9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2012 5:48 AM by WZZZ
parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

1. There are images on the folders located on my computer; the Pictures, Music, Movies, Documents, etc. folders. Where are these images located on my computer?

 

2. How can I get an image onto folders I created myself so it looks like my other folders? It looks like an image engraved in the folder.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 27" 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,705 points)

    I suspect you may benefit by looking over:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2493

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    OK thanks, but where do I find the images used for the Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, etc. folders?

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Nevermind, found it. "All the icons your Mac uses are stored in ICNS files on your Mac. Most of them are located inside the application bundles, in the Resources folder. Getting inside a bundle is easy enough: Just right-click and choose show package contents."

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,775 points)

    See the path at the bottom of this screenshot. You will need to right-click on CoreTypes.bundle to show Package Contents, then open Resources. How you get these icons into the folders you want, I'm not certain, however. But this is where they live. (At least in my Snow Leopard 10.6.8. Probably the same for any of the current OSs.)

     

     

    Screen shot 2012-09-13 at 1.06.37 PM.png

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,775 points)

    Nevermind, found it. "All the icons your Mac uses are stored in ICNS files on your Mac. Most of them are located inside the application bundles, in the Resources folder. Getting inside a bundle is easy enough: Just right-click and choose show package contents."

     

    So tell me then, how do you get them to appear in those folders?

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,775 points)

    OK, this is how you do it.

     

     

    1. double-click the icon you want from CoreTpes.bundle>Resources, which will open the image in Preview

    2. find the appropriate thumbnail in the sidebar and double-click that to open it

    3. use the cursor to select the image as it now appears and copy it to the clipboard, Cmd-C

    4. next do a “Get Info” for the folder for which which you want the icon to appear

    5. select the empty folder icon at the top left of the GetInfo and and paste it to that icon, Cmd-V

     

    Just did this one. It's the Bonjour icon.

     

    Screen shot 2012-09-13 at 1.47.42 PM.png

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Screen shot 2012-09-13 at 1.45.11 PM.png

     

     

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  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Yeah, that's what I found. However, there is one problem when doing that. The folder looks fine when the folder size is above 32 pixels, but once the folder size is reduced to 32 pixels or less it doesn't look the same as the default folders. The default folders look like they have been outlined so you can see what's on the folder. But when you just copy, lets say a 512 pixel image, when you reduce the size of the folder it doesn't look the same.

     

    When a 512 pixel image is copy then pasted for the folder's icon.

    Screen Shot 2012-09-14 at 1.19.30 AM.png

    And this is what it looks like on the .icns file.

    Screen Shot 2012-09-14 at 1.19.22 AM.png

    So I want to know how to use a .icns file as the folders icon since there are several size images located within the folder.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9 (50,705 points)

    You also might want to look for different graphic libaries, there are hundreds of them out there. Popular ones include IconFactory and Candybar, you can find both with Google.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,775 points)

    I guess it's just trial and error until you find the right size one.