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.
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.
Thanks for the quick replies! I tried changing the gif file extension to .ico, but it didn't work (I'm using Vista).
Barbara, can you recommend a particular site that you have used (for free file conversions)? I'm pretty paranoid about unwanted malware that I might get from using free stuff... ha! ha!
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:
Irfanview has a save as .ico option. http://www.irfanview.com/
It's a free program and does a lot of other great things.
There is also the telegraphics plugin to add the ico file format:
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.
The Best way to create a .ico is in Photoshop Extended (photoshop CC cannot).
- open your file,
- size it edit all the way you want,
- 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,
then gives you a choice of Standard ICO and PNG,
I pick Standard ICO and click ok. you done.