There are two ways of recoloring raster icons:
You’ll need Photoshop (why bother with Photoshop? See bottom of the message). If you don’t have one, a normal license is $20 a month, but you could also:
That’s right, dear readers. There are software developers among you, some PhDs and MBAs, but still, I’m going to teach you how to open a file 🙂
So, choose an icon and either drag’n’drop it on Photoshop icon or use Cmd+O (Ctrl+O on Windows) for Open dialog. Hint: don’t bother about a thing that Adobe is pushing to you called Adobe Bridge. Choose the desired size, for example 128×128 px:
If it’s grayscale, the icon would be in the shades of gray no matter what color you choose. In Menu, click Image->Mode-> Color RGB.
It looks like this:
Usually, it’s in the bottom right part of the screen. If it’s not, use Window->Layers to open it.
The dialog like this will open:
Enjoy the result. If satisfied, save PNG file with File->Save for Web. You’ll see the dialog like this:
Done. Now you could recolor any icon. Great!
You may ask yourself why to bother doing it in Photoshop if there are easier tools. There is a number of reasons, here are just two:
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