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Create Icons the Easy Way with SimplyIcon

Do you enjoy using custom made icons for your computer system but want a quick and simple way to make them yourself? Now you can with SimplyIcon!

Note: SimplyIcon requires the .NET Framework (version 2.0 or higher).


The is no install required with SimplyIcon. All that you need to do is unzip the two files (SimplyIcon.exe & FreeImage.dll), place them in a folder location of your choice, and create a shortcut for the program. This is the window that you will see once you start SimplyIcon.


To create custom icons, just drag-and-drop the image into SimplyIcon’s window area. The website states that SimplyIcon can create 128 x 128, 32 x 32, 24 x 24, and 16 x 16 size icons, but in one of our tests it was able to create a 48 x 48 pixels icon.

SimplyIcon creates a single icon (largest size possible depending on original file size) with the same name as the original. It will place the new icon into the folder or location where you have the original image stored.

Note: You will need images that are at least 128 x 128 pixels or larger to create nice “128 x 128” size icons.


Our New Icon Results

Here is our new 128 x 128 pixels icon…


And our new 48 x 48 pixels icon.



SimplyIcon may not be the most elaborate icon making program out there, but it is certainly a nice little program to have around if you are needing to make icons quickly and easily.


Download SimplyIcon (version 1.1)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/8/09

Comments (12)

  1. Shail

    “Failed: An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007000B)”

  2. Terraromaster

    I use this site instead:
    Also I usually search DeviantArt for pngs to convert.

  3. JHubbard92

    Wonderful, Good Job!

  4. Asian Angel

    @Terraromaster – That is a very nice website. ^__^

  5. 0110110

    “Failed: An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007000B)”

    Vista Home Premium (x64)

  6. markzenegar

    I found this really interesting. I would like to add one more thing to this is to increase the size of the icons. You can see the download tool on the below which gives a big cursor application. By this you can simply increase the size of the cursor. This application is really cool. Enjoy

  7. Bobby Foushee

    This look nice

  8. Travis

    Sweetness, thanks for the tutorial. I actually found this site via stumbleupon; it caught my attention because I was trying something similar this week with no avail.

  9. Triozon

    Failed to work under Vista on a x64 PC.

  10. Anonymous

    Meh. Windows icons suck. I think they only recently came to anything larger than 32-by-32. And from what I understand, their format is crap, too.

    In Linux we can get up to at LEAST 256 by 256, and a SERIOUS image format (PNG) and not a glorified BMP image with less color support (ICO).

  11. windows

    This function is really cool and makes my work simple. I want some simple and fast way to create icons. Also I like to access them with ease. Good job. Will like to get to know about it’s updated version in next post.

  12. Digital marketing London

    create easy icons with simplyIcon

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