Having hard time converting a PNG to a ICO...

Hi, I have a png file of my logo attached - a small "pie-chart" type of thing and I'm just trying to make a ICO file out of it, probably around 45x45 pixels or so... just normal size. Every time I try to use any online tools to convert PNG to ICO, it makes the ICO file a kind of bright "neon" version of my original PNG file - doesn't look right. Can anyone help me or steer me in the right direction please?

Thanks!
   Shawn

P.S: I also attached the reduced (45 pixel) version of my PNG file. i can reduce it okay, it's just the conversion from PNG to ICO that doesn't go right.
pie150-cropped-transp.png
pie150-cropped-transp-45.png
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I use Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com/ to convert to ICO format.  However, I can't upload it because 'ICO is not on the list of accepted extensions'.  I uploaded it to here for you:  http://www.gammaboa.com/pie150-cropped-transp-45.ico
shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Dave, that is better than before... but I think that the background 'shadow' in the image really doesn't translate down very well to icon form. Is there a way to get that background shadow out of my PNG first, and then convert it to PNG? That would probably produce a much better, cleaner result.

Thanks!
   Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You would have to open the file in an image editor and erase the parts that you don't want and then convert it.  GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ and Paint.NET http://www.getpaint.net/index.html are free image editors.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Dave, I do know a bit in Paint.net so I used the eraser tool to take out the background shadow from my original 45 pixel PNG file... I've attached that. I also downloaded and tried Irfanview but when I Save As .ICO, it always comes out all black and raggedy around the edges of the pie, and it darkens the whole image too, I don't know why.

Thanks
   Shawn
pie150-cropped-transp-45-noshadow.png
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
shawn857Author Commented:
That looks really nice and crisp Dave, thanks... but it's not transparent anymore. It has a gray background.

Thanks
   Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
How are you viewing it?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Try it again, I may have clicked on the wrong transparency.  http://www.gammaboa.com/pie150-cropped-transp-45-noshadow.ico
shawn857Author Commented:
OK, transparency is back, thanks... but it's back to being darker, raggedy and blackened around the edges of the pie - just like what happened to me when I tried IrfanView. Your previous one that had the grey background was so crisp looking - if only we could keep that but have a transparent background. Maybe this is a problem with IrfanView?

Thanks
    Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That is not a problem with Irfanview, it is left-overs from the previous image.  You need to clean up the image to get rid of anything that is not transparent.  In Photoshop, I would add a red border to make all those little pieces show up so I could erase them.  Then remove the border when I was done.

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shawn857Author Commented:
I'm not sure what you mean Dave. By "previous image", you mean the original PNG file, correct? How do you get rid of stuff that's not transparent? This is getting over my head now.

Thanks
   Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You have to find a way to make it reveal itself.  Borders in Photoshop works well.  Changing the color of the background layer does too.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Try this version http://www.gammaboa.com/pie150-cropped-transp-45-noshadow2.ico that I exported from GIMP.
shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Dave, well this one looks good, but the only problem is that it doesn't show as the icon for my software in the Windows task bar. See, I'm developing a Delphi windows program and this is to be my icon for it - that's the main purpose for all of this. I load the icon into my Delphi app, but when I run my app, the icon doesn't display down in the Windows taskbar.... weird.

Thanks
    Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't know anything about that.
shawn857Author Commented:
The other icons you produced displayed fine. A curious thing about this one you made with Gimp - it doesn't show a thumbnail image at all for it in Windows Explorer, while all the other ones did. Maybe something weird that Gimp did to it...?

Thanks
   Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I'm on Windows XP but I see the thumbnail by the filename for all three versions of the icon that we have created tonight.
shawn857Author Commented:
Success Dave - I took the last working one that you created for me and found an Icon Editor on the web (IcoFX) that let me edit out those outlier pixels. Now it's looking good and sharp... thank you for the help!

Cheers
    Shawn
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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