I would like to create a professional quality icon. Currently, I have created an icon with IcoFX. The icon looks great -- when it is scaled at the right size. When it gets scaled to the wrong size, the text in the icon becomes fuzzy. Is there anything that I can do about this?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Generally, you have to make each size of icon more or less from scratch as oppose to simple down sample.

Try the Icon handbook by John Hicks. It's good primer in making professional looking icons.

  • Thank you for the feedback. I will definitely take a look at that handbook. Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 15:30

You should use software to create an *.ico file with different frames -- one for each resolution. I can recommend Gif Movie Gear, although it isn't free.

With a multi-resolution *.ico, the icon wiil display the frame that is called for instead of scaling the available frame. This way, you control the icon's appearance at all display sizes.

  • Thank you, I think this is the information that I needed to know exactly. I did not realize that an *.ico file could contain all the sizes (16*16 to 256*256). I had been saving all of the different sizes in an *.icl file, assuming that it would scale from within the icon library. * I have been able to correctly create my icon from the information you have given me. Thanks! Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 15:30

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