Guide: Adding an icon


You will need XCC Mixer, XCC MIX Editor and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Paint Shop Pro.
You can download the XCC utilities from
You can download an evaluation version of Pant Shop Pro from

Extracting the right palet

Start XCC Mixer.
Open language.mix.

Choose file->found->red alert 2->language.mix. Extract cameo.mix Right-click on cameo.mix and choose extract....
Save it in your RA2 directory.
Open cameo.mix. Double-click on cameo.mix. Select the output directory. There should be one vertical scrollbar. Right of it are two vertical bars. Drag the right-most bar to the right.
Now navigate to the directory where you want the output files to appear.
Convert the icon to pcx. Choose view->palet->red alert 2->ra2.mix - cache.mix - cameo.pal.
Right-click on giicon.shp and choose copy as pcx.
Close XCC Mixer.
Converting the icon to pcx

Start Paint Shop Pro.
Open the pcx file you've saved a few minutes ago.
Save the palet.

Choose colors->save palette....
Save the palet somewhere, because you'll need it when converting icons.
Load your (new) icon.
Apply the palet. Choose colors->load palette....
Load the palet you just saved.
Save the icon. Choose file->save as...
Select zsoft paintbrush as file type.
Save the icon with the name xccicon 0000.pcx.

Converting the icon to shp

Start XCC Mixer.
Navigate to the directory where you've just saved the icon.
Select the output directory.
Convert the icon to shp (ts).

Adding the icon to a mix file

Start XCC MIX Editor.
Open cameo.mix.

Choose open....
Load it from your RA2 directory.
Insert the icon. Start Windows Explorer.
Drag-and-drop your icon to XCC MIX Editor.
Choose compact.
Choose close.
Close XCC MIX Editor.
Adding the icon to a art.ini

Start a text editor.
Open art.ini.
Find [e1].
Change the line cameo=giicon to cameo=xccicon.
Save art.ini.