Stencils are palettes that you can display in the Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) and from which you select icons representing activities to include in your business process models.

See GPM Interface for an illustration of the stencils pane.

Each stencil contains labeled icons for a specific category of installed services or Business Process Modeling Language (BPML) activities.

You can choose from a menu to display the stencils containing icons you need as you build business process models. From the View menu, select Stencil and select the desired stencil. When you open more than one stencil, the stencils display in a tiered pane. With multiple stencils open, you can click the stencil name at the top or bottom of the pane to display the stencil you need as topmost in the list.

To close a stencil, right click on the stencil title and select Close Current Stencil or Close All Stencils.