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Make Icons using a Professional Authoring Tool

Make icons for all operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Unix

With IconWorkshop make your own icons for Windows, MacOS and Unix. Create Windows icons up to 256x256 for Windows Vista/7 and Macintosh icons up to 1024x1024 for OSX Lion 10.7. Unix/Linux uses PNG icons. IconWorkshop creates PNG images with alpha channel in a few clicks including from existing Windows and Mac icons.

The new generation of icons uses variable transparency (alpha channel). This alpha transparency permits creating beautiful icons with smooth borders and shadows. IconWorkshop, which fully support alpha transparency, is the professional tool that you need to create such icons.

IconWorkshop has been designed with one goal in mind: "Icon Quality". The powerful editor permits creating the various image formats of an icon from an original drawing without quality loss.


Make icons for smart phones: iPhone OS, Android, Windows Phone

Recent smart phones and other media pocket devices defines new standards in application development. Their operating systems have advanced multi-touch interface that brings the user experience to a new level of ergonomics. In this environment, icons have an important role to play to let the user work intuitively.

Android, iPhone OS and Windows Phone operating systems define new standards for icons. IconWorkshop lets you create in minutes icons following the specifications of those operating systems.

Using image objects, create icons for your phone applications in a few drag & drops (see object packs: iPhone Applications and iPhone Tab Bar Icons).

Create, edit icons in Image Strips for toolbars

Axialis IconWorkshop is the only icon editor to create and edit Image Strips for toolbars. If you're a developer, don't struggle with wide bitmaps anymore! Just open them in IconWorkshop and edit each icon separately.

It can read all kinds of Image Strips in BMP and PNG. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images through Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.

Create icons in Image Strips

Icons in image strips can be added, copied, moved and removed. You can also create new image strips from ready-to-use image objects in a few drag & drops. The object pack "Lite Toolbars" permits creating sharp and crisp icons for toolbars.

What is an Image Strip?

How to create Icons for Toolbars using Image Strips

Create, edit Bitmap Images

Axialis IconWorkshop™ also permits creating or modifying image bitmaps. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images using Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.

This feature is useful to create illustration images for applications or web sites. You can also open and convert images to different formats such as GIF and JPEG with web optimization features. Many image file formats are supported:

Windows Bitmap Image (BMP)

Portable Network Graphic (PNG)

Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG)

JPEG 2000 (JP2)

Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)

Photoshop Document (PSD)

Radiance HDR (HDR)

Portable Float Map Images (PFM)

Portable Bitmaps (PNM, PBM, PPM, PGM)

TARGA Images (TGA)

TIFF Images (TIF, TIFF)

Wireless Images (WBMP, WAP)

X11 Pixmap Images (XPM)

and more...

Work efficiently with Plug-ins for Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010

Axialis IconWorkshop includes a handy feature which permits to work efficiently with Visual Studio®. The principle of this plug-in, as we've made it, is to create a direct bridge between the VS IDE and IconWorkshop.

The plug-in permits to easily edit in IconWorkshop an icon included in a solution. Just open the icon in the Visual Studio® resource editor and launch the associated plug-in command. The icon is automatically opened in IconWorkshop and you can work on it as necessary. When you save it in IconWorkshop, the VS IDE automatically refreshes the icon document.

Introducing the Visual Studio® plug-in

Modifying an icon in a Visual Studio solution using the plug-in

Full support for Windows Vista/7 PNG-compressed icons

IconWorkshop™ loads, creates, edits, saves icons for Windows Vista & Windows 7. These operating systems includes a PNG-compressed icon format. It permits creating icons up to 256x256 with alpha channel with smaller file size.

Axialis IconWorkshop™ fully supports this new format in all features: edition, automatic format creation, batch creation, batch conversion, format normalization... Don't wait and create today your icons for Windows Vista™.

Introducing Windows Vista™ icons

How to create Windows Vista™ icons with IconWorkshop

Create attractive icons using Image Objects

The use of image objects to create icons is an exclusive feature of IconWorkshop. It permits creating professional-looking icons in minutes using a few mouse drag & drops.

