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Is it possible to create custom icons for *specific*, individual folders and files, without using programs such as FolderIcon for the Mac? (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/6696)

Any help is appreciated!
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by:NGInterface
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By specific and individual, I mean, I want a certain folder named "Firefly" to have a specific logo, while the rest of my folders should remain the default blue...
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Eoin OSullivan earned 500 total points
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The simple answer is YES.

There are 2 routes ..

OPTION 1: Using other peoples designs
1. Find an icon you like on one of the many websites that offer free icon sets & download the set with icons you like
http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/icons.php
http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/
http://www.icons.cx/icons/

2. Click on the icon from the set you downloaded (usually a custom folder) and Get Info (Apple + I) ..
3. Click on the icon image in the top left of the info box and copy it (Apple + C).
4. Do a Get Info on the folder or file on your Mac you wish to change and click on the icon box
5. Paste the image into that box (Apple + V)
6. Close the Info box and it should be visible

OPTION 2: Doing it yourself
Using some form of image editing software you can create icons (preferably 128x128 on transparent background)
Save the image (or you can use an image you have)
Use the progarm Pic2Icon - available here http://www.download.com/Pic2Icon/3000-2256_4-8881968.html
Drop the image onto it and it creates a custom icon
Use the steps 2 to 6 above to use this icon on an existing folder

Good luck and happy designing...

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by:Eoin OSullivan
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There's a video tutorial here on how to create an OSX icon using Photoshop and Pic2Icon ..
http://ia300813.eu.archive.org/3/items/DoctorPhotoshopCreateIconsinPhotoshop/CreatingIcons.mov
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