Editing Desktop Icons is a great
way to learn the art of creating icons. To begin these
steps you will first need to download the free
trial version of Microangelo
Studio for Windows. It's really easy to learn even
if you have no previous experience
with any image editing tools. Just follow the steps listed
1. Download and Install Microangelo if you haven't already done so.
3. Select "File" + "Open" from the top menu items and
choose the icon you would like to edit from your computer. If
you do not have an icon readily available to modify,
you can download
the Security Icons set and modify one
of those for learning purposes. I am using a security
icon (lock & key) for the examples here as well.
Important Note: Don't
try to modify System Icons you see on your desktop like
"My Computer", "Recycle Bin", or
any preset Desktop Folders just yet. Later when you
want to Edit
System Icons it's really pretty easy.
any confusion at this stage lets stick to editing a stand-alone
Figure II - Color Palette
4. At this step you should already
have an icon you want to edit opened in Microangelo. See Figure I above. You
will see the example is a 32 x 32 pixel (256 color) Windows
Desktop Icon. You may also see a color palette that represents
all the color swatches for this particular icon. If you
do not see this color palette choose "View" from the
top menu and check "Color Palette". It would appear something like
Figure II to the left.
5. You are now ready to begin editing this icon. Lets
start by changing the background color to something else. Right
now it's a blue border with a light blue inner area.
Lets forget about drop shadow and just start coloring
the background something solid.
6. Coloring the icon: Move your mouse cursor over the
color palette until you see an eye dropper appear. This
eye dropper allows you to obtain any of the colors visible
in the palette. For this example I want to make the background
dark gray. After choosing dark gray with the eye dropper
I move to the far left and click on the Pencil Tool to
begin coloring around the lock and key. Click the link