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Use IconWorshop with Adobe Photoshop®
If you use Adobe® Photoshop® to create or retouching
your images, here is how to work efficiently with Axialis IconWorkshop™ to create icons.
Transferring an Image from Photoshop® to Create an Icon
IconWorkshop™ supports the native Photoshop® PSD image format with
Layers. In Photoshop save your image to a PSD file.
In IconWorkshop™, choose "File/Open",
browse your folders and select your file (Windows® standard dialog box).
Explorer" or press Ctrl+E.
A built-in Axialis file explorer window opens. Browse your disks, see
the thumbnail preview and double-click the image file you wish to open.
In the Recently
Used zone (in the main toolbar), type the full
pathname of the image file you wish to open then hit Enter.
3. The image
file opens in a document window. If the image contains layers, you see
them on the left side of the document window. You can select
one layer by clicking on it. Its contents appears automatically
in the main area. Now you can create
an icon from this image (see Step 2 of topic Create
an Icon from an Image File).
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Transferring an Icon Image from IconWorkshop™®
1. Open an
icon in IconWorkshop™. Select the desired image format by clicking on it.
It appears in the editor window.
Choose Draw/Save Image as Bitmap.
A dialog box opens. Choose to Preserve
Transparency Information (this will permit you to keep transparent
areas in your PSD image file). When done, click OK.
A standard Save Image As dialog
box opens. In the Save as Type
list, select "Adobe Photoshop (PSD)". Choose a destination
folder and type a new filename.
When done, click OK. The file
has been created.
In Photoshop®, open the newly created file. It opens, containing one layer
with transparency. Now you can retouch it or use it as necessary.
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Install the Photoshop® transfer plug-in
Before using the plug-in
as detailed in next topic, you need to install it on your computer. The
plug-in can be easily installed from within IconWorkshop™ in one fast and
Before installing the plug-in we recommend you to close the Photoshop®
application (if it is actually opened in background). Choose File/Install
2. The dialog
box Install the Photoshop to IconWorkshop™
Transfer Plug-in opens (see below). In the Location
edit zone (), specify the Photoshop plug-in folder. If you
don't know the exact folder path, click the browse button () to choose the folder in a list.
3. If you want
to create a subfolder "Axialis"
to install the plug-in module (recommended to organize your folder properly),
activate the option "Install in
a subfolder Axialis" (). Note that creating
a subfolder may fail with some compatible applications.
4. Click OK. When done, a message informs you
that the plug-in has been installed.
5. Now you
can start your Photoshop® application. The plug-in is visible in Filter/Axialis/Transfer To IconWorkshop™
menu. Read this for more info
on how to use the plug-in filter.
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an Image from Photoshop® to IconWorkshop™® using the plug-in
First of all, launch Photoshop®
and open or create an image file. You don't need to launch IconWorkshop™
before using the plug-in. It will be automatically launched by the plug-in
Select the layer and the
portion of the image you want to transfer to IconWorkshop™ (). If you don't create a selection area, the whole layer image
will be transferred. Only rectangular selections are supported for transfer.
the active layer is transferred by the plug-in. If you want to transfer
an image composed of several layers you need to merge then before proceeding
(undo the merge operation after the transfer).
Choose the Filter/Axialis/Transfer to
Axialis IconWorkshop™... command in the menu.
IconWorkshop™ is automatically launched (or activated if running in background)
and the dialog box Install the Photoshop®
to IconWorkshop™ Transfer Plug-in opens (see below).
3. The image
is about to be transferred in IconWorkshop™. You can choose one of the
Create a New Icon
using this Image ():
You create a new icon with
several formats based on the image (see step 4);
a New Image Document ():
IconWorkshop™ opens a new
document containing the image. You'll be able to perform various operations
on the image (resize, crop, save...) and even create a new icon from a
portion of it;
Paste the Image in the
Current Icon Document ():
This option is enabled
only if an icon document is already opened in IconWorkshop™. It pastes
the image in the current editor area (just like the Clipboard paste operation).
4. If you choose
the first option (Create a New Icon using
this Image), the following dialog
box opens (see below). As IconWorkshop™ support creation of both Windows®
and Macintosh® icons, you're prompted to choose the format. Select option
for Windows® or option for Macintosh®.
5. By choosing
Windows®, the following dialog box opens (a similar dialog opens if you
In the Name group (), enter the icon project name. Do not specify any extension.
In the Image Formats group, select the image formats you whish to
add in the icon () and unselect
the unwanted images (). Just click on the image preview
to select/unselect. To know more about the desired Windows® standard image
format, see What is an Icon topic.
8. You can
also apply or not the dithering option to the 256/16 color images as well
as add a filter effect to smooth/sharpen the resulting images in RGB/A
mode (try and see the results in the preview images).
If you wish to start creating your icon with an unlisted format, click
the Other Image Format button.
10. When done,
click OK. The icon is automatically
created with the various image formats you've selected.
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Article written by Axialis Software Team on Monday, March 13, 2006.