At some point in the past few months I had considered writing up how you’d go about saving out icons in multiple file formats. With a bit of Photoshop Action action to automate multiple file format creation, combined with free tools like Apple’s Icon Composer and the ICO plugin, you can definitely do it on the cheap.
I’m glad I didn’t, because the real answer is of course, inevitably, buy IconBuilder.
During the creation of Chalkwork Basic, I had set up my files in a way that would have required quite a bit of adaptation to work with IconBuilder. I figured I’d give the alternatives a look, and ended up saving out all the various file formats with other tools. It worked, but it required a bit more setup, and the process wouldn’t have been easy to duplicate.
Since I’ve been faced with a much bigger task for the new set (coming very soon), I thought I’d look into the tool built specifically for the job, and wouldn’t you just know it, it’s pretty darn near perfect. Automatic colour downsampling, one-click access to multiple file formats, and flexibility to produce any size of icon I might need.
So the choice between spending more hours of monotonous work doing it myself or just shelling out for a license kind of made itself.
Now if someone can please just tell me if there’s a way to automate saving out a file with multiple icons on multiple layers…The choice between spending more hours of monotonous work saving out icons myself or just shelling out for an IconBuilder license kind of made itself.