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    Lightweight carbon fiber UI

    Well, my skinning goal is to create a very lightweight and fast skin. I want it to be very fast when switching menus. I went for a minimalistic look that still had some graphic design to it. There is not too much eye candy here, im more concerned with function. All menus were made in Inkscape (free vector program) and an be scaled WITHOUT losing any quality (hint, hint, custom resolution) I believe designing in vector will eliminate the need to recreate multiple skins for different resolutions. I can also change colors and move things around much easier than photoshop. But anyway I just wanted to get some feedback on my UI design. Not all menus are shown but you get the picture. Next step is to code this project.

    I used green because my interior is lit in green but it can be replaced with any color.
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    Very hot skin....i love the design. well done !!!!!!

    p.s: i really hope the clock works.... Thats really what i like the most !!!

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    being vector based isn't gonna help with different porportioned resolutions, it'll only help when you enlarge the same porportions, it'll still have the same stretch effect as a pixel image

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    If the user re-sizes it using the general.ini or re-sizes the jpgs, there will be a loss of quality, unless of course, you are resizing the images with your vector program and releasing multiple versions of this skin.

    I think the best way to make a fast skin would be to do the following:

    1) compress the hell out of your jpgs
    2) use the same image for multiple screens
    3) disable clipping

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    That looks great! I really like how simple it looks and I love the clock. I was trying to get a clock into my skin but it just didn't look right, yet.
    Does your mustang have the My Color option? That would be cool if you changed the glow color to match the gauges.

    Good job!

    Mike

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    Well since I've learned the GDI code and am now familiar with skinning via transparencies I am considering resurrecting this unfinished skin in see through form and follow my philosophy of lightweight skinning. Looks hella good with the carbon fiber but I want the option to change it. I am going to look for the source files on my backup drive but this style my be released yet. . .
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