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Icons

Sunday, 01 September 2013 22:03
The ICO image format is universally understood. Usually multi-resolution, providing a single file with multiple representations for different viewing requirements. 16x16,32x32,48x48,etc

Microsoft Icon Guidance

Icons - Icons are pictorial representations of objects, important not only for aesthetic reasons as part of the visual identity of a program, but also for utilitarian reasons as shorthand for conveying meaning that users perceive almost instantaneously.
Standard Icons - guidance on icon size, error, warning, information, and question icons.


What size ico file should I make

Depends on your application. :-p
Which icon sizes should my Windows application's icon include? - Stack Overflow

Windows XP:

  • Explorer views:
    • Details / List: 16
    • Icons: 32
    • Tiles / Thumbnails: 48
  • Right-click->Properties / choosing a new icon: 32
  • Quickstart area: 16
  • Desktop: 32

Windows 7:

  • Explorer views:
    • Details / List / Small symbols: 16
    • All other options: 256 (resized, if necessary)
  • Right-click->Properties / choosing a new icon: 32
  • Pinned to taskbar: 32
    • Right-click-menu: 16
  • Desktop:
    • Small symbols: 32
    • Medium symbols: 48
    • Large symbols: 256 (resized, if necessary)
    • Zooming using Ctrl+Mouse wheel: 16, 32, 48, 256

Windows Runtime: (from here)

  • Main tile: 150x150, 310x150 (wide version)
  • Small logo: 30x30
  • Badge (for lockscreen): 24x24, monochromatic
  • Splashscreen: 620x300
  • Store: 50x50


Using ImageMagick convert, convert a square png to a multi-resolution ico

icons - How to make/get a multi size .ico file? - Stack Overflow
ImageMagick: Convert, Edit, Or Compose Bitmap Images - Thumbnails -- IM v6 Examples
convert square_source.png  -bordercolor white -border 0 ( -clone 0 -resize 16x16 ) ( -clone 0 -resize 32x32 ) ( -clone 0 -resize 48x48 ) ( -clone 0 -resize 64x64 ) -delete 0 -alpha off -colors 256 favicon.ico

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