How to Create a Windows Icon With GIMP


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freeware software program similar to Adobe Photoshop that can be used for digital imaging applications. Thanks to its user-friendly interface, GIMP can be used by both beginners and digital imaging professionals. One application that Gimp can be used for is to create icons for various programs. These icons can be made from scratch or can be pictures that you import into GIMP and then save using the ICO extension.

Things You'll Need

  • GIMP software
  • Launch GIMP by clicking on your PC desktop folder or by selecting it from the Start menu of your PC.

  • Open an existing file that you want to turn into an icon.

  • Size your file so that it is perfectly square. Files that are not perfectly square will become distorted when they are made into icons.

  • Resize the image so that it is 32 bits by 32 bits. This is the standard size for an icon.

  • Save the icon using the ICO file extension, then select a destination folder.

  • Select "Save as a Windows icon" and then select "8bpp." Next choose "1-bit alpha." Finally, select "256-slot palette."

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