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Creating Custom Icons

Getting tired of your default icons? It is easily possible to personalize all of your folders, files, and drives with customized icons using just about any graphic file that you could imagine. Whether it is a jpeg, gif, png, psd, ai, or even PDF, your icons can be just as unique as you.

Lets get started. First, choose an image that you would like to use and open it in Preview. For this example, we are using and image of a Ladybug.

Once your image is open in Preview hit Command > C to copy. You can also choose Edit > Copy to perform the same action.

Next, select the file, folder, or drive whose icon you wish to change. Once you have made your selection, right click and scroll down to Get Info. You can also use the shortcut; Command > I.

This will bring open an info window for your selected item. For this example we have used a folder titled LadyBugs.

Click on the file, folder, or drive icon in the top left of the Info window and simply click Command > V to pasteā€¦and boom!! Instant custom icon.

To change the size of your icons, go into Finder, and select View Options from the View menu. From here you can adjust the slider to meet the size that you desire.

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2 Comments to “Creating Custom Icons”

Aviv @ May 4th, 2008 at 10:20 pm
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Hey Dave !

Thx for this tip. Although there’s many ways to make icons in OS X, this is probably the most convenient. Even for non-savvy users.

Keep em coming !


Aviv @ May 6th, 2008 at 2:23 pm
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