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Batch Create PNG Transparent Images from Icons
Creating PNG images from icons can be
very useful. For example, PNG
with transparency is the standard icon format for Linux®
KDE® Desktop Environment. Also some useful "Dock" applications
have been ported to Windows® (clones of Macintosh® OS-X Dock toolbar).
Most of these applications also are using 128x128
PNG with transparency as icons. See MobyDock
Dock websites for more info).
You can either create one PNG image from
one icon (see topic How
to Create a PNG, BMP or PSD Image with Transparency) or several images
from icons in one operation. This is what we call a Batch procedure:
Select the Source Icons
Open a new Explorer window. Choose File/New/File
When the window is opened, select the folder which contains the Source
Files using the tree in the left pane.
When done, the Source Files appears (with preview) in the right pane.
Select the icons you wish to convert to images. You can use Shift/Ctrl
+ Mouse to select several icons. Use Ctrl+A
to select all. Use +/- to select/unselect
by specifying filters.
Create the Images
Choose Explorer/Batch Create Images from
Icons or Ctrl+Shift+V.
5. The dialog
box Batch Create Images From Icons
opens (see below). In the Icon Format
to Extract group (), choose the image format you
wish to extract from the icons. You can choose only one image format.
If this exact format does not exists in an icon, the nearest format is
In the Image File Format group
(), select the file format you wish to use for the images
In the Transparency group (), choose if you wish to create transparent or opaque images.
If you choose to preserve transparency, the images will be automatically
converted to 32BPP with alpha channel (even if the chosen icon format
is 256 or less colors). If you choose to remove transparency, the images
will be generated using 24BPP (no alpha channel). In such a case, you
must specify a background color (to fill the transparent areas with this
When done, click OK. The batch
operation starts immediately, the hourglass mouse pointer is displayed
during the creation. When done the new Images are added to the folder
The created images have the same
filename as the original document with .PNG,
.PSD ot .BMP appended. A smart system has been added to index the
files if necessary to avoid overwriting. If this exact chosen format does not exists in an icon,
the nearest format is chosen for extraction.
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Article written by Axialis Software Team on September 10, 2007.