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Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

  1. #31


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeylove View Post
    Is there one that uses the regular Windows 8 theme but changes the window background color of all applications (including the windows or file explorer) to light grey?
    No, the themes posted in this thread are not using modified system theme files, hence only High Contrast themes allow color changes. You cannot change the window background color of the regular theme, using the same method as for HC themes unfortunately.

    Since the regular theme doesn't allow color modification of the background, people often create customized versions that are pre-modified but using those requires modification of system files (which is beyond the scope of this thread).
    For an example of those user custom themes, see here.

    Cheers!

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  2. #32


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Trying to use the experience gained in making previous themes, here's another one:

    HC-Daybreak
    (based on Crux-Daybreak theme I've made for the GIMP)

    Theme is HC-Daybreak (zipped) packed as a deskthemepack.

    Specs:
    -high-contrast based theme
    -cursor is red (see info below)
    -included desktop wallpaper
    -no sounds
    -no screensavers active

    Click image for larger version

    Again, with some orange looks, it should represent the early sunrise (hence daybreak), or late sunset, you name it... but also with a matching dark background.
    The purpose of this theme is to keep it low on the light backgrounds and clear with some shiny text and active windows/items that are really seen as active. Inactive text/items don't need to draw attentiion so they are definitely kept dark and in the background.

    For wallpaper we all choose what we like. For instance I've provided one that matches the style the theme pack:

    Click image for larger version

    Mouse cursor (optional) can of course be changed: the one used by the theme is the classic-based red-yellow-binary.
    So if the cursor is installed, the theme will use those pointers by default.

    Further (optional) customisations can be done for the folder icon displayed in File Explorer, using something that matches the theme main colors:

    Click image for larger version

    I use a red folder for the default state, the hi-light, for selected items, is a yellow folder.

    Link to the tutorial for changing the default folder icon:
    Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums

    The used folder icon(s) are included below.
    The icons should be placed in a safe location (for example the Windows folder) , we don't want the icons to get removed if they are being used.

    That's all you need for a nice theme: combine and apply info from multiple customisation tutorials.
    You don't need to patch system dlls, just use high contrast which allows color customisation.

    Cheers!
    Hopachi
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations) Attached Files
    Last edited by Hopachi; 13 Nov 2014 at 16:14. Reason: minor typo + text fixes
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  3. #33


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    For the astronomers among us: Night Mode theme, based on high contrast.

    Attachment 32558

    * the only remaining things still unchanged: desktop text (white) and some light icons (depends on program), both unchangeable (non-existent) from the theme parameters.
    More about this:
    Playing around with the drop shadows will get a black text on desktop but only if the (temporary) desktop background is light enough:
    Change the Text Color for Desktop Icons | PCWorld
    Dark background(s) result in white text automatically.

    Start screen is simple:
    Attachment 32557
    By default, Metro icons are black-white where possible.

    Optional: Use OblyTile with extra tiles if you have enough patience here.


    Further optional enhancements below,
    We try to keep it as parametric as possible (non destructive: add files but not modifying any existing system files).

    -use custom icon for folder:
    Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Very useful because this one is used on every folder in Explorer, thanks to Shawn by the way.

    An example for this below, folder-red:
    Attachment 32552
    * a zip is provided and contains the ico standalone and as resource dll.

    See also: Red Windows 7 Folders by Drawder on deviantART

    -use dark/red mouse pointer:
    Custom Cursors
    or many others like at: Open Cursor Library - 50549 cursors

    Regards,
    Hopachi
    EDIT

    Didn't realize there is a download link in each post for the actual theme.

    GREAT JOB MAN! THANK YOU!
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  4. #34


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Didn't realize there is a download link in each post for the actual theme.

    GREAT JOB MAN! THANK YOU!
    Thanks.

    Glad you found those!
    Yeah, links are not always evenly visible.
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  5. #35


    I tired your gold theme and had problem with not all web pics displaying. Only have this problem with any high contrast theme. Yahoo.com is my test bed. Any suggestions?
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  6. #36


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Rearview View Post
    I tired your gold theme and had problem with not all web pics displaying. Only have this problem with any high contrast theme. Yahoo.com is my test bed. Any suggestions?
    Hi,

    What browser do you use?
    If the browser switches to high contrast then colors and backgrounds of websites also change. This is the case for IE and Firefox. Chrome seems to ask for HC extras but if you ignore them, you can still enjoy the sites in their original color even if you're on high contrast for the rest. Disabling HC in other browsers still needs to be investigated, if possible or not.

    Check the full answer in your thread here.

    I'm afraid those are some of the drawbacks of high contrast currently.

    To narrow it down:
    information   Information

    HC themes display issues

    The image issue on the yahoo site happens here as well but not on Chrome, not saying that Chrome is better but because it can be fooled in displaying the site normally when still in high contrast. if some things still fail to display properly than its most likely because Windows renders things differently when high contrast is enabled.


    Cheers!
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  7. #37


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    For the astronomers among us: Night Mode theme, based on high contrast.

    Attachment 32558

    * the only remaining things still unchanged: desktop text (white) and some light icons (depends on program), both unchangeable (non-existent) from the theme parameters.
    More about this:
    Playing around with the drop shadows will get a black text on desktop but only if the (temporary) desktop background is light enough:
    Change the Text Color for Desktop Icons | PCWorld
    Dark background(s) result in white text automatically.

    Start screen is simple:
    Attachment 32557
    By default, Metro icons are black-white where possible.

    Optional: Use OblyTile with extra tiles if you have enough patience here.


    Further optional enhancements below,
    We try to keep it as parametric as possible (non destructive: add files but not modifying any existing system files).

    -use custom icon for folder:
    Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Very useful because this one is used on every folder in Explorer, thanks to Shawn by the way.

    An example for this below, folder-red:
    Attachment 32552
    * a zip is provided and contains the ico standalone and as resource dll.

    See also: Red Windows 7 Folders by Drawder on deviantART

    -use dark/red mouse pointer:
    Custom Cursors
    or many others like at: Open Cursor Library - 50549 cursors

    Regards,
    Hopachi
    Hey man, can you make the exact same theme but using blue instead of red? I'd really appreciate it
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  8. #38


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Note: night mode uses pure red: rgb (255, 0, 0).
    A pure blue theme is rgb(0, 0, 255) seen in preview below.

    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Hey man, can you make the exact same theme but using blue instead of red? I'd really appreciate it
    Sure thing!

    Made a test.
    IMO blue is less visible than red in this case.
    It might look different in a lighter blue. But OK.

    Preview:
    Click image for larger version

    Plus blue radiation at night...
    Click image for larger version
    Info about night mode display light:
    Redshift | jonls devblog
    https://justgetflux.com/


    But yeah, the theme looks pretty special and it's added to the collection.

    The theme is attached in zip.

    Cheers!
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations) Attached Files
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  9. #39


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Note: night mode uses pure red: rgb (255, 0, 0).
    A pure blue theme is rgb(0, 0, 255) seen in preview below.

    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Hey man, can you make the exact same theme but using blue instead of red? I'd really appreciate it
    Sure thing!

    Made a test.
    IMO blue is less visible than red in this case.
    It might look different in a lighter blue. But OK.

    Preview:
    Click image for larger version

    Plus blue radiation at night...
    Click image for larger version
    Info about night mode display light:
    Redshift | jonls devblog
    https://justgetflux.com/


    But yeah, the theme looks pretty special and it's added to the collection.

    The theme is attached in zip.

    Cheers!
    You're awesome dude.
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  10. #40


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Glad you like it!
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