How to Convert PNG to ICO


If you have your own website, there is one small detail that is usually neglected. It doesn't affect traffic, ranking, or conversions. It only gives the look of the website in the browser. This is the icon that is shown next to the address bar or on the tab of every loaded page.

This icon is a small square image in ICO format. ICO is a Windows icon file format. The icon file can store a single pattern, multi-size, and multi-color board icon file. When you use the Windows system to make program icons, you will find that PNG format images cannot be used, you need to use a special ICO file. In this situation, how to convert PNG to ICO? This tutorial will teach you how to convert PNG to ICO files in the Windows system.

Part 1 - What is an ICO

ICO is a Windows icon file format. The icon file can store a single pattern, multi-size, multi-color board icon file. An icon is actually a collection of pictures in different formats, and it also contains a certain transparent area.

The ICO files are very flexible for the icons to change themselves according to the file type. If the ICO files are altered, they will lose flexibility and will not be able to properly display the icons according to the type of the files.

ICO File Format

Part 2 - How to Convert PNG to ICO with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. Upon loading Photoshop, a sidebar with a variety of tools and multiple image-editing functions appears to the left of the screen. These tools typically fall under the categories of drawing, painting, measuring and navigation, selection, typing, and retouching. You can edit your icon before you convert the PNG to ICO.

Step 1. You need to download and install Adobe Photoshop from its website first.

Step 2. Double-click the Adobe Photoshop on your desktop and then click the "File" > "Open…" to choose the PNG file that you need to convert to ICO.

Photoshop PNG File Edit

Step 3. On this page, you can edit the PNG file. Paint, draw with thousands of custom brushes or create your own are supported in Adobe Photoshop.

Step 4. Then click the "File" > "Save As…" to save the PNG file to BMP format.

Photoshop File Save As BMP

Step 5. Find the BMP image that you saved and then modify the extension to ico.

Change the Extension Name


"It is not available to modify the extension directly in png format."

Part 3 - Convert PNG to ICO with ICO Converter Offline

If you do not have Photoshop installed, and dislike to download a dedicated image editor to manipulate icon files, using an offline ICO converter like ConvertIcon Desktop is another excellent method of transforming PNG to ICO files. In this part, we will recommend some PNG to ICO converters which can help you to convert the image offline.

1. ConvertIcon Desktop

ConvertIcon Desktop is an easy-to-use tool that can produce icons of various sizes from common images. It caters to software developers who want to integrate icons into their web designs and other software projects, as well as casual users.

Step 1. Go to visit the website of the software. Download and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Double-click the ConvertIcon Desktop and then click the "Get Started" to start the conversion.

ConvertIcon Get Started

Step 3. Then it will pop-up a window, you can browse your PC and open the PNG image file that you want to convert to the ICO file format.

ConvertIcon Choose File

Step 4. After uploading the PNG file, click the "Export" button to convert PNG to ICO file. Then it will pop-up an "Export Options" window, you can choose the size of your image in this window. When you finished, click the "Save As" button and select where to save the ICO file on your Windows PC.

ConvertIcon Choose Export Size

2. AveIconifier

AveIconifier is a small-sized application whose only goal is to convert PNG to ICO file. This tool works with simple drag-and-drop movements that load the icons that are going to be treated in order to convert them to PNG or ICO file.

Step 1. Download and install AveIconifier first.

Step 2. Open the AveIconifier software, then drag and drop the image into the suitable blank.

AveIconifier Upload File

Step 3. Then you can change the image size of the output icon, right-click on the left button and select one or multiple dimensions from the pop-up menu.

AveIconifier Change Image Size

Step 4. The conversion speed is very rapid and the image quality of the output icon is as same as the input file. You can find the converted ICO files in the "temp" subfolder just under the application folder.

Part 4 - Convert PNG to ICO Online

In this part, we will show you some online PNG to ICO converters which can help you to find the best way to convert your PNG to ICO file in seconds.

1. ConvertICO

ConvertICO is a free online PNG to ICO file converter. It is fast, free, and easy to use. It is used to convert Desktop Icons, App Icons as well as the much-needed favicons for websites.

Step 1. Navigate to the website of the ConvertICO.

Step 2. To convert a file located on your computer, you just need to drag and drop the file or click to select it manually from the computer. If you want to convert a file located on a webserver just enter the URL.

ConvertICO Upload File

Step 3. Click the "CHOOSE ICON LAYER SIZES" to choose your ICO image size.

ConvertICO Icon Sizes

Step 4. After uploading the image, your ICO file will appear in the upper right corner. You can download and save it on your local device.

2. CloudConvert

CloudConvert is a converter service that has more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet, and presentation formats supported.

Step 1. Go to the "PNG to ICO" tool in CloudConvert.

Step 2. Click the "Select File" to choose the PNG file from your computer. You can also choose the file from the URL or your cloud accounts by clicking the drop-down button.

CloudConvert Select File

Step 3. Adjust the width, height, fit, etc. of your ICO file.

CloudConvert Set Options


"Setting these options is optional. The default values are a good start for most cases."

Step 4. Adding more files is also supported in this step. When you finished, click the "Convert" button, then you can download the converted ICO file.

CloudConvert Convert File


All the platforms for converting PNG to ICO are unique; we have prepared a collection of online, offline, and photo editing tools that you can test today. You can try to use these ICO converters to find the one that fits you best!

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