Custom Icons for Windows 11 Thread (Folders, Dropbox, Google Drive, Podcasts, NVME Drive, Steam, Adobe)

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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and I have a question for you designers. (Sorry if I missed a similar question /answer)

Today I upgraded to Windows 11 and I really enjoy the aesthetics of it. I normally have a set of custom folder icons for my Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign project folders. Now, since the generic folder icon got an update, I'd really want to "update" those icons to fit in with the other folder icons. I also already grabbed a few icons from @davidvkimball (the Adobe folder) and @Lucas North.

Now finally, here is my question: How do you guys manage to catch the look of the folders? Gradients, colors, lighting etc. I can't find a .psd file anywhere, and I am really struggling to get a consistent look on my custom folders from a .png file I found earlier in this thread.

I'd be super happy if someone could enlighten me, as I'm a designer myself, and somehow I can't get my head around it.

Especially @davidvkimball i am amazed by your work. :)
 

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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and I have a question for you designers. (Sorry if I missed a similar question /answer)

Today I upgraded to Windows 11 and I really enjoy the aesthetics of it. I normally have a set of custom folder icons for my Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign project folders. Now, since the generic folder icon got an update, I'd really want to "update" those icons to fit in with the other folder icons. I also already grabbed a few icons from @davidvkimball (the Adobe folder) and @Lucas North.

Now finally, here is my question: How do you guys manage to catch the look of the folders? Gradients, colors, lighting etc. I can't find a .psd file anywhere, and I am really struggling to get a consistent look on my custom folders from a .png file I found earlier in this thread.

I'd be super happy if someone could enlighten me, as I'm a designer myself, and somehow I can't get my head around it.

Especially @davidvkimball i am amazed by your work. :)
Hi @JonnyS
I'm a bit in the same case as you ! I'd like contribute a little with creations in this thread to help a bit.
I guess using the generic folder as a template is enough, and regarding softwares, I think David is using Illustrator & IcoFX, Lucas maybe another PhotoShop soft. I wrote them about it a while ago, they were probably too busy at the time to answer and now the mail got lost (!)
Cheers

Hi @davidvkimball & @Lucas North
Hope you are fine.
As you can see, I'm not the only one requiring tips to start learning, though I can understand you cannot give away your main knowledge you maybe paid for through courses or/and long experience. You are free to tell me or not by mail.
By the way, I made a bit of advertisement of the two of you in a french forum I participate, called "Team-aaz". I made a topic about the Windows 11 icons theme by niivu (from DeviantArt) and other complementary softs and icons (as yours). If you like you can have a peep at it, but I tried the Google translation into English, and many parts are awful unfortunately (usually, it's not always that bad).
Thanx for reading,
Congrats for the great work you keep on making, take care.
 
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Most generous of you my friend to spread the word elsewhere about this thread, much appreciated.
Apologies for my absence as I think I said in an earlier post, personal issues have taken priority at the moment
and I'm unable to dedicate any serious time into anything else but hopefully I can return very soon.
Many thanks for understanding. 👍🏼🙏🏼👍🏼
 

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Okay so since i'm stuck at home currently, i thought i give it a try to recreate the folder icon.
It's not perfect but it's a start.

Here is the .ai if anyone is interested:

(I worked with gradients, so you can change the colors easily. It's also 512px wide)

( @TizianoMad )
 

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Okay so since i'm stuck at home currently, i thought i give it a try to recreate the folder icon.
It's not perfect but it's a start.
(I worked with gradients, so you can change the colors easily. It's also 512px wide)
You did a damned fine job sir, I see no issues with it whatsoever. 👍🏼
I also prefer to use Illustrator when creating something of this nature,
vector graphics are way more understanding when it comes to resizing. ✔
 

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Appreciate this, any chance of a folder for the Battle.net/Blizzard app?

Many thanks.
Here :)

I also uploaded new basic folder icons along with the colored ones. Hope you like!
I plan to release more icons on my DeviantArt, so follow me there:
ijmm User Profile | DeviantArt

Basic Pack #02.png
Color Pack #01.png
 

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Request, would it be possible to get an Alienware folder?
TIA
 

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Yanno what I love?

What started out as a labor of love for one man has quickly grown into an enterprise of multiple people who are all sharing their love for better looking icons.

You guys are all the best!
 

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As per usual though I've very quickly grown to hate the default folder design and colour of Windows 11.
Thankfully I have the option to rid myself of it with something a little more pleasing to the eye. 👍
 

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How do I change my blank Desktop User's Files icon to something a bit less bland?

Desktop Icons - User's Files & Arrow.png
 

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Thanks.
If I use a custom icon, does it have to be permanently stored somewhere or does Windows save it somewhere?
Windows does not save it. My experience is if you delete the icon file selected, the folder icon will be shell32.dll, 1 an unspecified file.
 

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Thank you guys, especially @Lucas North and @davidvkimball.
I plan to make icons from the logos of rock and metal bands. (simply converting)
 

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