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What color depth is best to start designing icons with?

If you are creating icons for older versions of Windows like 95/98/NT, start with the 8-bit, 256 color palette.

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How can I create toolbar icons for Windows?

Depending on your need, BMP and ICO toolbar icon files can be made using IconBuilder and Photoshop.

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Can IconBuilder for Windows build 32-bit icons?

Yes, the filter was created especially to construct the 32-bit, deep mask resources that were added for Win XP and Vista.

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Can I add a custom icon to a Mac OS X disk image?

Yes, adding a custom icon to a Mac disk image is easy. Please read on to learn the steps to perform this process.

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Can I add a background picture to an OS X disk image?

Yes, but the trick is to make sure the picture you are adding is in a subfolder of the disk you are creating.

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What resources are used when saving image formats?

IconBuilder uses 8-bit resources when saving BMPs and GIFs and 32-bit resources for saving TIFFs and PNGs.

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What does the multi-celled grid on the left represent?

This grid is the Resource List and represents all the icon resources that can be compiled into a single icon.

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Can I view icons against different background colors?

Yes, the "Cycle" button lets you step through a variety of different background colors.

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How do you create OS X icons, and can I make my own?

Once art work is finalized, we turn to the filter we created for use with Photoshop, IconBuilder, to construct our icons.

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Why are my icons behaving strangely in the Finder?

You may not have all icon resources in your icon file or your Finder may be caching old versions of the icon.

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