Help with skinning per pixel frames

Saturday, August 2, 2008 by casualtraveller | Discussion: Skinning

Hi

Does anyone have any tips or tutorials for skinning window frames as i am at my wits end

I have spent days trying to slice up an image and am getting nowhere.
The images are always in the wrong place - the start menu was easy to slice but this is a nightmare

Failing the slice method i  try to just take the default image for example frame_top and draw other images over it
Its time consuming but works for a while but takes an age to line everything up.

Also every so often when importing an image it will all just squash and you cannot get it back to normal
Even importing the original image again exactly how it was does nothing - this was similar to the start menu problem i had earler

I have never in my life used such a buggy program as skin studio 6
I am very close to giving up until something better is made...

Has anyone made any sliced up PNG templates or have any good pixel lengths / settings

Thanks in advance
Cavan1
Reply #1 Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:24 AM
For per pixel window frames the top and bottom cover the full window width and the sides fit between the top and bottom, which is the opposite of the standard frames where the sides cover the full height and the top and bottom fit between the sides.
casualtraveller
Reply #2 Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:29 AM
Yep i know all that - thats not the problem - i can slice it to the exact size it should be but it doesnt come out
Cavan1
Reply #3 Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:34 AM
i can slice it to the exact size it should be but it doesnt come out


Sounds like your painting margins/stretch or tile settings are not set right for the images.

Also every so often when importing an image it will all just squash and you cannot get it back to normal


Would most likely also be the settings above.
casualtraveller
Reply #4 Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:48 AM
No amount of adjusting the margins, alignment will sort the image when squished - but importing the same image with same settings into a new skin fixes it - but this is not a solution. I give up for today
NightTrainthedark
Reply #5 Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:55 AM
email me the skin at craig at cdoman dot com. It's the easiest way to see what you are doing wrong.

or you might find what you are doing wrong by reading this... it is sks 5 though.
WWW Link
Cavan1
Reply #6 Saturday, August 2, 2008 12:07 PM
Even importing the original image again exactly how it was does nothing


but importing the same image with same settings into a new skin fixes it


Try renaming the original image and then import it into the skin you are working on, this way SKS will/should think it is a new image not just the org. being reimported.
casualtraveller
Reply #7 Saturday, August 2, 2008 12:24 PM
Thanks for your help guys - im gonna have a few more stabs tonight and if not ill take you up on that kind offer night train.

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