The use of the ico format

All the icons of different applications in Windows, irrespective of version, have the extension ICO (icon). In addition, this format is used for favicons, icons, websites that are visible in the browser address bar directly before the URL or in the search results. When creating your own graphics as icons, cursors, icons, or use this as a ready-made graphical elements, there is a need to save in ico format.
Icons (icons) - raster image of square format and of certain standard sizes.

How to create ico file format

1. The use of specialized software or online services for creating icons. Of the most famous and popular programs, you can highlight IcoFX. It is a small size application has good functionality for editing and drawing icons from scratch and save to icons (ico).

2. The use of Photoshop (photoshop). The program itself has no option to save files in ico. However, there are third party plugins that allows user to save graphics in this format, and to convert ico files with different extensions: png, jpeg, etc.
The plugin is designed to expand the capabilities of the program or the possibility of its use at all.

3. Use online converters to change the graphic file extension to. ico format. Such resources, having similar functionality and capabilities, the network quite a lot.

The extension ico in Adobe Photoshop

Of greatest interest is the creation of graphics with the. ico file extension in photoshop. This software company Adobe has rich possibilities and no limits to the imagination when creating your own graphics. So you should know how to do it.

Depending on the version of Photoshop installed on a PC system (32 or 64 bits), you need to install the plugin ICOFormat. It must be placed in the directory with the plugins. This is usually: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\plugins\File Formats. Then run photoshop. Further, if you want to save a graphic in ico format, click the menu item "File" and Save as (save as). In the drop-down list, select the ico format. It should be noted that the maximum image size may not exceed 256 x 256 pixels.

Using various described techniques, virtually any graphic image to convert file ico format or to create from scratch graphics in this format.