How do I create an icon

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  1. macrumors member

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    That will show up on the simulator

    Also how do i upload apps to my iphone / itouch?
     
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    bbrosemer

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    Icon ... you make a 57x57 png ... Put it somewhere in the resources ... Then change the plist to the icon name...

    As for getting the app on your iPod Touch or iPhone you need to be a registered paid developer ... then apple gives good examples of how to test on your device in the program portal.
     
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    To elaborate, make a file called Icon.png, put it in your Resources group and change the plist entry to "Icon.png". It should show up in the simulator then.

    By default it adds the glossy effect but there's another plist entry you can add to remove it.
     
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    dejo

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    Since we're talking defaults, you don't even need to change the Info.plist entry to reference your Icon.png file. It defaults to this. So, just add an Icon.png file to your project and you're set.
     
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    RodThePlod

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    Don't start with a 57x57 png, though. Start with a 400x400 (or even bigger) image and, when complete, resize it to 57x57.

    Cheers,

    RTP
     
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    You'll need a bigger version of the icon anyway as Apple will use it for the App Store page.
     
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    dejo

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    That depends. Sometimes the resizing can loose some of the detail. As a general rule, an icon at 512x512, which is what the large application icon needs to be, is a great place to start. And usually scaling down to 57x57 is sufficient. But there will be occasions where this scaling down doesn't produce the right look. In that case, a good graphic designer will recognize that and adjust accordingly.
     
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    newb question

    I am new to Iphone SDK, and while the information is very useful on how to add the icon to a Iphone program, what program can I use to make the icon?
     
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    Depending on your budget, a graphic designer, Illustrator/Photoshop or Inkscape/Gimp.
     
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    If you have the money I'd recommend getting someone who knows what they're doing to do it. It will probably look a lot better and IMO a decent icon helps sell an app.
     

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