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Windows 7: How to Create My Own Folder Icons with Photoshop

06 Nov 2010   #1
garuda

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to Create My Own Folder Icons with Photoshop

I did a search on “folder icons” and various combinations there of, but the matches didn’t seem to answer my question.

Does anyone know if it's possible to create my own customized icon using Photoshop, Corel, etc. and place it in one of the following folders; so it can be used to customize the folder icon in Win7?

%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll or %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll

If so, how is it done? Thanks.


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06 Nov 2010   #2
Imperfect1

 
 

Do you have any interest in using 3rd party apps? If so, here's a list that I used in Vista --- some of them could probably be used for W7:

IcoFX: IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor
(Info is from IcoFX) IcoFX is an all-in-one solution for icon creation, extraction and editing. With a wealth of tools and more than 40 effects at your fingertips, there’s virtually no limit to the icons you can create. You can easily convert your favorite images into icons, or icons into images. IcoFX gives you the possibility to create icon libraries or change icons inside exe files.

IconArchive.com: Icon Archive - 33,200+ free icons, buddy icons, xp icons, vista icons, desktop icons

Stardock Iconpackager: Stardock.com - Your Edge In Software

Avedesk: for those big icons

Icons.zip: icons.zip

Deviantart: Browse icons here: Browsing Windows on deviantART

Black/White Icons (Deviantart): "ecqlipse 2" PNG by ~chrfb on deviantART

ConvertIcon: ConvertIcon!
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07 Nov 2010   #3
Delphin

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garuda View Post
I did a search on “folder icons” and various combinations there of, but the matches didn’t seem to answer my question.

Does anyone know if it's possible to create my own customized icon using Photoshop, Corel, etc. and place it in one of the following folders; so it can be used to customize the folder icon in Win7?

%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll or %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll

If so, how is it done? Thanks.
Yeah, you can do that,

Go to XN Resource Editor, download Xn resource editor and install it in your computer.

copy shell32.dll from system32 folder to your desktop, open it with xn resource editor, expand icon group and replace the generic icon (the first one) with your custom icon. Save it and paste the updated shell32.dll file to system32 folder. Restart and try to change a folder icon to yours customized.

How to Create My Own Folder Icons with Photoshop-capture.png

But create a system restore point before doing that..


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08 Nov 2010   #4
garuda

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Delphin and Imperfect1.
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08 Nov 2010   #5
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
I thought I might download this to play around with but my browser gave me the following warning:

"This type of file can harm your computer."

Why? Anything I should know or am missing?
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08 Nov 2010   #6
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
I thought I might download this to play around with but my browser gave me the following warning:

"This type of file can harm your computer."

Why? Anything I should know or am missing?
I can't imagine why. IcoFX doesn't contain any adware or spyware, so that can't be the reason. Here's a link to the CNET review, which is very positive. And if you search IcoFX out on Google, there's a host of good information on the software.

IcoFX - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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08 Nov 2010   #7
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Yes, get it from CNET. No problems.
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08 Nov 2010   #8
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Thanks. I'll give it a try then.
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08 Nov 2010   #9
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

If you are using chrome, then you downloaded a .exe file. It tells me that all the time, including when I downloaded an executable from ASUS, my motherboard manufacturer.
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