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Correct me if I'm wrong.. Curtains doesn't support transparency for the Start Menu or vertical taskbar? Just the horizontal taskbar and frame top?


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Just wondered if anyone can tell me why there is a 1px gap between the top of the button background and the top of the frame, when I'm expecting the button background to fill the whole area (ie it doesn't have any gaps in the image). I would expect the button bacground would be stretched to fill the frame top completely - seems to fill to the L and R and bottom edges ok. Have I missed a setting or this a bug? Or is there an extra 1px edge around the frame top? [e digicons]:rolleyes:[/e]  

A tiny thing but a tiny bit irritating.


curtains frame gap

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Aug 27, 2021 8:45 AM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

So 8 out of 9 skins on the WindowBlinds gallery home page are Master Skins. It makes me beg the question: is this slowly killing WindowBlinds?

No disrespect to those designing and selling them - I've done it myself in the past. I know how much effort it takes.

Maybe designers could do two releases - 'lite skin' and 'full featured skin' (not really thought what those would constitute of). At least people would get a taste of the design and it might stimulate downloads of the full version. I know from experience that $10 a skin equals not many downloads...

Food for thought.

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Aug 16, 2021 3:44 PM by Discussion: Curtains

Just been playing with Curtains theming and unsure how much control there is over desktop colours.  Eg.. The colour of a selected block of text in Notepad, the menu item highlight..

Is there an area where this can be set, or is it controlled by Windows itself? (I know this can be done in WB.)


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Jul 13, 2021 12:37 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds


If anyone has WBA or Zips for the following skins I'd very much appreciate if you could let me have copies to tweak for re-uploading.  Although I still have some of the original PSD files I have lost the skins themselves and it would save tons of time if I could get them back. Thank you..

Emprise, Credo, Revolver, Slow Burn

retiredmaster (essorant)

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May 11, 2020 11:19 AM by Discussion: Curtains

I'm liking Curtains up to now. Kinda WB-lite. I was feeling like skinning full WB had become a bit of a monster. Also feel a little UI performance boost, Curtains vs WB?

My question is, is there any likelihood of UI buttons being skinnable? (The elements that made the character of a skin to me were always window frame, titlebar buttons and UI buttons. ) No problem if not, just curious.

Nice job Neil

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Ok, I decided to change my icon pack today and ran IconPackager. After applying the icons I continued working, but some icons hadn't changed correctly. I'd had that before on Win7 and usually they were fine after a reboot.

So I rebooted. And hit a bootloop. This was looping after the windows logo screen, at the logon UI screen, where the screen colour matches whatever the wallpaper colour is and the little dots are circling round, just prior to where the login screen appears.

There was no way to fix this other than restoring my drive image (which I'd luckily taken earlier in the day).

But - this is the SECOND time it's done this. The first time I wasn't sure that it was IP, but now I am. I daren't use IP to change the pack now...



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Feb 29, 2016 3:19 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

Just thinking of editing one of my older skins in Photoshop CC and found to my horror that the TGA files aren't handled properly - their alpha channels are borked.

Then I remembered - I previously swapped out the targa file format plugin when I used PS before - and luckily Adobe have made the old plugin available...

But it doesn't seem to load in the PS CC version - there's a message in the start-up log that says that it failed to load.

Any idea how I can edit my TGA files? Help!



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Photoshop WB skin template

Apr 24, 2013 1:01 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

The link on this page is a big Photoshop file.

It is the template I used for my WB skins (specifically in this case 'Cubano') which I've decided to share with you. You can use it as a reference, as a tutorial, take it apart, change it - do whatever you like with it... (but don't post a duplicate 'Cubano' please!)

There isn't a single way to design a WB skin, but in my later designs I worked from a single PS file containing folders of layers for each of the elements of a skin. It may not be 100% complete - I don't think my skins ever were - but all the essential bits are catered for.

My process was to work on this PS file until I'd prepared all the elements for the skin, then turn off the backgrounds until the element was against transparency and then slice it out into it's own image file and save as a .TGA  The next bit was to put it all together using SkinStudio (although, and this may surprise people, I never used it - I always edited the UIS files manually).

If you open this file (it probably needs PS3 or above) you'll find that the folder of layers are coloured - purple for the window body, orange for 'XP' related, yellow for mockup-ups and backgrounds (just to see what it would look like), grey for unused stuff (maybe I just wanted it there for a reference), and most of the green being the skin elements. Hopefully the layers and folders are named sensibly. Turn the folders on and off... open the folders... turn the layers on and off and see what they do... take a peek at the layer styles and effects... play around with it.

Like I say - every designer does it their own way, and I've not had any PS training so it's just how I do it.

I hope it helps any budding skinners...


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Feb 15, 2013 12:24 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

I'm going to be releasing my Master Skins for all to download... slowly, when I can remember to do it (they are getting a bit old now). Starting with Primavera, which anyone can now download for free.



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