Create a new Windows® icon project

When you create a new icon project, you first select the type of the icon which is either Windows® or Macintosh®. The second step is to choose the first image format you wish to include in the icon. An icon contains several image formats. Usually you start to create the largest one then create the others from this one.

Choosing the icon project type

1. Choose File/New/Icon Project or press Ctrl+N. A new dialog box opens:

2. Axialis IconWorkshop™ support both Windows® and Macintosh® icons (see format comparison to learn more). Select the Microsoft Windows® ().

Defining the first image format

If you have chosen to create a Windows® icon project, a second dialog box opens. An icon can contain several image formats (size and colors). In this dialog, you specify the properties of the first image format you wish to include in this icon. You'll be able to add several other image formats later. See Creating a new image format in an icon.

3. In Project Name (), type the name of the project without extension.

4. In the Colors group (), choose:

5. In the Size in Pixels group (), choose:

If you create a rectangular icon (width not equal to height), Windows® will automatically display it using the square aspect. Except for 16x16 icons (displayed in File Browser, Task), Windows® cannot display various icon sizes. All icons are displayed using the same size (specified in Display Properties).

6. If you want to use default settings for new icon with current dialog settings, click Set As Default. This is useful if you have chosen not to be prompted (with this dialog box) when creating a new icon.

7. You can ask Axialis IconWorkshop™ to bypass the new icon dialog box. Choose Do not prompt in the Future or choose Edit/Preferences and in General tab, check "Create a new icon project window" option. In this case the new icon will always have the default settings.

We recommend you to start with the largest and most coloured image you plan to include in the icon. For example 256x256 RGB/Alpha Channel