How To Convert Images Into Icons

Icons – these small little things are used for a variety of purposes. They are used in operating systems, programs and even on the web. It’s true that most programs come with default icons but sometimes you may want to change them. Also Windows allows you to change folder icons, in which case you may want to apply an icon that truly represents your folder.

Now, there are two ways to get the icon. Either you can use an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop or you can convert any image to an icon file. Creating an image manually yields the best results but not everyone is a graphic designer, and hence, an easy way to do this is to convert the image to icon.

There are many image to icon converters that you can use. They basically take a source image and then turn it into an icon. The outcome depends on the quality of the source image.

Enter Quick Any2Ico, a portable and free program for the Windows operating system that you can use to create icons from images. Also you can extract the icon from any EXE, DLL or OCX file.


The first thing that you’ll need to do is to select the source. Select whether you want to convert an image file or extract the icon from any resource file.

Next, browse and select the source file. The image can be in JPG, PNG, BMP, etc formats.

You can now select the destination on the drive where you want the image to be saved. Also select the dimension of the output icon – you have options from 16 x 16 to 512 x 512 pixels. Finally, click on the “Convert it!” button.

Note that if you select “Extract from exe/dll/ocx resource” option, it will open the pick icon dialog, allowing you to select an icon from the resource of the file. You can then pick the icon which you want.

Overall it can be said that Quick Any2Ico is a very handy program to create an icon file from an image, and that too with a simple user interface. Try it out – it’s free and portable which means you don’t need to install anything to your computer.

About the Author

Saqib Khan
Saqib is a technology writer, contributing news and how-to's. He thinks tech all the time, even when dreaming. Besides writing on ValueWalk, he also writes on Technostarry. You can reach him via Twitter.