Introduction: Make Windows Icon Files With Photoshop

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This is how to make windows icon files with photoshop.
It is a simple process like just making an image but you need a plug-in.
Attached is the Plug-in.

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Step 1: Open Explorer

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Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Plug-Ins\File Formats\
Put the plugin given at the beginning in there.
Then Open Photoshop

Step 2: Edit Like Normal File

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Just make what you want the icon to be.
You probably want to start with a transparent background.

Step 3: Save As .ICO

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Save the file as an .ICO file.

Step 4: Apply Icon

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1.Go to a folder or shortcut and right click and press properties.
2.Then go to the customize tab.
3. Then press "Change Icon..."
4.Then find your icon and press ok through.

Step 5: Done

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Look at that sweet Smiley Icon


Applephx (author)2016-05-20

Lucky, make sure you have the right version (64 or 32-bit) You could also try going to Photoshop Plug-In settings and setting the 'plugin' folder (which you placed the plugin) as an alternate plugin folder--just to be sure PS6 is looking in the right place. Good luck.

LuckyL3 (author)2015-07-07

I've been doing the instructions, it's not working :( i'm using PS6, i have downloaded the ICOFormat and place it in the plug-ins and file formats, followed the instructions above, restart my pc and it's not working still. :( please help me :) thanks.

ca6 (author)LuckyL32015-11-23

This may be a bit outdated, you can find more recent plugins for windows files here

jonobugs (author)2015-11-15

Thanks! One important piece of information:

Make sure that your icon is less than 256 pixels (both width and height) otherwise the ICO option will not appear in your save as menu.

Hemuraje (author)2013-11-18

How to save ICON file in Windows8. I am using Photoshop CS2

Beest921 (author)2012-06-24

You are awesome! I've been trying to do this for years! Thanks!

jsmitluv (author)2012-02-13

thankzzzz dude ....♥

dmartin22 (author)2011-07-20

sorry, "additional module - entrypoint"

dmartin22 (author)2011-07-20

i cant save it as .ico it pops up saying it could find to "zusatz modul" (additional module)

ofaruk (author)2011-06-04

I was searching for this for long time, uncountable thanks for full filling my requirement.

sansari1 (author)2011-05-19

Easy to do ! Great tip !

mwijesena (author)2011-04-23

It works for me ..

For You (author)2010-12-19

Hi .,
Its not working for me ., i am using Adobe Photoshop CS5 x32 Pre-Release Portable ., and i have copied the pulig-in to FILE FORMAT folder and remane the plugin to ICO.8bi ., still am not getting an option to save as ".ICO" ., please help me .,

thanks in advance.,

donghaelee (author)For You2011-03-29

hey just try to download it once again, i mean, with my site suggestion. then try to check on your "about plug in" in your photoshop toolbar "help". if you see icon(windows) on the list then it's work.good luck!

donghaelee (author)2011-03-29

well actually i never tried yours,,but i get my plug-in for save as an .ico with my photosop in this site by the way i use photosop CS version 8.0

seth21 (author)2010-09-09

ahoy there!!! ive tried to save my file AND it FAILS to SAVE. it says file could not be saved *blahblah* because of a DISK ERROR.... so please help?
thanks in advance

xcolex1004 (author)2010-08-26

ive stayed at that resort b4

mad555 (author)2010-07-26

many thanks

navaneeshkumarb (author)2010-06-15

Superrrrrrrr It works very fine.........

honeyagarwal16 (author)2009-12-04

i like this iocn making plugin its truly worked

tylerwatt12 (author)2009-11-12

 doesnt work with CS4 : (

matstermind (author)2009-09-26

worked with CS3 thanks 5* (author)matstermind2009-10-26

Did you have any problems with it to start with?
I have CS3 but keep getting an error message each time I try to save it:

Could not save as "\...\Logo_White - Small - Co..\" because the file could not be found.

Any Ideas??

matstermind (author)angel.fire2009-10-26

no idea

ganimo (author)2009-09-16

It didn't work for me in Photoshop Elements 5.0 but it did work in Paint. Thanks Trans_Am! :)

tylerwatt12 (author)2009-09-12

how good is transparency, does it look jagged on a smooth graphic?

Roboticalx (author)2009-08-21

It didn't work. When I try to apply it it says no icons exist in this folder. <_

Blue_Eagle (author)2009-02-18

to be able to save as .ico on cs3 extended u need to create the file as 32x32 before u start otherwise the save as extension doesnt show up

robots199 (author)2009-01-15

Works With Elements 7

Self-Serving Martyr (author)2008-04-30

The embedded file is not compatible with CS3 Extended.

Dear martyr, I have the same problem. Did you ever get a solution?

worked for me with Ps CS3. Thanks Poopster - EXACTLY what I was looking for :)

zeero360 (author)2008-04-07

how do you get the customize tab cos i dont hve it

rcg40 (author)2008-02-16

I have used freeware Irfranview for many things and today I reduced a jpg photo to 45 x 45 and did save as thing.ico The I went to the properties of something on my desktop and chose thing.ico as its icon and went on my way. It worked! Maybe I'm lucky

Yueh16 (author)2007-12-28

Where did you get the program to make the icon at step one? Is there a way to download it for free?

onlyonebowman (author)Yueh162008-02-10

its called photoshop and ther is a free version at

BuffaloNickel (author)2007-10-05

does it work with gimp?

crestind (author)2007-02-24

Cool! Could you update with some other useful plug-ins perhaps? And would making an animated cursor in ImageReady basically be the same as making an animated GIF but saving as .cur?

For some awesome Vista icons! Hi-Res.
(Orange Vista WMP11 logo=ugly)

poopster101 (author)2007-02-24

thankz for all the feedback guys! im glad u enjoy it

Mr.Asmith9 (author)2007-02-24

Sweet, I'v been wanting to know how to do something like that!

Trans_Am (author)2007-02-23

You know this can be done with paint, right? You just have to set the frame size to 30 pixels square. (or maybe it's 31)

Fenwick (author)Trans_Am2007-02-23

it's 32x32 for a standard desktop. Also, when you do this, you can't have something be partially transparent on the icon (shadows etc). If the pixel is even slightly transparent, Windows will read that as completely transparent. At least on my desktop.

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