The principle is quite simple: A large quantity of basic image objects are provided in a library. By associating them together (on top of each other) you create a custom icon:

The images objects, which have been made by professional designers, are provided in 256x256 high-quality PNG format. This permits you to easily create icons containing various sizes up to 256x256 for Windows® XP, Windows Vista™ and Mac OS®. Read the following articles if you want to learn more:

What is an image object?

How to use image objects to create icons?

Convert icons between Mac OS® and Windows®

Mac OS® designers are prolific, especially when it comes to create icons. Use IconWorkshop™ to read MacOS® icons and convert them to Windows®. It reads all kinds of Macintosh® icons up to OSX 10.7 Lion.

If you're a software developer, you'll enjoy the ability to create applications for both Windows® and Macintosh® platforms by converting your icons. If you're a Windows® user you'll be able to use Macintosh® icons on your Windows® XP desktop.

In addition, IconWorkshop™ includes a feature which permits to convert icons between the two systems in batch-processing mode (several icons are converted in one fast operation).

IconWorkshop™ supports the Mac Binary file format which permits to transfer icons between Macintosh® and Windows® in a snap.

Automatically create icons from images

Axialis IconWorkshop™ features a powerful editor. But sometimes it's easier to create an icon from an existing image. You can import various file formats, such as PSD, PNG, BMP, JPEG, GIF, JPEG2000...

An exclusive feature permits creating an icon with its several image formats in just one operation! All is done automatically: Alpha channel is preserved, palettes are calculated for 256 color formats and even 16 color formats with transparency are generated:

Export icons to images to illustrate your web sites

If you're a webmaster or have a blog, you know that illustrations are important to create attractive visitor experience. IconWorkshop™ permits to export images included in icons (Windows® or Macintosh®) to external bitmap files. You'll be able to easily export these images in various Web-optimized formats such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, JPEG2000 and more.

Object packs named "Web 2.0 Icons" and "Web Illustrations" permit creating illustration images for your web sites in a few seconds.

What is an image object?

How to create illustration icons for web sites

Use a Powerful Editor

IconWorkshop™ features an editor with advanced functions: Easily create images formats using one command, import/export images, resize, adjust with numerous filters, change hue, contrast, lightness, drop shadows and more...

Work in a fully Integrated Workspace

IconWorkshop™ features a fully integrated workspace. This is the way today's professional applications are made.

Some icon applications available on the market are made of several programs resulting in applications which are difficult to use. In IconWorkshop™, all features are immediately available on screen. This interface permits you to work efficiently and be more productive than ever. The multi-documents interface permits you to work with several and different types of document windows (icon projects, libraries, images, file explorers...).

Learn using a Comprehensive Help

We have created a professional and comprehensive help in IconWorkshop to permit you to learn all the features included in the product. Unlike other competitor tools, the help file describes more than the product features. It is amply illustrated and written in easy-to-read English. It includes following topics:

• General information on Windows and Mac OS icons, icon creation and Windows Vista™ new format (4 topics).

• Getting started lessons (14 topics).

• How-to step-by-step tutorials (35 topics).

• Full feature reference (150+ topics).

See the online version of IconWorkshop™ help

Compatible with graphic industry standards

You can import PSD images with layers from Photoshop® and easily create a multi-resolution icon from a program or company logo. Use Photoshop and Illustrator plug-ins to transfer images directly in memory and make your icon in a few clicks. No more temporary document files.

With 10 ready-to-use Photoshop templates, create your icons like the professional icon designers. Use the powerful drawing tools of Photoshop to create the different formats of your icons and export the whole artwork in IconWorkshop. The icon is automatically created in seconds with all its embedded formats. You can even create your own templates.

Batch Procedures

Numerous batch procedures have been implemented in IconWorkshop™ to automatically perform operations on a large number of files. For example, you can create icons from a set of PNG files (ICO files are created). You can also automatically convert several icons between Macintosh® and Windows® OS in seconds.

Librarian & Explorer with previews

Use a powerful librarian to easily manage all your media and icon files. This is an integrated window (which can be hidden) where you can store, move, copy and extract all the files you're using in your work (images, icons, libraries).

