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    hey all, thought a skin similar to this would look better in my truck than some of the other sporty-ish ones available here. what im asking is where should i put all this stuff? (artist tag, shuffle/repeat indicator, [button to audio_browser]...) i just dont like where the stuff is now, yeah i know theres gaps and room for other stuff, but i dont like it as is.... id like to keep the volume/bass bars where they are, the title of the song bar where it is, and the album art where it is. the rest is all moveable- including the playlist. any ideas?


    EDIT: o yea, it would be nice to have an album tag underneath the album, but not required if anyone can think of anything better

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    I like the dirt look, you can really push it and make it more realistic.
    I would make the play buttons as if they were ingraved in the metal (solid shape) and filled with dirt/rust so it has more contrast. Same for the logo behind the playlist.

    as for the shuffle/repeat and where to put it, where its at is ok with me, i think it should be close to the playbuttons no matter what. So you could either make them icons instead of text and or move it to the left side.

    you could split the playlist from bottom (remove all text under where the current song is highlighted).
    Then you can put buttons and stuff under that that goes to where ever.

    some other ideas,
    i would make those screws buttons, like the one above the vol i would make a mute or att button and make one of the states with teh screw unscrewed and hanging off to the side.
    you could indent the middle area and make it a fake lcd screen with metal as the border, instead of a flat metal plate.
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    • #3
      You definitely need some more contrast. Seeing that in daylight will not be easy.

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      • #4
        thanks all, im trying to keep this skin as clean as possible -aka not too many buttons -only the ones that i need. i thought of the screw/button idea as well and its definitely a possibility. as for the logo and play buttons contrast issue, ill think about making them darker. the logo in the back was intended to be faint so that it didnt take away from viewing the playlist. the play buttons i like as is but i see how it could be a problem when in the car. will work on it. again thanks

        EDIT: do the play buttons not look engraved already?

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        • #5


          lol im liking this, so i think ill stick with it... anything else anyone think i should add

          EDIT: changed the album title font to the same as the 'current track / total track time' font
          : the slider on the right goes up and down the playlist

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          • #6
            I may be obsessive, but I like to tighten all my screws so that the groove in the head points the same way. May not look good on a skin, but it bugs me...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tundra2000
              do the play buttons not look engraved already?
              they do look ingraved, but what i ment was ingrave them in a solid shape rather and fill the inside with dirt (darker). Right now it looks like someone ingraved the outline, which will be very hard to see in the car at daytime (maybe even night).
              I can post an example if im not explaining it right.

              I think you should preview how things look in the car as you go also, just take a screenshot and view it in different light conditions to get a better idea of what you can get away with and what you cant.

              i llike the layout changes too.
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              • #8
                oh and you wont be able to have your album art like that with the torn edges unless you use flash.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by liquid_smoke
                  oh and you wont be able to have your album art like that with the torn edges unless you use flash.
                  yea it is flash. i completely understand what your are saying about engraving/ingraving lol or however its spelled. right now i like the outline way, but as soon as i put it in the car i may change my mind, or i may keep it. i dont have a touchscreen yet (waiting for a good one on ebay). for the time being id prefer to keep it as is, but im gonna try it with a solid shape a couple diffferent ways and see if i like it better.

                  Originally posted by 2k1Toaster
                  I may be obsessive, but I like to tighten all my screws so that the groove in the head points the same way. May not look good on a skin, but it bugs me...
                  lol yea i could do that, but i sorta like the disorder. when/if i do finish this skin, ill make two of them -one lined up and one not -just for you.

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                  • #10
                    I like the effects you created. Will be a great skin when finished!

                    I would like to see the bottom row stick to icons like the play buttons. Change the Shuffle/Random and Library to the same kind of engraved buttons you have already. Also, the nails for the sliders could use a little more realism.

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