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#1 Daraclore


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

Out of boredom I have started to sift through my windows installation trying to find files I can edit to make my computer as unique as possible. After manually changing quite a few icons, I found out about shell32.dll's purpose and have installed everything I need to edit it. (and have already made some changes) What I want to know, since I am wanting to change every icon in that dll, is do I need all the sizes and all the bitrates represented for each icon?

like some files that have 16 color, 256 color, and 16.8mil color variants of each icon in sizes of
16x16, 32x32, and other resolutions (honestly I don't mind making different resolutions for them)

Are all these variations required? I only ever use 32 bit graphics settings on my pc for normal use, and if I ever NEED to boot into safe mode for any reason, I don't really care how it looks, as I won't be staying there for longer than needed. I wouldn't think it would screw anything up, since they are just icons, but i want to make sure before I replace all of them.

Also, if I can remove some of the variants, what resolution icons would you recommend for best looks (since windows doesn't exactly scale images down very well on its own.)
I have seen in the resource hacker image sizes of:
and Icon packs that even go up to 128x128 and 256x256 (which i am guessing aren't natural for xp given the horrible compression pixelation i see.

#2 F2OOO™


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

I use Paint.net & TuneUp Utilities 2009 to create & modify icons. Depending on which visual setting you use in Windows Explorer like thumbnails that are 96x96 resolution by default, large icons that are 48x48, to small icons that are 16x16, the actual resolution can vary quite a bit. I just use Paint.net to create & save the icons in all the sizes merged into a single icon so that all the icons I make can be used in any folder view setting. I use TuneUp Utilities 2009 to set the icons and can even save them as an icon library for multiple icon sets. Hopefully it helps! :D

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1) Paint.net doesn't save icons by default, it requires an additional plug-in to save Icons & Animated Cursors
2) Saved icons should include these sizes all merged into one icon image for best results with all folder views

256x256 png - Large Thumbnail
48x48 32-bit - Large Icon
48x48 8-bit - Large Icon
32x32 32-bit - Medium Icon
32x32 8-bit - Medium Icon
16x16 32-bit - Small Icon
16x16 8-bit - Small Icon

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