Saturday, November 20, 2010

Save as .ico in Photoshop

Ok, I've got another tutorial for you guys. I'm currently writing a program and I wanted the shortcut icon to look COOL instead of SUPER DUMB like the default. In order to do that though, you need a .ico file. we begin.

By the way...this tutorial assumes you are using Photoshop.

1. Go to this link: Here is where you will refer to if you encounter any problems in the process.

2. Next, either follow this link or click the "Download the latest version here" link on the above website.

3. Now you will see several different choices on the right. Look at your computer and determine whether or not you own a mac. If there is an Apple logo anywhere on the computer, you PROBABLY have a mac. If you put an Apple sticker on your PC, you SHOULD KNOW YOU HAVE A PC LOL.

4. So anyways, click the correct link and it should begin downloading a .zip file.

5. Now on Windows 7, navigate to either:  

 C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop CS\Plug-Ins\File Formats


 C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CS\Plug-Ins\File Formats.

   depending on which version of Photoshop you are using, 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64). Otherwise I am pretty sure it is the latter on all other versions of windows.
   and I can't really help you if you own a mac because I don't own Photoshop for my mac. But, I'm going to guess that it is in something to the effect of

Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plugins/CS/File Formats

If not, you're a mac user, YOU OUGHTA KNOW THIS STUFF, RIGHT?!?!

6. Now extract the "icoformat" file into the "File Formats" folder.

7. Restart Photoshop and you should see .ico as a possibility to save as when saving a document. If not, the first link I posted has some possible fixes for you.

8. If you have any problems, ask in your comment. I'll try to respond to you and shed some happiness. You know, those rays of sunshine that come down when you're feeling blue.

8. Restart your computer. Why? Because I said so. And it's good. For you. And you computer. The end. YEAH< I DO HAVE TWO NUMBER *"S DEAL WITH IT AND YES I"M HOLDING DOWN SHIFT<


  1. Tell people to stay away from the erase tool next! lol

  2. Holy crap, perfect timing! I was about to look up how to do this

  3. thanks for that! its really useful :)

  4. Dang dude, that is super duper useful. Like you would think Photoshop would have it built in. Kind of like a microwave with the little spinning glass dish- it does nothing at all, but it makes it seem like it is so much greater.

  5. Is this going to blow up my computer or something? :P

  6. Nice tutorial man, maybe I'll try it ;)

  7. If not, the first link I posted has some possible fixes for you?
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