Icons are used for a variety of purposes in the operating system, programs and even on the Internet. While most programs and files ship with default icons, you sometimes may want to change those, or, if you are a developer or webmaster, may want to create your own custom icons for your programs and web services.
You get the best results if you create the icons manually using an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately, if you have two left hands when it comes to image editing like I do, it is not of much help.
That's where image to icon converters come into play. They take a source image file and turn it into an icon so that you can make use of it afterwards. The result depends a lot on the quality, size and shape of the source image. Ideally, it comes very close to custom created icons. Usually, the quality turns out to be quite okay but not as good as that of custom icons.
Quick Any2Ico is a portable program for the Windows operating system that you can use to create icons from image files or by extracting icons from exe, dll or ocx resources.
If you select to extract from a resource, you will receive a preview of all icons that the program found in the selected resource. You need to pick an icon from the list which the software then extracts for you to your local system.
All different versions of an icon are stored together in a single icon file. If you do not want that to happen, select only one embedded image format before you hit the convert it button. If you require more formats, select each one individually instead.
You can run the program from the command line as well. The following commands are supported:
You can only use -res or -img but not both for obvious reasons. The formats command is added in the form -formats=16,32,64
Quick Any2Ico is an easy to use program that enables you to create icons from images or to extract icons from resource files. It could use an option to create separate icon files if you select more than one resolution in the interface. You can in theory create a batch file using the command line options to create separate icon files automatically.
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