How to create an icon?

To make the computer more personaland increase usability enough to change the icons on the desktop. For this you can use ready-made sets from the Internet, but it is much more interesting to create an icon for each icon yourself. This is not difficult, because there are many ways to implement this task.

Programs

If you plan to create original iconsoften enough, that is the sense to download and install a special program on the computer. This will make it possible to work with icons even in the absence of the Internet.

IconLover

With this utility, the user canCreate your own icons from scratch, and convert any images into an ICO file. The program also provides the ability to change already ready icons (transparency, shape, size and much more).

The test version (for 30 days) can be downloaded from the developer's site. Free (pirated) IconLover is available here and here.

To create an icon from the finished image with it, it's enough:

  1. run IconLover;
  2. select "Create icon from image file";
  3. In the opened window find the desired picture on the disk and open it;
  4. Identify the style and effects;
  5. click the "OK" button;
  6. change the image in the built-in graphics editor (if necessary);
  7. on the program panel, click the "Save" button (red diskette);
  8. Select the name and place to save the icon.

Photoshop + plugin

To get more features when creating andediting of the future icon, you can use the Adobe Photoshop program with the plug-in "IcoFormat" installed. Download this plugin here. After installing it (unpacking in the folder "Plug-ins" in the directory with the installed program) in Photoshop, you will be able to save and edit files in the ICO format, the size of the side is not more than 256 pixels. In the future, it will be enough to open any picture, make the necessary changes and, when saving, select the extension ".ico".

Online services

If you need to quickly create an icon, and there are no corresponding programs, then you can use special online services. Creating and converting icons are available on:

  • X-icon;
  • Favicon;
  • Online-convert.

To use them, just open your image, change it and save after converting back to your computer already in ICO format.

Answers to other questions regarding icons can be found in our articles. How to install icons and How to change icons.

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