11 Replies Latest reply on Apr 15, 2011 8:40 AM by Christian Davideck

    Creating icon - .ico Plugin

    Jonas_P Level 1

      Hello, I have found some third party plugins to save .icon extension in photoshop.

       

      Doesn't Adobe have a solution? Else, where do I find the most proven and reliable .ico plugin.

       

      We are using CS4, both on Windows XP 32bit and Windows 7 64bit computers.

       

      Edit: Is this recommended http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/

       

      /Jonas

        • 1. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
          Jon-M-Spear Level 4

          Not sure about CS4, but CS5 provides a .ico save option.

          • 2. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
            fototip85 Level 1

            Copy this plugin - http://fast.karelia.ru/nlimMxC/ in directory Plug-ins

            as you can and save and edit .ico

            • 3. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
              Noel Carboni Level 7

              J-MS wrote:

               

              Not sure about CS4, but CS5 provides a .ico save option.

               

              I don't believe it does, J-MS.  You must have installed a 3rd party plug-in to get that.

               

              -Noel

              • 4. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                Jonas_P Level 1

                It's right, CS4 does not support .ico. But I tried the photoshop plugin http://www.telegraphics.com.au/svn/icoformat/trunk/dist/README.html, and it works fine.

                 

                The read me file says that this plugin supports "multiple icons". Does anyone know how to create a single .ico-file containing several icons/resolution/sizes?

                 

                Please post a tutorial or similar, if you have seen one.

                 

                Thanks for all

                • 5. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                  Noel Carboni Level 7

                  Jonas_P wrote:

                   

                  The read me file says that this plugin supports "multiple icons". Does anyone know how to create a single .ico-file containing several icons/resolution/sizes?

                   

                  Did you read the documentation for that plug-in?  This seems to be the pertinent wording:

                   

                • If an input file contains multiple icons, a dialog box prompts to select one (indicates pixel size and colour depth of each contained icon).
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                • Files created by the plugin contain a single icon or cursor only. To create "suites" of icons of multiple sizes and/or colour depths, you can save them individually and combine with my icobundle command line utility.

                • -Noel

                  • 6. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                    Christian Davideck Level 1

                    Noel Carboni wrote:

                     

                    J-MS wrote:

                     

                    Not sure about CS4, but CS5 provides a .ico save option.

                     

                    I don't believe it does, J-MS.  You must have installed a 3rd party plug-in to get that.

                     

                    -Noel

                     

                    You sure? Even on my CS3 I can save to .ico via file > save as ...  (and I don't remember installign a plugin)

                    • 7. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                      Noel Carboni Level 7

                      I'm sure.  No PC version of Photoshop (Standard) I have ever had has ever supported directly writing .ico files out of the box, and I've had all the versions since 3.x with the exception of 7.0.

                       

                      Look in your 32 bit plug-ins folders (e.g., "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Plug-ins\File Formats" or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Plug-ins\File Formats") to see if you have any .8BI file that starts with the characters "Ico" or similar.  Assuming you find such a file, look at the date.  Does it match the dates of the other .8BI files in there?

                       

                      There have been 3rd party .ico file saving plug-ins (which never seemed to work very well) since way back.  Most were just a "copy this .8BI file into the plug-ins folder and restart Photoshop" kinds of installs.

                       

                       

                       

                      I ended up solving my own icon creation needs with a free program provided with Microsoft Visual Studio called Axialis Icon Workshop.

                       

                      -Noel

                      • 8. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                        Jon-M-Spear Level 4

                        That's interesting.

                         

                        I have a plug-in called ICOFormat64.8BI which preceeds all the Photoshop CS5 Extended dates.

                         

                        It's also very strange, because I didn't put it there.  At least I have no recollection of doing so.

                         

                        Anyway, it works very well.  I have been using it very recently.

                        • 9. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                          Noel Carboni Level 7

                          Perhaps a 3rd party app conveniently installed it for you as part of its operation.

                           

                          There is a source for that plug-in on the web; a web search turns it up easily.  Something you went and got once quickly then forgot about?

                           

                          Copy the ICOFormat64.8BI file to a temporary folder, change the file extension from .8bi to .dll, then do a Properties on it in Explorer.  It should tell you who made it in the Details tab.

                           

                          -Noel

                          • 10. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                            Jon-M-Spear Level 4

                            Hmmm.  I suspect you're right Noel.

                             

                            This is it...

                             

                            http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/#icoformat

                             

                            ...a copy of which I found in my download folder.

                             

                            Another senior moment I guess!

                            • 11. Re: Creating icon - .ico Plugin
                              Christian Davideck Level 1

                              Noel Carboni wrote:

                               

                              Look in your 32 bit plug-ins folders

                               

                              ok, you are right. The icon plugin is there and now I remember it installing too.

                               

                              Noel Carboni wrote:

                               

                              There have been 3rd party .ico file saving plug-ins (which never seemed to work very well) since way back.

                               

                              The one I have works flawlessly. It's a bit limited as it allows opening multi-size icons, but saves only single size icons. But aside from that, it does exactly what it's supposed to do.