Saving and Exporting

It is a good idea to save your document often as you work with any application.

Using IcoFX you can save icons, cursors and images in different formats: ICO, CUR, ANI, ICNS and IFX. Additionally you can export your icon, cursor or image to the most popular image formats like PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, APNG, XPM, JPEG2000 or BMP.

Saving

IcoFX can save icon images to Windows icon (*.ico) or Macintosh icon (*.icns). Cursor images will be saved as Windows cursor files, while animated cursor images will be saved as Windows animated cursor files (*.ani). IcoFX images will be saved as IFX files by default. Using this format the layer information is saved and can be reloaded at later time.

If you save the image in other file format than described above then the image will be exported.

To save an image use the "File/Save" menu item or press the save button on the main tool bar. You can save the file under a different format or name using the "File/Save As..." menu item.

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Exporting

You can save images to different image formats. In this case the image will be exported to the selected format. IcoFX can export to the following image formats: PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, JPEG2000 or BMP. If you export an icon or cursor using the "File/Save As..." menu item then only the selected image format will be exported. If you export an animated cursor then only the selected frame will be exported. In the case of exporting IcoFX images then the whole image will be exported, however the image will be exported flattened (layers will e merged into a single layer) because the image formats do not support layered images.

If the image format has extra saving options then a dialog will appear with saving options. On this window you can select the desired options like quality. The dialog has a "Use this setting as default" check box. If checked then the current settings will be saved and used next time. The dialog will not be displayed anymore. You can always re enable the dialogs from the Options tab of the Preferences window

Most image formats support transparency. To export the transparency of an image make sure that the "Export transparency information when exporting to image" check box is checked in the Options tab of the Preferences window. If not the transparency of the image will not be exported. The transparent area will be filled with the selected background color. If the background color is transparent or semi transparent then the transparency is set to 0 percent (A=255).

You can export to the following formats:


GIF - Graphics Interchange Format

To export an image into a gif file select "Gif Image" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog. The save options dialog will be displayed:"

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GIF Options

In the case of GIF images you can set to repeat the animation. If the "Repeat animation forever" check box is not checked then the animation will not be restarted when it ends.

The GIF image format does not support semi transparent images. A pixel can be fully transparent or fully opaque.


APNG - Animated Portable Network Graphic

To export an image into an apng file select "Animated Portable Network Graphic" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog. The save options dialog will be displayed:"

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APNG Options

In the case of APNG images you can set to repeat the animation. If the "Repeat animation forever" check box is not checked then the animation will not be restarted when it ends.

The APNG image format supports semi transparent images.


JPG - JEPG Image

To export an image into a jpeg file select "Jpeg Image" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog. The save options dialog will be displayed:"

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JPEG Options

In the case of JPEG image you can set the quality of the file. A small value means smaller image size, but bad image quality, while a larger size will result greater image quality and also greater file size. Pressing the Reset button you can reset the quality value th the default value.

JPEG images do not support transparency. If you export a transparent image to a JPEG file then the transparent area will e filled with the selected background color. If the background color is transparent then transparency is set first at 0 percent (A=255).


JP2 - JPEG 2000 Image

To export an image into a jpeg 2000 file select "Jpeg 2000 Image" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog. The save options dialog will be displayed:"

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JPEG2000 Options

In the case of JPEG 2000 image you can set the quality of the file. A small value means smaller image size, but bad image quality, while a larger size will result greater image quality and also greater file size. Pressing the Reset button you can reset the quality value to the default value. Additionally you can check the "Lossless compression" check box for the best quality. In this case no image data will be lost during saving.

The JPEG 2000 format supports semi transparent images.


TIF - Tagged Image File Format

To export an image into a tif file select "Tagged Image File Format" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog. The TIFF format supports semi transparent images.


BMP - Bitmap Image

To export an image into a bmp file select "Bitmap" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog.

The BMP format supports semi transparent images.


PNG - Portable Network Graphic

To export an image into a png file select "Portable Network Graphic" in the "Save as type" combo box in the "Save As" dialog.

The PNG format supports semi transparent images.

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