The default icons for your operating system can get kind of dull and boring after a while. You can easily change them, by using a Windows theme or downloading icons from the internet. But if you can not find any icons you like, then you can create your own using Paint.NET. Here is how to create icons from images with Paint.NET. So grab one of your favorite image files and lets get started. Here is how to create icon files with Paint.NET
What is Paint.NET
Paint.NET is a free, yes free, image and photo editing software for Windows computers. Paint.NET is a mix between Photoshop, Paint Shop and MS Paint. It is offered for free unless you want to donate to the cause.
Create Icon Files from Images with Paint.NET
First things first, if you don’t have Paint.Net, download and install below, then download, link below, the plugin Icons and Cursors. When you have all those downloaded and installed copy the IcoCur.dll to the Programs | Paint.NET | FileTypes, you will need administrative rights.
Next Launch Paint.NET and open the Image file you want to convert to an icon. Make any changes to your image file, like removing white space or adding a few dashes of color. Then go to File | Save As
The Save As window will open. Select Icons(*.ico) from the Save as type drop down and click OK.
The Icon Save Options will open asking you what you want to do. Click ok after adjusting to your liking. Here are the settings I will use for my icon. Feel free to try out other ones.
Lastly but most importantly enjoy your new icon. Here is what it will look after you are all finished.
That is it. This can be done on a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 machine. If you have any other tips or tricks you can do in Paint.NET post them in our comments below.