Introduction to SVG Icon Animations – all you Need to Know on How to Animate your Icons

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If you’re new to web animation, you might be wondering how to get started with icon animation. Well, what you need to know before you get started is what a standard icon animation looks like, and where it can be applied to make an icon look like it’s moving. You can use animation on any type of webpage, you just need to know where and how to apply it. And that’s what we’re going to show you!

Because there are many different tools out there to create beautiful animations, the sooner you start, the better.

Whether you’re creating a one-off animation or you’re looking to add some zest to an existing design, there is a wide variety of icon animation techniques you can use to create a mesmerizing effect.

This tutorial is intended for designers or developers who are working on websites or apps, but there is an extra bonus! 

Let’s get started!

What are SVG icons?

SVG icons are reusable and accessible icons for web page design, they’re so versatile that you can use them as frames for an interface, for your website buttons or for your own icons.

You can reuse the SVG code for different purposes without re-uploading it, and just change a few details, and you’ve got your own icon that you can use again and again.

The great thing about SVGs is that they are made with shapes, so they are easy to animate.

SVG icons are easier to style because they can be sized and have nice gradients and colors.

What is SVG animation?

Simply put, SVG animation is the technique of taking the SVG code, and moving it around. You can move the SVG code of any shape, so you can animate an arrow, a circle, a rectangle or any other shape.

Benefits of using SVG animated icons

SVG animations are high-quality animations, and your visitors will love seeing them. 

With animated icons, you get a sense of speed without any flash or shimmer, which is great for pages that have a lot of text.

With standard SVGs, you can make shapes move independently, so you can easily create the illusion of distance.

SVG animation also works on mobile devices. Basically, you can do just about anything you want with an SVG!

But how do you create an SVG animation?

You can use an SVG animation tool to create your animated icons with ease. All you have to do is import your SVG icon, animate it and export it.

How to use animated icons on your website?

SVG icons are easy to use, and you can apply it on any kind of webpage if you can draw a shape. The standard icons on your website use SVGs too, and it will look the same as your icon.

You don’t need to learn another programming language, to use SVGs, as you can just make a few minor changes and save yourself a lot of time.

You can animate SVG icons with JavaScript, if you can create your own animations.

If you have a lot of SVG code, you can import it in a visual editor like Photoshop or Illustrator, and then scale it or replace a part of it. You can even use no-code tools like SVGator to animate your icons.

How to use SVG icon animation on Mobile apps

Animated icons on mobile devices will get a lot of use, as they are much faster than regular ones. You can use them to create different layouts on your home screen. 

SVG icons are great for cool backdrops in video games, especially if you want to change the scenery during gameplay, for example. SVG icons are also great for creating a captivating newsfeed.


SVG icons are a great addition to your designs, and if you use them right, you won’t be able to stop until your website is packed with them! 

I would love to know your thoughts, and what you think about this method. Would you use them for icons in your projects? Do you want to learn more about SVG icon animation? Let us know in the comments section below.