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By on April 8, 2011 5:07:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

aceuk

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Hi

Can anyone help me understand these instructions for making a DesktopX icon in Photoshop?

I have never used Photoshop before so it really needs to be explained in every detail (idiots guide).

I am using a DX theme called H2so4 by chadamus.

He has created a Generator for DesktopX Icons & Icon template.

They can be found at:-

http://chadamus.deviantart.com/art/H2so4-Icon-Templates-849135

http://chadamus.deviantart.com/art/H2so4-DesktopX-Icon-Generator-849149

H2so4 DesktopX Icon Generator

This readme assumes that you already have open the Icon Template files from the H2so4-IconTemplate set.

In Adobe Photoshop:

**** Important!  Load files in this order:

**** The Action will not work without this!

template.psd

template-over.psd

dxtemplate.psd

dxtemplate-over.psd

This action only uses the 48x48 icon template, so if you have the 72x72 open, you may minimize that, or close it. Select and copy the icon you wish to create into the clipboard.

Select the file TEMPLATE.PSD

**** Important!  Do NOT Paste the clipboard into the image!

Select play on the action DX-TEMPLATE. The action will pause twice for you to enter a file name.

For the first file, this is the normal image. 

Save it with a name for example: H2so4-DXIcon-ProgramX.bmp

For the second file, this is the mouseover image.

Save it with a name for example: H2so4-DXIcon-ProgramXOver.bmp

The files will reset themselves to their original state so it is easy to create multiple images in a row. Once you have created these images, clone an existing H2so4 DX Icon from within desktopX.  Change the Object ID, and the Normal and Mouseover Images to the ones you have just created.  Update your shortcut and ToolTip.

Export the newly saved file, and you are done!

Thanx

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April 9, 2011 8:27:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Right I assume that loading the files is achived by double clicking on them and they appear in there own window within photoshop.

I get to "Select play on the action DX-TEMPLATE"

I then get a box appear with the command "Paste" is not currently available. It also has 2 buttons - Stop & Continue

I am I doing something wrong.

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April 9, 2011 8:57:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Best to pm RedneckDude.... or sViz.

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April 9, 2011 12:43:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, I'll look into this further, but it seems to me like the hard way of doing something that is easily done in DX to begin with.

Maybe as I read further into the stuff by chadamus, I'll find I'm wrong...lol.

 

I will say I rarely use actions, so it will take me a bit to learn this. I will get back to you.

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April 9, 2011 1:13:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanx

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April 9, 2011 2:29:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is really a Photoshop query rather than DX. But:

-First make sure the action script (.atn) included in the zip is loaded into PS. (You can just drag it into PS)

"Select and copy the icon you wish to create into the clipboard."

-Basically, open the image you want as an icon, copy it, then close it. (Not copying an image will give you the error you mentioned.)

Now, we can get to the icon generating:

-Open the .PSD files as instructed

-Select the TEMPLATE.PSD to make sure it's in focus

-In the action window (Window > Actions, if it's not already open) , his action scripts show up in a folder. Select the DX Template action as seen below...

-Click the play button.  The first time it brings up a Save As window, you'll put in the name for your Mouse Away/ Normal icon. The 2nd time the Save As window comes up, you'll put in the name of your Mouse Over icon.

-To apply these images in DX you have to clone one of his ready-made icons and then change the images, etc., as instructed.

Hope this helps.

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April 9, 2011 3:06:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Eve to the rescue!!!! 

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April 10, 2011 3:29:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 

vSiv - Thanx for pointing me in the right direction.

It seems the main problem is getting the icon copied to the clipboard.

what is the best why to do this. I have been putting the image into PS and then using the R.Marquee tool to highlight it  then Edit/Copy.

This is what I have done.

Loaded the action file , then Icon48x48-ip (from icon templates folder)then as per readme load :-

template.psd
template-over.psd
dxtemplate.psd
dxtemplate-over.psd

Selected and copy the icon32x32 into the clipboard(see above)

Then finish as in readme.

End result

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa191/aceuk007/dxteseticon.jpg

As you can see not quite they yet.I think this is because the icon image I used is 32x32 square.If I somehow manage to just cut out the circle and apply that pic it might look the same.Do you know how I can do this.  UPDATE - I now know how to do this but it does not make them look how they should.

I did get this message come up "The object "history state -4" is not currently available" What does it mean?

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April 10, 2011 7:05:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I missed your first link in the original post. I see you're supposed to copy from the icon template PSDs he's already created. So:

-Load one of the template PSDs (i only see 48x48 and 72x72 in the zip)

-In the layers window, hide/unhide the layer showing your icon of choice

-With an active layer selected, CTRL+A to select all. Then CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy all visible layers.

 

Then proceed as previously instructed. (Note: for me, this brought up 2 extra dialog windows about where to paste; just click OK to proceed.)

I guess if you wanted to use your own image, you'd have to paste it into the icon template PSD first (making sure the layer order is correct.) Then copy all that, following the instructions above.

 

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April 10, 2011 7:44:48 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

sVis

I am trying to create an Eset icon.

If you look at my pics you can see that they are just not right. I have tried paste the Eset icon to the template PSD .Looks them as my pics.

I am not sure what you mean by first (making sure the layer order is correct.)

If you mean the

template.psd
template-over.psd
dxtemplate.psd
dxtemplate-over.psd

Then I did.

 

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April 10, 2011 9:51:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yes, I see your images. Don't paste to the template.psd. Follow the steps below:

- In the "CMS-H2so4-Resource IconTemplates"  zip, load the "icon48x48-ip-3.psd" file. (This is the PSD you should paste and copy from.)

- Paste your image into this PSD, resize and position it. Check the layer window (Window > Layers) to be sure the image you just pasted is between Layer 5 and Layer 45. See image below.

- Select all. CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy all layers. You have now copied the correct image (your icon + the green background) to the clipboard.

- Load the template, template-over, dxtemplate, dxtemplate-over PSDs as instructed.

- Select the template.psd, play the DX Template action, and save as instructed.

 

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April 10, 2011 12:31:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

sViz

When I copy & paste icon image to icon48x48-ip-3 I get Layer46.

How do you change it. Found out how to do it - Go into properties.

Thing is I still don't get the square sharp around the icon image.

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April 10, 2011 1:21:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

sVis

I DID IT  .

I must have sticky keys or something.

Again it was the CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy all layers that was letting me down.

So I selected all from the toolbar and then used Edit/Copy Merged

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa191/aceuk007/MyIconsatLast.jpg

Thanx for all your help

I hope I can count on you again if it's not to much trouble.

Cheers

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April 10, 2011 1:56:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Huzzah!

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April 10, 2011 2:14:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sheesh! This seems like an awful lot of work just to make an icon in DX!!!!...... Why not just make two images ( icon.jpg and icon_over.jpg) then just make a new object in DX and change the two image states?

Works for me!!

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April 10, 2011 3:20:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

^Agreed. No idea why the author made them like this, but then it's an old theme.

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April 10, 2011 4:59:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Now I know what I'm doing it really does'nt take that long.

If I have the icon image I can have the finished product intergrated into my DX theme in 5 mins.

I've now done 4 and thats only because I don't have the images I want.

Can I ask the same author created some icons but they are not .BMP or .png etc but DesktopX package.

How do you get them like that.

Here are some.

http://www.wincustomizetest.com/explore/desktopx_objects/2676/

Is it possible to deconstruct a icon so I could take the image layer and apply it to my theme(green boarders)

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April 10, 2011 10:03:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting aceuk,
Is it possible to deconstruct a icon so I could take the image layer and apply it to my theme(green boarders)

Don't think so.

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