Aaron of PhotoShopCandy.com has released a free PSD file which contains a slick looking chat bubble. You know, the ones that look like comic book captions. This bubble would look great in online ads, comics, or an animated gif of someone shouting every Web 2.0 buzzword known to man. If your into this sort of thing, be sure to check out his post and download the PSD file. Here is what the chat bubble looks like.
Bloggers Journey has an interesting post today which is nothing more than 51 different RSS buttons that you can use on your blog. They range from the typical RSS orange square to the huge RSS orb. Do you find it weird that I don’t have any big orange RSS icons on this blog? I guess I’m different that way.
At any rate, here are some of the icons featured on the site.
NYSSA has released a free RSS Icon set which sports more of a 3D look than most normal RSS icons. They are available in PNG format and look good on either a dark or light colored background. Each icon is 139X139 in size which should compliment most modern site designs.
Click here to download the RSS Icon Pack.
Jay K of Flying-people.com has released a free 20 icon set which contains an array of beautiful gradients. The badges look great for use of promotional material or to slap onto a site lacking in color. I’ve seen quite a few icon packs but I have yet to see a pack which contains gradients like these. Give these badges a try if your looking for something colorful to add to your site.
Click here to download the badge pack.
Iconlet is a search engine for you guessed it, icons. The front page of iconlet looks as simple as the Google homepage and seems to be just as functional. Iconlet appears to have a large database of icon images but I was disappointed when I only discovered 11 search results for the term RSS. However, other searches for ARROWS and HOME provided me with hundreds of results.
If you are looking for something in particular, Iconlet provides an advanced search which gives you the options of typing in an icon name, specified image resolution, .gif or .png extension, and various licensing types. I guess no one uses .JPG as a file extension for icons as it was missing from the advanced search file extension choices.
One of the biggest issues I can see with iconlet is the fact that it has Google Image search as competition. I’ve used Google Image search in the past to locate icon files and it’s proven to be a useful resource for this sort of thing. It also appears as though iconlet has it’s own home grown database of icon files, whereas Google Image search has the entire Internet at it’s disposal. If iconlet can increase it’s database selection while adding additional search features, they may eventually be a compelling reason to switch from using Google Imagesearch. Until then, I’ll stick with Google first,
Zeusbox studio has released it’s second set of feedicons. The first set which I wrote about here ( Zeusbox Releases Free FeedIcon Set ) ended up becoming a big hit as according to Zeusbox Studio, the pack was downloaded thousands of times. Version 2 contains more than 10 new icons and is filed under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Work By the way, they are also free.
Click here to download version two of these professional looking icons.
According to my log files, quite a few of you are doing Google searches for graphics, buttons and badges. So, it’s only natural of me to include some content for those of you who are looking for it. Here is something I’ve come across recently called Open Web Graphics. A resource of freely available user-submitted graphics that cover web banners, web icons and web backgrounds.
The web icons are generally in PNG format but you can sometimes find them in .gif. Some of the icons also come in various colors and are searchable by TAGS or CATEGORY. Here are a few of the more popular icons that I see blogs using all the time.
The Web Banners and Web Backgrounds section only contains 1 page of graphics which means theirs not a whole lot of selection. OpenWebGraphics has announced that they have reached BETA status back on October 1st but as far as I can tell, the site is open for registration. Once of the coolest things about this site is the ability to upload PSD files. This might be one heck of a resource area for photoshop newbies, who want to learn how the graphics were put together. Do the right thing and don’t redistribute these open PSD files.
Click here to check out their existing library of graphics.
It’s still hip to use web 2.0 styled badges. If you have ever wanted your own badge but didn’t think you had the photoshop skills, your in luck. Web20Badges is a web 2.0 styled badge generator with an assortment of templates to choose from. Users can type in the text they want to appear on the badge, select a font from a drop-down list and configure the font size as well as the color. You can even determine the angle in which the text is displayed although, the text never seems to look right with an angle applied. Once you are finished, you can right-click and save the badge to your desktop and then claim it as your own. If you want the ultimate ability to create your own badge without the generator, WEB20Badges does provide the PSD files for most if not all of the badge templates.
Check out some of these examples.
David Lanham of The Icon Factory has released a Spooky Sticker icon set for the Mac, Windows, or iContainer. The icon set contains Halloween themed stickers which make a great addition to your desktop around this time of year. This icon set will also look good on Vista as it was built with large resources. To download this icon pack, check out Spooky Stickers.
Smashing Magazine has put together a list of 20 plus icon sets that are not only eye candy, but they are also free. Some of the sets featured include: iPhoneSketch OpenPhone Pack Social Bookmark Iconset and Feedicons
I know there are still quite a few people who are looking for Web 2.0 based icons, especially those that were featured in this post Web 2.0 Icons but unfortunately, the link for those icons has been taken down. I have emailed who I believe are the creators of that specific icon set, but I have yet to receive a reply back. Some of the sets featured by Smashing Magazine do have Web 2.0 characteristics. Look at a few of those before you continue your search.