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How Can I Save Picture as an .ico File Type (icon)?

Jul 9, 2008 4:16 PM

Hello. I have a picture that I want to use for an application's icon, and I was hoping that I could create the icon in PhotoShop Elements 6.

I do not see any way to do this, however. That file-type option is not available in either "Save As" or "Export."

Does anyone know how to do this?

I did a Google search and saw where I would need to download a plug-in. If this is true, can anyone recommend a good plug-in? (I'm a little paranoid about what I download on my computer).

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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    Jul 9, 2008 4:42 PM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    I think I just made a .gif then changed the file name extension to .ico.

    I did it for a couple of websites, for the little favicon the pops up in the browser.

    Seemed to work okay. It's worth a try. No downloads involved.
     
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    Jul 9, 2008 4:48 PM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    Yes, Karin Sue's way usually works. If for some reason it doesn't, there are a bunch of online sites where you can upload your icon and convert it to .ico format. Just google "free icon creation" or something like that.
     
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    Jul 9, 2008 6:47 PM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    Gosh, Marcia, I have used a couple, but I use a mac for all online activity so I don't have to worry about that. This site has a pretty large roundup of what's available:

    http://websitetips.com/graphics/icons/
     
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    Jul 10, 2008 8:27 AM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    Irfanview has a save as .ico option. http://www.irfanview.com/
    It's a free program and does a lot of other great things.
    Eva
     
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    Jul 10, 2008 9:09 AM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    There is also the telegraphics plugin to add the ico file format:

    http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/
     
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    Jul 10, 2008 9:16 AM   in reply to (MarciaC)
    Thanks, Eva--I completely forgot the irfanview option. That would be a great way, since you really should get irfanview anyway, if you don't already have it.
     
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    Sep 20, 2013 12:19 PM   in reply to (MarciaC)

    The Best way to create a .ico is in Photoshop Extended (photoshop CC cannot).

    1. open your file,
    2. size it edit all the way you want,
    3. then Image/Mode/

              set the color to RGB Color (only) and

              set it to 8 bits/channel.

              it will give you a message

               click ok or yes.

       4. Then save as

                 and in the Format dropdown choose, ICO,

                 save it

                 then gives you a choice of Standard ICO and PNG,

    I pick Standard ICO and click ok. you done.

     
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