How to Use IconBuilder XP to Create Icons with Photoshop
If you are looking for a tool that can help you create icons for Windows, Mac OS X, or iOS, you might want to check out IconBuilder XP. IconBuilder XP is a filter for Adobe Photoshop that makes creating icons a snap. It allows you to use the professional power of Photoshop and Photoshop layers to design and export icons in various formats and sizes.
In this article, we will show you how to use IconBuilder XP to create icons with Photoshop. We will cover the following topics:
How to install IconBuilder XP
How to open IconBuilder XP in Photoshop
How to set up your icon document and layers
How to export your icon as a file
How to Install IconBuilder XP
To install IconBuilder XP, you need to have Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or higher installed on your Windows PC. You also need to download the IconBuilder XP filter from the Iconfactory website[^1^]. The download file is a ZIP archive that contains the filter file (IconBuilder.8bf) and a user guide (IconBuilder.pdf).
To install the filter, you need to copy the IconBuilder.8bf file to the Plug-Ins folder of your Photoshop installation. The default location of this folder is C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Photoshop\\Plug-Ins. You may need to restart Photoshop after copying the file.
How to Open IconBuilder XP in Photoshop
To open IconBuilder XP in Photoshop, you need to create a new document or open an existing one that contains your icon design. The document size should be 1024 x 1024 pixels, which is the maximum size supported by IconBuilder XP. You can use any color mode and resolution you prefer.
Once you have your document ready, go to Filter > Iconfactory > IconBuilder XP. This will open the IconBuilder XP dialog box, which has four tabs: General, Windows, Macintosh, and iOS. Each tab lets you configure the settings and options for exporting your icon for different platforms.
How to Set Up Your Icon Document and Layers
IconBuilder XP uses Photoshop layers to create different versions of your icon for different sizes and color depths. You can use layer groups, layer styles, layer masks, and layer effects to enhance your icon design. You can also use guides and grids to align your icon elements.
The basic principle of using IconBuilder XP is that each layer or layer group corresponds to one icon resource. An icon resource is a specific size and color depth of your icon, such as 16 x 16 pixels with 256 colors. You can name your layers or layer groups according to the icon resource they represent, such as \"16x16 256\". You can also use prefixes and suffixes to indicate additional information, such as \"Win\" for Windows icons or \"Mask\" for layer masks.
IconBuilder XP has a built-in layer naming convention that helps you organize your layers and layer groups. You can find more details about this convention in the user guide[^1^]. However, you are not required to follow this convention, as long as you name your layers or layer groups clearly and consistently.
How to Export Your Icon as a File
Once you have set up your icon document and layers, you can export your icon as a file using IconBuilder XP. To do this, go to the General tab of the IconBuilder XP dialog box and choose the file format you want from the Export Format menu. You can choose from ICO (Windows), ICNS (Mac OS X), or PNG (iOS).
Then, go to the tab that corresponds to the platform you want to export your icon for: Windows, Macintosh, or iOS. Here, you can select which icon resources you want to include in your file by checking or unchecking the boxes next to each size and color depth. You can also adjust the settings and options for each platform, such as compression level, transparency mode, or icon name.
When you are done with the settings and options, click on the Export button at the bottom of the dialog box. This will prompt you to choose a location and ec8f644aee