Icon Request - Subaru Impreza

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    subaru_mick

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    Hi all from a Newbie.
    Can anyone turn this into an Icon for my Go730 - thanks in advance

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    Try this one.
     

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    Wow - thanks you very much, must get photoshop and do a few of my own.
    Any tips for cutting out the shape of the car and painting the back ground red??

    Thanks again Alfie67 :thumb:
     
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    You are welcome, Mick!

    There are several programs and techniques to use, but the following are representative of the essentials:

    1) Take picture of the car from slightly up and behind.
    2) Save the picture in Bitmap format (.bmp)
    3) Use 24-bit color
    4) Resize the picture to its final size: 80 x 80 pixels
    5) "Cut out" the car using Paint Shop Pro (or similar). THIS TAKES A STEADY HAND and for me, it needs to all be done with "one" pass.
    6) Create a blank 80 X 80 pixel picture.
    7) Copy/paste the cut-out car into the newly created picture, as a "new layer."
    8) Use the ‘flood fill’ control to color the area surrounding the car in the new picture, using red (transparency color is 255,0,0) (R=255; G=0; B=0).
    (NOTE: Turn off any "feathering" AND/OR "anti-aliasing" in your paint program before filling with red).
    9) Save the picture as a .bmp file.

    I emphasize that the above method does take a steady hand; sometimes it takes more than one attempt, and is best attempted before the 3rd cup of coffee (smile).

    Good luck!
     
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    I'm sure I recognise that list of instructions from somewhere :lol:

    I'm amazed we haven't made it a "sticky" before now, to encourage people to try making their own icons.

    The only thing I'd mention is that in step 5, if you have a tool in your Paint program to make multi-part straight lines, then it is very easy to use that to quickly draw around the car with a RED line (and at 80x80 resolution, it really doesn't matter if you are a bit sloppy!)

    Then just use the "Fill" tool to fill the space all around the car with red.

    That saves a couple of steps...:)

    But as you say, the most important thing to do is to switch off anti-aliasing or feathering, otherwise you get lots of "nearly red" pixels that don't go transparent in the final icon.
     
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    Thanks Andy for the hint on above step 5; I've not thought of that technique. Have to try it the next time.

    At my age, I'm all in favor of saving a few steps :thumb:
     
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    Great info there guys - thanks
     
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