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  1. #271


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Wienen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wienen View Post
    Thanks for the tip! Only it's not that the image size is different but the icon inside the image is smaller.
    It's similar:
    You scale the layer in the image and it's fixed.
    You get the needed empty space around the icon (layer).

    Hope someone will give you a link with the mods if this is too hard.
    Hopachi you were right!! Joga send me a PM and explained what he did.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joga
    There's probably an easier way to do it than what I did (I'm not that great with image editors); I used The GIMP but you could do it in photoshop or probably anything else:

    Open the original icon. Use the color picker to extract the background color, and make a new 512x512 image, filled with that color. Reduce the original icon's size by 66% (from 512 pixels to 338 pixels), and copy/paste that into the other 512x512 image.

    The icon stays the same size (512x512), but the white picture is now a smaller proportion of it, so the OblyTile text will fit. There's probably an easier way to do it but that was my method. In Obly Tile I just used the new 512x512 icon for both the "Tile Image" and "Tile Small Image" - it'll automatically resize it for you.
    I shared it above for if someone also likes to know!
    That's great news!

    GIMP is a great program for this kind of things.

    The easiest way I know, with the layer:

    -open your image in GIMP, let's say it's 256x256
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    -go to: layer -> scale layer
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    to resize 50% smaller (half size)

    -the result: image is the same size just layer is smaller and the rest is transparent
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    The great thing is that it's automatically centered, just export.

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  2. #272


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cicmildjordje View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post


    Took me half a day to customize it, finally.

    Which program you use to customize start screen?
    OblyTile, Decor8 (for the custom background picture), Photoshop and a lot of patience. I had to "cheat" on photoshop to get the picture and icons like that.
    I improved it again since I last posted these screenshots. I'm starting to love Modern UI, you can really customize it and it's only the beginning of Win 8 (hated the UI at first, took me a month to switch from Classic Shell to it).



    By far the most creative Start Screen hands down!
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  3. #273


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cicmildjordje View Post
    Which program you use to customize start screen?
    OblyTile, Decor8 (for the custom background picture), Photoshop and a lot of patience. I had to "cheat" on photoshop to get the picture and icons like that.
    I improved it again since I last posted these screenshots. I'm starting to love Modern UI, you can really customize it and it's only the beginning of Win 8 (hated the UI at first, took me a month to switch from Classic Shell to it).



    By far the most creative Start Screen hands down!
    Agree. Great work!
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  4. #274


    United States
    Posts : 650
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post

    OblyTile, Decor8 (for the custom background picture), Photoshop and a lot of patience. I had to "cheat" on photoshop to get the picture and icons like that.
    I improved it again since I last posted these screenshots. I'm starting to love Modern UI, you can really customize it and it's only the beginning of Win 8 (hated the UI at first, took me a month to switch from Classic Shell to it).



    By far the most creative Start Screen hands down!
    Agree. Great work!
    Cannot even express how great it turned out.
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  5. #275


    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cicmildjordje View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post


    Took me half a day to customize it, finally.

    Which program you use to customize start screen?
    OblyTile, Decor8 (for the custom background picture), Photoshop and a lot of patience. I had to "cheat" on photoshop to get the picture and icons like that.
    I improved it again since I last posted these screenshots. I'm starting to love Modern UI, you can really customize it and it's only the beginning of Win 8 (hated the UI at first, took me a month to switch from Classic Shell to it).



    Great work indeed.
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  6. #276


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks guys.
    I changed around some icons again to make the style more homogeneous, but I'm pretty much done now.

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  7. #277


    Philippines
    Posts : 93
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit


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  8. #278


    Posts : 681
    Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro/Windows 10 TP


    Todays Start Screen brought to you by the free Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer & OblyTile.

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    I used the free Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer to select the picture and set Tile opacity & used OblyTile to create the individual tiles with a black background so they show transparency.
    Last edited by IownAmoneyPit; 02 Dec 2012 at 11:05.
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  9. #279


    Posts : 8
    WINDOWS 8 PRO 64 BIT


    heres mine Click image for larger version
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  10. #280



    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


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    ok here is mine done with decor8 on 30 day trial, easy to configure, costs $4.99 to purchase
    of course you are not seeing the whole thing but at least you see part of it
    robin
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