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Macintosh desktop icons

Jun 12, 2013 11:51 AM

Tags: #macintosh #desktop #icon_design


I am trying to export graphics to be used as icons for a desktop application. I want my icons to look the way they do  in the Finder and Mail OS is Mountain Lion. Apple has specific guidelines to follow; black outlines, export as PDF, use transparency selectively. My icons are vectors, drawn in Fireworks.


I've done the following; Placed the graphic in Photoshop (RBG file) on a transparent layer, added a transparent alpha channel, export as PDF with alpha channels checked off in save dialog. This does not produce the effects that I want. My icon highlights when clicked (it becomes darker), but it doesn’t show disabled and it doesn’t show blue. I am working w a developer since I am not one myself; we are pretty sure there is something about the output that is causing this feature not to work properly.


Thanks very much,



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