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Recipe 8. Polish the Application > Step 11: Add Application and Document Icons

Step 11: Add Application and Document Icons

No application is complete without an application icon and document icons. The system shows these on the desktop, in the Dock, in the Finder’s Get Info window, and in various alerts and dialogs. Also, the application normally shows its icon in its About window.

This is not a tutorial on using graphics applications to create images suitable for icons, so you will have to create, find, or buy your own graphics to serve as icons, using whatever resources are available to you. You may find it convenient to use a drawing program, a scanner, or a digital camera to acquire the images, and an image-editing application to edit them. A variety of native Mac OS X applications are available for the purpose. Read the “Icons” section of Apple Human Interface Guidelines for guidance on the proper design of icons. The “Creating Icons” subsection has several tips on how to go about creating them. Pay close attention to the first tip: “For great-looking icons, have a professional graphic designer create them.”


  

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