Polaris WB - WIP

tinker tinker.. hammer, smack..kick.. curse..

Friday, October 2, 2009 by vStyler | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

 

After doing a very dark theme, I enjoy using it so much I've decided to do another dark, but less dark theme, without the need for a substyle

I'm calling it Polaris for a couple of reasons, has rather a radioactive look and my father served as first weapons officer on the Polaris class nuclear sub H.M.S Resolution for many years. One of 4 Polaris class subs the British navy had back then, all since decomissioned. The orange really has no significance other than it is one of the better.. glowey colors and goes really well with a dark grey\blue.... oh... and it just happens to be October

 

Anyway.. so far so good, will post screens as I have them. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of orange matching icons available. There are a couple of decent sets but nothing that matches perfectly and IP's recoloring feature is rather meagre. Bit disappointed on that front. Maybe a certain someone wants to step up

 

I see after laying some elements out together than some of the oranges need matched up slightly better... oh well.. is a WIP..It'll get sorted out... all in good time.

 

Cheers.

 

 

 

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LightStar
Reply #1 Friday, October 2, 2009 11:14 PM

Oh yeah!  They just keep on getting better and better John! 

bk13GarbageMan
Reply #2 Friday, October 2, 2009 11:20 PM

Really cool!

RedneckDude
Reply #3 Friday, October 2, 2009 11:43 PM

This does look good! You seem to be in a gray mood lately!!

Bebi Bulma
Reply #4 Saturday, October 3, 2009 12:23 AM

Looking good John, really like the wall. Dark gray is awesome.

DrJBHL
Reply #5 Saturday, October 3, 2009 12:58 AM

Small world...my uncle Saul designed part of the guidance system. Hope there'll be a 'light' substyle...Looks excellent, John. Too bad the digicons are busted.

vStyler
Reply #6 Saturday, October 3, 2009 10:13 AM

Hope there'll be a 'light' substyle

Sooooomeone didn't read the description very well

 

Thanks everyone 

manni
Reply #7 Saturday, October 3, 2009 10:50 AM

How about a substyle with a winflag on the startbutton?

vStyler
Reply #8 Saturday, October 3, 2009 11:12 AM

I may do that , had a couple of requests, although you would think people would eventually get sick of seeing it.

vStyler
Reply #9 Saturday, October 3, 2009 2:41 PM

On second thoughts I think i will just start including a winflag version start button image in the zip that users can overwrite the default with by simply dropping into the WB folder.

It's just not enough of a change to warrant a substyle imo.

manni
Reply #10 Saturday, October 3, 2009 3:32 PM

Good enough for me.

DrJBHL
Reply #11 Saturday, October 3, 2009 4:21 PM

I've found that as I grow older, a bit of contrast helps these old eyes...the font in the ss doesn't stand out strongly. That was the reason I asked. I did read the OP. Other folks made other requests.

No matter.

vStyler
Reply #12 Saturday, October 3, 2009 5:16 PM

Doing a full light substyle is a huge amount of work for a single WB, especially one that these days requires different OS's and substyles for those too, which means doing it all over again for each OS, then.. if you add in start button substyles for light and dark versions, then those x3 for the diff OS's.. and that doesnt even cover anything else you might want to cover like diff. colors, 2nd start menu's and buttons, apples , flags, peace signs, diff font substyles etc.... you can see where I'm going with this.

Point being , until the OS's are whittled down some, substyles are really the last thing on at least my agenda, they just multiply the amount of work too much, tend to complicate things massively, can cause issues etc..  you can see where I'm going with this ... i hope.

Not saying I'd never do them, I usually do.. will just depend. I designed this in the hopes that because u can read black text over the grey, that it will be usable without a light style. In fact it was the only way I was going to do another at least semi-dark skin.

Not trying to bitch but sometimes just drives me crazy when everyone throws out substyle requests perhaps not knowing what all goes along with making them.

You may be surprised also, in addition, how many tweaks I do for users that email or PM me for some special modification of a skin.

 

As far as contrast goes, u do know WB is capable of font replacement, color adjustment etc..In addition it is very easy to tweak font sizes and colors in SKS to your suiting.

I am using calibri in this after taking a break from using it, as for me it's by far and away the best looking MS font. Tahoma, Arial, Segoeui all look bulky in the start menu to me.

 

Peace to the world  and good luck to Obama, cos Lord knows, he needs it right now.

 

DrJBHL
Reply #13 Saturday, October 3, 2009 5:46 PM

As far as contrast goes, u do know WB is capable of font replacement, color adjustment etc..In addition it is very easy to tweak font sizes and colors in SKS to your suiting.

Yep.

sydneysiders
Reply #14 Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:11 PM

I've found that as I grow older, a bit of contrast helps these old eyes...the font in the ss doesn't stand out strongly.

I know what you mean doc....I'm pretty sensitive in that area too...I particularly find fonts that have been over glowed on the taskbuttons & titlebars very irritating too....but, have to say, these old eyes having no problem here....I think it might surprise you...

Xiandi
Reply #15 Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:42 PM

That shure is purty, John 

vStyler
Reply #16 Saturday, October 3, 2009 8:18 PM

btw Doc, nothing was directed at u personally. Just trying to give everyone a broader understanding of how quickly a WB can multiply workwise as substyles are added., you just happened to be the one to bring it up.

CraigSnedeker
Reply #17 Saturday, October 3, 2009 8:30 PM

So clean, nice job

skibadee
Reply #18 Sunday, October 4, 2009 12:00 AM

very nice

DrJBHL
Reply #19 Sunday, October 4, 2009 6:41 AM

Doing a full light substyle is a huge amount of work for a single WB, especially one that these days requires different OS's and substyles for those too, which means doing it all over again for each OS, then.. if you add in start button substyles for light and dark versions, then those x3 for the diff OS's.. and that doesnt even cover anything else you might want to cover like diff. colors, 2nd start menu's and buttons, apples , flags, peace signs, diff font substyles etc.... you can see where I'm going with this.

Absolutely, John. It's that you make it all seem so darned easy. I feel guilty that I asked for a whole substyle...I shouldn't have asked for that as it really wasn't exactly what I meant and not being a skinner, I have no conception of the work involved.

I feel it's dreadfully unfair that you were blessed with all that talent and I, none. 

I'll have to take that up with the proper department at some point...hopefully in the distant future. I'll also probably get a "Ho-hummm" answer.

vStyler
Reply #20 Sunday, October 4, 2009 2:40 PM

I feel it's dreadfully unfair that you were blessed with all that talent and I, none.

Don't let it fool ya.. 95% is hard work, stick-to-it-ivness and pride. I'm no more talented than the next girl.

I really believe anyone could do a pretty good job on a WB with their mind firmly set on course.

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