Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

Introducing Icon Editor

Icon Editor enables you to create and edit images in two formats, described in Table 13-1.

Table 13-1 Icon Formats



File Name 

X pixmap (XPM)  

Multicolor images that include static and dynamic colors 


X bitmap (XBM) 

Two-color images limited to a foreground and background color (used for black and white icons) 


Figure 13-1 Icon Editor main window


You create images by selecting drawing tools and colors, and using them in the work area. As you draw, Icon Editor displays an actual-size copy of your icon in both formats. You need to consider the two-color version of the icon even if you are drawing an image for use on color systems, because icons may revert to two colors if there are not enough free colors available on the workspace.

For information on designing icons, read the Visual Design chapter in Common Desktop Environment: Style Guide and Certification Checklist.