I've got a set of free icons that contains one I want to use in Activ, but it's 16x16 GIF, rather than 32x32 ICO. I've tried converting it with IrfanView, and using an icon editor, but it doesn't look as good as the original!
Can anyone recommend a better way for someone who's graphically challenged?
Not sure what went wrong, but here's one way to do it.
1) Start out with an image or icon at the full 32x32 pixels or more. If you must have this 16x16 one, you'll need to copy and paste it into MsPaint (or whatever) and stretch and smooth it out. Otherwise, grab an image and crop and or reduce it to 32x32 pixels.
2) Then, use a graphics app to reduce the color palette to 16 colors.
I like Thumbs Plus, cause I can choose a 16, 236 or 256-color palette reduction, based on the most popular colors in the image. In the conversion menus I select the 16 colors, optomized, popularity palette. And it (usually) still looks good reduced to 16 colors.
3) Next, save it, or paste the image into your icon application (like MicroAngelo), and save it as a 16 color .ico file.
It's easy, but even easier if someone does it for you - Zip it to me, and I'll zip it right back iconically!
I originally posted this talking about 236 colors - but Activ requires a 16-color icon. Ok, 16 colors can be limiting, but that's where ThumbsPlus can be helpful. Choosing the 16 most used colors ( the popularity palette) works out well enough to create some surprisingly decent icons.
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