Converting snapshots to icons

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Converting snapshots to icons

Once you have created a 3D model and defined one or more snapshots, you can render the 3D model to image and convert it to icon.

Converting snapshots to images is easy. Simply click the Operation->Edit snapshot as raster image in main menu or in toolbar and a new window with a raster image opens. The Operation menu contains two additional commands for conversion to icons:

Create icon from snapshot

This command contains the following sequence of operations and transformations:

  • Render snapshot to raster image - conversion to raster image.
  • Remove border (interactive) - removing (or adding) of empty border space and positioning of the objects in the icon.
  • Conversion to icon (interactive) - define image formats to generate, and effects to apply.
  • Create pre-XP formats - create 8- and 4-bit image formats from the 32-bit ones.
  • Open icon in new window.

Make layered icon

If multiple snapshots are defined, it is possible to convert them to a layered image and then user the remove border operation on all layers. Finally, layers can be merged or converted to icons individually and merged afterward. The snapshots are effectively layers.

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Note that the slight shadow enhancing the edges of the final icon is present around the blue check-mark.

When using the Make layered icon function, shadows are applied to each layer(snapshot), separating them visually - use this to your advantage. The function for removing empty borders works with multiple layers as well. The icon above was created from a Rendered image document with two snapshots literally with one click.

Tips

  • When creating Vista icons (icons with image sizes up to 256x256 pixels), make sure that the resolution of the rendered image is high enough (>1000x1000 pixels) for maximum quality. You can increase the resolution in the Image Properties panel.
  • If your 3D model contains semitransparent parts, enable transparent background in the Image Properties panel. Otherwise, it is enough to pick a color that is not used in the 3D model for the background.

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