Image Editor for Icons


For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017 RC, see Visual Studio 2017 RC Documentation.

The Image editor has an extensive set of tools for creating and editing images, as well as features to help you create toolbar bitmaps. In addition to bitmaps, icons, and cursors, you can edit images in GIF or JPEG format using commands on the Image menu and tools on the Image Editor toolbar.

With the Image editor, you can:

The Image Editor window shows two views of an image, with a split bar separating the two panes. You can drag the split bar from side to side to change the relative sizes of the panes. The active pane displays a selection border.

The Image Editor window can be adjusted to fit your needs and preferences. You can change the magnification factor and display or hide the pixel grid.

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Using the Image Editor, you can view 32-bit images, but you cannot edit them.

You can download at no cost the Visual Studio Image Library which contains many animations, bitmaps, and icons that you can use in your applications. For more information about how to download the library, see The Visual Studio Image Library.

You can use the Image editor and the Binary editor to work with resource files in managed projects. Any managed resources you want to edit must be linked resources. The Visual Studio resource editors do not support editing embedded resources.

For information on adding resources to managed projects, please see Resources in Applications in the .NET Framework Developer's Guide. For information on manually adding resource files to managed projects, accessing resources, displaying static resources, and assigning resources strings to properties, see Walkthrough: Localizing Windows Forms and Walkthrough: Using Resources for Localization with ASP.NET.



Resource Editors