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How to create favourite icon in Ubuntu using gimp

This is a guide on how to create favorite icon (as required beside the url of a website) in Ubuntu using GIMP image Editor. GIMP Image Editor is installed by default in Ubuntu desktop and Slackware too. We don't need anything else. No converter what so ever. So here we go.

Open GIMP Image Editor from Applications --> Graphics menu.

Click File menu and choose New. In the new pane, type size 16 pixels for both Width and Height. Click OK to continue.

Gimp create a new image

The 16 x 16 px is so small that it's impossible to design favourite icon. Press + to enlarge the background image. Open Layer menu and choose New Layer...Change the layer name if you want. The image width and height is pre-selected (the same as previous size). Click OK to create the new layer.

Gimp create a new layer

Now we can draw icon as usual. The image will be bad but it's alright because this is not the exact size. Here's an example:

Gimp drawing image

Create another layer to draw or add new image. Follow the step above on how to create a new layer. Here is an example of the new layer image:

Gimp new layer image

This is the picture of all layers:

Gimp layers properties

Now it's time to save the icon image. First, just save as whatever name you like without extension (or put it .xcf) as original backup source. Then, save it again as 'name.png'. Export file - merge visible layers and click Export.

Gimp export file

Save as png image:

Gimp save as png

Close all and open the png image above. Now save it again but this time as name.ico.

Gimp save as ico

That's all. The icon is ready to be used.


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