Also, A built-in file explorer permits to browse your disks and find files including images and all files containing icons. This advanced explorer permits to display files in thumbnail mode. By a simple click you open any file in a viewer or editor window

Top 5 reasons to purchase IconWorkshop

One professional tool for all your needs

IconWorkshop™ is a professional tool designed to Create, Extract, Convert, Manage and Redistribute Icons. You create professional looking icons. You work like a pro, you're seen as a pro.

Create icons for Windows, MacOS, Unix, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

IconWorkshop is the first icon editor to create icons for all devices and all operating systems: Windows up to 256x256 for Windows Vista/7; Macintosh® OS up to 1024x1024 for Lion; Unix; iPhone OS; Android; Windows Phone...

Be productive instantly

No complicated settings, no more pixel-by-pixel icon making. All has been designed to let you be productive and get professional results in minutes (using image objects for instance).

Access to private images objects

Some image object packs are available to registered customers only. By purchasing you get a lifetime access to these packs.

Compatible with graphic industry standards

You can convert icons between Macintosh and Windows formats in a click, create icons from PNG images with transparency, use Photoshop and Illustrator transfer plug-ins, Photoshop templates...


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After playing a bit with IconWorkshop I was able to create several icons for my project. The interface is very "clean", and the product is easy for a graphic newbie.

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58 Comments

I really like this powerful software! Great Tool!
It's powerful and easy to use!
Our software are greatly deconarated by icons designed via this tool!
#1 - remote - 10/21/2011 - 05:26
Mac Version
Is there a Mac version of Axialis IconWorkshop? I use to enjoy this software while I was on windows, but I cannot find a version the works on Mac OS.
#2 - Thanushka Chandradasa - 10/24/2011 - 20:32
Is there a version can for iPhone?
Hi,
Is there a IconWorkshop which can be used make special icons for iphone?

Kind Regards,
#3 - Bosch - 10/28/2011 - 07:42
256 by 256 dimension icon problem
Hi,
Could your product IconWorkshop make 256 by 256 dimension transparent icon for Windows'7 application?
#4 - qq liao tian ji lu - 11/03/2011 - 00:57
A few answers...
Hi,

@Thanushka Chandradasa: No sorry, this product is available for Windows OS only. You can create all kind of icons including for Mac OS but you must design them under Windows and transfer them to your Mac project. Note also that feedbacks from users indicate that the product works fine on Mac with a Windows virtual machine software such as Parrallels ( http://www.parallels.com ).

@Bosch: Yes, you can create iPhone icons with the Professional Edition of IconWorkshop. Read more in this tutorial: http://www.axialis.com/tutorials/make-iphone-icons.html

@qq liao tian ji lu: Yes, IconWorkshop permits creation of 256x256 icons with transparency and PNG compression for use in Windows Vista and Windows 7 applications.

Regards,
Axialis Team
#5 - Axialis Team - 11/03/2011 - 09:16
User Experience Analyst I
I work for Nova Southeastern University with the Web Development department. We are interested in your product "IconWorkshop". Please advise if the license will need to be renewed each year and if so, the cost per user.
Thank you,
Susan
#6 - susan e lutz - 11/07/2011 - 14:36
License
Hi Susan,

All our products are distributed with a user-based Lifetime License. There is no addicional cost for all future updates. Please see this page for more information: http://www.axialis.com/life-license/index.html

Note that you must purchase one copy per user (price is reduced on quantity). One unique product key will be provided for each user.

Regards,
A-Team
#7 - Axialis Team - 11/09/2011 - 22:37
I need avatar for Howrse
Anybody know a easy free avatar making website besides iconator?
#8 - Hmmccoy - 11/22/2011 - 22:39
About icon packets
If I buy a professional license of your IconWorkshop, could I download your icon packets you are selling on this link?
http://www.axialis.com/stock-icons/ribbon-toolbar.html

Kind Regards,
#9 - Keylogger TT - 11/28/2011 - 11:38
Question
I see you guys sign your messages with "A-Team". That is so cool to think that it might be Mr. T. writing to me! Why did you guys stop having your show? Doesn't the government know that they could find you guys working with icons? You guys are the best, especially Mr. T. because he is super cool!!!
#10 - Handsko Branilla - 12/05/2011 - 16:07
The feature "Customize Windows Icons" compatibility with Windows Vista is released?
#11 - Ghaemi - 12/25/2011 - 10:03
The Best of AXIALIS Software...
I love this program! :-)

IconWorkshop - Professional Edition includes many many features. :-D

Thank to the Axialis Team. Please continue to develop ICW. It is worth it!

