A Collection of Free iPad Icons, Tutorials and PSDs

Since its controversial release, the iPad has been both criticized and admired by the design community.

In this post we have compiled a list of great resources, that teach you how to create your own iPad icons, as well as a collection of ready made icons and PSDs.

To download the files, please click on the preview image to go to the source site and remember to check the terms of use before using them in your projects.

If you know of any other great iPad freebies, please add them in the comments section below and we’ll include them in this post when appropriate.



iPad Tutorials

Callum Chapman’s iPad Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, Callum explains the process of designing the Apple iPad from scratch in Photoshop using shape tools, layer styles and blending modes. You will also use the brush tool to create detailed chrome and lighting effects.

Chris Spooner’s iPad Photoshop Tutorial

Chris Spooner also creates an Apple iPad from scratch in Photoshop using simple modification tools, the pencil tool and transformation tools.


iPad Icons

Seeing how many great iPad icons are already available to download for free across the web is pretty amazing. Here is a small collection that will surely grow.

Enthusiastik iPad icons (2 icons; PNG format)

Chris Spooner iPad Icon Set (1 icon; PSD, PNG and ICN formats)

KR Design iPad Icon (2 icons; PNG format)

Sudhithxavier iPad Icon (1 icon; PNG format)

Chris Noakes iPad Icon (1 icon; PNG, ICO and ICN formats)

Adidadidu iPad Icons (18 icons; PNG, ICO and ICN formats)

TinyLab iPad Icon (1 icon; ICN format)

Bisiobisio iPad Icon (1 icon; PNG, ICO and ICN formats)

Santieldarlaine iPad Icon (1 icon; PNG format)


iPad PSD Documents

If you’re looking for something a little easier to customize, try out these iPad PSD documents.

Kevin Anderson iPad PSD

This PSD is completely editable. Every object was created using vector masks, meaning you can scale it up or down without any loss of quality.

Mppagano iPad PSD

This huge and incredibly detailed iPad PSD comes in at a whopping 2400 x 2400 pixels, large enough for almost any design project.

Geoff Teehan iPad GUI PSD

This one is for the application developers out there. The PSD was constructed using vectors, so it is fully editable and scalable. The workable screen design is formatted to 768 x 1024, so anything you design in the Photoshop file can easily be brought over to the SDK. This is a beauty of a document, coming in at around 24 MB. Start designing those apps!

Compiled exclusively for WDD by Callum Chapman, a freelance designer from Cambridge, UK. He is the creative mind behind Circlebox Creative and Circlebox Blog, and can often be found writing for design related blogs.

Feel free to share other iPad design resources below…

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net/index.php Jordan Walker

    Great list of places to find icons for the new iPad. Still wish it supported multi-processing.

    • Christopher

      When will people learn that being able to play music and send email or messages IS multi-tasking?

      • Jon

        Microsoft should learn that most of us see right through this negative campaign of theirs.

  • http://www.ingledow.co.uk/ David Ingledow

    I’m just wondering what a jailbroken iPad could be like! I wonder if anybody would create an emulator to run Windows or Mac OS?

    Anyways, there’s some good icons to use there!

  • http://circleboxblog.com Callum Chapman

    @Jordan Walker: Don’t we all! Let’s hope the rumors are true and the next big update to iPhone software will allow multi-tasking. Although I’m trying not to believe any rumors these days especially after the rumor about the iPad possibly supporting OS X…if only!

  • http://www.appsheriff.com/ App Sheriff

    I think i saw some of these in smashing magazine.. :)
    Good Job guys.

  • http://www.joebarstow.com Joe Barstow

    Good post, enough to satisfy my cravings.

    Ha! @David Ingledow A more comprehensive OS would be great.
    I especially like the Idea of a Windows app for the iPad :)


  • http://vectorilla.com free vector graphics

    Really nice collection of icons thanks for this set

  • Robert

    Those are missing, gorgeous small size icons, maybe you wanna add them to this useful list?:

    iPixelPad – Tongue Twisting But Crisp iPad Icons

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    The tutorial is really cool and the ipad is too.

