If you use the 1&1 Favicon Generator, no additional graphics software
is required. You can work easily and comfortably within your browser interface. However, in addition to the 1&1 Favicon Generator, there are many other useful tools that you can use to create a favicon. If a classic .ico file is to be created, it is essential that the program also handles this file format.
You can, for example, create a favicon in Photoshop. Photoshop is particularly popular among professional graphic designers, supporting creation in .ico format as well as .png files. Additionally, it provides a wealth of useful graphics tools; however, this software is quite expensive and can be relatively complex to use. Photoshop is regarded as a standard in the web design industry for professional image processing, although some excellent alternatives
do exist. For example, the open source application "GIMP" is also suitable for creating a favicon. GIMP is actually even more versatile, due to its universal applicability on all operating systems. While Photoshop works only for Windows and Mac OS, GIMP also runs on Linux. The program also offers a similar variety of tools – making even multi-level processing possible.
Both GIMP and Photoshop offer similar functionality to the 1&1 Favicon Generator in that you have the option to open and edit an existing logo and can design your favicon from scratch. However, you must familiarize yourself with the complex user interfaces in both programs. The 1&1 Favicon Generator, on the other hand, is incredibly quick and easy to learn thanks to its user-friendly interface. Furthermore, it automatically provides you with all conceivable file formats that you may require for a professional favicon such as app icons for Android, iOS and various versions of Windows.