NICE icon dev

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    NICE icon dev

    Where do all these advanced looking icons come from? How can you get all of these colors for shading? I HAVE NO CREATIVITY WITH ICONS!!!
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    Post Some icon editors...

    Most of the are just re-sized images, but some are created using programs made for this. One trial version(***** it with ********* ) is called IconForge.



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    >> Most of the are just re-sized images <<

    How would you resize an image (say bmp) and then use an icon format to use in your program? Could I do this with MSVC++?
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    Hi Garfield

    The simple answer is: yes you can. You will need info on icon formats, here's msdn:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...msdn_icons.asp

    This should give you the information you need to make a start.

    Also take a look at the ExtractIcon API fn (ExtractIconEx too); it can extract icons from exe's, dll's, bitmaps - any file that contains icon resources.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks, buddy!
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    Make a bitmap 64x64 pixels, draw a little smiley face in it. Then rename it to .ico


    Wow! Ain't it pretty?

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    That's all you need to do?
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    Originally posted by Garfield
    That's all you need to do?
    Yup....I think you are limited to 256 colours though

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    >>Make a bitmap 64x64 pixels, draw a little smiley face in it. Then rename it to .ico<<

    Although you can do this, it is still a bitmap and not an icon which has a different file format. There appears to be no limit to the number of colours used and larger images are 'shrunk to fit'. Still, if all you are looking for is a quick fix, then that may be all you need.

    (biggest icon I ever made was 32x32 with a full 32 bit colour table weighing in at a hefty 64MB - which was, of course unintentional. Made me laugh, all the same )

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    Hmmm

    Over 30,000 icon for you! Realy COOL!

    Visit Icon Searcher Homepage

    Icon Searcher performs fast scan of all local hard disks for icon images. The program handles lots of different file formats, like DLL, EXE, ICO, ICL, OCX ,SCR, CPL ,BPL and extracts all available icons from files to the user-friendly visual image list.

    Icons can be saved as separate icon files or copied to the Windows and then pasted into any application, document, or other environment supporting image pasting. This Program store found icons in database and compress them. Icon Searcher uses saving icons as BMP ,ICO ,JPG,GIF files.


    Icon Searcher includes the following main features:

    * Easy to use GUI.
    * Very fast scan speed!
    * Found Icons compressed and store in database , saving disk spase.
    * Found Icons keep original name and directory name,if icon is extracted ,then keep the extract filename and icon name.
    * Icon display 100 icons/page,can jump any page you want.
    * Support standard Windows icon (48x48 32x32,16x16) and Custom icon sizes(8x8,24x24).
    * 256 and 24-bit true color icons full support.
    * Four formats support (.ICO .BMP .JPG .GIF) for saving icons to disk.
    * Support copy icon to Windows Clipboard.
    * Can be minimized or stop while scanning disks for icons.
    * Support Filter icon.
    * Support save your own icon collection,you can share with other.
    * Support multiselect icons.
    * Support view subicon(s).

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    There is a nice, ez to use Freeware tool called Bmp2Ico that u can download from http://www.download.com that turns bmp files into ico and changes them into the nessisary colors etc

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