Miricla & Tinted: WIP

His 'n Hers Blinds

By on June 24, 2009 12:34:17 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Mirsguy

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I recently began work on a new WindowBlind I am calling 'Miricla.' This is a skin that I am making specifically for my wife, Brysgirl. She has not been able to find that 'perfect skin' yet, so I am creating it for her.

It is primarily blue in color and quite glassy. I chose the blue color because I just couldn't bring myself to work with pink. This skin is a recolorers dream, and looks good however you set the color slider in the config settings.

When I complete Miricla, I will begin work on 'Tinted,' which will be essentially identical in most ways to Miricla, just with dark glass rather than blue. Also, the Tinted WB will be made to match the ObjectDock backgrounds I have already created of the same name.

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June 24, 2009 2:00:54 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

WOW. This is amazing. You are really close to perfection with this one Your wife it's very lucky.

Can't wait to try it on my XP.

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June 24, 2009 2:08:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yesssss! I really like this! I can't wait. Wooohooooo Looks really good. Thanks Rad

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June 24, 2009 4:07:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great work!

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June 24, 2009 9:19:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like it!

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June 24, 2009 9:27:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks everyone! I'll post the updates anytime I feel that there's something significant that's happened.

This one will support XP, Vista, and (hopefully) Windows 7.

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June 24, 2009 9:33:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

*drool*  Is it done yet?  You do outstanding work, Mirsguy!

(and thanks for not picking pink )

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June 24, 2009 9:36:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Really awesome work My friend!

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June 24, 2009 10:32:06 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks really good!

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June 24, 2009 10:57:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Very nice!! It does look like it's going to recolor very well.

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June 24, 2009 11:01:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 Ooooooooh the Wifey is gonna love you for this Brian

If that Tinted concept is anything like the docks, that's going to be off the hook Pal!

 

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June 24, 2009 12:29:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ooooooooh the Wifey is gonna love you for this Brian

She already does! She's my main (and only) tester right now. She's testing it on XP while I use it on Vista. And she has a lot of say-so over the design of the skin, too.

 

As a side note-- just built me a new PC and installed W7 on it. Gonna try this blind on it shortly.

*Mirsguy crosses fingers*

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June 24, 2009 1:06:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Lookin' good on Windows 7!

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June 24, 2009 6:55:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ooooooooh the Wifey is gonna love you for this Brian

I do! I do! I do!

Lookin' good on Windows 7!

Looks good on xp too! Thank you so much, my love, you are AWESOME!

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June 24, 2009 7:49:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you so much, my love, you are AWESOME!

 Oh gawd, get a room you two!

 

 

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June 24, 2009 9:31:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

That looks pretty sweet.

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June 24, 2009 9:37:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is just great, Bryan. I like it a good deal. I also like the sounds of the second skin's idea.

Cp...eat your heart out.

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June 24, 2009 10:18:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looking good so far, a couple of suggestions I'll put forth are.. on the frame and start menu top left lighting\bevels, perhaps try using an overlay or vivid light blend mode in the bevel section of your layer styles, it will give you a brighter blue highlight as opposed to the more white looking one you have now.. will make the lighting more natural. and 2, same thing with the Horiz. grad in the start menu, might benefit from being more  light blue than whiter color it is now.... perhaps.

 

Hope this helps Brian. 

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June 24, 2009 10:49:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

looking good

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June 24, 2009 10:54:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vStyler,
Looking good so far, a couple of suggestions I'll put forth are.. on the frame and start menu top left lighting\bevels, perhaps try using an overlay or vivid light blend mode in the bevel section of your layer styles, it will give you a brighter blue highlight as opposed to the more white looking one you have now.. will make the lighting more natural. and 2, same thing with the Horiz. grad in the start menu, might benefit from being more  light blue than whiter color it is now.... perhaps.

 

Hope this helps Brian. 

E = mc2

  

I'll never be a skinner!  *Sigh*

 

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June 25, 2009 12:27:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

hey CP, even VS had to start somewhere, his first skins were no where near as polished as his recent work.

We're all "WIP"'s LOL!

Don't be so hard on yourself bro, just do your thing, it's all good!

 

As for this miricla wb, I'll say it, it's sweet.  If I had to make a suggestion, the titlebar buttons (min,max, close) make them 2 pixels taller, other than that, the blind is saaa-weeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!

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June 25, 2009 12:48:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

perhaps try using an overlay or vivid light blend mode in the bevel section of your layer styles, it will give you a brighter blue highlight as opposed to the more white looking one you have now.. will make the lighting more natural.

I should've thought of the 'natural lighting' thing--Bert Monroy writes about the same thing in his book Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy; Digital Painting.

Your suggestion does help; now I've just gotta figure out how to best execute the concept.

Oh, and so far it looks like overlay & lighter color are the blend modes to use.

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June 25, 2009 12:52:12 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you to everyone for your supportive comments! Glad you're liking it. I'll try not to disappoint...

f I had to make a suggestion, the titlebar buttons (min,max, close) make them 2 pixels taller

Thanks Ulcerbob, I'll take that into consideration. However, I'm afraid if I make them any taller, then I'll diminish the effect I was going for; but I'll consider it nonetheless.

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June 25, 2009 2:25:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

New "natural lighting."

Actually just changed the highlight color to a light blue and left the blend mode at screen. That ended up being the best solution. Thanks for your input, John.

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June 25, 2009 2:55:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looking great Mg...Excellent work my friend !

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June 25, 2009 4:05:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks awesome.. But must have a "Send HG free pizza" button to be perfect. ..   

 

 

Great job Mirsguy.

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