Icon Mixer

Using the integrated Icon Mixer of icofx you can quickly create your icons, from premade icon sets, by combining and colorizing symbols and overlays. To open the icon mixer, use the "Tools/Icon Mixer..." menu item.

Icon Mixer
The icon mixer dialog

  1. Toolbar: The toolbar of the icon mixer provides quick access to the most used features.
  2. Collection: The Collection list box contains a list of your created icons. You can add/delete icons to this list.
  3. Icon Set area: The Icon Set contains a list of your free and purchased icon sets and its categories.
  4. Symbol area: This part allows you to select the symbol of your icon.
  5. Overlay area: This part allows you to select the overlay of your icon.
  6. Preview: Here you can see your icon, the symbol combined with the overlay.
  7. Customization area: You can configure the icon's look and feel.

The symbols of the icon sets are designed as pixel perfect scalable vector images aligned to a 16x16 and/or a 32x32 grid. You can export your icons to scalable vector images (SVG file) or to different sized raster image formats like BMP, PNG, JPEG or icon files.

Icon Generation
Different image sizes generated from a vector source image

The symbols and overlays of some icon set (like the Office Icon Set) are available in two sizes. One small size aligned to a 16x16 grid, and one large size aligned to a 32x32 grid, with different level of details. This way your icons will look good on Windows ribbons in both sizes. Icons generated with a size smaller than 32x32 will use the small size while icons larger than 32x32 will use the larger size.

Office Icon Set Sizes
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Creating icons

Icon Sets

The Icon Set area contains a list of your free and purchased icon sets and its categories. Icofx comes with a free icon set called Google Material Design. Your purchased icon sets will also show up here. When an icon set category is selected the icon mixer will display the symbols of the selected category and the overlays of the icon set.

Icon Sets
Icon sets and their categories

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Symbols

In the Symbol area you can select the symbol of your icon. Double clicking the symbol will automatically add it to the collection list using the currently selected overlay and configurations. On the top part you can view the license of the icon set and you also have the option to search through the symbols of the icon set.

Search Icon Sets
Searching the icon set for "document"

You can flip and rotate the symbol in the Customization area using the flip/rotate buttons.

Flip/Rotate
Flip or rotate the symbol

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Overlays

This part allows you to select the overlay of your icon. Overlays are used to change the meaning of an icon or signify some extra action. You can add an overlay to the symbol by clicking on an overlay. To remove the overlay just click on the empty area of the overlay selection area.

You can change the position of the overlay using the overlay position buttons in the Customization area. You can uncheck all the buttons, then the overlay will not be visible.

Overlay Position
Overlay position buttons

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Colorizing

In the Customization area you have many colorization options to customize the icon's look and feel to match your brand or user interface design. You have the following options to colorize the symbols, or overlays:

Color Mode

You can select the color mode of the icon:

Dark Mode - Will change the color of the icon so it will look good on dark backgrounds.

Dark Mode

Monochrome - This option will show up for multicolored icon sets. It Will change the color of the icon so it has only one color.

Monochrome

Colorize

It will replace the color of monochrome icons while it will colorize multicolored icons.

Colorize
Symbols with red colorization

Tip: If you right click on the color button a color popup menu will help you with the color selection by showing you predefined colors, and a global Color Picker tool.

Replace Color

Allows you to replace certain colors of the icon. It is helpful for multicolored icon sets. The replacement of colors is done with the help of the Replace Pixels dialog.

Color Replace
Dark and light red replaced with dark and light green

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Collections

The Collection list box contains a list of your created icons. You can add/delete icons to this list. This helps you to export more icons at the same time and to store your icons for future usage. You can save, load, create a new collection using the toolbar. The toolbar also has buttons to add/remove icons from the collection.

You can rename, duplicate, modify and export icons from this list from the right click popup menu of the icons.

Collection Icon Popup
The icon's popup menu

You can update certain parts of the selected icons in the collection list using the popup menu of the icons. The "Update Color Mode" menu item will set the color mode of the icon to the color mode selected in the customization area. The Symbol menu item contains commands to flip the icon's symbol, or to update its color with the color selected in the customization area. The Overlay menu item contains commands to position the icon's overlay, update the overlay image, or to update its color with the color selected in the customization area.


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Export icons

You can export individual icons or all the icons of an icon collection.

Icon Mixer Export
The icon mixer's export dialog

On the Export dialog you can select the output folder, image formats and resolutions you'd like to export. Icofx allows you to export the icon iv vector SVG format, and you also have the option to export the icons to an image strip file.


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Purchasing additional icon sets

Icofx comes with a free icon set called Google Material Design. You can purchase additional icon sets here.

Here are some sample icons created using additional icon sets:

Sample Fluent Icons
Sample icons created using the Fluent Icon Set

Sample Office Icons
Sample icons created using the Office Icon Set

For help with the installation of an icon set please click here.

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