If you like to change the look of the icons on your computer, either for ease of use or just for fun, we have just the thing for you. Junior Icon Editor, a free program for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
What is Junior Icon Editor?
Junior Icon Editor is a graphics program with a set of tools that we also find in any drawing programs, but this one is focused on creating icons. Right off the bat, we have to praise the user interface. If you’ve ever used Windows Paint, you’ll know how to use this program as well.
But let’s start from the beginning. When you start Junior Icon Editor, you will first need to select the icon size and colors you want to use. You can save these settings so that they are loaded automatically each time you start the program.
After that, the working area will appear. In the middle is the “paper” on which you draw. The first thing you will notice is that it is divided into a grid where one square represents one pixel on the screen. Of course, here, it is much larger than the real pixel. You can turn off this grid, although we liked it and it made our work in the program easier.
You can draw an icon from scratch, but you can also import an image from your computer and use it as a basis for your icon. The image formats you can use are ICO, PNG, XPM, XBM, and ICPR. We think that this is a rather small choice, and the lack of JPG and JPEG formats is especially annoying. This is not such a big problem because the image format is easy to change, but we would like to see more supported formats in the program itself.
There is a toolbar with drawing tools on the left side, and here we find everything we expect from this kind of program. We have a pencil, a brush, an eraser, the ability to add text, as well as options for drawing lines and geometric shapes. Like we said, if you’ve ever used Paint, all of these options will be familiar to you.
One new option that we don’t find in Paint is a tool used to replace a certain color. This tool allows you to quickly and easily get multiple versions of the same icon that will differ, say, only in the color that predominates. Another option is to download an icon from the internet and change its color and adjust it to your needs.
On the right is a color palette. We especially like that if you decide to use an image from your computer, all the colors used in that image will appear here.
The power of the Junior Icon Editor is in its simplicity
We really liked the Junior Icon Editor, and it gets our recommendation. The program, at first glance, seems quite simple, but this is absolutely its strength. It contains all the necessary tools that will satisfy the needs of even more demanding users.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10