Best regards from Germany ;-)
#12 - Zeitreisender (registered user) - 12/25/2011 - 22:08
It is nice , but...
It is very useful software. but i want to edit Favicon.ico file for my website. Can i use this software to edit favicon.ico file ?
#13 - Internet Jadoo - 01/15/2012 - 09:34
Wow such a great tools you have provided here very creative and useful .Thanks for taking time to share this great post here with us..
#14 - Website Design - 01/27/2012 - 08:29
Great tool with 1024 icon support
Great tool I ever buy because it can support making 1024 by 1024 icon format for Mac OS App icon!!!
Thanks and hope release new version!
Thanks!
#15 - Jane from Parental Monitoring Software - 03/11/2012 - 10:53
We use this tool to design our new software icons
Hi,
I highly recommend this icon tools!
I have found and try several icon tools but the user experience is poor or with limited functions!
But I am amazed by iconworkshop's icon tool v6.8!
Great work!
#16 - Free Keylogger Download - 03/11/2012 - 10:57
love
i love this software
#17 - Ajit - 04/06/2012 - 13:19
so nice
soooo nice !!

I like this

:-D
#18 - AsH 0F WaR - 04/27/2012 - 22:42
Excellent Designing Software
I really like this software Interface, it's really easy to understand and features also superb. Thank you very much guys for this application.
#19 - Sharanyan - 05/08/2012 - 02:33
Excellent Designing Software
I really like this software Interface, it's really easy to understand and features also superb. Thank you very much guys for this application.
#20 - Sharanyan - 05/08/2012 - 02:34
Excellent Tool
very nice and excellent work!!!!!!!. User friendly tool.
#21 - Kokul - 05/10/2012 - 16:23
;-)i love this software
#22 - DELANDO - 05/17/2012 - 13:33
Excellent Icon Soft
Wonderful icon maker. Thanks.
#23 - Lanka - 05/30/2012 - 15:28
hi
hi, i like your software since i can create a new icon so i don't need to purchase the icon from various place. I'm going to try the trial first and see if it suits me. I got Adobe Photoshop and InDesign but never make any icon with it. If there are something that can make icon creation easier, it's better.
#24 - 24hr emergency plumber - 06/10/2012 - 08:42
If I buy a professional license of your IconWorkshop, could I download your icon packets you are selling on this link?
#25 - Solid Wall Insulation - 06/13/2012 - 21:53
Simply Amazing
This really is some of the best money I have spent. It is really wonderful and so easy to use.

If you're on the fence about buying this - don't. It's worth every penny and creates really fantastic icons. I don't have a creative bone in my body and I'm still creating awesome looking icons.

Top job!!!
#26 - christine - 06/15/2012 - 01:25
Nice good icon post. Keep it up.
#27 - best dry dog food 2012 - 06/21/2012 - 05:57
Mr.
With 10 ready-to-use Photoshop templates, create your icons like the professional icon designers. Use the powerful drawing tools of Photoshop to create the different formats of your icons and export the whole artwork in IconWorkshop. The icon is automatically created in seconds with all its embedded formats. You can even create your own templates.
#28 - love - 06/22/2012 - 06:59
Web Designer
It seen to be good one. Can I distribute the icons created by this software?
#29 - Shine Eddy - 06/25/2012 - 10:53
awesome icons
Looks are important. I use it to bring out a fresh look every time.
#30 - jogging stroller reviews - 06/26/2012 - 07:19
Windows, Mac OS X and Unix but also for IPhone, Android and Windows Mobile. The program provides support for all known icon formats and a plugin that allows you to work with Visual Studio.
#31 - resume writing companies - 06/27/2012 - 12:27
I have been a user of IconWorkshop for days and I can confirm this is a one amazing tool! Guys don`t hesitate to buy it!
#32 - Simon Gudeikis - 06/27/2012 - 12:59
Thank you. ;-)
#33 - Eric Santos - 06/27/2012 - 13:05
IconWorkshop looks like a great tool for creating icons for your website
#34 - web design - 06/29/2012 - 10:25
IconWorkshop
thank you for the icons, great work!
#35 - raspberry ketones - 07/07/2012 - 19:37
Great but...
These stock icons are great but can't you put some of your dev resources into adding layers to IconWorkshop?

