This article explains all the technical requirements for uploading icons to Iconfinder. If upload specifications are not met, upload might fail or the icons might be rejected by our Content Review team.
Before uploading icons, make sure to check the list of upload requirements for icons:
1. What we consider an icon to be
We are looking for graphics that are "iconic" in nature. By "iconic" we mean simplified, idealized, and/or stylized images that represent an action, object, or idea.
We do not accept artwork that is simply a literal silhouette of an object without creative interpretation.
No letterforms / numbers / fonts
We do not accept artwork that is simply a collection of letters, numbers, or keyboard characters.
2. Minimum and maximum number of icons in set
We require at least 10 icons for each submission to be considered for inclusion in the marketplace.
As a maximum, we allow no more than 250 icons per icon set. If you plan to upload more than 250 icons, try to split the icons into two or more sets.
The ideal icon set size is between 30 and 50 icons. This is large enough to offer the customer ample icons around a single topic, but small enough to not devalue icons.
Why the limit? We do this to keep the value of icons high and to keep the marketplace competitive and fair. We want Iconfinder to be a resource of the best quality icons available anywhere. Allowing designers to submit a single set of say, 2,000 icons priced at $5 drives down the price of icons and makes it extremely hard for icon designers to make a living.
3. File formats
We only accept SVG (vector) icons.
We are finding that customers are not downloading or buying PNG icons. We will accept PNG icon in special circumstances such as highly-rendered 3D icons but, in general, we no longer accept PNG icons.
When you upload SVG files, we will convert them to PNG as well as ICNS, ICO, CSH, AI and IconJar.
It is up to you if you want to upload icons with non-expanded or expanded lines. We allow both.
What icon size do you support?
Most icons are designed in increments of 8 pixel sizes, but we have no restrictions on the sizes of the actual icons.
To get started, check this article on Artboards and icon templates. You can download icon file templates that we have compiled for Adobe Illustrator. You can also use the guidelines about icon artboards.
Icons must fit within the artboard. If the artboard is too large compared to the icon, the thumbnails will appear too small to be seen. If your icons extend beyond the edge of the artboard, they will be cropped. Also, your artboards must be perfectly square. If the artboards are not square, our system will not be able to process them.
Icons must have transparent backgrounds. When uploading, artboards should always be transparent so that icons may be placed on any background, without a colored fill around them.
Read more about Artboards and icon templates.
5. Set names
There are a few rules on how icon set names should be.
Unique and memorable set names
Your icon sets are not just a collection of symbols. They are a digital product and that product has a brand. Make it a memorable and unique brand by giving your sets easy-to-understand an easy-to-remember names. Also, if you have multiple sets of say, Football icons, make the names distinguishable from one another by adding - Vol. 1, Vol. 2, etc. How you differentiate the names is up to you, but make them different and don't just name them all "Football".
Good set names:
Bad set names (generic):
Flat icon set
Flat style icons
6 Rounded icons
Avoid names like “Flat icons”. This name describes a general style and this name will be chosen by many icon designers. Try to come up with unique names likes “Picons”, “Linecons” or “Cosmo”.
"Icons" or "Icon set" not allowed in set names
We do not allow the words "icons" or "icon set" in icon set names as this is considered unnecessary information in this context.
No numbers in set names
Do not include the number of icons in your icon set names. You may create your awesome Football set to have only 20 icons to start with, but you will likely find that you want to add more icons later. It's better to just leave the icon count out of the set names.
Set name capitalization
Please do not use all capitals or all lowercase in set names. Set names should use normal capitalization (first letter capitalized, other letters in the word lowercase). For example, if you have a set named "Business concepts", do not use "BUSINESS CONCEPTS" or "business concepts" (and please no "BuSiNeSs CoNcEpTs").
Each icon must be tagged, so it can be indexed and found in the search results. Generally we recommend an average of 3-4 tags per icon. If you add more than 7 tags, the icon will get a lower rank in the search results. And while you can use just 1 or 2 tags on certain icons that don't require more, overall a set average should never be below 1.5 tags. Please read more about our tagging guidelines to follow the best practices and help make sure your icons are properly found.
7. Logos, trademarks, or copyrighted works should be offered as free downloads
For legal reasons, we cannot sell icons that represent logos or trademarks such as those belonging to social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or common banking and payment logos such as Visa, MasterCard, and/or PayPal. This restriction also includes cartoon and gaming characters which are usually trademarked. There is some gray area as to what constitutes "fair use", but we are strong supporters of intellectual property rights and copyrights. We wouldn't want our copyrights violated, and we won't knowingly violate someone else's. You are not allowed to sell someone else's intellectual property for personal profit.
Icons representing trademarked elements can be uploaded to Iconfinder, but must be offered for free. If you have an awesome set of social media icons, we'll be happy to include them in the marketplace as a free download.
Apart from these technical requirements, our review team also follows other Criteria for approving icons. Check them out before uploading your icons to Iconfinder.