If you are a web designer or writing a program, you must have a fair idea about how icons are often the major impact creators; they can change your software or website from being just functional to one that is is professional, simple to operate and attention grabbing.
However, creating your exclusive stock icons can be nothing short of harrowing and of course a task that will take up a lot of your time. If you get in touch with a web graphics designer, you will end up paying him an exorbitant amount for the icon collection. On the contrary, you will be able to find the precise quality from stock icon sets available online for a fraction of the cost. A set of stock icons can include more than 100 images, offered in various image formats that are ideal for showing the functions that are popularly seen on several websites and software programs; such as, help, lock , copy, paste and others.
If you could not find stock icons that suit your requirements, you can simply contact one of these online establishments and ask them to create exclusive icons for you; this is probably the most preferable option; simply, the designer who worked on the original graphics will display a level of comfort with the theme which will help him to hold on to some degree of consistency in all the icons in a series associated with a specific theme.
The next doubt that a majority of people ponder over is whether they should select the commercial images or get free icon sets, so here are some thoughts on the positive attributes of commercial icon collections vis a vis the free images:
Rate: The price of an icon set can be in the range of $100 and above depending on the number of graphical depictions. However, free images will normally have copyright issues and/or you will have to offer accreditations when they are put to use on your site.
Size: Good quality con sets are available in a variety of pixels, so even if you buy a singular image, you will get them in several sizes like 16×16, 24×24 etc; you can also buy them in several states like disabled, hot etc. On the other hand; free images are only available in a single size and state
License: You may have to face some concerns with the free license; you will not be able to alter the images in any sense nor will you have the permission to utilize them as much as you like but with professional icon collections, you can use the images innumerable times in the most esoteric contexts.
Usability: Professional icon sets will normally have enough images to cover all your software and web designing expectation ; however, with free graphics even if you can find images of an acceptable quality, they are far and few between this would mean that you may find it very hard to make use of these graphics when designing applications or websites.