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Icons for 2011/2012

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woodman78

I have been looking at how to extra icons for AutoCAD ribbon tabs and panels I have created for our office. I downloaded a few sets of icons from the web but they didn't work our very well.

 

I then hit on the idea of using Sketchup to create icons. I created a model of the item I wanted to show like this.

icon grab.jpg

 

And then used Paint.Net to resize and save it as bmp.

 

This what I have for icons in CAD then.

 

icons.jpg

 

icons1.PNG

 

Just thought I'd share it.

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Ahankhah

Nice one but very difficult to guys like me!

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Organic

They look good. My custom icons are all 1 minute jobs done with the built in AutoCad icon editor lol.

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tzframpton

Awesome. This should be moved to the "Tips and Tricks" section.

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SunnyTurtle

Just wow that would make autocad a lot more user friendly that Autocad Icon editor is so restrictive and i just end up with letters

Awesome. This should be moved to the "Tips and Tricks" section.

Yes i agree

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BlackBox

Very neat tip! :)

 

Haven't tried paint.net yet, I've always used Photoshop, or the built in icon editor... just made some custom, discipline splash images today for some folks in other groups (environmental, and transportation respectively):

ct_ac2009_environmental.png

ct_ac2009_transportation.png

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woodman78

I have used Photoshop mainly too but gave Paint.net a try and really liked it for light stuff.

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Organic

That looks a very advanced icon.

 

Paint.net is a good program, much easier than Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.

 

Personally the icons we use I have drawn using the built in AutoCad icon editor, which is like Paint. If people aren't happy with the crappy quality, then too bad. The icons don't make us money.

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BlackBox

FWIW -

 

These days I use Gimp (free full, and portable app), and IcoFx (free portable app) to produce all of my custom application, button icons and images for CUIx, etc.. My 'base' images are at 1000x1000 given that CUI automagically re-sizes icons for us in newer versions, but am beginning to do in 5000x5000 and simply re-size down as needed. :thumbsup:

 

Cheers

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