I'm new to mac, I used to use Axialis IconWorkshop on Windows. So I want to know what's the best icon creator for mac?

  • Hire Susan Kare - she's the best icon creator for Mac. – bmike Aug 23 '15 at 23:48

If you have access to Photoshop, then I highly recommend Iconbuilder from Iconfactory. Back when I doing this, Iconbuilder made the creation of resources for a variety of platforms a snap.

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    Iconbuilder is not working with PS CS 6 – crashbus Apr 15 '13 at 13:06

Since it isn't mentioned, I'll do it: IconSlate is a fantastic app for creating both Windows (.ico) and Mac (.icns) icons. Simple to use, beautifully designed and does exactly what it says on the tin. Highly recommended!

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If you just have a tiff file that you need to make into an icon, you can use the built-in command line program tiff2icns.

(This is probably not the best all-around answer, but it has been useful to me.)

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It's been years and things are changing, let me answer my own question, What is the best icon creator for Mac?

I think the answer is iconutil for me. You can get more info by running man iconutil in Terminal.

I also create an Automator workflow:


You can convert a set of images or a single image to an icon.

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If you want free software your best choice was Pic2Icon and you can also try img2icnsapp free version and if you like it, can upgrade it to pro version.

and the best software was iconeer but it's not free and you must pay for it.

I also suggest you see this page for more infos.

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  • I tried all these apps and Iconbuilder and found img2icns just fit my need and work fine for me. however Iconbuilder is great too but it's a little expensive. – sparanoid Oct 13 '10 at 2:18
  • The iconeer page is offline. – crashbus Apr 15 '13 at 13:15

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