Icon2Image creates images from icons in batch and more.

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Icon2Image is a menu bar productivity app for quickly and easily:

• Creating image thumbnails of file, folder and disk icons, in batch, in various image formats and sizes.
• Copying icons to the clipboard (in sizes specified by preferences.)
• Adding custom icons to image, movie or ICNS files.
• Adding custom icons from the images on the clipboard.
• Making ICNS icons of image file contents or movie poster frames.
• Making ICNS icons of file, folder and disk icons.
• Making images from ICNS files.
• Adding icons to web location files using their associated "favicon"
• Removing custom icons from files.

This functionality is available as a menu bar app in the Finder, and operates on multiple file and folder selections at a time, saving you time and effort creating images of icons by other multi-step methods (such as "Get Info" + "Preview" + "Save as" etc.)

Modify behavior in various ways via Preferences. The preference window includes the following features:

• Include make icons: You have the option to not display menu items to make icons, leaving just the other menu items available. Since making images is the basic feature of the app, it is always available.

• Overwrite files by same name: If a file by the same name already exists this option enables you to prevent Icon2Image from overwriting it.

• Include add custom icon: Option to show the menu items which add custom icons to graphics and movie files (using the movie poster frame.)

• Image ICNS: If this option is selected, and the file is an ICNS file, the image is generated from the ICNS data in the file, rather than the file icon itself.

• Append icon size: If this option is selected, the current icon size will be appended to the name of the generated image files.

• Background image color: You can specify a background image color, using the standard color picker, so that the images blend well with the background they may be placed upon. (The color chooser has a "dropper" tool to copy colors from other parts of the screen.) Click on the color well to open the picker.

Also note that Icon2Image displays the hexadecimal value of the chosen color next to the color well. You can use that to verify the chosen color matches a color you specify in HTML.

• Background transparency: Use the alpha value slider to make a background partially or fully transparent when applying the background color. (Note that only some formats support transparency, but the transparency is applied to the background color even for image formats that do not.)

• Compression: For supported Quicktime Codecs (such as JPEG) you can specify compression quality.

• Image size: Use the slider to specify the output image size. You can choose a size between 16 and 512 pixels on a side. The image size is also used when using the "Copy icon for file" fearure.

• Add custom icon to file. If you select this option Icon2Image will add a custom icon (derived from the graphic image) to the image files it creates.

• Choose image folder. Lets you specify where Icon2image will save files it creates. The default is in the app's folder of Application Support.

• Open image folder for me: Option to open the image folder in the Finder after a file is created and added to it.

• Open image file for me: Lets you specify if Icon2image should open the file after it creates it. The file opens in the default application for files of that type.

What’s New

Version 1.3.9

Maintenance update.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
bigsisterkitty ,

vjdjr is correct

it sounds kinda weird, but it works PERFECTLY as vjdjr & FreeW. described it. Also, the selection does not have to be square! (It works w/ rectangles too. And LARGE selections as well -- you don't need to aim for the size of a folder icon, it'll shrink it down for you! The only down side is that I can't find the .icns file anywhere, so I can't put the ones I create aside to re-use or re-assign later. :( It is not in the Applications Support folder as their webpage seems to indicate. But I do have PDF Magic installed previously, and so the folder in App Support called Icon2Image just has (oddly) PDF Madic stuff in it -- maybe that's just a quirk of PDF Magic and other people can find their icon files? The other down side is that the icon created is a square/rectangle -- so you don't get the 3-D illusion of a cut-out object sitting on your desktop. BUT this program is F-R-E-E so there is really nothing to complain about!!! (I just pointed out the 2 negatives I saw so others won't have false expectations.)

vjdjr ,

A little bumpy 'til I got the hang of it.

It was easy to overlook the icon in the menu bar, so at first I wasn't even sure it installed. My bad.

My goal was to create customized icons for folders. This does the trick, but a little counter-intuitively. (To be fair, it's bigger purpose is to transform icns files into viewable images -- I just have no need for that.) To accomplish my goal, I open up the image I want to use and copy it to the clipboard. Then bring up the folder I want customized in Finder, click on Icon2Image, and select "Add Custom Icon From Cliboard".

I found that the customization would be stable within Finder, but if I have the folder docked, the image may or may not appear there. This will become stable (customization constant) upon rebooting.

jarrettbarnett ,

How To Set Preview to a Custom Image

App works great. Verbage is a bit confusing. Here's the easiest way to set files and folders with a custom icon (its quick and easy once you get the hang of it):

1) Copy the image to your clipboard (not the image file itself, but the visible image).
Few different ways to do this, here are three different methods you can use:
Method 1) Easiest way to do this is to press CMD + CTRL + Shift + 4 and draw a square around your image. (Hint: holding shift can help lock down the dragging action)
Method 2) Photoshop users can use the Marquee tool (M) to highlight the image and press CMD + Shift + C (Copy Merged).
Method 3) Right click an image in your browser and select "Copy Image".

2) Highlight the file -OR- be inside the folder you want the icon to be set to.
Then go to the program icon (Apple toolbar at the top of your screen), and select "Add Custom Icon FROM Clipboard".

Voila! Rinse and repeat.


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