Icons8 is full of features that nobody knows about. While our team makes weekly releases of new features and improvements, many of our free and paid customers are unaware of that.
- Some members of our community think we produce nothing more than a huge ZIP file with a bunch of flat and line icons inside.
- Sometimes, people request some of these features.
- Once, a paid customer asked to recommend a third party software for the feature we have.
Obviously, we should do a better job working on the discoverability of our features. Here’s the first step: the rating of our well-hidden features.
1. Grid View
Level of discoverability: true love
This feature is my favorite one. It allows seeing the same icon in all different styles (13 at the moment). When testing the usability, none of our participants used it. However, when we said this feature exists, they quickly found it and some were enjoying it.
Level of discoverability: a sock in a washer
Our analytics expert defines those who ever tried the effects as advanced. Only 6% of our community ever tried it.
Effects allow to add basic stuff to the icons without launching Sketch or Illustrator:
- Adding a box or circle around the icon
- Adding some spacing
- Adding text (good for adding numbers and abbreviations to the icons like empty document)
- My favorite: adding the overlays. In the example below, I’ve added the lock overlay to the bird icon.
- Adding stroke, which was the hardest to do — a hard math.
3. Importing Your Icons
Level of discoverability: Atlantida
You can upload your SVG
icons to our Web App
, and work with them in the same way as you work with our icons. You can:
- Generate PNG of any size
- Generate fonts
Level of discoverability: a TV remote
You can select the icons in multiple collections. For example, you can create:
5. PNGs and Vectors of Any Size
Level of discoverability: an ideal guy
We don’t limit PNG
icons to the predefined icon sizes. Instead, one can generate any icon size within 100×100 px. Given that, you shouldn’t care about the icon sizes yet. However, icons are pixel perfect for the standard sizes for a given icon: 25×25 px, 32×32 px, 50×50 px, 64×64 px, and 512×512 px.
can generate any icon size, even 4000×4000 px.
Level of discoverability: honest politician
Have you tried to generate the fonts with Icons8
a few icons to a collection and voila. Although it doesn’t have some of the advanced features of Icomoon
(Icomoon is great!), many customers like and use it a lot; another confirmation was this week, when the feature was down
for a while as we’ve switched to SSL. It resulted in 2 tickets and a tweet!
7. HTML and CSS Snippets
Level of discoverability: memory leak
No need to upload the files. Generate HTML code and insert it right into HTML, that’s it. There are three kinds of snippets we generate:
- HTML with SVG source code
- IMG tag with base64-encoded source
- CSS injection with base64-encoded data
8. Desktop Apps
Level of discoverability: in fact, they’re pretty popular
You can download
all our icons and store them offline with a native Mac or Windows
app. You can drag the icons from the app to Sketch
, Photoshop, Xcode, or VisualStudio. The auto-updates with new icons daily.
9. Reporting Bugs
Level of discoverability: visible, but rarely used
With thousands icons
converted into several formats each, we discover and fix several icons a week. Recently, we’ve added the Disqus comments to the icon pages. Please feel free to submit your bug reports as comments; we check
them and fix them. Thanks for your help!