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Safe Way to Create a .ico file?

Enthusiast ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Hi Guys

I want to create some custom icons for Win10 folders. I don't want to export to a web converter or install a plug-in unless there's an officially approved version.

 

I understand I can create a png file and either use that direct or change the extension to '.ico' and that will do the trick. Is that just wishful thinking or is it a realistic option? If so, can anyone give me a hint on file size, please?

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Apr 30, 2023 Apr 30, 2023

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Changing the extension from PNG to ICO does appear to work for using as a favicon for a website.

 

If you want a custom folder icon for Windows (I don't use mac, so I cannot speak to that) you can do this:

(note that it will NOT have a transparent background)

  • Create the graphic
  • If created in Illustrator, bring it into Photoshop
  • Save the Photoshop file as a BMP
  • Change the file extension to ICO

 

If a "free" website can do it, why can't one Adobe developer knock out this simple quality-of-life option on a coffee break?

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