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Do You really need the 8 and 4 bit color depth versions?

4-bit and 8-bit icons are REQUIRED by standards. You can create it in 15 minutes:

256-color icons: use Photoshop, remove shadows, create magenta background, do some work with icon edges (hardest part), flatten image, convert to 8-bit _WITH_ custom palette.

16-color icons: use "MS Paint", simply open photoshop's 8-bit bitmaps in Paint and save as 4-bit icons (Paint is stupid enough to create 4-bit icons _WITHOUT_ custom palette -- exactly what we need).

In WinXP icon design guide, there is simple step-by-step instruction for 4-bit and 8-bit icons.

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Awesome work Nucleo. I think you really nailed it. Although, I gotta admit, I loved your previous design. It was really refreshing to see an icon look more like a button. And it really had an epic, larger than life, feel to it.

I'm curious, what tools did you use?

Also, is this site using the wrong icon resolution icon for the favicon? It seems to be more pixalated than it appears in your images, but perhaps that just a difference with background colour.

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Oh, new CDBurnerXP build is 400 Kb larger! Too much even for Vista icon! CDBurnerXP icon is currently 400 Kb size.

In earlier times, about 10 years ago, I was writing a tiny 5 Kb executables (pure Win32 API, compiled without RTL). Now imagine, what would happen, if I add a huge 400 Kb icon into 5 Kb executable. Freaky! :)) Time passes, and everything changes... But I still love small apps, because small size means high quality.

Anyway, CDBurnerXP is an application with a lots of data/audio burning functionality, whish is only 2000 Kb, and adding a 400 Kb icon into it is a crime! :)) Too much. :)

Here are 2 simple steps I took to reduce icon size from 400 Kb to 92 Kb:

1) Opened it with "Gif Movie Gear" and just re-saved an icon. Now it is compressed, like all icons made by Microsoft:

400 Kb -> 204 Kb

2) Removed all non-standard sizes (24x24, 64x64, 128x128). I swear, you absolutely don't need it, because those sizes are used only in very special cases. Inside Vista there is no applications with such icon sizes. Vista is optimized for creating any non-standard icon sizes by reducing 256x256 icon ON THE FLY.

204 Kb -> 92 Kb

Here is a result icon:

http://rapidshare.com/files/66209655/cd ... n.zip.html (92 Kb)

(no single pixel changed in original Nucleo work, just removed unnecessary data and compressed the rest).

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Favicon is 16x16 pixels size. Correct size.

But maybe it would be better to make 16x16 icon FLAT (shown straight-on). Because 3D-LOOK (shown in perspective) is good for all larger icon sizes, but it is bad for 16x16 icon. If you turn on "Details" or "List" view in Windows Explorer (in ANY Windows version), you will see, that all 16x16 icons looks different. It isn't just scaled down 32x32 icons. They always create _another_ icon for 16x16 size. It should be simplified -- no shadow, less details, more generic.

Look at those two pictures, and you will understand the idea:

1. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/librar ... us,MSDN.10).png

2. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/librar ... us,MSDN.10).png

P.S. Please don't take umbrage at me :) I really like your icon, it is artistically perfect, but I just want it to be _technically_ perfect too.

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