How to Make Icons for Rocketdock

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How to Make Icons for Rocketdock
RocketDock helps Windows PCs have an interface similar to the Mac OS. (Don Farrall/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

RocketDock is a free downloadable software for Windows PCs that emulates the toolbar docked at the bottom of Mac computers. RocketDock allows you to customise the docking bar by adding, deleting and moving icons, which are shortcuts to the computer's files, programs, websites and other media. Clicking on the icon takes the user directly to the designated destination. A RocketDock user can create his own icons to use as shortcuts in the software with a good graphic design program.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Graphics program

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  1. 1

    Open your preferred graphics program. In order for your icons to best emulate the Mac OS, use a program that can create high-quality vector graphics.

  2. 2

    Begin a new graphics file, typically by clicking on "File" in the main menu and selecting "New." At this time, you may be prompted to input the size of the new graphic. If so, make it 48 pixels by 48 pixels large. This is the maximum zoom size of a RocketDock icon.

  3. 3

    Create your new icon to your specifications. You can get as creative as you like. Create the icon with its purpose in mind. To create an icon for a specific program or software, you can layer in the logo of the program or the website to make it more easily identifiable in your dock. To create an icon for a folder on your computer, include a visual representation of the contents of the file or folder, such as music or photographs. The end result should be immediately recognisable as a visual shortcut to the end destination.

  4. 4

    Save your icon to your hard drive. Save it to the highest quality setting available, and ensure it is saved as a JPG or PNG file. RocketDock recognises these as icon file types. Once the file type is saved, you will now be able to add the icon to your RocketDock.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make your icon smaller than 48 pixels, but don't set your RocketDock icon zoom size to the largest setting, or your graphic will experience quality loss and pixelation when your cursor enlarges the icon in the docking bar.

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