Being a proud owner of a Flip Mino HD, I started Googling for a nice icon to replace the default Disk Image icon. When my search didn’t return any results, I decided to create one myself. Because, how hard could it possible be to design an icon?
Turns out it is hard to design one, and it involves a lot of work. You also need to know which tools to use. Note: this is the first time I create an icon to be used in Mac OS X, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned from my first experience with it.
To design the icon, I used Photoshop. It’s a pretty rectangular icon, so I could design it entirely in one app. Besides designing the icon at a large size, you have to design all the different sizes (512, 256, 128, …) to make sure your icon looks crisp no matter what size it is displayed in. For more information about designing icons, I suggest you take a look/listen at a presentation Jon Hicks gave at Geek in the Park 2008: Pixel Pushing: An Introduction to Icon Design (includes audio transcript and his slides).
A while back, I heard about the excellent Icon Builder. Unfortunately, the Photoshop plugin isn’t updated (yet?) for CS4. Then I remembered an app I found while browsing through the developer folder on my Mac: Icon Composer. It is installed
when you install the entire iPhone SDK (thanks, Stephen). It’s free, and works like a charm. You just drop all your different sizes in it (
.png format work best I guess), hit
S, and it creates you a nice little
Applying the icon
To use the icon for a folder (or in our case, the Flip), you’ll need Panic’s Candybar. Just hit “Quick Drop” after you’ve imported the
.icns file, and you’re done!
flip-mino-white.zip (86 KB)
To apply the icon, just select the folder named “Flip Mino HD White”, and hit
CMD + I. Click on the icon (top left), and copy it. Then select the Flip (or any other folder), open the info panel, click on the icon, and paste it. Simple as that.
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