15 tutorials in icon, badge and button design

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Buttons, Badges, and Icons – oh my! It’s time for another tutorial roundup, and this time we’re gonna be a little more specialized. Use this guide to develop your skills to create icons, badges and buttons for both web and app design.

As always, keep in mind that these tutorials are not here for you to copy and submit! They’re here to teach you the valuable skills you need to make your own original designs.

Getting Started

Ok, technically these aren’t tutorials. But they’re all super useful articles that’ll help you make a game plan for your design before you even start working:

Icon Design

Learn How to Quickly Create Tasty Social Icons using Photoshop

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Filters, Gradients, Patterns, Opacity

How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon

Program: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Turning a photograph into an original vector design, Pen Tool, Gradients, Effect

Create a Star Trek Style Communicator in Photoshop

Program: Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Layers, Opacity, Pen Tool, Gradients, Brushes, Clipping Mask, Styles, Paths

Creating Vector Characters in Illustrator

Program: Illustrator
Level: Advanced
Skills: Planning your Design, Vectorizing a Sketch, Tools, Brushes, Fill Color, Gradients

Badge Design

Easy Wax Seal in Illustrator and Photoshop

Programs: Illustrator and Photoshop
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Tools, Layer Styles, Blend Mode, Bevel and Emboss, Filters

Make a Retro/Vintage Style Badge

Programs: Illustrator and Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Pathfinder, Offset Paths, Effects

How to Create a Knight’s Shield in Illustrator

Program: Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Skills: Tools, Pathfinder, Objects, Color Swatches, Opacity, Transform

Button Design

Design a Beautifully Detailed Web Button

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Fill Layer, Tools, Layer Styling, Gradient Overlay, Strokes

How to Create a Mexican Lucha Libre Mask Pink Badge

Program: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Tools, Objects, Effects, Alignment

How to Draw Apple ICloud Icon

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginner
Skills: Layer Styles, Shapes, Filters

Other Helpful Tutorials

How to Create an iPad 2 From Scratch Using Photoshop

Program: Photoshop
Level: Advanced
Skills: Free Transform, Blending Options, Layer Style, Clipping Mask, Smart Objects, Layer Management

How to Create Inset Typography in Photoshop

Program: Photoshop
Level: Beginning
Skills: Gradient Overlay, Tools, Layer Styles, Blending Options

Create a Wood Grain Texture and a Brushed Metal Texture

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Program: Illustrator
Level: Beginner
Skills: Gradient, Effects, Objects, Transforming, Tools,  Graphic Pen

Create Amazing Patterns Using Adobe Illustrator

Program: Illustrator
Level: Intermediate
Skills: Pattern Brush, Objects, Transform, Smart Guides, Effects

Do you have great tutorials for icon, badge or button design? Point us to ‘em in the comments :)

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Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at 99designs.com. She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!