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    Lightbulb Photoshop Tutorial on resizing icons

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    Hey, I figured I'd make this, since I recently found out how to batch edit icons. Also, I've seen so many themes lately that have the icons resized incorrectly, which makes the icons pixelated and stretched out. IMO, that can make or break a theme.

    Get all of the icons that you want to resize in one folder. In this case, we're doing the Precision icons from the Bold. Create another folder, in this case, resized.


    Open up Photoshop, and open up one of the images that you need resized. It doesn't matter which one it is.


    You'll need the dialog box at the right that has "Actions" highlighted. Hit the button as shown below, it's "Create New Action".


    Next, we need to name what the action will be. In this case, resize.



    Hit Record. Now we need to edit the image. What we do to this image will be done to all images in the folder. Go to Image - Image Size, and the following dialog will open.


    The original size was 80x80, we want to keep the proportions but get the whole icon into the space. The zen icons for the 8100, 8300, 8700, and 8800 are 48x36. Now we have an icon that's smaller, but still not wide enough.

    Go to Image - Canvas Size. This is how we'll make it 48x36.

    Change Inches to Pixels.


    Do not check the box for Relative.

    Now your image should look like this.


    Now we want to stop recording the action.


    Close out the image, and do not save when prompted.
    Now go to File - Automate - Batch. The following dialog will open.


    The Action should be set as what we just recorded, resize. The source folder is the icons we need resized, the destination is the folder we created earlier to store our resized icons. The settings you see above work just fine for me. Hit OK, and you'll see all of the images being resized very quickly.

    Once it's done, go to your new folder and make sure everything came out OK.


    Now, instead of your icons looking like this -


    They'll look like this -


    Happy theme-ing!
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    Very Nice, Thanks
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    do you know how to do this with gimp?

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    There is no easy way to do this with GIMP. You can resize the icons and place them on a 48x36 transparent canvas, but I have not found a way to do them all at once. ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    thanks for the quick reply i will try doing this way.

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    dude.....do you know how much time you just saved me ? I was doing them one by one
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    thanks for posting your hard work ganns.
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    i just want to say that this tutorial has saved me HOURS of work resizing icons.

    thanks girl! you ROCK!!

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    No problem, guys! I spent hours too, resizing icons one by one. When I found out that Photoshop could do them all at once, I had to get a copy!
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    now i was resizing my images all day today in my spare time then when i got home i thought about macros and firgured it out its funny to stuble apon this now i have a question though when you right click on you can click change all icons but its asking for an icons directory how does one generate that?

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    Do you mean when you're in Theme Builder and you want to change all icons? When you select that, navigate to the folder that you have all of the icons in. You won't see them, but hit ok, and if they're all correctly named, all of the icons will be changed.
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    oh sweet thanks.

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    very helpful thank you sir
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    I'm starting to think this won't work on photoshop elements 7?
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    thanks for the tutorial very helpfull
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