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Making Tab and Menu Icons for Android

When designing Android apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, one must conform to certain guidelines. Re-using images designed for other systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign icons will look weird at best, or will render your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst.

Making Tab and Menu Icons for Android Description: When developing mobile apps or drawing graphics for Android apps, one must conform to srict guidelines. Using icons made for other operating systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign icons will look out of place at best, or will make your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There exist precise guidelines available in reference to Android icons. Different design guidelines are published for tab icons and menu images.

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Tab icons are drawn in individual tabs in tabbed UI. Tab icons should be supplied in two different states: selected and unselected. It is recommended that tab icons are created as simple, flat shapes as opposed to icons shown in 3D or isometric projection.

Android OS and Android apps can run on a wide range of different platforms using a wide range of hardware. In reference to icon images, those devices can have different display sizes, screen resolutions, pixel density and dimensions. To accommodate the variety of screens, Android developers must supply all tab icons used in their apps in at least three resolutions to be shown on low, medium, and high density screens. Pixel-wise, the outer boundaries for the three sizes are defined as 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels. Inner dimensions should not exceed 22x22, 28x28, and 42x42 pixels respectively. By including all three standard sizes, developers can ensure that their apps will be shown properly on a variety of platforms running the Android OS.

Menu icons are drawn in the "options" menu, and are displayed to the user when they press the Menu button. Similar to tab icons, menu icons should be flat, grayscale images. Like tab icons, developers cannot use 3D or isometric projections.

Screen sizes for menu icons are described in a slightly more complex way as opposed to to tab icons. Instead of just two sizes described for tab graphics (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or larger depending on their shape. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its size should be smaller than for icons shaped otherwise. The reason for having two different size limits is to establish a consistent visual size across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for ldpi, mdpi and hdpi icons are described as 36x36, 48x48, and 72x72 pixels respectively. Inner shapes for square, low-definition icons should be 22x22 pixels, while non-square icons should fit into a boundary box sized 24x24 pixels. Similarly, medium-definition icons should fit 30x30 and 32x32 pixel boxes, while high-definition images should fit into 44x44 and 48x48 pixel boundaries respectively.

Instead of designing your own graphics conforming to these guidelines, Android developers have an option of ordering stock images from professional designers. For example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft offer 112 unique tab images in both states and all standard resolutions. If an additional size is needed, developers can produce images at any resolution by opening scalable vector sources. Android Tab Icons can be previewed and downloaded at http://www.aha-soft.com/stock-icons/android-tab-icons.htm.

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