Where to get custom icons for location pins?

April 2, 2018 - 2 minutes read

In Loquiz it is possible to upload your own images and use them for location pins in games. In this article we will discuss where and how to get quality icons.

In Loquiz app pins are always displayed with the same size- 200 x 200 pixels. Uploading images smaller than that will result in poor quality. Bigger images are down-scaled. Please note that it might depend on how well your devices will handle the load of custom pins. If you use a lot ( like tens and tens) of different pin images in one game, then on devices with poor performance it might slow them down to freeze. So make sure to test out on devices you use for running the games!

Jpg will be displayed as a square. Unless it is Spongebob Squarepants, that is not going to look pretty! Use png with a transparent background- it works the best!
Example of square jpg on the left, transparent background png on the right.

Main sources for icon pins are

1) Icon banks. The quickest way to get  icons is from icon banks. Always keep in mind how the copyright of images applies if you happen to use someone’s artwork or photos.

The safest bet is a public domain licence. Open Clip Art has plenty of such icons for starters.

The noun project includes huge amount of quality artwork for a budget friendly price.

Open game art has gamification specific images with different copyright levels.

Design wall has listed some icon sets for commercial use

2) Real photos. Whether it is a participating company’s CEO face or cat- you can use Photoshop, GIMP or any freeware to edit it and make the background transparent.

For example, I tried an online tool called Autoclipping that worked well for creating png with a transparent background. It transformed this pooch into a cool dog icon.

 
3) Custom artwork. If you have in mind a really unique game concept, then you probably can consider ordering custom artwork from a designer or illustrator.

 

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