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Tutorial - Create Windows XP Icons - Axialis Software
This article provides information on the following topics:
Tryout or Corporate/Personal Edition
In this topic, we'll see how to create
formats must be included in such icons in order to be compatible with
all screen configurations (see What is an
Icon for more info).
to read the original document.
style in icon design (see image below). We recommend you to follow the
guidelines described in this topic to create compliant icons.
The best way to proceed is to start creating large scale
versions of your images in an external vector or bitmap drawing program,
All these programs support the new Alpha Channel (a.k.a.
beautiful icons with smooth edges.
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This is not a new icon format at all. This
is a new image format that you can find in new generation of icons. This
called the opacity image (a.k.a. Alpha Channel). As a result, the image
main advantage of this image format is that it permits to display a smooth
transparency in icons. The resulting image is displayed with smooth contours
on all backgrounds. It permits also to create dropped shadows behind icons.
This interesting effect, which is recommended by Microsoft, is usually
The following illustration
shows the difference between a standard image format transparency (in
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to respect the following characteristics:
Angle and perspective provide a dynamic energy to the images.
Edges and corners of elements are soft and slightly rounded.
Light source is coming from the upper left-hand corner with additional
ambient light illuminating other parts of the icon.
The use of gradients provides dimension and gives the icon a richer look.
A drop shadow provides contrast and dimension.
Outlines provide definition.
Everyday objects, such as computers and devices, have a more modern consumer
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To be compatible with all display cases
and screen configurations, you must consider creating icons containing
various image formats based on
the following rules:
Image Sizes
Displayed in taskbar, windows
upper-left corner, detailed lists...
menus (optional)
Displayed in desktop, lists...
and system lists...
Image Colors
screen is monochrome (rarely used, optional)
if screen is True Color or more (recommended)
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The following colors are generally used
We have created a file containing these color swatches.
directory. For your information, this file format is
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Perspective and Grouping Objects in Icons
This is the perspective
objects are usually shown in a straight-on manner:
Document icons
Icons that are symbols (such as warning
or information icons)
Icons that are single objects (such as
the magnifying glass)
Create overlapping secondary objects at an angle unless
it makes more sense, due to readability and integrity, that they are rendered
straight on. Consider also how your icons may be viewed as a set to help
determine how to group objects.
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Drop Shadow
definition and added dimension.
Once the object is created, choose Draw/Adjustments
the right and bottom side of the object before applying the shadow.
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When illustrating XP-style icons, add an
outline to the image to provide definition and ensure that the image works
well on different background colors.
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Layers and PNG with transparency.
- or -
A built-in Axialis file explorer window opens. Browse your disks, see
the thumbnail preview and double-click the image file you wish to open.
- or -
In the Recently
Used zone (in the main toolbar), type the full
pathname of the image file you wish to open then hit Enter.
3. The image
file opens in a document window. If the image contains layers, you see
them on the left side of the document window. You can select
one layer by clicking on it. Its contents appears automatically
in the main area. Now you can create
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