Fwd: Tool for creating application icon

  • > 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 wouldn't even go as far as saying you 'have' to have scaled images, since
    Icon Composer (find it in /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Icon
    Composer.app or in /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Applications/Icon
    Composer.app for App Store Dev tools installs) can do this for you.
    Of course, if you want the icon to look different at different sizes then
    you'll need to make different ones.

    Personally, I've always tried to make my own icons, but generally I always
    find icon designers do a better job, and always quicker as well.
    Someone who I know well, and has done numerous icons for apps and websites
    is Dan Deming-Henes ( http://strandeddesign.com/ ). He's done apps like
    Quicksilver, Droplr, Transmission. Always quick to respond, and quick to
    get new icons out.
    I can't comment on price since... let's just say he likes supporting open
    source projects :)

    On 7 June 2012 22:49, Charles Srstka <cocoadev...> wrote:

    > 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

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