How To Create Mac Icons using Pic2Icon and IconComposer

Using these steps any image you have can converted to an icon to use on Mac.

This following article is a condensed version of one found on MacInstruct. (see references below)

1) Download and Launch Pic2Icon.
2) Drag and drop image you want to create an icon of to the little window. Once it finishes processing, you should have a tiff file.
3) Download and Launch Icon Composer. It is part of the Apple Developer Tools.
4) Drag the tiff file to the bottom left 128×128 window in Icon Composer. Make sure you select “use scaled version” and “extract mask” until all windows are filled up.
5) Save with .icns extension and that’s it!

References
MacInstruct, http://www.macinstruct.com/node/59
Pic2Icon, http://www.download.com/Pic2Icon/3000-2256_4-8881968.html
Apple Developer Tools (Icon Composer), http://developer.apple.com/technologies/tools/

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About Ronnie Diaz

Ronnie Diaz is an enterprise software engineer responsible for front-end and back-end development for companies in many industries. Heavily involved in cloud development, online retail, e-commerce and electronic ordering, fulfillment and customer relational systems.

Posted on June 20, 2011, in Programming & Development and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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