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How to Create Windows XP Icons from Scratch or Convert Existing Images to Windows XP Icons with Aha-Soft Icon XP, Aha-Soft ArtIcons and Aha-Soft ArtIcons Pro?

With the release of Windows XP Microsoft has set a new standard for desktop and application icons. Not only the XP icons look more attractive, but there are also some other important features that differ XP icons from the old-style Windows desktop and application icons. The most important and notable of these new features is the alpha channel transparency support. XP icons may have semi-transparent smooth edges that let them "blend" into the desktop surface. This effect makes the XP icons look very impressive, but it is rather hard to achieve using the standard paint tools or older icon editors. Aha-Soft Icon XP enables you to easily make great-looking icons in the new Windows XP style.

Windows XP icons are 24-bit images with 8-bit alpha channel. Icon XP has direct support for this color format. It also supports the drop shadow effect, which is essential for any Windows XP icon.

XP icons can help you make your application more impressive, but we do not recommend you using the ready-made Windows XP icons, as it has already become a commonplace. Instead, you can use one of Aha-Soft icon editors to create your own original XP icons.

Aha-Soft ArtIcons, Aha-Soft ArtIcons Pro and Aha-Soft Icon XP (the tool specifically designed for creation of Windows XP icons) take the technology of XP icons creation to the next level. With them you will never more have to come through exhaustingly long processes including creation of full-sized sketches of you desktop icons and application icons, downsizing their dimensions to the required value, adding drop shadow effect and changing lighting conditions… Icon XP, ArtIcons and ArtIcons Pro let you do all that with just a few mouse clicks.

Click here to learn more about Windows XP icons creation using Aha-Soft Icon XP

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