In previous versions the transparent areas weren't so blurry but it looks like 10.74 is replicating windows 10 native transparency effect and it's too blurry, is there any way to reduce it? Reducing or increasing transparency didn't work.
I've brought up this problem in these forums a few times but have gotten very little response from Stardock. I find it interesting that some skins with transparency work just fine. For example one of the skins that Vampothika recently released for free, Psynaptix, works perfectly fine as regards transparency. Vampothika has stated that the skin is good for Win 7/8/10. When you apply the skin there is only one option, 7/8/10.
An example of the blurry problem is Dark Glass by Don5318. In the description Don5318 states: The start menu (task bar, and title bar) is transparent on Win 7/8.1, on Win 10 they are blurred, except the task bar. There is an option to apply the skin for each Win version.
When I made a widget for Dark Glass the area of the Start Panel which is transparent in 7/8.1, Places targa file, is transparent. The targa file for Places is what you would expect in terms of transparency (as in 7/8.1) and not blurry like in Win10. There is only one targa file for Places so I don't understand why there's true transparency in 7/8.1 but blur in 10. I am using Dark Glass as an example. Not saying Don5318 did anything wrong. Other recent skins are like this as well.
I'd like to hear from Don5318 as to what he intended. Did he want Places to have transparency in 7/8.1 but just blur in 10?
It seems unlikely to me that the transparency in 7/8.1 or blur in 10 would be the intended outcome for multiple skins by various skinners, Naked Noir by vStyler is another example of this problem or maybe it's not a problem? I suspect this is a glitch in SkinStudio or WindowBlinds 10. This hasn't been explained by Stardock even though I've questioned it a number of times.
The preview for Dark Glass shows Places to be transparent not blurry. Don5318 explains that this skin will have blur in 10 and if you look close enough you can see that the preview looks like it is done in Win7 or 8.1. This presentation/preview Of Dark Glass by Don5318 only shows the 7 or 8.1 version. Places has true transparency. At least Don5318 makes an attempt to distinguish with an explanation of the difference in Win versions. Other Master Skins I've purchased are displayed with transparent start panels but when used in Win10 are just blurry. I think Master skinners should show a preview of what you are actually purchasing. In other words a preview of transparency in 7/8.1 and a preview of blur in 10.
So can someone from Stardock explain what causes this transparency issue? I'd really like to know. I'd like new skins to have true transparency and not just be blurry. That doesn't seem to be possible anymore. If this is impossible, especially for Master skins, I feel I'm not getting what I'm paying for if the distinction isn't clearly displayed or explained. If true transparency isn't possible in 10 then the buyer of the skin should be informed of that or it should be illustrated via the preview for every master skin where this issue exists. The way the Master Skins with transparency are being currently presented/displayed is deceptive and not indicative of what you are purchasing.
Is a clarification/explanation from Stardock too much to ask for?