Basic non-animated CursorXP tutorial #1
Thursday, November 2, 2006 by Island Dog | Discussion: Tutorials
Making a Custom Cursor with CursorXP
Many years ago the first program I used to "customize" my desktop was CursorXP, and still remains one of my favorite applications available from Stardock. CursorXP was also the first program I used to actually create something to upload to Wincustomize. So today I wanted to write a simple tutorial on how to make a non-animated CursorXP theme. I will cover animations in the next tutorial. I just wanted to give a basic outline of how to get started creating themes for CursorXP.
Now what are you going to need? A few simple tools will get you there.
First you will need CursorXP. You can download it from here.
Next you are going to need some kind of graphics program. Now some of the common programs people use are Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but there are a few free tools which you can use. One of the best free graphics programs is Paint.NET.
Now that you have your "tools" lets start.
First thing to do is start your graphics program and create the image you want as a cursor. I am going to use a graphic I am working on for a new Christmas theme, but you can pretty much use your imagination to create the cursor you want. The size of your image is something that will depend on the shape and design of your cursor. It's just one of those things you need to experiment with to find the right size that works for you.
Also take into account that people with different resolutions might see your graphic differently. So once you have created your graphic, save it to your location of choice. I commonly make a folder to keep all the graphics together for each theme I make. I usually save my graphic as a .png, but CursorXP supports several different formats including .ani, .cur, and .ico formats. I use a .png because it contains it's transparency information.
Here is our simple graphic.
Now open the CursorXP configuration as shown below.
1. Go to "theme" drop down menu and select "new theme".
2. Now you can choose which cursor to modify, select "normal select"
3. Click the "Configure" button by ref. #1, and the "options" button by ref. #2 will become "configure", click it.
When you click "Configure" another window should popup with the properties for that selected cursor element as shown below.
Check the "Enhanced cursor" button, and the import button will become active.
Click the "Import" button and a dialog box will open. Browse to your cursor graphic and click "open". Do not worry about the Frames box right now, we will go into that when we get into animated cursors. Just make sure it says 1.
Click Apply and then OK, and you should end up at the CursorXP Configuration window with your new addition showing as shown below.
Now you must set the point to your cursor. In the graphic above where the black arrow is, move the blue crosshairs to the area on the image you want to assign the "click" point.
Click Apply, save your cursor theme, click Apply, and your cursor should now change on screen.
All you have to do now is repeat the same steps, but now you will just select the different states such as "help select", "busy", etc. There are many more options in CursorXp, but I just wanted to show you the basic so you can create your own cursor for yourself, or to upload to the Wincustomize gallery.
The next tutorial we will get into animation and more advanced options. This first tutorial is just a basic primer for you to start making your own cursor. If you have any questions or need any help with your cursor, please let me know.
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