While there is a great selection of software that can be used to edit digital photo and create works of art from scratch, when it comes to working with the icon, there is far less choice. Icon Workshop looks to redress the balance, bringing many of the tools found in traditional image editors into a program designed for working with miniature masterpieces. The program can be used to create icons suitable for use in Windows, Linux and Mac OS, and allows for the use of alpha channels to create eye-catching transparency effects and smooth borders and shadows.

Existing image files can be converted into icons, or they can be started from scratch. Icon Workshop can also be used to create and edit Image Strips for use in program toolbars. When opting to create a new icons from scratch, image objects are on hand to make things quick and easy. These customisable and resizable ready made objects can be combined with each other to create a stunning icon in a matter of minutes. Professional level tools are available, and Photoshop images complete with layers can be imported to use as a starting point.

As well as creation and editing tool, an icon manager can be used to browse through existing icon libraries and extract icons from other files. Any icons which are found within other files can be loaded up into the editor and customised as required. Using Icon Workshop, it is easy to create icons that are things of beauty, working with a powerful, dedicated tool.

What's new in 6.9?

- New Interface compatible with hi-dpi displays
- Imports SVG Images to create icons
- Support for Windows 10 icons: 768x768 & 512x512 image formats
- 5 New Photoshop Templates
- Photoshop plug-in compatible with CC, CC 2014, CC 2015
- Illustrator plug-in compatible with CC and CC 2015
- New Free Sample Icons
- Home & Pro editions merged
- Various enhancements and bug fixes

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A powerful icon creation tool which has much more to offer than many alternatives.