Favicons

helpremember

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Does anyone have any useful tips or information on creating decent favicons?

I use Photoshop and Illustrator and am pretty proficient with both but have trouble working on the tiny files needed. I have tried working on larger files and shrinking them down, creating files in photoshop and then running them through online apps/services and going to straight to online creation systems. None of these have produced satisfying results.

The biggest problem for me is the edges - getting them smooth and properly anti-aliased.
 
I find the best way of making favicons is to create an image 50px by 50px in .png format, open it in Paint.net and save it as a 16px by 16px 32bit .ico file, for really excellent results it is best to create a favicon with a solid background but that isn't essential of course.

You can get paint.net here: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

You will need this plugin to create .ico files: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=927

Just click save then choose 'save as' and select "Icons (*.ico)

Next click 'select none' to clear all the options then select 16by16, 32-bit

Hope this helps a little bit.
 

Genesis

Administrator
Great suggestion that thanks Briar. Going to try it out first thing when I get home this afternoon. :good:
 
No problem there at all, there is also the plugin for Photoshop if you'd like to try that one out, works very well, you can download it from here:

http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/

That's the Windows format, not sure if there's a Mac version anywhere if that's what you need, hope that helps.
 

helpremember

New member
Briar Spirit said:
I find the best way of making favicons is to create an image 50px by 50px in .png format, open it in Paint.net and save it as a 16px by 16px 32bit .ico file, for really excellent results it is best to create a favicon with a solid background but that isn't essential of course.

You can get paint.net here: http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

You will need this plugin to create .ico files: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=927

Just click save then choose 'save as' and select "Icons (*.ico)

Next click 'select none' to clear all the options then select 16by16, 32-bit

Hope this helps a little bit.

Thanks for this info, I'm going to give it a try.!
 

net2nadeem

New member
Google Image is best place to find fav Icon.

Just its depend on you that what kind of icon you need.
Like i have a store then i will write store icon. He gives me different picture
Just i need to use search tool. Tick on transparent and use Icon..
Then you can see several icon which you can make fav icon.
 

marcotiger280998

New member
Briar Spirit said:
I find the best way of making favicons is to create an image 50px by 50px in .png format, open it in Paint.net and save it as a 16px by 16px 32bit .ico file, for really excellent results it is best to create a favicon with a solid background but that isn't essential of course.

You can get paint.net here: www.getpaint.net/index.html

You will need this plugin to create .ico files: forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=927

Just click save then choose 'save as' and select "Icons (*.ico)

Next click 'select none' to clear all the options then select 16by16, 32-bit

Hope this helps a little bit.

:good: ok I will try it, sound easy. All my site has no favicon :sorry:

I hope I can make a great favicon :p
 

Peter

New member
When I created the favicon for my website I used part of the website logo that I had already created in Inkscape. The logo was stored in SVG format so it was relatively easy to resize it. I used GIMP to save it as an ICO file containing both 16x16 and 32x32 pixel versions. I'm not sure what, if any, browser actually use 32x32 favicons so maybe it's a bit unnecessary.
 
net2nadeem said:
Google Image is best place to find fav Icon.

Just its depend on you that what kind of icon you need.
Like i have a store then i will write store icon. He gives me different picture
Just i need to use search tool. Tick on transparent and use Icon..
Then you can see several icon which you can make fav icon.

Be sure there are no copyright problems, Google is not a source of FREE anything and a lot of icons that get called by their search engine are not free to use by just anyone, I doubt anyone would chase you up on it but it would not reflect well on your site if people see you're using a stolen graphic for your sites presence, just a thought there.