Tool for creating application icon

  • Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store. I was also thinking of having a custom icon for my application made by a graphics designer, so any recommendations about this would be helpful as well.

    Thanks,
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    Luc Van Bogaert
  • On Jun 7, 2012, at 3:56 PM, Luc Van Bogaert wrote:

    > Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store.

    I’m definitely not an icon designer myself, but it’s my understanding that people generally just use Photoshop, or, if your budget is tight, one of its less-expensive equivalents such as Pixelmator. All you need is a set of images in an alpha-containing format like .png, scaled to different sizes, which doesn’t really seem like the sort of thing you’d need a specialized tool for.

    > I was also thinking of having a custom icon for my application made by a graphics designer, so any recommendations about this would be helpful as well.

    Well, I can put in a plug for Adam Betts. He designed a new icon and front window design for me not long ago for Pacifist 3.0.x (http://charlessoft.com/), and I think it’s quite spectacular. He’s probably not the cheapest around, but if you want something really good, I’d recommend him in a heartbeat. His web site is here:

    http://www.artofadambetts.com/

    Charles

    > Thanks,
    > --
    > Luc Van Bogaert
  • On 7 Jun 2012, at 21:56, Luc Van Bogaert <luc.van.bogaert...> wrote:

    > Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store.

    Sketch 2 is quite good: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/

    Opacity is very capable too: http://likethought.com/opacity/

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    Gleb Dolgich
    http://pixelespressoapps.com
  • On 08/06/2012, at 9:00 AM, Gleb Dolgich wrote:

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    > On 7 Jun 2012, at 21:56, Luc Van Bogaert <luc.van.bogaert...> wrote:
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    >> Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store.
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    > Sketch 2 is quite good: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
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    > Opacity is very capable too: http://likethought.com/opacity/

    Well, since we're plugging apps, if you want to go with a vector graphics approach rather than pushing pixels, and prefer to support the indie developer, you could do worse than Artboard: http://mapdiva.com/artboard/ which is very capable, low cost and has benefited greatly from the advice I've received on this very forum from time to time ;)

    --Graham
  • On Jun 7, 2012, at 5:25 PM, Graham Cox wrote:

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    > On 08/06/2012, at 9:00 AM, Gleb Dolgich wrote:
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    >> On 7 Jun 2012, at 21:56, Luc Van Bogaert <luc.van.bogaert...> wrote:
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    >>> Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store.
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    >> Sketch 2 is quite good: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
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    >> Opacity is very capable too: http://likethought.com/opacity/
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    > Well, since we're plugging apps, if you want to go with a vector graphics approach rather than pushing pixels, and prefer to support the indie developer, you could do worse than Artboard: http://mapdiva.com/artboard/ which is very capable, low cost and has benefited greatly from the advice I've received on this very forum from time to time ;)
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    Our artist uses Photoshop for images and icons, then uses GraphicsConverter to make all our normal/2x tiffs. Much more convenient than running them through XCode.
  • I've done remarkably well with Inkscape. Ok it runs on X11, it has a learning curve, but it's very featured and even I, terrible at anything artistic, have managed to grind out some decent graphics with it, certainly good enough for buttons and icons.

    On 8 Jun, 2012, at 8:25, Graham Cox <graham.cox...> wrote:

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    > On 08/06/2012, at 9:00 AM, Gleb Dolgich wrote:
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    >> On 7 Jun 2012, at 21:56, Luc Van Bogaert <luc.van.bogaert...> wrote:
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    >>> Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store.
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    >> Sketch 2 is quite good: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
    >>
    >> Opacity is very capable too: http://likethought.com/opacity/
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    > Well, since we're plugging apps, if you want to go with a vector graphics approach rather than pushing pixels, and prefer to support the indie developer, you could do worse than Artboard: http://mapdiva.com/artboard/ which is very capable, low cost and has benefited greatly from the advice I've received on this very forum from time to time ;)
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    > --Graham
  • On Jun 7, 2012, at 2:56 PM, Luc Van Bogaert wrote:

    > Hoping this is not too off topic on this list, I would like to know what tools developers here have used to create their application icons. I've found a few candidates on the App Store, but before spending my money on one of them, I thought I'd ask here for opinions. The idea is to create a 512x512 pixel icns icon for my app to use if I ever succeed of getting it on the App Store. I was also thinking of having a custom icon for my application made by a graphics designer, so any recommendations about this would be helpful as well.

    I use Illustrator for the master vector and Photoshop to touch up/redraw the smaller pixel versions. To my knowledge, the apps on the app store just downsize an existing image into preset sizes. Downsizing without any manual touchup will almost always result in blurry artwork by the time you get down to 128x128. A decent icon designer will take care of all this for you.

    Preston
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