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    Need help. transparent _EMPTY files and invisible buttons

    I'm in the process of remaking a skin and have 2 questions.

    1. I noticed the _EMPTY files are usually gif and have some kind of transparent purple mask when used for pop up menus. How do I apply this mask in Photoshop? My pop up menu shows the corners as opaque and not transparent right now.

    2. I'm trying to make a button around the song title. The button is slightly bigger than the text box. When the text is aligned LEFT, the button works perfectly, however when the text is SCROLL-CENTER, I am unable to click except on the very edges where the button is "sticking out". I tried using both B and L types for the button area. Anyway to get this working correctly with SCROLL text?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin683 View Post
    I'm in the process of remaking a skin and have 2 questions.

    1. I noticed the _EMPTY files are usually gif and have some kind of transparent purple mask when used for pop up menus. How do I apply this mask in Photoshop? My pop up menu shows the corners as opaque and not transparent right now.

    2. I'm trying to make a button around the song title. The button is slightly bigger than the text box. When the text is aligned LEFT, the button works perfectly, however when the text is SCROLL-CENTER, I am unable to click except on the very edges where the button is "sticking out". I tried using both B and L types for the button area. Anyway to get this working correctly with SCROLL text?

    Thanks for the help.
    1. Try changing to a png file maybe?

    2. SCROLL-CENTER label alignments have the annoying habit of covering up buttons. If you absolutely have to use SCROLL-<ANYTHING>, add this label to each corresponding buttons:

    LXX,XX,XX,XX,XX,,,,,,"EXEC;<BUTTONCOMMAND>||=",
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    1. Let me elaborate: I'm not trying to make a transparent skin. On the skins that I have looked at, they have "menu" skins that pop up and do not fill the entire screen and I've noticed that in Photoshop these image have a purple boarder around the edges that becomes transparent when it is used in Roadrunnner. I have drawn a menu that pop ups but I do not know how to apply the purple transparent mask in Photoshop, therefore the corners of my image are not transparent.

    2. Things I've tried so far.

    B20,111,90,575,36,"Menu;Ratings.skin||CHECKRATED", ""
    L20,111,90,575,36,,,,,,"EXEC;Menu;Ratings.skin||CH ECKRATED||="
    B20,111,90,575,36,"RATINGSINFO"
    B20,111,90,575,36,"RATINGSINFO||="
    L20,111,90,575,36,,,,,,"EXEC;RATINGSINFO||="

    defined RATINGSINFO in ExecTBL as:
    "RATINGSINFO","Menu;Ratings.skin||CHECKRATED"

    No luck. They all produce the same effect of only being able to click along the perimeter. Some of them also stop the text from scrolling.

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    You forgot the commas at the end of the line.
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    Thanks for pointing that out. It didn't seem to make a difference. I tried adding just a comma, and also ,"" for the tooltip part. Looks like I might have to just move the button cause I'd rather keep the text scrolling. Nice skin btw, I saw it and immediately thought Audi.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot. Button codes interfere w/ the EXEC label.

    Thanks for the kind comment on my WIP skin.

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