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    How can I build a Skin

    I want to build a Skin like the skin Traffic with my own Background
    is there are a good manual or a good program ???


    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokz
    I want to build a Skin like the skin Traffic with my own Background
    is there are a good manual or a good program ???


    thanks
    Yes there is excellent program.... that is curriculum planner of your local school of art. NEWB!!!!

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    how about a Skin Editor

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    A skin editor just helps you with the XML. You can do it your self just by changing the PNGs and the single skin.xml file.

    FYI: The traffic's skin transparancy is an illution. You will have to make your PNGs have the effect by blending images (without using PNG transparancy). It's not just a picture placed behind transparent buttons. CF doesn't support real transparancy.

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    You can use real transparency for the main page icons and the logo's...

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    Oh yeah, sorry, of course the logo and I guess the icons too. I just meant you can't set a background image and then set the 6-buttons to be 30% transparent or anything like that (even though the traffic skin looks like it does that).

    What would be really cool would be to allow the PNG graphics to have per-pixel alphablends (like I am still trying to do with SKINbedder, actually supporting it is easy, getting the alphablended part to update as the window underneath moves is the hard part - you have to draw on a WS_EX_LAYERED window).

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    I actually use to allow that and use WS_EX_LAYERED in one of the earlier versions... it was actually the version that everyone screamed about with performance issues... M10000 machines don't like transparency too much...

    I took it out for performance reasons.. I might consider working at it again once I get everything else fixed and the app bug free... Then I will possibly have an enhanced graphics mode that has fade ins/outs and supports transparency, but for now it's not in the plan for the next few releases...

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3rv3rt B3ar
    Yes there is excellent program.... that is curriculum planner of your local school of art. NEWB!!!!
    Seriously... do you every have anything good to say on these forums?
    I am going to take that other persons idea and just read past your posts...

    I mean that in a nice way, dont want to start a flame war =P lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokz
    I want to build a Skin like the skin Traffic with my own Background
    is there are a good manual or a good program ???


    thanks
    If your just simply trying to change the background image where the images of traffic is now, just browse through the skin folder, open up... i think there are two versions of the image..

    One for the default, and another for mousovers.

    Open up both those in an image editor (Photoshop for example) and then just plop your image on top of the one that is in there now.... save the files over the old PNGs and load up your new skin

    Really simple explination, hope thats what you were asking for, and not anything to do with those transparency things and all that

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    Quote Originally Posted by solodesignz
    Seriously... do you every have anything good to say on these forums?
    I am going to take that other persons idea and just read past your posts...
    That is your freedom.

    I mean that in a nice way, dont want to start a flame war =P lol
    Dont worry i dont feel offended. Besides if u dont read my posts theres simply noway we could wage a war

    But seriously though... artschool remark was meant more as funny joke than attack and also as respect towards Traffic skin, and its maker.

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