
Every blogger and content creator needs a good few go-to websites and free icon download options, and this resource should be on your list, because it includes free icons for commercial use and royalty free icons.
Also, anyone with a website will appreciate this kind of resource.
The website called icon finder.
They do have payment plans for the premium icons, and these may change, so do check the website for more information on those plans if that appeals to you.
The icons themselves are superb icons, as you would expect. If you need a designer to create some stunning icons for your project, whether it’s an app or anything else, then you may want to check out the paid plans.
If you find the right icons, the few dollars that it will cost you to invest in one month of the paid plan will probably save you a significant amount of cash compared to paying a professional designer.
Search for icons and set your criteria
In the following video, I’ll show you how I do a quick search for different types of icons.
When you search for an icon (let’s say, social media icons) you’ll see on the left-hand side that you can specify the icon criteria.
- icon format (any, or vector icons)
- price (free or premium icons)
- license type (e.g. free to use commercially)
- icons size
- background colour
- other criteria
You can start to see why I consider this one of the best icon resources around. The search filters are so well organised that it’s impossible not to fall in love with this resource.
Download icons in many formats and sizes
One great feature of this website is that you can download icons in many different formats and sizes, and that’s just really cool.
Some of the formats you can download with the paid icons include:
- SVG (vector)
- Adobe Illustrator
- Photoshop shape
When it comes to the free icons, you can still download many of those formats. And on top of that, you can choose between different colour hues for many (or most) of the icons.
This flexibility when it comes to available sizes, formats colours and the sheer abundance of icons, icon sets and breadth of designs makes this hands down one of the best icon resources online.
Here’s yet another place where you can get free stock icons for websites.
These are free icons that you can use on your website and there are 40,275 of them! All free!
The website is maxbuttons.com
If you land on the home page (see image above), you’ll need to scroll down to the footer and click the Free Icons footer link.
The homepage seems to be mostly about WordPress button generators so I’ve never paid it much attention, as my theme already has button functionality built-in.
How to get your free stock icons for websites
Once you’re on the icons page, you can scroll down and see the different icons sets and pick the one you want to use.
You can use these icons for your WordPress blog, any websites and anything else you want, from apps to reports.
Now, one of the cool thing about this page is that you get to download the icons in different formats, such as:
- SVG icons
- PSD icons
- AI icons
- PNG icons
So you should be able to work with the format of your choice in your graphics editor.
Now, as I said, there are over 40,000 free icons so there are forty thousand so the landing page is naturally pretty long! I haven’t looked at every icon set, but the ones that I have downloaded over time have always come in different formats.
In the video below, I download an icon and upload it to my WordPress blog to demonstrate how easy this process is.
One of the things I discovered in the video as you’ll see, is that some icon sets are provided as a whole image. If that’s the case for the icon set you choose, then you’ll simply need to open up the icons image in your graphics editor and cut out the icon or icons you want. Simple!
It’s just an extra step, but since you need to open up the icon in your editor anyway to resize it, it’s really not a thing.
Now, here are some things to note when you’re looking for free icons to use:
- sometimes, when you click on an icon set, you’re redirected to a page showcasing some paid graphics while your icon set is downloading. This is obviously a fair trade in exchange for your free icons, and you obviously don’t need to buy anything you don’t want.
- there is a lack of consistency when clicking icons sets.
- sometimes you’re redirected to a showcase page, other times you’re not.
- sometimes your icons sets download in multiple formats and the icon images are provided individually (especially with png’s) and sometimes you download whole images containing all the icons on a single image.
I think the obvious reason for this is that there must be many different designers providing all these icons, and each one works to a different standard. But hey, it’s not a thing. We’re still getting thousands of free stock icons for websites!
If you strike it lucky, you’ll download a free icon set that comes in a zip with multiple folders, each one for a different image format. That’s a neat and organised designer 🙂 heh.
Once you get your free icon sets, resize before using on your website or blog
You’ll notice that when you download an icon set, you’re getting high res icons: they are 1024×1024. In other words, they’re massive images. So you do need to resize them before you upload them to your WordPress site (or any other type of website). Otherwise, you’ll be adding a bandwidth hog and your page speed will suffer.
Once you resize your icons to the size you require, you’re good to go! You can upload them to your site or use them anywhere else!
What about stock images for commercial use without attribution required?
Stock images are a must for almost every content creator, but coming across quality stock images is easier said than done.
The following 2 resources are my go-to resources for stock images. One also has stock video footage and vectors.
At least one of these resources doesn’t require you to link back to the website or artist, so these are stock images for commercial use without the need for attribution.
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