I HAVE ADDED A TECH ICON TUTORIAL AT THE BOTTOM...YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT PICS FROM THIS TUTORIAL The reason being, that tech icons are easier. I bust my bum in Bryce to make nice Icons, but I dont have to...You can make Tech Icons with pics right off the web...see below Step 1: Get GIMP. A free program that has all the graphic tools you will need for civilization 3 static graphics. http://www.gimp.org/ Step 2: Select a pic of the Improvement you would like to create. I suggest 3D model sites for materials. (Turbosquid is my favorite) Step 3: open the pic in GIMP. Step 4: Copy (Edit --> Copy) the whole pic. Now you want to open a new, "Transparent" pic to copy into (File --> New). Make sure the dimentions are the same as the original pic. Then, click "Advanced Options". In the "Fill With" box select Transparency (And add a comment if youd like). Click OK, and a box full of black and grey squares should pop up. Paste the Copy of the original Pic into the new box (Edit --> Paste) and Anchor it to the bottom layer (Layer --> Anchor Layer). (see pic) Step 5: Now you have a copy of your original pic. On the GIMP tool bar, double click the black box under the tools (see pic). In the pop-up box, select the Magenta color used by Civ3 as Transparent and click OK.(See pic) STEP 6: Using whatever tools you find most useful, erase away the background from the Improvement. This can be done in a large variety of ways. I tend to use the Eraser, the Pencil (drawing in Magenta and then select by color and cut it all away), and the bucket fill tool (with Magenta as well). Note: You dont have to eliminate EVERY pixel from the BG, but some will be noticable. I also find it best to magnify the pic to 400% ( View --> Zoom(400%) ) so that I can see each pixel and modify as needed. STEP 7: Select everything that isnt transparent. (Select --> Select All) Copy the Image to your clipboard (Edit --> Copy) Open a New box. (File --> New) It should automatically be the size of your image without the extra blank space. Adjust the Advanced options as above, making "Fill With" box "Transparency". Click OK. Paste the image from your clipboard into the newest box and anchor it down to the lowest layer. (edit --> Paste. Layer --> Anchor Layer) [Note: you should still have the Improvement, on a transparent BG. You will need this later, so dont close it] Step 8: Bring the largest size of the pic, down to 128 pixels (Image --> Scale image). Click Scale (Final file will be 128X128). Step 9: Get Ukas' Blank Building Templates: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=2266388&postcount=10 With GIMP open the one that matches the improvement you are making. Convert the template to RGB. (Image -->Mode --> RGB) Now just copy and paste your pic onto the template(grassland) and anchor the layer down to the previous one (Layer --> Anchor Layer). Now you must "Index" the palette. (Image --> Mode --> Index). In the box that pops up, lower the number of colors to 254 and click OK. (see pic) Step 10: You should now have an icon that looks like a finished product. Its not. on the GIMP toolbar, open the colormap/palette (File --> Dialogs --> Colormap) You should still have color ff00ff selected in the foreground box, so on the color map, click the [+] until no more color is added (at least 2, possibly more).Close the colormap. Save this file as (BuildingNameLRG.pcx) Step: 11 reduce the saved file to 32X32 pixels (Image --> Scale image) Save this File as (BuildingNameSML.pcx) Step 12: You have finished the Pedia Icons, now onto the Building PCX files...these are much easier because you dont have to Index them. They are copied into an exsisting PCX when used and will index automatically. Close the finished Pedia Icons and leave the window with your improvement on a transparent BG (It may have been reduced to 128 pixels at this point.) Open a new file. 50 X 40. Click advanced options and select Forground color in the "Fill with" box. Reduce the size (Image --> scale image) of the Transparent BG to be either 50 wide, or 40 high, whichever fits properly (some are one, some the other depending on the shape of the improvement in question). Now copy (edit --> Copy) and Paste (edit --> Paste) the reduced version onto the pink one and anchor the layer (Layer --> Anchor Layer). Save this as (BUILDINGNAME_buildLRG.pcx) Step 13: now go back to the Transparent BG pic, and reduce it again (Image --> scale Image) and make it 32 pixels at the largest point. Often this means a barely visible icon, and there are better ways, but this is the quick and dirty way. Open a new file (File --> New) 32X32 pixels. Click advanced options and select Foreground color in the "Fill with" box. Click ok. copy (edit --> copy) the Transparent BG pic (File --> Copy) and paste it (Edit --> Paste) into the new pic and anchor layer (Layer --> Anchor layer). Save as (BUILDINGNAME_buildSML.pcx) Step 14: Celebrate, you just created an Improvement that you can upload to the Database and share with others...you should be proud!!