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Create an "Invisible" desktop shortcut in Ubuntu

Step 4: Create new file in the Gimp

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blank48px.jpg
icon.png
Now we'll create a 48x48 pixel image in the Gimp. While in the Gimp, ctrl+n for a new document, type in 48x48 in the Width and Height boxes. You'll end up with a blank square. Use Ctrl+V to paste the area selected in the previous step. You'll end up with a tiny bit of your original picture. Save the resulting image as icon.png.
 
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scott-ian3 years ago
Why not just make a transparent image? No need to match the desktop background, and you can use the same image for multiple icons.