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FREE online icon editor and thousands of free icons

Iconfu is an easy-to-use online icon editor and library for anybody who needs to draw or modify an icon but doesn't necessarily have the means (time/money/corporate approval) to use heavyweight commercial photo-editing or vector software. It's optimized for icon manipulation, so for example the drawing canvas is zoomed so pixel-by-pixel editing is straightforward. The most common need is to take an existing icon and lighten/darken it or change the hue a little so it matches the theme of the target site, so the colour-levels tool is especially easy to access.

Rather than attempting to provide every image manipulation feature known to the Internet, iconfu provides a basic set of tools:
  • colour channel manipulation
  • pixel-by-pixel drawing
  • gradients and ellipses
  • full 8-bit transparency per pixel
  • upload/download as .png, .gif, .ico.
  • compose icons by layering new drawings, uploaded images, and library icons over one another
  • various drawing modes that allow colours and shape (transparency) be manipulated independently
  • undoable editing history (unlimited for paying users)
  • free for icons up to 24x24px
  • compose animated .gif images from editing history

The editor is entirely javascript-based so requires no download or installation of any kind beyond a respectable browser (IE is not supported at all for now). The paid version has a much larger undo buffer, edits larger icons, and also edits png metadata.

The library already holds over 12,000 creative-commons-licensed icons (including popular classics such as fam-fam-fam, Tango and DryIcons) and is growing. Icons are tagged so the library is easily searchable. As a registered user, you can publish your own icon on iconfu under a Creative-Commons license so that you retain copyright while reaching a global audience of icon makers and users.