Solaris Common Desktop Environment: Advanced User's and System Administrator's Guide

Icon Design Recommendations

Use a common theme among related icons. For example, if you are designing icons for an application, have purposeful similarities between the application's icon and icons for data files.

Be sure the two-color version of any color icon you design is acceptable. If the icon is displayed on a monochrome or grayscale display (or if there are not enough colors available), the icon is automatically displayed in its two-color form.

To conserve system color usage, try to limit icon color use to the colors provided by the desktop. (Icons created using Icon Editor will be use only desktop colors.)

For the sizes used by the desktop components, see Table 14–1.

Color Usage

Desktop icons use a palette of 22 colors including: