This thread contains a number of premade backgrounds for making custom Civilization V Icons. They should be useful for those having trouble with making art, or in need of icons while there are no artists available. Will add more in the future. These are mainly neutral backgrounds with no scenery, which is also their shortcoming. A large number of the official Civ V Icons have some kind of vague scenery, though some don't. Backgrounds Materials for Icons GIMP 2: They can be recoloured by using the Hue/Saturation Tool and the Colorize tool They can be rotated by using the Arbitrary Rotation Tool (Layer -> Transform) You can add scenery by copying the Icon Background, and using the Paint Tool with lowered opacity (30-50) to paint over the scenery (image) a number of times, then select the painted circle again with the Ellipse Select Tool For the entire icon process, refer to this thread.