Icons are the unsung heroes of web design, providing visual cues and enhancing the user experience on websites. But what if the default icon sets just don’t cut it for your project? That’s where custom icons come in. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to create custom icons for your Elementor website using three powerful tools: Fontastic.me, Convertio, and Flaticon.
Why Custom Icons Matter
Icons are an integral part of web design because they communicate information quickly and effectively. They help users navigate your site, understand your content, and interact with your interface. While there are numerous pre-made icon sets available, custom icons allow you to infuse your brand’s personality and unique style into your website.
Step 1: Design Your Custom Icon
Before we dive into the tools, it’s essential to have a clear idea of the custom icon you want to create. Sketch it out on paper or use a graphic design tool like Adobe Illustrator or Canva to design your icon. Keep it simple, as icons should be easily recognizable, even at smaller sizes.
Step 2: Convert Your Design with Convertio
Now, it’s time to transform your design into a format suitable for the web. This is where Convertio comes into play. Convertio is a versatile online file conversion tool that supports various image formats.
Upload Your Design: Visit Convertio.co and upload your icon design in the format of your choice (e.g., PNG, SVG, or AI).
Choose Output Format: Select SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as the output format. SVG is ideal for icons because it’s resolution-independent, ensuring your icon looks sharp on all devices.
Convert: Click the “Convert” button, and Convertio will process your file and provide you with the downloadable SVG version of your custom icon.
Step 3: Explore Flaticon for Inspiration
Before we proceed to Fontastic.me, you might want to explore Flaticon for inspiration. Flaticon is a vast library of free icons available in various styles and themes. While you’re welcome to use any of their icons, we’re creating a custom one for our tutorial.
Step 4: Upload Your Custom Icon to Fontastic.me
Now that you have your custom icon in SVG format, it’s time to integrate it into a custom icon font using Fontastic.me:
Go to Fontastic.me: Visit Fontastic.me and create a free account if you haven’t already.
Create a New Project: Click “Create a New Project” and give your project a name.
Upload Your SVG Icon: Select “Custom Icons” and upload your SVG icon. Fontastic.me will generate a custom font that includes your icon.
Customize Your Icon: You can customize your icon’s size, color, and other properties within Fontastic.me to match your website’s design.
Generate the Icon Font: Once you’re satisfied with your icon’s settings, click “Publish” to generate your custom icon font.
Step 5: Implement the Custom Icon Font in Elementor
Now that you have your custom icon font, it’s time to use it in your Elementor-powered website:
Download Your Icon Font: Fontastic.me will provide you with a download link for your custom icon font.
Upload to Your Website: In your WordPress dashboard, go to “Elementor” > “Custom Icons” and upload your custom icon font files.
Use Your Custom Icon: You can now use your custom icon within Elementor by selecting the “Custom Icons” category when adding an icon element.