The best tools to convert icons in Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Computer icons are visual shortcuts you can use to quickly open particular programs.
  • Windows 10 comes with a series of ready-made icons but if you want to further personalize your machine, you can create your own set of icons.
  • Adobe Illustrator CC is an excellent tool to design and convert images into computer icons. Read this guide to learn more about it and other similar tools.
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If you’re a designer or just trying to customize your PC, you probably have a set of custom icons. However, certain icons and file types might not be compatible with your project, meaning that you’ll need to convert those icons.

This is rather simple with some of the best tools to convert icons in Windows 10.

What are the best tools to convert icons on Windows 10?

Adobe Illustrator CC

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Adobe Illustrator is a great tool you can use to create unique custom-made icons. One of its main advantages is that it comes as vector-based design software. Thanks to this fact, you can quickly convert your icons into a smaller format for smartphone screens or scale them up for desktop screens or billboards, for example.

Adobe Illustrator allows you to quickly and easily convert your images into vectors that you can then turn into icons. First, you need to pick an image to convert to a vector. For the best results, select a single object image with a white background.

Then, you need to use the Image Trace tool and the ready-made presets to simplify the initial image and reduce the number of pixels. Use the Low Fidelity option to launch image tracing and start vectorizing the image. You can then further fine-tune your vectorized image or icon.


IcoFX

If you’re looking for an application that can create and convert icons, you might want to consider IcoFX. The application allows you to create icons for Windows and macOS and supports images up to 1024×1024 in size.

In addition, the application allows you to convert macOS icons to Windows icons and vice versa. Apart from icons, you can also create cursors with this tool.

The tool works with BMP, PNG, JPG, JPG2000, TIF and GIF files and can also extract icons from files. The application also has an advanced editor to easily edit your icons. The tool supports blend modes as well as 40 different effects.

IcoFX supports batch processing, allowing you to convert or extract multiple icons simultaneously. In addition, the application allows you to capture part of your screen and use it to create an icon.

The software also supports image objects and you can make completely new icons by combining image objects. IcoFX offers a wide range of tools including brushes, gradients, and masks.

In addition, you can also change hue, brightness, balance, levels, opacity, shadows and perform other image adjustments. The application also supports layers thus allowing you to easily create complex icons.

IcoFX is a powerful tool that you can use to create or convert icons. The application isn’t free and in order to use it you need to purchase one of three available licenses.


iConvert Icons

One simple software that can convert icons on Windows 10 is iConvert Icons. In addition to Windows, the application is also available for macOS or as a web app. It supports various formats including PNG, ICO, ICNS and SVG and while iConvert Icons isn’t free, the web application is so you.

The application can automatically detect icons or even extract them from apps or folders. In addition, you can create multiple sets of icons in different sizes. iConvert Icons works with the SVG format, so you don’t have to rely on vector graphics software anymore in order to export icons from SVG files.

Just like most applications, iConvert Icons supports the drag and drop method so you can easily add multiple icons with ease. The application offers advanced options and supports 32-bit, 8-bit, 4-bit, and 1-bit icons. The software also supports color calibration so you don’t have to deal with color profiles.

iConvert Icons allows you to create icons for both iOS and Android, too. The application will even name your icons properly so you can easily add them to your project. In addition to converting images, the application can also convert icons to images.

iConvert Icons is a great tool but unfortunately isn’t available for free. The desktop version offers the most features, but if you don’t want to purchase it, you can use the free web version with limited features instead.


Image Icon Converter

Another application that can convert icons is Image Icon Converter. The application allows you to convert BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TGA, TIF and PCX images into Windows icons. In addition, you can also convert Windows icons into one of the aforementioned formats.

You can choose several predefined sizes or set your own icon size. In addition, you can also change the color profile if necessary. The application also allows you to perform certain adjustments to your icons. You can rotate or flip your icon, make it transparent, colorize it or change its brightness.

In addition, you can also soften an icon or sharpen it. All your icons are created in new tabs, so you can easily navigate between different projects. We also have to mention that this tool allows you to create icons from parts of your screenshots, which can be rather useful.

Image Icon Converter sounds like a great tool and offers some advanced features when it comes to icon conversion. However, this tool isn’t free, and in order to use it a license must be purchased.

If you’d like, you can download and use the 30-day trial version for free. As for its flaws, we have to admit that this application offers a bit outdated interface.


Easy PNG to Icon Converter

Another icon converter that you might want to check out is Easy PNG to Icon Converter. This is a free application and you can install it on your PC or use it as a portable application. The application offers a simple interface and allows you to convert icons easily.

The software works only with PNG files and can convert your images to one of many available presets. If needed, you can also create new presets or reorganize them in order to keep your favorite presets at the top.

The application also has a transparency threshold that you can adjust. Easy PNG to Icon Converter is a simple application that doesn’t offer any advanced features. If you’re a first time user and you’re looking for a simple and portable application to convert icons, this might be the perfect tool for you.


Iconion

If you’re a developer or a designer, you might be familiar with icon fonts. Iconion allows you to convert icon fonts to standard icons that you can use in any of your projects. The application allows you to choose icons from Font Awesome, Entypo, Linecons, Typeicons and similar services and save them in PNG, JPEG, BMP and ICO formats.

The application allows you to select an icon size and the selected size your icon will always look sharp. Iconion allows you to add different styles to your icons in order to customize them.

You can add color, shadow, gradient, and stroke to your icons. If needed, you can also add background colors and gradients, background shadows and borders. In addition, you can also use one of many available templates.

Iconion is a great tool, but it doesn’t allow you to convert already existing icons from your PC. Instead, you can use this tool to convert icon fonts and create some amazing icons from scratch.

The application is available for macOS and Windows and if you want to create icons, we recommend you check this application out.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with additional tools to convert icons. Bookmark our hub dedicated to photo editors for more useful guides.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2017 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.