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How to create an icon?

Alexander Yakimov
Alexander Yakimov
October 9, 2014
How to create an icon?

To give a greater personality to the computer and increase usability, it is enough to change the icons on the desktop. To do this, you can use ready-made sets from the Internet, but it is much more interesting to create an icon for each icon yourself. It is not difficult, because for the implementation of this task there are quite a few ways.


If you plan to create original icons often enough, then it makes sense to download and install a special program on your computer. This will give the opportunity to work with the icons even in the absence of the Internet.


Using this utility, the user can create his own icons from scratch, and convert any images to an ICO file. The program also provides the ability to change the already finished icons (transparency, shape, size, and more).

A test version (for 30 days) is available from the developer’s site. The free (pirated) IconLover is available and.

To create an icon from the finished image with its help, it is enough:

  1. launch IconLover;
  2. select the item “Create icon from image file”;
  3. in the opened window, find the desired picture on the disk and open it;
  4. define style and effects;
  5. press the “OK” button;
  6. change the image in the built-in graphic editor (if necessary);
  7. on the program panel, click the Save button (red floppy);
  8. choose the name and place to save the icon.

Photoshop + plugin

To get more options when creating and editing a future icon, you can use the Adobe Photoshop program with the IcoFormat plugin installed. You can download this plugin. After it is installed (unpacking into the “Plug-ins” folder in the directory with the installed program) in Photoshop you will be able to save and edit files in ICO format with a side of no 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, but there are no corresponding programs, you can use special online services. Creating and converting icons are available at:

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


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