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Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

  1. #61


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Yes, it's possible to deduce something from that.

    With a color-picker tool you can note the visible colors needed: highlights, selects, backgrounds, foregrounds, text, active windows border and so on...
    The rest that is unavailable will just have to be made up.

    All needs to be added in the theme file's "[Control Panel\Colors]" section.

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  2. #62


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFaustini View Post
    I saw on google a guy who did this scheme:
    Attachment 57728
    But he didn't provide the themefile. Anyone can make a theme resembling this screenshot?
    Note what I said in the previous post. That should give some interesting results.

    BUT there is already something similar available, posted here by TemiVec:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

    (look for the green one)
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  3. #63


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I use High Def all the time because I don't see so good. But those dark themes that you guys have would be difficult for me. I need contrast like this.

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  4. #64


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I use High Def all the time because I don't see so good. But those dark themes that you guys have would be difficult for me. I need contrast like this.

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    Hello Wolfgang,

    It's true. Themes similar to that one aren't posted here yet.
    However what you posted there is almost a 'dark' one as well since there are no pure white backgrounds seen.
    Depends on what you need.

    The dark ones are a luxury without the use of third party patches. Glad that High Contrast exists.

    Your screenshot looks pretty interesting.
    What is the special ingredient? I mainly see purple-teal combinations.

    Cheers!
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  5. #65


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    The purple is just a color I chose because it gives me good contrast. But the colors are very easy to change and easier than in the high def on Windows 7 (first picture).

    But I have several theme versions with different colors (see second picture). For me the contrast is important.

    I hope they fix the problem with the modern UI. That is not integrated with high def and quasi unusable. Third picture is an example of e.g. the Updates page. The background should be dark blue in this case so that the yellow hyperlinks can be read.


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  6. #66


    Orbiting the Moon
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    DarkBlue-Yellow works like magic. Inverted colors to eachother provide the best contrast.

    Yes some elements aren't fully covered in HC mode.
    Strange result in your 3rd picture. The white background from the update would suggest your theme is based on High Contrast White or isn't refreshed properly (see below).

    A black theme usually has a black background.

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    All backgrounds are dark in my example here.

    Your first picture doesn't show a white background. Update should get one of the backgrounds color.

    Noted in this thread:
    Sometimes you'll need to refresh your theme; If you switch from a HC theme to another HC one, not all colors are changed.
    Switch temporarily to (normal) Aero or AeroLite themes and then switch back to HC again.
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  7. #67


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    Horace, on those screens, I would not see a thing. Not enough contrast.
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  8. #68


    Orbiting the Moon
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    That was just an example. Sorry about that.

    I was trying to explain where the yellow text got that white background on update window.
    Yellow is global and all elements use it but the update window is unreadable because of the white.

    Are you running Windows 10 there?
    In any case I tested, the themes there as well and the background should work as in Win8.

    But it's true that not all works well on High Contrast mode.
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  9. #69


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Yes, that was a Windows 10 example. In 8.1 it is better. Another problem is Office. They have their own skins that are not compatible with the high def. I guess the right hand does not know what the left hand does.
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  10. #70


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    I agree.
    And Office isn't the only case.
    HC needs some polishing, fixing at least the major visible issues we encounter.
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