This file format is used as a canvas (background) in a variety of image editing software in order to set the main color of the image. It is used to fill the canvas with one solid color. It belongs to the group of 'pseudo-image' file formats. It can be used for the fill color, which is chosen from the selected area in a particular image.
PBM is a Portable image in black and white. Can be opened with programs: Adobe Photoshop CS, ACD Systems Canvas 15, ACD Systems ACDSee 17, Newera Graphics Converter Pro, Corel PaintShop Pro X6. File contains 1 bit per pixel. PBM is a kind of file format PPM. And can be readable or binary.