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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Choose File>Save As and then save the copy of your icon to Save as type: ICO-Windows Icon. click Save.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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