Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video Building design assets for iconic tiles, part of Building Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles.
Although there are many parameter options for the iconic tile there are only two graphical assets that you'll need to create. The first is the small version of the icon, which is a transparent icon and should use a white foreground to match with the design guidelines provided by Microsoft. The small icon has a dimension of 70 by 110 pixels. The larger version of the icon has a similar design requirement, but in this case is 130 by 202 pixels in size. Finally, although it isn't a design asset, you'll also need to define the background color of the tile.
If you wish to use the phone accent color, you can omit this property and the tile will adopt the user's preferred color or you can select the color and extract the RGB values of that color. Although the parameter accepts an RGBA value, the A value must be opaque or it will reject the color and use the phone accent color.
- What are Live Tiles?
- Working with tile XAML templates
- Building design assets
- Packaging tiles
- Building secondary tiles