Typical usage looks like this:

dmgbuild -s "Volume Name" output.dmg

The (optional) file specifies the attributes that control the appearance of the disk image. The other arguments give the volume name and the name of the output file respectively.

dmgbuild also accepts arguments of the form -D key=value; these can be used from within the settings file, for instance so that you can write a single settings file for multiple disk images, or so that you can easily alter settings at build time.