Applies to: GUI Design Studio, all editions, all versions
You've found a great icon set containing PNG images and you want to use the icons in your GUI designs.
GUI Design Studio has a dedicated panel for Icons but, as of writing, it only supports Windows ICO icon files.
It also has full support for PNG image files. You just need to give your project access to them. The best way to do this is by adding a folder link.
1. As an example, let's say you've downloaded and extracted the fabulous set of FamFamFam Flag icons:
2. With your project open in GUI Design Studio, from the Project panel, click the "Add Folder Link" button (or use the "Project | Add Folder Link..." menu command):
3. Browse to the folder where you've extracted the icons. It's usually best to choose the actual folder containing the icons:
Alternatively, if the parent folder contains multiple sets of icons, you can choose that instead:
4. Hit "Open" and the folder will appear on your Project panel for you to browse the icons then drag and drop them onto your designs:
Whether you choose to link to individual icon set folders or a common parent folder is partly a matter of preference but linking to individual folders has a few advantages:
- The navigation hierarchy in the file tree is much simpler so you can get to the icons you want faster.
- You can link to just the icon sets that are relevant to the project. If you acquire a large collection of icon sets, you might otherwise be hunting around to get to the set you want and many may not be useful to the project.
- If you place icon sets in multiple locations (Paid and Free, for example), it is more consistent going direct to the icon folder, regardless of where it's stored.
- Each folder remembers it's settings while you work, so you can quickly flick back and forth between icon sets without having to re-negotiate the file tree.