January 2013 Free Giveaway

Bouton Icons!

Bouton Icons!

by Gary Bouton (Gare)

(Try saying that two times fast!)

Gary has been creating his own icons for programs and folders for over 15 years and he’s sharing the best of the best this month. In the Xara file in the Zip archive you’ll find over 25 clever and useful icon designs in vector format so you can recolor and edit the icons to suit your own needs.

What you might want to do if you don’t own an icon creation program is:

  1. Export the icon as a PNG file with transparency (if needed), at the exact size you want it. For example, windows 7 and 8 will be happy to display 48 by 48 pixel icons.
  2. Go and download xNView. Be sure to scroll down the page and do not click on ads at the top of the page. You know you’re in the right section when you see a lot of different versions in Windows, Mac, and Linux, 32 and 64x versions (so choose the right version for Win 7, Win 8, XP, and so on), and you can choose exe and zip formats. This program is more useful than you can imagine for renaming and converting bitmap file types. Here’s the link to >>> xNView.
  3. Install and then launch xNview. In the Navigation tree or the preview window at right, double-click the icon of the file you just exported. Doing this brings up the editing tools.
  4. Choose File>Save As and then save the copy of your icon to Save as type: ICO-Windows Icon. click Save.
  5. Put your icon in a unique folder on your hard drive. Actually, keep copies of all your ICO files in a “Icons” folder or something similarly named.
  6. To change an icon, it’s easiest to first make a shortcut for, say, Xara—you right-drag the Designerpor.exe icon to a new folder location, and then release the right button and a “Create Shortcuts here” entry appears on the pop-up context menu.
  7. Right-click this shortcut, and then choose Properties>Change Icon”. You can guess the rest: you go locate the icon you created(click “Browse”, and then click it, click “Open” in the dialog box, click OK, and if the new icon doesn’t immediately appear, press F5 to refresh your desktop (if the icon’s on your desktop).

These icons can be freely used on personal and commercial projects, but please don’t post them anywhere else. If you want to share them, please send folks a link to this page where they are always fresh and ready use.

Discuss this giveaway in the Xara Xone forum on TalkGraphics.com

Photo of Gary David Bouton

Gary David Bouton has been drawing with traditional tools for almost 40 years, and with digital tools such as Xara for close to 20. As large a fan as he is a practitioner, Gary encourages others to express themselves artistically through his writing, the over 25 books on graphics he’s had published, through the videos and tutorials he creates for The Xara Xone, and through his online school, Exclamations. You can send him some email, visit his personal website, or better yet drop on over to the Xara Xone Forum on TalkGraphics and talk to Gary and the rest of the Xara community.

Baker's Dozen of Bouton Textures-August 2015 Giveaway

Knockout Venetian: a Bold Boutype Free Font - August 2015 Special Giveaway

Gary Bouton's Fresh Textures - June 2015 Special Giveaway

Gary Bouton's Dimensional Drop Caps - June 2015 Giveaway

How To Use Bump Maps To Make Cool Artwork Like This - March 2015 Giveaway

Nouveau Gothic Rounded Outlined Font - February 2015 Giveaway

25 Free Seamless Tiling Textures - January 2015

Igor's Propellers - 5 Free Geometric Wonders - December 2014 Giveaway

Frances Proctor's Seamless Tiling Stone Textures - November 2014 Giveaway

Christine Farrelly's Seamless Pattern Collection - October 2014 Giveaway

Simulata Typeface in TTF and OTF - September 2014 Giveaway

Twenty-five Vector Icons - August 2014 Giveaway

12 Mixed Theme Textures & Make a Sphere Tutorial - July 2014 Giveaway

The Forecast is for Lots and Lots of Clouds! - June 2014 Giveaway

Twelve Textures and One Creative Way to Use Them - May 2014 Giveaway

Using These Free Textures in a Novel Way - April 2014 Giveaway

Eight Wisps of Smoke and Steam - March 2014 Giveaway

Framed Again! Five Vector Frames - February 2014 Giveaway

14 For 2014 - January 2014 Giveaway

The Dodecagon 2014 Calendar - December 2013 Giveaway

Snowflake Maker Template - November 2013 Giveaway

A Dozen Vector Gears - October 2013 Giveaway

The Dirty Dozen – 12 Seamless Textures - September 2013 Giveaway

Gold and Silver Trinket Brushes - August 2013 Giveaway

Victorian Frames - July 2013 Giveaway

Free Gorgeous Seamless Marble Textures - June 2013 Giveaway

YouTube One Channel Theme Template - May 2013 Giveaway

12 Web Page and Pasteboard Layer Backgrounds - April 2013 Giveaway

10 Spring Textures - March 2013 Giveaway

Borders and Corners: An Elegant Collection - Feburary 2013 Giveaway

Bouton Icons! - January 2013 Giveaway

12 For 12 -– Free Tiling Textures for December - December 2012 Giveaway

Gift Boxes & Bows with Textures - November 2012 Giveaway

Frances' Fun French Curve Fiesta - October 2012 Giveaway

Named Color T-shirt Drawing - September 2012

A Dozen Dark Background Tiles - August 2012

Xara Facebook Timeline Cover Template - July 2012

Seamless Tiles from TalkGraphics.com Artists - June 2012

Tints, Tones, and Shades: A Color Palette for Xara– May 2012

Moshe Kidron’s 12 Column Web Page Template– April 2012

Bouton's Color Swatches– March 2012

Free Font and Textures– February 2012

Frankfurter Venetian – January 2012