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dalaister

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Theme - First try
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:23:34 PM »
Hello, trying to share my custom theme so bare with me. Trying to upload pictures, etc as I go.
The background I got from googleing and the disk image I just edit by putting in a different windows and mac logos.  The original was all grey and it came from lifehacker. Had to edit the fonts to Garamond bold and the background so it fits the whole screen.  Let me know if you like





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Blackosx

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Re: Theme - First try
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 09:07:30 AM »
Hi dalaister, it's nice to see somebody else having a go with themes.
I'll keep my eye out for when you upload the finished theme.
Well done.

Tip: Try and make the background as high-res as possible, and supply three versions for easy resizing. One for 16:10, 16:9 and 4:3.
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dalaister

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Re: Theme - First try
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 05:01:08 PM »
Thanks for the tip. I wouldn't have known. I thought by setting the X an Y positions for the background it would be displayed fully on any display size.

I like yours a lot. The black display monitors with OS system and reflections. It's not over done but not under done either. Just right. I'll check out yours and others and try playing around
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Blackosx

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Re: Theme - First try
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 06:05:55 PM »
If you use a screen size, for instance or 1440x900 then you'll be tempted to design the background for the theme at 1440x900 which will look great. But if somebody wants to use your theme but uses 1920x1200 for their display, then they will need to resize (upscale) your original background which will result in a lesser quality image.

So if possible, design your theme using the highest resolution you can. This then allows for good image quality when resizing down. If you haven't seen it, you might find some useful info in the Creating Themes guide.

We resize the background image to fit our screen resolutions because Chameleon will not re-scale images for us. So if I use 1680x1050 and use a background of 1440x900 positioned at 0,0 then I will have a blank area of 240 pixels on the right, and 150 pixels below.

It's up to you what you do, but if we choose to design a theme that uses a background then we have to do this to make it user friendly to others.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2010, 06:09:55 PM by Blackosx »
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