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FamFamFam Silk Icons converted to gifs

Posted in Design by rip747 on October 18, 2007


For those BluePrint fans out there, I’ve converted the SilkSprite plugin into gif as well. You can download it from my github repo.

Sometime in your career, you’ve used the famfamfam silk icon set for a project. If not, shoot yourself right now. This icon set should be the defacto in icons for websites. They’re incredibly drawn and FREE! Problem is though that they only come in PNG format and IE6.X has a problem displaying them natively. The only way around this is to convert them to GIFs. So I took it upon myself to convert them to GIFs using Photoshop’s Batch processing and made them available to download.

Visit FamFamFam web site

Download the icons as GIFs


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  1. Rey Bango said, on October 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Sweet! Thanks for doing this Tony!

  2. rip747 said, on October 19, 2007 at 12:45 am

    I always aim to please. 🙂

  3. Peter Boughton said, on October 19, 2007 at 4:36 am

    >> The only way around this is to convert them to GIFs.

    No it’s not.

    You can either convert to 8-bit PNG (always a better choice than GIF if you don’t need animation), or keep at 24-bit and simply use the transparancy hack ( )

  4. rip747 said, on October 19, 2007 at 1:00 pm



    You’re absolutely right in the workarounds you propose, however I wanted that worked across all browsers.

  5. Keilaron said, on October 31, 2007 at 11:04 am

    … except that the only browser that needs this fix is IE anyway, isn’t it?

  6. Don Albrecht said, on November 8, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    I’m curious as to what fix I should use for my sprite library.
    It uses a 24px png of the silk right now. I’m contemplating simply dropping it down to 8bit.

  7. Scott said, on January 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Sometimes pngfix is not an option, e.g. when the images are lazy loaded via css within a menu hierarchy.

    I tried converting to 8bit png with unsatisfactory results – may well have been the program I used.

  8. battisti said, on January 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm


  9. Wendel said, on April 2, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Thank you! Is hard to convert every icon to GIF, this help a lot with IE4.

  10. probly said, on April 7, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    there are some artifacts on the image borders,more visible with certain background colors(like red), can we achieve better results changing some Photoshop conversion options?

  11. Martin said, on June 21, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Thanks very much for this! You’ve saved me lots of work. The icons are indeed great, and it’s a pity about Internet Explorer’s problem in displaying PNGs. Thanks again!

  12. Jay Garcia said, on August 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    For anyone who needs to quickly find icons, I wrote an extension for Ext JS that allows you to quickly filter through the thousands of icons.

  13. Josh Atkins said, on November 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Really neat, thanks!

  14. ljpw said, on December 19, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Thanks man!

  15. anselmo battisti said, on January 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    thx a lot, very usefull

  16. Promesses said, on February 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Thank you so much for this good job !!

  17. Daniel Silveira said, on April 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm


  18. Milo said, on June 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Thank you ! u made my day =)

  19. Membor said, on July 9, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Thanks a lot man !

  20. Billy said, on August 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Do you know about a different URL where i can download the GIF icons?

    Thank you!

  21. gorbi said, on November 4, 2009 at 4:45 am

    You are my hero. Saved a lot ot time.

  22. David Smith said, on November 5, 2009 at 3:34 am


    I’ve created an alternate version which is backwards compatible with IE6 and doesn’t have the blue border.

    For more information and free download visit the blog article at:

  23. ianchanning said, on October 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Perfect for the job. Nice work

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