Going minimal for style

By on July 29, 2014 5:31:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Matthevv

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Hey, maybe I just suck at searching the database here, but I LOVE windowsblinds and the community, and you guys continue to make amazing stuff. For years I also have been searching for a basic, very readable, minimal UI and almost monochrome blind. Like the kind found in Sword Art online's UI as I intend to use it to work with and tweak for a game I am developing, and want to have a companions WB that makes your computer look like the game. Any help in the right direction would be great, and mostly I need to just LOOK at the thing to see how it is done. it gives me a lot to work with to just see how it is. I have no intention of copying it, I just need to look at a UI and go, Oh, so that gradient goes here... and things like that. Take care and have a great day!

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July 29, 2014 6:00:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Have you tried the Diamond template in SKS?

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July 30, 2014 12:41:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you for your replies! Yes, I did check out the Diamond one, and the ones that Uvah put put did catch my eye, the last one there, Vexor, hits closest but I don't want it to be glass like that. Where I am running intro trouble is that windows has this thing about adding bold lines, leading to all of windows UI systems to look like stark two tone styles. What I am shooting for is to find a way to remove those lines and make it look like a flat box with heatpoints or swappable images. So basically it looks like a translucent metal grey box and then when you bring your cursor across things like the min, max and close windows I'll make it so that icon blazes up. But these are definitely a start. One idea you guys gave me was making the color match the bold line tone of the windows default line, therefor making the line mitigate or disappear, then use the WB translucency to make the whole thing get the fade... I might be able to work with this. Thank you again.

Further, does anyone know it it is possible to go borderless here? 

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July 30, 2014 2:00:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

One of the WB skins that come with Windowblinds is called Win 8 Metro. Its a bit dark but you should be able to use it as another template. Check out the screenshot.

 

 

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July 30, 2014 2:09:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Matthevv,

Vexor, hits closest but I don't want it to be glass like that.

 

A little confused by that statement as I made the skin and there is no glass in it anywhere. Do you mean the texture Matthevv? 

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July 30, 2014 2:16:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Matthevv,

Further, does anyone know if it is possible to go borderless here? 

 

It is totally possible to go borderless Matthevv, as a close example here is a commissioned skin I did for a client a while back to give you some ideas...

Flaty by LightStar

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July 30, 2014 2:27:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oh wow that borderless one you did is amazing, well done that looks fantastic. And yes, in the Vexor one I meant the texture. Which is editable I know, but I am also making things for the less than savvy user who gets it right out of the box as it should be. Dang that one you posted is really nice. I just like the whole style in general. That clean borderless look is what I am getting at. This is great, I'll have plenty to work with. I suppose the biggest one to see was the dividing line, do you know if that green bar in your window is necessary? Or could I possibly drop it out and put a faded border... now you got me thinking.

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July 30, 2014 4:16:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is a great thread.  I'm going to highlight some minimal WB skins soon, so recommend some more so I can take a look at your favorites.

 

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July 30, 2014 4:40:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Matthevv,

Oh wow that borderless one you did is amazing, well done that looks fantastic. And yes, in the Vexor one I meant the texture. Which is editable I know, but I am also making things for the less than savvy user who gets it right out of the box as it should be. Dang that one you posted is really nice. I just like the whole style in general. That clean borderless look is what I am getting at. This is great, I'll have plenty to work with. I suppose the biggest one to see was the dividing line, do you know if that green bar in your window is necessary? Or could I possibly drop it out and put a faded border... now you got me thinking.

 

Yes, the green bar is editable. It is the Command Bar background image. 

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