Create a favicon in Photoshop

By Aaron on December 2, 2008
Works with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Mac and PC Platforms. First you need this really useful plugin from telegraphics.com.au It works fine with Photoshop CS3 for PC. Create a new Photoshop document 16x16 pixels or a multiple of this such as 32x32, 64x64.  We can optimise the image size later on. If you want a transparent […]

Works with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Mac and PC Platforms.

First you need this really useful plugin from telegraphics.com.au It works fine with Photoshop CS3 for PC.

  • Create a new Photoshop document 16x16 pixels or a multiple of this such as 32x32, 64x64.  We can optimise the image size later on.
  • If you want a transparent favicon, make sure the background of the image is transparent.  If not, a quick way of removing the background is to select it using the magic wand and hitting delete.  or select the background with the magic wand - Click the Photoshop Select menu and select Similar. That should select all the background in one hit - hit the delete key to remove the background.
  • Save this as your Photoshop favicon Master
  • Now go to FileSave for Web & Devices in the Photoshop menu
  • Select GIF, click transparency on if required (diffusion transparency filter should be fine), set image size to 16x16 pixels and save.
  • Reopen this gif file in Photoshop and finally save it as an icon file.
Article written by Aaron

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