New Icons for Inkscape
After 5+ years, it’s safe to say I’ve grown tired of looking at the dated clipart-style icons used in Inkscape, so I decided to try my hand at redesigning them. Inkscape is powerful software capable of taking market share away from Adobe’s Illustrator, so I think it should look the part.
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The goal with these designs was to create something simple, sleek, effective, and a little more professional looking. Due to time restraints, I’ve only redesigned the tool icons for the time being, but here’s what I was able to come up with…
And here’s how they look once installed on the dark theme…
I also created an alternate variation for those of you who prefer the light theme…
If you would like to use these icons yourself, here’s where you can download versions for both the dark and light themes: Inkscape-Icons.zip
Installing on Ubuntu
If you’re using Ubuntu, in order to install these icons you’ll simply have to take the icons file and place it in a specific folder, then rename it “icons.svg”.
Go to your home folder, then go to View > Show Hidden Files. Once the hidden folders appear, go to .config > inkscape > icons. Once you’re in the icons folder, drag whichever icon set you want to use into the folder and change the name of it to “icons.svg”. The new icons will display when you next launch Inkscape.
If you want to remove them and revert back to the original icons that came with Inkscape, just delete that icons.svg file from that folder.
Installing on Windows
Installing these icons in a Windows environment is similarly easy. Open up file explorer, then click on Computer > OS (C:) > Program Files > Inkscape > share > icons.
Once you’re in the icons folder, scroll down until you find the icons.svg file. Icons.svg is the file Inkscape references to display icons on the user interface. Rename this file to “icons_old.svg”, then take your new Inkscape icon pack of choice (icons_dark.svg or icons_light.svg) and click & drag it into the icons folder. Once it’s in the folder, rename it to “icons.svg”. Inkscape will now reference that file and the updated icons will be displayed the next time you open Inkscae.
If you want to revert back to the original Inkscape icons, simply rename icons.svg back to “icons_dark” or “icons_light”, then rename “icons_old.svg” back to “icons.svg”.
Whichever file is named “icons.svg” is going to be the file that Inkscape references when displaying the icons.
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from Windows users claiming this method does not work for them, which I’ve noticed too when trying to install them on my Windows 8 machine. In this instance, the best way would be to open the default icons.svg file, delete the icons, then copy & paste the new icons from my icons.svg file into the original file, then save. That did the trick for me. Just make sure to create a backup of the original icons.svg file in case you change your mind down the road or something goes wrong in the process.
Feel free to use and share these icons however you’d like. If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback on the designs, leave a comment below.
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Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design.All stories by: Nick
Hey thanks for making this and sharing it. Overall it looks really clean and sleek. Did you get the command bar icons and dialog icons in a pack? The dialog ones take less space than the default it seems judging from the picture.
The UI layout you have there on the picture is really great as well.
Hey, great icon pack. Currently using with the “Dark” Inkscape theme (from byJohnny.com) on Windows 10.
Just wanted to note that when installing the icon pack, I tried putting them in the C:Progam FilesInkscapeshareicons folder, but it seemed like Inkscape kept overwriting the “icons_dark.svg” file (which I renamed to “icons.svg”) with the default “icons.svg” file. So, to get them to show up, I had install them in the hidden, shared inkscape folder.
For me, it was at C:users(my profile)AppDataRoaminginkscapeicons. I think it was because I’m using a custom “default.svg” template, but for anybody experiencing this when trying to install the icon pack, this fix may work for you.
I ran into that same problem myself when trying to install these on a Windows 8 machine I have. I should update the post and add that info. Thanks for leaving your solution though. Hopefully that helps someone reading the post and having that same problem.
I’ve just started using Inkscape few days ago. After a day or two I started searching for some replacement icons and I must say – these are the best I came along. Great job! There’s only one problem, it appears some new icons were made for Inkscape version 0.91 and they, of course, are not present in your icon pack. So if anyone after installing this icon pack is having “X” marks in places where some icons should be (right now it’s Global Preferences and some Align and Distribute icons) just do this:
open in Inkscape the default icons.svg file which came with the program (of course back it up somewhere first);
find and delete 20 default icons;
copy corresponding icons from Nick’s pack (be sure not to miss the ruler and the 3d cube which are not in the same column as the rest);
paste them into the default set, any place on the canvas you like (be sure to paste them after you delete the originals, otherwise their Object IDs will be messed up, and IDs are how Inkscape knows which icons go where) and save.