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    How To Make A FAVICON

    Chapter 1: Creating The Icon

    As already mentioned, the FAVICON is a small graphic that can be used to represent a web site.

    The graphic needs to be prepared as Microsoft Windows Icon file. One advantage of this format is that it allows you to select some of the pixels in the graphic to be transparent, thus giving the impression of a non-rectangular graphic (even though the graphic is actually rectangular).

    The Microsoft Windows Icon file format allows you create a file contain multiple versions of the same image, each version differing in size and/or color. However, for the purposes of creating a FAVICON, the size to create is a 16 by 16 pixel graphic:
    • You may if you wish create versions of the graphic at other pixel sizes too, but for the purposes of a FAVICON, there is really no point. This is because (as far as I am aware), all browsers in common use only use the 16 by 16 pixel version of the graphic.

    • If you were to create a Microsoft Windows Icon file containing only other sizes of the graphic (other than 16 by 16 pixels), in theory the user's browser should scale one of these to 16 by 16 pixels. However, I do not recommend doing this (if you can possibly avoid it), as scaling at such small sizes can sometimess produce odd results.

    • In some editing programs, when you start work, you may be initially given a canvas suitable for creating larger graphics (for example 32 by 32 pixel). Check the instructions for your particular program for how to switch to 16 by 16 pixels.

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