Step 5: Adjusting The Icon Image
In this step, we'll adjust the existing icon image. AWicons
provides you with various professional and customizable tools for icon image adjustment. We will not draw images, but modify the appearance of icon images. This will be useful for you when a color spectrum correction is needed, or you want to change the positioning of image elements.
First of all, we will adjust the colors in our icon. Let's add some contrast to our
image and make it brighter. A powerful Brightness - Intensity Ö Contrast tool
is built into AWicons
, and we'll use it for this purpose. B-I-C tool can be
selected using the menu path Effects -> Brightness - Intensity Ö ContrastÅ as well
as with the "F5" key. There are three items to adjust: Brightness, Intensity and
Contrast. By reducing Brightness (down to -20) and increasing Intensity
(up to +15) we get a bright, deep blue with more contrast.
To meet the Windows XP requirements in icon creation, we must add some perspective to our icon image. This also is a professional feature in AWicons
built-in 3D rotate tool allows you to perform any complex image transformations including a customized perspective adding feature, and even a special preset (adds Windows XP style perspective to an icon). As always, this tool is available from the menu Effects ->3D rotate
or it can be selected using the Effects button. We'll apply this effect to our icon image to add XP-styled perspective. There are many settings to customize, but we'll just use built-in XP Style presets (adds XP styled perspective). To add XP styled perspective to the image, click on the button XP Style and then press Apply (shown below).
: the 3D Rotate effect is available in Pro
Having applied the effects, we'll need to place our image to the icon center. This may be performed simply by moving the image to the center. We use the Selection Tool to move icon images. Activate the Selection tool by clicking on the toolbar button (1)
or use the "S" hot key. Then, the cursor inside the drawing area will be changed to a big cross, which allows you to select image elements. To place the icon image in the center, perform this sequence:
- Select the icon image using the Selection Tool (Simply mark the image by moving the mouse pointer over the image with the left mouse button pressed. Having selected the image, release the button.)
- When the image is selected the mouse pointer automatically switches to a four arrow cursor. You may move the image using the mouse. Press the left mouse button (keep the button pressed) and move the image to the center.
: There is another way to select and move the icon image. Double-click on the button (1)
selects the entire image area (If there's no selection) and then you are able to move it. If some area was selected before, double-clicking on the button (1)
cancels the selection.
The result is shown below: