Make Windows Icon Files With Photoshop

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Introduction: Make Windows Icon Files With Photoshop

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

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

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

Step 3: Save As .ICO

Save the file as an .ICO file.

Step 4: Apply Icon

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

Done
Look at that sweet Smiley Icon

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    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.

    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.

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    This may be a bit outdated, you can find more recent plugins for windows files here http://www.telegraphics.com.au/svn/icoformat/trunk/dist/README.html

    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.

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

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

    sorry, "additional module - entrypoint"

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

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

    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.,

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    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!

    well actually i never tried yours,,but i get my plug-in for save as an .ico with my photosop in this site http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/ by the way i use photosop CS version 8.0

    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