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/

About Ronnie Diaz

Ronnie Diaz is a software engineer and tech consultant. Ronnie started his career in front-end and back-end development for companies in ecommerce, service industries and remote education. This work transitioned from traditional desktop client-server applications through early cloud development. Software included human resource management and service technician workflows, online retail e-commerce and electronic ordering and fulfillment, IVR customer relational systems, and video streaming remote learning SCORM web applications. Hands on server experience and software performance optimization led to creation of a startup business focused on collocated data center services and continued experience with video streaming hardware and software. This led to a career in Amazon Prime Video where Ronnie is currently employed, building software and systems which stream live sports and events for millions of viewers around the world.

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

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