“You can change the pho­tos on your Desk­top back­ground and cus­tomise many other fea­tures – so why not tai­lor your icons, too!”

Make your own icons for files and fold­ers

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -


Any­one can do it


15 min­utes

YOU’ll NEED OS X 10.9 or higher, Image2i­con, some


The Mac’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem has al­ways been vis­ual in na­ture, and this makes it in­tu­itive. Back in the days when other sys­tems re­lied on com­mand lines, Mac OS prided it­self on en­abling you to use icons. Files, fold­ers and ap­pli­ca­tions were eas­ily dif­fer­en­ti­ated through vis­ual cues. You didn’t have to type out a path to ac­cess a favourite ap­pli­ca­tion – you’d just spot its icon and dou­bleclick on it.

Icons on the Mac can also be cus­tomised by the user. Al­though you can (at least un­til El Cap­i­tan) muck about with sys­tem and app icons, those are al­ready dif­fer­en­ti­ated by their unique de­signs. In your Dock, you can al­ready tell apart, say, Sa­fari, Mail and iTunes. But if you’ve got a few fold­ers in your Dock, they all look ex­actly the same.

In Fin­der, you can of course ap­ply cus­tom icons by past­ing images copied from else­where into the Get Info field, but Image2i­con makes the process of adding and restor­ing icons far eas­ier. It also of­fers one-off op­tional pay­ments to un­lock tem­plates and ex­tra ex­port types (£4.49 each), or every­thing at once (£7.99). The base app is free, how­ever, and that’s what we use in this tu­to­rial. Craig Gran­nell

Image2i­con makes the process of adding and restor­ing icons far eas­ier

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