One of the problems with organizing files into folders on your Mac is that all folders are created the same. Same size. Same color. Same boring folder icon.
One way to compete with confusing folder boredom is to use the colored Labels in the Finder. Still, it’s the same folder with a different color label. How about adding a unique icon to a folder to set it apart from other folders?
Custom Icons With A Click
There are plenty of ways to create custom icons for Mac apps and folders, but most are for designers, somewhat complex and expensive, when all you want is a little differentiation between folders.
iconStiX is a somewhat geeky but inexpensive icon utility; a tool that creates icons from images and text.
What you start with is an idea; a need to create a folder icon so the folder looks different than all the other folders on your Mac.
iconStiX has a somewhat confusing interface, but it’s all business. Set the location and size of the icon using x and y, width and height, or dead center, or scaled proportionally.
Icons can be rotated and skewed. Text with fonts of your choice can be added to images, so your icons are completely unique.
Images and text can be previewed so you know what you’re getting before you save the icon. The entire image can be exported as icns, tiff, or png file.
Objects can be duplicated easily, and the grid can be dismissed so you get a better view of the icon before saving or using.
There’s even a panel to save your favorite icon images to be reused later. Whatever you create can be saved as a template and reused later, too.
iconStiX has a default maximum size of 512×512 pixels (though you can go larger; as well as 256×256 and 128×128.
As an app, it’s somewhat overkill if all you need is something to differentiate one folder from another, but once you try iconStiX, it’s easy to find other uses, and altering one icon design for use on another folder is drop dead easy. Overall, not bad. It’s trail and error at first, but once you’ve created one icon, it’s easy to create others.