When you have to make a Windows desktop icon of any picture, select Any to Icon or ArtIcons Pro. It requires a minute to make a fine-looking icon from any image file. Simply set the size and transparency!
Did you ever try customizing a folder on your desktop using an icon? Choosing a directory icon needs that you specify an image in a valid Windows icon format. You can download free windows desktop icons from the Web, but what when you have a certain picture in mind and just want to make a desktop icon from your own image?
If you need to create a Windows desktop icon from any image, you require a tool to perform icon conversion. It appears that Windows does not have any default converter to create Windows icons out of pictures. How can you create a Windows icon in this situation? Get a third-party tool such as Any to Icon Pro or ArtIcons Pro!
Wait a second! A pro-grade software to make and transform icons? These should require an experienced designer to operate, yes? No! Anyone is able to make a native-looking Windows XP or Windows Vista icon using Any to Icon Pro or ArtIcons Pro! Everything you need to create your personal icons is an image you like and an icon conversion tool.
It only takes a minute to create a perfect icon from any image file. To convert a picture to a Windows icon, just launch Any to Icon and load files to the list. Any to Icon reads BMP, GIF, JPEG, and PNG files and converts them into ICO format. Define properties for your icon, like the size (16x16, 32x32 or 48x48 pixels) and transparency. Shape the picture with a cut instrument, and you have an original Windows icon which you can assign to any directory! Your new icon initially contains all sizes that are required to place your directory properly in Windows Explorer no matter what view size you select. Compact view, list view or large view will look equally great, with cool opacity effects and smooth edges.
Need advanced options such as shadows or opacity? Take a look at IconLover or ArtIcons Pro! Those Windows icon makers allow you to alter icons in the exe-files, make and edit Windows XP icons and Windows Vista icons.
Get and try Any to Icon and ArtIcons Pro for free from http://www.aha-soft.com.