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How to render images using SF Symbols

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 12.0

SwiftUI’s Image view lets us load any of the 2000+ icons from SF Symbols, with many of them working in multi-color too.

To load icons from Apple’s SF Symbols set, use the Image(systemName:) initializer, passing in the icon string to load, like this:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")

The image you get back is scalable and colorable, which means you can tint the image using the same foregroundColor() modifier you’ve already seen:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")
    .foregroundColor(.red)

And it also means you can ask SwiftUI to scale up the image to match whatever Dynamic Type text style it accompanies, if any:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")
    .font(.largeTitle)

If you’re using an image that has color elements, you can activate multi-color mode using .renderingMode(.original), like this:

Image(systemName: "cloud.sun.rain.fill")
    .renderingMode(.original)
    .font(.largeTitle)
    .padding()
    .background(Color.black)
    .clipShape(Circle())
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