Coolfire's Skin
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Coolfire's Skin

Updated Dec 14, 2005 by coolfire92

Comment #1 Wednesday, December 14, 2005 2:59 PM
I hate to say this, but to be honest with you, the skin is looking terrible...
Comment #2 Wednesday, December 14, 2005 3:29 PM
it is a good try - i think you should clean up the magic pink i see in the borders, and review the colour choice
Comment #3 Wednesday, December 14, 2005 6:37 PM
Outstanding....your color choices are excellent. It is a welcome
change to the norm. I look forward to more of your skins.
Comment #4 Wednesday, December 14, 2005 7:06 PM

I think this is a great start, I myself have been working to release a first skin and am looking forward to CONSTRUCTIVE Critism, rather than insults. These things are not easy to build, especially for the first time. stick with it 92, you got a good start there.
Comment #5 Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:16 AM
Coolfire...not bad for a first try... Don't be afraid to ask for help, there are alot of great skinners who are also great mentors

That magic pink is a hard one to master...I am still struggling with it at times.

Here's some of the best advice I have recieved - skin everything! Be Patient, don't rush to put something out there until it's something you feel is your best effort. Don't pay attention to ratings. Pay attention to all the criticisms, but don't take then personally. Insead use them to your advantage so you don't make the same mistakes in your next blind. Above all...keep skining fun!
dj cole
Comment #6 Thursday, December 15, 2005 5:24 PM
hi coolfire.
i think you did a good job for a first try
now some constructive criticism.

one thing you can do is not use magic pink in parts of the skin that do not need it
like the start panel userpane,more programs arrow and system buttons.

creat a transparent bacground the same size as the original image in photoshop.
use the original image as a template like more programs arrow for spacing.
use the options window on the right side of the preview there you will find
all the options like the translucency switch. if you don't see it there click the more and add
the attribute.
then you have to go under the preview and check the transparent and translucent box's
on the bottom left.
the best advice i can give you is study others skins check there settings in the options window.
and as boopish said take your time and have fun doing it.

if you find this helpfull please email me with any questions you have i will be happy to help.
Comment #7 Saturday, December 17, 2005 12:51 PM
magic pink and photoshop images don't get along well together. create your images in photoshop, save them as a .png file, import them to skinstudio use the tranparency/translucent switches. use magic pink only where you have to. like dj cole said, i highly recomend that you take some of your favorite skins and see how they were made. you're doing great for your first projects, and overuse of magic pink is common among new authors, it's the first way you find to make a transparent image. you also need to mind your content and sizing margins. parts of the skin are out of alignment and in some cases text goes beyond borders. lastly, i hate to say it but you need to skin your toolbars. the default setting was designed for a specific design/color scheme and end up looking out of place in custom skins.

keep this in mind; it takes months to create a good/useable skin. if it doesn't look right to you, it won't look right to anyone else. problem solve these issues and ask questions. other authors are always willing to help. make sure you take the time to "finish" these skins. i've downloaded and tested your work and to be honest, they feel unfinished and rushed. there is no hurry and no timetable to release your project. do yourself justice and make these as cool as possible.

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