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Making Standard Tab and Menu Icons for Android

When designing Android apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, it is essential to follow certain guidelines. Using icons made for other operating systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign graphics will look weird at best, or will render your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst.

Making Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps Description: When designing Android apps or drawing graphics for Android apps, one must conform to srict guidelines. Using images designed for other operating systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign graphics will look out of place at best, or will render your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There are precise guidelines available for designing standard-compliant Android icons. Different design guidelines are available for tab icons and menu images.

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

Android OS and Android apps are used on a variety of different platforms employing a wide range of hardware. In reference to icon images, those platforms can have different display sizes, screen resolutions, pixel dimensions and density. To accommodate the variety of displays, 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 displays. Resolution-wise, the outer boundaries for the three resolutions are defined as 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels. Inner dimensions should not exceed 22x22, 28x28, and 42x42 pixels respectively. By providing all three standard sizes, designers can ensure that their apps will display properly on a wide range of platforms running the Android OS.

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

Pixel resolutions for menu icons are described in a slightly more complex way compared to tab icons. Instead of just two resolutions defined for tab icons (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or bigger depending on whether they are square-shaped or not. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its resolution should be smaller than for icons with different shapes. The reason for having two different sizes is to establish a consistent visual size across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for low, medium, and high resolution icons are defined 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 boxes respectively.

Instead of drawing your own icons conforming to these guidelines, Android developers have an option of getting stock graphics from professional designers. As an example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft offer 112 unique tab images in both states and all standard resolutions. Should additional resolutions be required, developers can render images at any size 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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