I have purchased a set of icons.

In the package there are five files that contain all the icons, assembled on a regular grid in different file formats.

The file formats are .ai, .eps, .pdf, .png, .psd.

I need the icons to use in an android application I'm writing. I need around twenty of them at different resolutions (32x32, 48x48, 64x64 & 96x96), in .png format.

The only way I know to extract the single icons is to do it by hand, but it would be a tedious and error-prone way.

Is there an automatic method, or a better way of getting the icons out of the files, at the various resolution I need?

What software will I need?

Ps. The icons i need to obtain have the following format:

sample android icon

As you can see, the icon is centered in a 64x64 bitmap. I have colored red the transparent part of the image to make it more visible.

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    Do you have Adobe Illustrator? Using the .ai file you should be able to copy/paste individual icons into a Photoshop file and save. Not much error can happen there.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:21
  • How easy/difficult or automated the processes can be greatly depends upon the configuration of the .ai file. If each icon is on its own artboard in Illustrator it's a very easy thing. If all icons are on one artboard, copy/paste is about your only solution.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:26
  • I have access to photoshop cs6, but not Adobe Illustrator. Could i use Inkscape instead of AI? However, the .psd file is divided into layers, one layer for each icon. I hope this can help! I have tried to create a slice from a single layer, but the slice created is the minimal bounding box of the icon, and i need instead fixed squared boxes (32x32, 64x64 and so on...).
    – lukeluke
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:43
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    Ahh, then in Photoshop... size file accordingly, then File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:51
  • If the .ai files are saved in PDF compatibilty mode they can probably be imported in Inkscape.
    – Takkat
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:54

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Export objects from Inkscape as bitmaps

To export a vector object imported in Inkscape as a bitmap of defined pixel size we need the following steps:

Case source icons include background

  1. Select the object with the select tool.

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  2. Export the object as bitmap ("File - Export Bitmap...").

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  3. Choose ""Export area - Selection" to only export the object.

  4. Define the pixel size (above 64 x 64) for the resulting bitmap.

  5. Choose a path and a filename for export.

  6. Done.

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Note: There is a batch option in Inkscape for exporting multiple selected objects in the "Custom" option but this will not let you define a fixed pixel size for each object.

Case source icon objects only

In case the source icons do not include a square box with margins the above steps will lead to a distorted icon when the object has a with different to height. We then need an additonal step to get desired results.

  1. Select object with the select tool.
  2. Copy the object to clipboard.
  3. Open a new document having the size of the source icons. In Inkscape you will have predefined layouts in the File - New menu (here I took icon_32x32).
  4. Paste the clipboard content to the new document.

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  1. Align the icon, e.g. to the center using the "Object - Align and Distribute..." tool.
  2. Export the page as bitmap with "File - Export Bitmap...".
  3. Choose "Page" and the desired bitmap sizes in the opening dialog (see above). We can export all sizes consecutively.

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