Discussion on SmartIcon Generator 2 - Isometric 3D Icons

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I have your Atlas, Terrain and GEO products as well as SmartIcon V2 -

I have a question concerning SmartIcon V2: (Using PS CC 2018)

1) We have an illustrated book about to be published and want to include a couple reference / legends using this product. – Obviously, the book is to be published at a min. 300dpi. When generating an ‘icon’ with your extension, the source file is a 300dpi graphic, but the extension creates a 72dpi version only.

Why? Please advise what we need to do in order to get a true 300dpi icon output.

2) It appears the extension only supports forward facing imagery / objects and whil I can add a Z-axis (depth) to the created icon, the ‘side walls’ are just that >> walls, with no apparent ability to create side walls with windows like a real building. Is there any workaround to suggest regarding including additional ‘graphic’ elements beyond just the FRONT of the icon?

Thank you.

Hey Tom!

1) To achieve a consistent result, we need standards. 72dpi is a standard. Thus, the transformations or e.g. the styles look always the same. But what matters is not the number of dpi, but the number of pixels. The plugin do not change the number of pixel. So you can easily change the dpi to 300 without loss: Image > Image Size > Resolution: 300 Pixel/Inch > uncheck Resample > OK. – Done :)

2) No that’s not possible. An SmartIcon is like a pile of paper. You can always put a sheet to it, but only change the picture on the paper.

Hope that will help you, Mic

Hello Mic,

Thanks for your reply and insight.

While I do not dispute your logic, I do wish to be on record that there is an impact when following your stated process (which I have been aware of, before finding your fine product(s)).

Yes, I certainly can follow the steps you indicate, BUT it does alter the ‘MEASURED’ dimension – (always making the revised image – SMALLER) . IF an image (@72 dpi) is large enough, changing the dpi to 300 certainly will work, however if the source image is already on the smaller end of the scale (dimensionally measured), then the option becomes a bit more tricky.

Over the years, I have done a few ‘work-arounds’ to get an image that while not exactly ideal will still look somewhat good in a print environment. There are products available that will ‘help’ but they all have a tradeoff. Fractal-based tools work, but there is a tendency for the end result to become cartoonish in that the line work of edges, have a ‘liquid’ or brush look to them – (hard corners sometimes become too smooth) as it affects its radius and tends to bend unnaturally.

For example, using a digital camera (@72dpi), I take a photo. It originally measures 31.5” x 23.6” (80cm x 60cm). I ‘convert’ the image to a 300 dpi photo, without resampling the original image (in Photoshop), the resulting image dimension becomes: 7.5” x 5.6” (19cm x 14cm) or approximately 24% of its original size. The number of pixels remains the same, but as illustrated, the PRINTED OUTPUT is about 75% SMALLER than the original source image even though the images look unchanged on a monitor. For web-based applications, it makes little sense to change the original’s ppi value. BUT for hi-res print output, size does matter.

As I have already stated – your products are some of the best and unique on the market regarding mapping / isometric applications. As you are aware, I have separately sent you a couple of sample illustrations that were printed for a publication and they turned out fine.

I am just affirming the quality of your offerings and at the same time, clarifying a technical process that designers sometimes overlook. Compromise seems to be the operative word here.

I appreciate your efforts and look forward to your next cutting edge product.

FX Designer

Hi Tom, thanks for your constructive comments! I have a short tutorial for you, it’s for the Terrain plugin but I think it described how I change the dpi without changing the document size itself:

„ How to change the resolution of the finished 3D map to 300 dpi

The finished 3D map has a default resolution of 72 dpi. If you simply raise it to 300 dpi, the result would be blurry. The resolution has to be raised without changing the dimensions of the map to keep the result sharp. Please watch this short tutorial:

Cheers, mic

damn I wish I could leave a reply to the discussion above of fxdesigner1951. That was very interesting thanks.

” The number of pixels remains the same, but as illustrated, the PRINTED OUTPUT is about 75% SMALLER than the original source image even though the images look unchanged on a monitor.” that is something I didn’t know how can it change dimensions if it’s resized without resampling. I thought without resampling was leaving the pixels intact and so the final Print output as a consquence


Alcaraz Purchased

Hello I can not do anything, the installation appears to be correct but tells me, when rendering, that “An error has occurred, this function may not be available in this version of Photoshop – The parameters of the Define command are not currently valid”

I have also tried it with the icons it brings as an example and it gives me the same error. It’s Photoshop CS664


Hi, please email me > use contact form on our profile page. mic

This is an interesting error when attempting to install. I submitted an email already

I did the manual install and have no problems…. mischief managed

Hi, sorry for the delay! This error message appears if the installer jsx moved from the install folder. To install the plugin Photoshop need the install folder and the installer jsx file. Both files have to be in the same folder. Best regards, mic


sideve Purchased

I have a question concerning: SmartIcon Generator 2 – Isometric 3D Icons. I use Photoshop CC ver. 20.0.3 in English, I installed the program I restarted Photoshop but it does not appear in the panel: window-> extensions. Thanks in advance.


sideve Purchased

sorry all solved my mistake ..

I need what must be a simple answer to this question… When using SmartIcon 2 and selecting the EXPORT ICON option, where are the exported files actually being saved to? (Folder?)

For the life of me, I can’t find them, although the script is running just fine and saving the imagery somewhere… Help files don’t indicate the default location. Please advise, thank you.

Hi, from the instructions PDF: “The storage location fort he exported icons will be either the desktop (for not yet saved SmartIcons), or the folder where the SmartIcon is stored.”

Best regards, mic


Didn’t mean to be so thick headed – I did look at the PDF instructions, prior to writing you and I simply didn’t see the reference to storage. (AFTER LOOKING) on my desktop – I saw the newly created PNG files for these icons.

Thanks for reply. It is appreciated.

BTW – I also purchased today, your REAL PAINT FX plugin and am very impressed with the results. THANKS!!! for your hard work.

{All working on PS CC 2018)... << I also have your ATLAS, GEO, TERRAIN and MAP GEN 2 – some of the created content using these products were used as part of an Illustrated History book that was published earlier this year. The comments were very positive – TOP QUALITY OUTPUT!

kind regards,

FX Designer

Hey FXD, thanks for this massive support and thanks a lot for the kind words :) (btw > the REAL PAINT FX is a collaboration with Giallo) Best wishes from Berlin, mic

where can I find the icon you are using of the computer with speakers please

The shapes for the title image are very simple shapes, but are not available in the download or other way.