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Create subtle drop shadows on 2D icons in two steps Desktop

Most 2-D Icons are so ... well ... blah. Especially those created from animated characters, almost always masked, but flat as the proverbial pancake. Blah. Creating a drop shadow requires only two steps, and a pair of free utilities: Iconverter (source available) and Pic2Icon.

First, fire up Iconverter. Deselect "Use file Contents" and choose "File Format: Tiff" (which has transparency). Then you simply drag and drop your icon (or folder full of them) into Iconverter's Dock icon. Boom! You now have a tiff.

Step two, fire up Pic2Icon. In "Anti-Aliasing," I check "high" for best results. In Settings, check "Create drop shadow" for the magic. You can drag and drop one or more of your Tiffs onto Pic2Icon, and since it's smart enough to handle the transparency, it creates a nice 3-D drop shadow around your new icon. Plus the icon lands on the Tiff, so no extra cutting/pasting either. More subtle than drastic (as seen in the screenshot at left), but still ... no more blah!

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Create subtle drop shadows on 2D icons in two steps
Authored by: tqbrady on Jan 27, '04 03:29:13PM

Anybody have a compiled version?



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The site does
Authored by: KrazyFool on Jan 27, '04 07:22:33PM

http://www.extraneous.us/download/iconverter-086.tgz



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The site does
Authored by: tqbrady on Jan 27, '04 09:09:23PM

Heh . . . I knew that . . . thanks . . .

It was right next to the source download, and wasn't marked differently, so I thought it was just a different compression of the source . . .

Yes, I am stupid.



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