Properties of Image Shapes

You can use image shapes to specify how domain classes appear in a generated designer. Define an image shape by setting the Image property of the class to a predefined image file. The following formats are supported:

  • .gif

  • .jpg

  • .jpeg

  • .bmp

  • .wmf

  • .emf

  • .png

By default, designer resource files, such as image files, are located in the Resources folder in the Dsl project.

For more information, see How to Define a Domain-Specific Language. For more information about how to use these properties, see Customizing and Extending a Domain-Specific Language.

Image shapes have the properties that are listed in the following table.




Fill Color

The fill color of this shape.


Fill Gradient Mode

The fill gradient mode of this shape.


Has Default Connection Points

If True, the shape will use top, bottom, left, and right connection points in the generated designer.


Outline Color

The outline color of this shape.


Outline Dash Style

The outline dash style of this shape (Solid, Dash, Dot, DashDot, DashDotDot, or Custom).


Outline Thickness

The outline thickness of this shape.


Text Color

The color that is used for text decorators that are associated with this shape.


Access Modifier

The access modifier of the geometry shape (public or internal).


Custom Attributes

Used to add attributes to the source code class that is generated from this shape.


Generates Double Derived

If True, both a base class and a partial class (to support customization through overrides) will be generated. For more information, see Overriding and Extending the Generated Classes.


Has Custom Constructor

If True, a custom constructor will be provided in the source code. For more information, see Overriding and Extending the Generated Classes.


Inheritance Modifier

Describes the kind of inheritance of the source code class that is generated from the image shape (none, abstract or sealed).


Base Image Shape

The base class of this shape.



The name of this shape.

Current name


The namespace that is affiliated with this shape.

Current namespace

Tooltip Type

The place where the tooltip is defined (fixed, variable, or none). If fixed, then the value of the Fixed Tooltip Text property is used as the tooltip; if variable, then the tooltip is defined in custom code.



Informal notes that are associated with this shape.


Initial Height

The initial height of this shape, in inches.


Initial Width

The initial width of this shape, in inches.


Exposed Fill Color As Property

Exposed Fill Gradient Mode

Exposed Outline Color As Property

Exposed Outline Dash Style As Property

Exposed Outline Thickness As Property

Exposes Text Color

If True, the user can set the stated property of a shape. To set this, right-click the shape definition and click Add Exposed.



Used to document the generated designer.


Display Name

The name that will be displayed in the generated designer for this shape.


Fixed Tooltip Text

The text that is used for a fixed tooltip.


Help Keyword

The keyword that is used to index F1 help for this element.



The path to the image file that is used for this shape.