A New Standard
Besides the shock that supposedly sworn enemies Microsoft and Mozilla actually collaborated on something, this move spells only good things for RSS. A standardized icon may lead to wider adoption of the technology, especially when Microsoft releases IE7 using the icon.
Anyways, a gentleman by the name of Matt Brett has very awesomely made a set of vector versions of the little icon for people to use on their blogs. Why vector? For you non-graphics people, vector is a type of image that lets you scale (resize) the image without loss of quality. The icons are orange like their predecessors and they are in Adobe Photoshop .psd format. Matt explains in the readme file included with the icons how to change the color of the icons in Photoshop, but what if you don't have Photoshop? Fortunately, for me at least, Paint Shop Pro can open psd files. Editing the colors was a bit trickier since virtually nothing in PSP is the same as Photoshop. After some careful reading of the tutorial and a bit of messing around, I think I've got it, so here goes.
First head over to Matt's blog and download the icon package which comes in a zipped file. Say thank you to Mr. Brett for making and sharing the icons. It's only polite.
Unzip the files to you know, wherever, and then open one of them up in Paint Shop Pro. Go to your handy layers palette, right click on the layer "feed icon" (it's the only layer present, so you can't make a mistake) and select New Adjustment Layer|Color Balance. A dialogue box will pop up. Click the General tab and set the Blend mode to Overlay. This will ensure that your icon stays nice and shiny. Now go to the Adjustment tab. Start playing with the little Color Balance sliders until you get a color you like. Click OK. Done! Now just save your icon in some format suitable for the web (png, gif, whatever) and replace those little xml buttons with your new cool icon.
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