How to Convert AI to ICO

By Tammy Clevenger

An icon (ICO) file is a simple bitmap file with the file extension of "ICO." ICO files are utilized for icons on the desktop and in the file system. An AI file is a file created in Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator creates vector drawings and graphics that may be converted to the bitmap format. Once the vector graphic is converted to a bitmap, save the bitmap file with the file extension of ICO to create an icon file.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Illustrator installed

Step 1

Open the AI graphic in Adobe Illustrator. To do this, double0click on the AI file. The file opens in the Adobe Illustrator interface.

Step 2

Click the "Selection" tool from the top navigation bar, then click on the AI vector graphic.

Step 3

Click the "Object" option on the top navigation bar, then click "Rasterize." The Rasterize window opens.

Step 4

Adjust the color of the graphic or any other editable properties in the Rasterize window and click "OK." The vector graphic is converted to the bitmap format.

Step 5

Click the "File" option from the top navigation bar, then click "Save As." The File Save box opens.

Step 6

Click the "Save as Type" drop-down box, and click "All Files."

Step 7

Type the name of the file plus the ".ico" file extension and place the file name and extension in quotes. For example, "graphic.ico" saves the bitmap as a file named "graphic" with the ".ico" icon file extension. The AI file is convert to an ICO file.