Often on this site I like to highlight some software programs of which I am particularly fond, and this usually means augmenting my text with an image of some sort. The best way to identify a piece of software quickly is by its icon so for anyone who needs to do the same, here’s the way to grab high resolution versions of Mac OS X software icons.
- Right click the program in your Applications folder and press ‘Show Package Contents’
- Open the ‘Contents->Resources’ folder and double click on the ‘[program name].icns’ file (for example ‘QuickTimePlayerX.icns’)
- The Icon package will open in Preview. Now, simply press ‘File -> Save As’ and select a picture format (such as JPEG) to save the icon as a high resolution image file.