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7. First Impressions > Building Your App’s Icons

Building Your App’s Icons

Don’t look now, but your app actually has multiple versions of its app icon, a Goldilocks ensemble of big, medium, and small. The version your audience sees most is the medium size, the Home-screen icon that they tap to launch the app, but the other two sizes have important roles that deserve attention and, often, their own custom treatment. The App Store uses the large icon as the basis for the big icon you see in an app’s detail screen (it gets scaled down), and the small icon appears in the iPhone’s spotlight search results and settings screen. To muddy waters a bit more, the iPad uses different sizes for its small and medium icon; if you’re creating a single universal app that con....


  

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