They've been promised for many years but never seem to happen... :-(
#36 - IconWorkshop user - 07/31/2012 - 20:04
Software defeloper
Please consider making your software cross-paltform (using Qt for example). It is the best icon creating software I have come across. Really productive, especially the image objects - feature is really a life saver.

We mainly use Macs and Linuxes, but off course have also Windows installations, It would be really nice to see at least Mac version, one cannot find anything good as IconWorkshop, for Mac.
#37 - JuuMan - 08/18/2012 - 08:55
apnaonlinetv
We mainly use Macs and Linuxes, but off course have also Windows installations, It would be really nice to see at least Mac version, one cannot find anything good as IconWorkshop, for Mac.:-P
#38 - apnaonlinetv - 08/27/2012 - 10:24
thanks for the update
:-P We like to buy meds and use medical icons on our site Online Pharmacy and Drugstore
#39 - RxOutlet Online Pharmacy - 09/04/2012 - 22:49
Good blog
it's really easy to understand and features also superb. Thank you very much guys for this application.:-D:-P:-P:-[]:oops:B-);-):-):-O:-o
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nice
B-)since I know this program really helped me in the work, very detailed!
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mysql joins
:-D Love collecting icons, this great when doing projects, thx
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#43 - cialis - 10/06/2012 - 13:14
Thanks buy a professional license of your IconWorkshop, could I download your icon packets you are selling on this
#44 - naked links - 10/31/2012 - 11:20
like
:-D like it
#45 - delando - 12/28/2012 - 04:22
rattan
Thanks have been a user of IconWorkshop for days and I can confirm this is a one amazing tool! Guys don`t hesitate to buy it!
#46 - rattan - 12/29/2012 - 14:58
Thanks i like your software since i can create a new icon so i don't need to purchase the icon from various place. I'm going to try the trial first and see if it suits me
#47 - website optimization - 02/13/2013 - 11:09
It's powerful and easy to use!
Our software are greatly deconarated by icons designed via this tool!Thanks Regards
#48 - Minecraft gift Code Generator - 03/04/2013 - 13:16
:-O will buy this software as soon as possible
#49 - Iconstoc - 03/22/2013 - 05:33
Layers
I have had this software for years now and it is almost the best that there is, to make it the best how about finally implementing layers, this has been requested for many years now and is not happening. If you want to be the best you need to respond to the requests.
#50 - Peter - 04/14/2013 - 10:32
Ing.
Axialis Improvement Tip icon.
That the application to handle projects of icons, with layers and saved as a draft for future editions, and we facilitate the modification of icons
regards
#51 - Nelson - 06/28/2013 - 14:49
macintosh support
nice professional tool for making a impressive icon.
#52 - Kirti Nag - 07/30/2013 - 08:10
nice professional tool for making a impressive icon.
#53 - buy twitter followers - 08/06/2013 - 16:37
Visual Studio 2012
When will you be coming out with a plug in for Visual Studio 2012? Thank you.
#54 - Den - 08/29/2013 - 13:09
Needs updated for windows 8
I haven't seen any Windows 8 packages and the Visual Studio plugin only supports up to VS 2008.
#55 - Nathan - 10/06/2013 - 23:19
I have had this software for years now and it is almost the best that there is, to make it the best how about finally implementing layers, this has been requested for many years now and is not happening. If you want to be the best you need to respond to the requests.
#56 - what does bubblegum casting do - 03/31/2014 - 20:10
Thanks i like your software since i can create a new icon so i don't need to purchase the icon from various place. I'm going to try the trial first and see if it suits me
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