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uart777



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uart777
Just wanted share my standard icons. 24x24 .BMPs. Intended for 32x32 frame with inset of 4. Good for toolbars with a height of 40.

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/uart777/media/icons.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0


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Post 15 Nov 2012, 19:31
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JohnFound



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Hi uart777. Your icon set is obviously targeted to image editors.
But in my opinion you have to work more on this set. Most of the icons looks a little bit blurred - like they were scaled down from bigger images. Another one are not in the same style as the whole - some are antialiased, other not.

About the resolutions - IMO, you really overestimate the resolution. The resolution is not really important. The dots-per-inch is what is important. The most displays now have 96..120 dpi what makes 16x16 icons good for toolbars. (size on the screen approx 4x4mm) I use this size on displays 1920x1080 without any problems with the recognition.
Post 17 Nov 2012, 09:36
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uart777



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uart777
Hi, John.

"Your icon set is obviously targeted to image editors" - True, but there are standard icons as well:

* New, Open, Save
* Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete
* Undo, Redo

And some for document programs (ie, Publisher), custom control creators, interface designers, help viewers, etc:

* Mirror L, R
* Rotate L, R
* Zoom IN, OUT

"But in my opinion you have to work more on this set" - Yes, everything can be improved, but I think this is a good start for small utilities. It takes time to create icons - ie, 20-30 minutes each - and there are 26 total: 520-780 minutes!

"they were scaled down from bigger images" - That was my original idea. Create them once at 64x64 then size down to 48x48 then 24x24, but I didn't do this perfectly consistently. It's tricky because of transparent edge. I have many different icons saved on memory cards and am trying to find the latest versions after one of my 2.5 drives crashed

Soon, I'll record a YouTube video to show how some of my graphics look on my laptop and 32" HDTV.
Post 17 Nov 2012, 18:27
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tthsqe



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tthsqe
uart,
could you possibly make this icon's file size smaller without losing quality?


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Post 17 Nov 2012, 19:55
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JohnFound



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tthse, you can't make .ico file 256x256 pixels 32bpp and to expect it to be small in size...
The .ico file format has only one purpose - to contain small images manually optimized for its size. 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 on 256bpp is the common set. Using 32bpp in these sizes is meaningless. For example in image 16x16 pixels you cannot use more than 256 colors.

In your case, if you really want it to be 256x256x32bpp, simply use .png format.
Post 18 Nov 2012, 06:03
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tthsqe



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tthsqe
I am unfamiliar with icons and do not know how to 'simply use .png format'
hence the request for uart
Post 18 Nov 2012, 10:18
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JohnFound



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tthsqe, where you want to place this huge icon?
Post 18 Nov 2012, 10:35
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tthsqe



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well, it doesn't need to be as big as might be - im not even sure what size it is currently. It is just an icon for a math ap im wokring on. 90% of the file size is taken up by the icon. Sad
I remember generating the image and plugging it into an icon converter on the web. What is there is whatever the website gave back
Post 18 Nov 2012, 10:53
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JohnFound



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If you want to use it as an application icon you must choose something less complex as a picture. Such a complex image can not be scaled down and still to look good. Try to draw yourself some picture in 16x16 pixels and you will understand what I mean. Icons as a rule are simple images.
Post 18 Nov 2012, 11:29
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uart777



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thhsqe: Are you're trying to draw this to a window as a transparent image? It's not a good idea to store images in the .EXE as resources. I would save it as 8BPP .BMP, load then draw as a transparent bitmap. Search for "msdn LoadImage" and "msdn BitBlt" or StretchBlt.

John is right, 32BPP takes too much space. 256*256*4=262144 bytes for the pixel data. In comparison, an 8BPP image of the same size would only be 65536, and with an art program that uses a good color quantization algorithm, there would be no quality loss.
Post 18 Nov 2012, 12:31
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tthsqe



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I found a free prog online for dealing with icons: greenfish icon editor pro
guess the icon that i posted was stored as a bitmap
Post 20 Nov 2012, 07:43
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DOS386



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DOS386
tthsqe wrote:
could you possibly make this icon's file size smaller without losing quality?


Sure Smile


Description: WtF (20 KiB)
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insanicon.png


Post 20 Nov 2012, 09:40
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i want to recommend this imo, very nice and superb freeware icon editor,

http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/greenfish-icon-editor-pro-portable
Post 20 Nov 2012, 09:59
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