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Creating icns Icon Files

icns filesIn a previous screencast we used Photoshop to make an image suitable for a folder icon in Leopard. Now we’ll turn that Photoshop file into an icon and apply it to the Finder folder.

It’s probably more steps than you might have guessed, but it’s very straight-forward once you have all the tools in place. Murphy installed the Developer Tools from the Leopard install DVD which include a utility called Icon Composer. The first step is to drag the Photoshop file we created earlier into Icon Composer. The icon is created in various sizes appropriate for Leopard and we export to an icns file.

The catch is that the icns file doesn’t use its own icon content as its icon. That sounds confusing, but when you see the file you’ll know it’s not right. The background isn’t transparent. But that’s no problem. Just drop the icns file onto an application called IconDroplet. A new file will be created that uses the icns file’s content as the icon.

From there, the process may be familiar. Open the Get Info panel for the file created with IconDroplet. Select the tiny icon in the top left corner and hit Command-C on the keyboard to make a copy. Then open the Get Info Panel for a the folder or file that needs a new icon. Select its tiny icon and hit Command-V to paste it in. That’s it.

If you’re confused Murphy slapped a screencast together. For a general look at changing icons on files there’s an old post on the subject too. But keep in mind, using an icns file is the way to go for best results in different Finder views, like Cover Flow.

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Macbook Sale

Just a quick post from the road – wanted to make sure everyone knew that Amazon is having a big sale on Macbooks.

Also – if you haven’t checked out Macitt.com take a look. They’re giving away a Macbook! Post some of your favorite Murphy Mac entries up there – get us some publicity! If you haven’t been to Macitt yet you can think of it as an intimate Digg for Mac users.
Murphy is missing the screencasts – but we’ll be back in action next week! Now, back to my Baccarat….

NOTE:  The sale is over.

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