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Reflective icons not the same size?
After I've meshed up my icons from different sources, some of the icons are too big or too small? How to solve this? I want a slightly bigger icons. Anyone?
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Re: Reflective icons not the same size?
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After I've meshed up my icons from different sources, some of the icons are too big or too small? How to solve this? I want a slightly bigger icons. Anyone?
There is really no simple answer to this...

Essentially your dock icons are made up as squares - or should I say, the transparent part around them is square. If they are not, then your dock will distort them making them long and thin. When using an icon with a reflection then the "square" needs to take in the size of the reflection as well, thus making your icon even smaller in your dock as well as further from the icon next to it (with the reflection the transparent square makes the empty side a lot bigger).

In OS X the icon transparent part, can overlap the one next door, it also generates the reflection dynamically so the icons don't need to factor in the reflection and therefore they tend to be a little bigger in the dock and a lot closer together.

The only way to try and standardise your icon size, is to either source them ALL from the same batch, or more simply, make sure they either ALL have reflections or not.
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Re: Reflective icons not the same size?
i have used the iReflector and figured out that all of my output PNGs from that program has been quite smaller...

is there anyway to have it larger?...
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Re: Reflective icons not the same size?
I don't know how iReflector works so I can't comment but it should be pointed out the with most of the emulation docks out there (if not all), it doesn't matter how big your icon is, the dock will ALWAYS size it down to its preferred display size. I have tested 600 x 600 pixel png's in a program like RK Launcher and they look the same as smaller 150 x 150 png's - the dock resizes both to the same size...

If you UPSIZE an icon, then you will clearly see how terrible it looks (ie, if you take something that is 50 x 50 and upsize to 100 x 100). It 's always better to start with a bigger graphic because downsizing is always successful (even if its your dock doing its own calculations for the downsizing).

The bigger your icon the bigger the load on your system and on the dock. If you are running a system that is a bit low on resources, then the best thing to do is to try and optomise all your icons to a smaller size.....

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Re: Reflective icons not the same size?
well, that's is so right raats... thanks for that wonderful advice..
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