  • http://www.dartventures.com Payday Loans

    I’m just wondering what a jailbroken iPad could be like! I wonder if anybody would create an emulator to run Windows or Mac OS?
    Anyways, there’s some good icons to use there!

  • http://devisefunction.com Matthew Heidenreich

    I kinda feel like they didn’t need to make tutorials on how to do the iPad since you could easily just take the iPhone tutorials and create it. All in all they are well done, thanks for this share.

    • http://circleboxblog.com Callum Chapman

      You’re right, but then again a lot of tutorials out there cover things that have already been done hundreds of times before, it’s just nice to see fresh content now and again for those that are first taking on the challenge to learn Photoshop and other software :)

  • http://blog.aceinfowayindia.com Ajay

    Fantastic collection of free iPad Icons. Don’t forget Free Apple iPad PSD File Download

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Nice collection, good design.

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    Great Collection!

  • http://www.iconfinder.net Martin LeBlanc
  • http://psdho.me PSDhome

    You can find more free psd files on PSDhome…

  • http://www.underworldmagazines.com julio

    awesome post! Great icons and tutorials

  • http://bass.makemywish.info New York Web Designer

    Very nice – thanks for sharing. I’ll be whacking these on my blog in the very near future!

  • http://www.creativebubbles.net Max
  • http://MexiChriS.com MexiChriS

    Good collection. Gotta grab some of these and check them out :)

  • http://www.inspiks.com loswl

    Very nice set, I want an iPad :)7

  • http://www.clippingimages.com Shamima Sultana

    wow wow wow…
    love the post..i wish i could have one..issshhh…!!!

  • pesho

    Thanks for sharing
    this amazing

  • http://www.free-ipad.co.uk Amy from free iPad

    Brilliant icons and tutorials, I’m particularly pleased about the Mppagano iPad PSD’s detail. It’s not very often you get such a brilliant image in 2400×2400 res. What are the licensing issues with these? Can we modify/use them on personal projects? I know it says that they are free but most artists require atleast some sort of recognition?

    • http://circleboxblog.com Callum Chapman

      You’ll just have to take a look at the actual pages. Some of them require attribution, others none whatsoever. :)

  • http://www.your-free-ipad.org stas

    great, free and a brilliant collection of icons

  • http://www.rezyde.com rezyde

    great resource for that ipad app in mind, your making my life a bit easier. thanks

  • http://www.estudentaid.com/ student aid

    this is a very good article & it really help me. Thank you

  • http://www.panobox.de Panorama

    Excellent work!

  • http://johnfreeborn.com John Freeborn
  • Briggs

    There’s a pretty good tutorial using Fireworks over @ http://tutsoup.com/tutorials/how-to-create-the-apple-ipad-in-adobe-fireworks/

  • http://none toby

    HV-Designs recently made a tutorial on the IPAD, maybe you could add that also.


    personally i found this one slightly better as it makes all of it from scratch apart from the icons.

    nice post and keep up the good work.

  • http://www.gadgetsfree4u.co.uk Baz @ Free iPad

    That is an excellent list, plus they’re free! thank you

  • http://ipadappsplus.com ipad apps

    Useful list for any iPad lover :)

  • http://www.ipad-for-free-online.co.uk/ iPad offers

    Excellent collection many thanks for sharing :-)

    Katie x

  • http://www.scrabblecheat.org Scrabble Cheat

    Very impressive stuff

  • http://www.videotoipads.com/ video to ipad

    ipad got so many problems,but still can’t stop people buying.
    I guess just outlooking attract many,and some Personalize setting make you more comfortable.
    Specially,it never similar with any others,so if you are conditioned to use Apple stuff,you are in.

  • http://www.vectorious.net vector artan

    The iPad is a cool product and the app market is booming. Thanks for the resources, very useful indeed

  • http://www.DiscosDiamantados.com.pe/ Discos Diamantados

    Thanks, very easy to use and thorough. Nice graphics