Axialis Object Pack #1 is a collection of 150 objects which have been designed to create nice looking glossy icons. By using drag & drop in IconWorkshop or CursorWorkshop you can easily create icons featuring various shapes, symbols, colors, shadows, inner lights, glossy effects.
The objects are provided in 256x256 PNG format with alpha channel. This high resolution permits to create icons from 256x256 to 16x16 without quality loss. Axialis IconWorkshop permits to create icons containing various sizes for Windows®, Vista® & MacOS®.
What is an object and how to create icons from objects?
An object is a simple graphical object provided in 256x256 high resolution. Objects also contain an alpha channel which permits to create interesting effects like semi-transparency, lighning, outer or inner glow, shadows...
An object usually contains one part of the drawing witch cannot be used alone. You need to combine several objects together in order to create the final artwork. This can be done very easily by simple mouse drag & drops in Axialis products.
For example, to create the "Blue Help" icon (bottom-center of the above image), you just have to combine 5 objects:
When the first image format is done (usually you start by creating the largest one 256x256) you can add the other formats in seconds using IconWorkshop. Just save as ICO for Windows® or ICNS for Macintosh®. If you use IconWorkshop 6.0 or more, you'll be also able to save as ICO with embedded PNG compression for Vista®.
Here is a scale 1:1 snapshot of the resulting icon containing various images from 256x256 to 16x16:
You can test the icon on your computer by downloading one of these versions (right-click, choose "Save Target As"):
icon-vista.ico (126 KB - 256x256 to 16x16 formats - compressed for Vista® - XP compatible )
icon-xp.ico (25 KB - 48x48 to 16x16 formats - standard Windows® XP compatibility)
icon-xp-ex.ico (345 KB - 256x256 to 16x16 formats - no compression - XP compatible)
icon-mac.bin (60 KB - 128x128 to 16x16 formats - MacBinary format - MacOS X compatible)
To get more information about objects, icons and icon creation, visit the links below:
What is an Icon?
What's new in Vista® icons?
What is an Image Object?
How to use Image Objects to create Icons?
How to download and install the Package?
The Image Objects are distributed in a self-install package. Just download the file by clicking the "Download Now" button. It is an executable file (EXE) so you may be prompted by Windows® or any other antivirus application to confirm the download and execution of the file. Click "YES".
Installing packages downloaded from Internet is potentially dangerous.
Install packages that you download on Internet may contain viruses. However your security is our priority and all our files are digitally signed and periodically tested against all known viruses. Also, if you have an Antivirus software installed, the file will be automatically checked before it is launched.
When downloaded, launch the installation and follow the procedure. When done, the objects are installed in the "Axialis Librarian" folder. If an associated application is installed it is launched.
Contents of the pack
Below are listed all the objects included in the pack. Some objects are available in various colors, others in one color only. It's not a problem since an unlimited variety of color versions can be created for each object by its adjusting Hue/Saturation. You can even create your own object versions.
Objects are drawn on a gray background to show the various lightning effects available (which would not be visible on a white background).