I'm making a Windows 7 theme, and as a flat, metro-inspired theme, it's not very complex. With that said, I couldn't find any ExplorerFrame.dll's from other themes that would match this one. I'm trying to make my own explorer buttons, but it's apparently more complicated than I thought. I know how to extract and save the bitmaps from the dll and everything. The issue is actually creating the images themselves in photoshop. I don't know how to keep some parts of the button (i.e., everything but the arrow) translucent while keeping the arrow opaque white. I've heard terms like "alpha channel" and "alpha layer" thrown around when I was googling this, but I don't really know anything about that. All I got out of the few tutorials on alpha channels was that it's a way to save selections. That doesn't even seem relevant. When I tried to re-insert my bmp into the dll, I got a floating point error. Anyway, what I'm going for is a translucent blue square with an opaque white arrow in the middle.
Help, or even a tutorial, would be really appreciated!