Photoshop: Easy icon editing (generate/specify sizes 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, 128x128, 256x256, and 512x512 size)

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desperately need icon editing capabilities in photoshop and illustrator.
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Jim

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Howard Pinsky, Champion

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There are 3rd party plugins which can handle icon files, but I agree, it would be nice to see it more integrated in Photoshop/Illustrator.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Jim are you referring to simply exporting .ico files, or are you looking for something else?
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Jim

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I develop windows desktop applications which require icons. export support for this format would be wonderful. it is not an easy task, since in 1 .ico file there can be 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48, 64x64, 128x128, 256x256, and (maybe) 512x512 size icons. I don't think the 512x512 exists, but it is supported by png2ico. existing plugins do not do this. the only thing which does this is cheesy editors. I really don't know how this could be handled, since layers are not different sizes. maybe photoshop is not the proper tool for the job, but it was a thought. it would make my job much simpler if I had a CHOICE of tools to use: photoshop, illustrator, or fireworks to create my icons in (whichever fits my task more appropriately). Even exporting a single icon size in .ico format would be useful. having icon templates would also be a requirement. In fact, in Image Size and Canvas Size, having some sort of icon dropdown list for x and one for y with these resolutions which changes the x resolution or y resolution and one entry for "custom" which uses whatever the user put in would be very useful.
this way, If I am importing an image or logo I want to use as an icon and the x and y dimensions are not equal, I can use the link thing with icon x or icon y.
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Jim

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I would also like to see fireworks (one of the big 3) support for icons as well - some people use fireworks for icons (I just did) since there is a free .ico exporter plugin based on png2ico. however, the plugin has not grown up and only does favicon resolutions. I would like to see the job done right and have the complete set of resolutions supported.
icons have many of the characteristics of a PNG. transparency, and now I think they have an alpha channel.

choice of tools would be excellent, since there are different feature sets in different tools.
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Matt Pedersen

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I've been using Photoshop for what feels like decades, and I cannot fathom why, after all these years, Photoshop simply continues to ignore one of the most ubiquitous image formats we interact with on a daily basis. Years ago, I used a piece of software called "icon edit pro" and I'm sure there was another one as well. But at the end of the day, why do I have to go risk freeware when software like Photoshop from a trusted source could more than easily accomplish the task of icon generation and manipulation. I can do 99% of what I'd ever want or need to do with Photoshop, but when it comes to something as basic as icons, sorry....go find something else from a sketchy / questionable source? Come on...PLEASE add full support for icon creation and editing as a native feature of Photoshop.
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Véronique Dionne-Boucher

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Over 4 years waiting for this same demand :(