Creating transparent icons

October 2016

Custom icons like transparent icons provide great visuals and are aesthetically-pleasing to the eye. Creating these kinds of icons is not an easy exercise. Most of the editing tools thwart the export of icons with .ico foramt.. There is however, a solution to this problem. There are softwares that are available for free that can help in the creation of transparent icons. One such tool is IcoFX and the other one is PixelToolBox. The former is basically an icon editor that works on the Vista platform while the latter can create graphics like icons in Windows-based systems.

Creating icons is not easy and most of the editing tools don't allow you to export them in the .ico format. Fortunately, there are free tools simplifying the creation of icons!


IcoFX is a free icon editor. It can create, retrieve and edit icons. It works under XP and Vista, and supports transparency.

It offers over 40 effects and can transform your photos into an icon. It can also extract icons contained in other files, such as executable files.

Main features
  • Support Vista with PNG compression
  • Support for transparency (alpha channel)
  • Import, export and batch extraction
  • More than 40 effects
  • Resolutions up to 256x256
  • 2, 16, 256, True Color, True Color + Alpha
  • Extract icons from exe files 32 bit exe and dll
  • Import and export of images



PixelToolBox is an alternative solution for creating graphics for Windows, such as icons, cursors, wallpapers, etc..

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