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Custom Cursors

  1. #151


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tr4nc1d80m8 View Post
    I have a request.....I would appreciate it if someone could make me a black and red themed cursor set. The higher the quality the better. If you could modify some of the stock cursors so they have a sharper look. That would be great, And a red glow would kick @55. Thank you in advance.
    Welcome to the forums!

    Yep, I don't think we have that in high quality yet.


    I've tried some black and red cursors myself in the past.
    The visibility isn't very good on most backgrounds and I found them less sharp than other color combinations, especially if you use light backgrounds.



    For the moment the focus lies on visibility. My hands are full with the red and yellow versions at the moment.

    If there are still others around making cursors that would be great.

    Here are some useful links that you can try, with other black and red pointers:
    Black-red vista-aero cursors by zach-ska on deviantART
    Red and Black Aero Cursors
    aero cursors - Search Results

    Cheers!

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  2. #152


    Hesperia, CA
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    Windows 8.1 64-Bit


    do you think the red with a white outer would be possible? and if so, a possible black glow on the outside of the white?
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  3. #153


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    A white outer works well with red inner because it will be a dark pointer (see others with dark aero...) + it resembles the yellow outer I made previously.

    Black glow? That might work. I did some glow in the past.

    Here's a rough preview:
    Click image for larger version
    Default pointer -> color invert -> red channel up -> add black shadow 0 offset....

    But doing that to all layers and all needed pointers requires a lot of work. Assembly and saving in cursor format takes much of the time.
    Each pointer of the Windows 8 cursor scheme has 3 layers so everything needs to be done 3 times if you want the same quality.

    Cheers!
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  4. #154


    Hesperia, CA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit


    That looks good, But is their a way you could do a darker red, and increase the depth of the glow. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm being a pain, and I appreciate anything you can do.
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  5. #155


    Hesperia, CA
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 64-Bit


    And another question....what software do you use to modify the cursors, and is it difficult?
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  6. #156


    Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, tr4nc1d80m8.

    It would be interesting to find out how you came up with your forum member name. Only if you'd like to share of course: What made you pick your screen name?

    Like your new avatar, Horace. Great one!
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  7. #157


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tr4nc1d80m8 View Post
    That looks good, But is their a way you could do a darker red, and increase the depth of the glow. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm being a pain, and I appreciate anything you can do.

    Yeah no problem, you might tweak that up a bit until you get what you need... I use gimp as image editor.

    Using XXL sample of pointer below,

    64px:
    Click image for larger version

    resized 32px:
    Click image for larger version
    (an original in 32px would be much sharper)

    In attachment zip you have the preview source in xcf format (can be opened in GIMP) remove or add shadows, change colors...
    Custom Cursors Attached Files
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  8. #158


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tr4nc1d80m8 View Post
    And another question....what software do you use to modify the cursors, and is it difficult?
    Good question.
    Sure thing I'll provide some info, especially for those interested.

    I can name 3 good programs, one can do but using a combination is better, for different tasks.

    Free:
    -You can use real World Cursor Editor, this one is a must but is also the most advanced one, since it is the one that supports multi-layered animated cursors (ANI-format).
    -To quickly disassemble cursors, get frames, convert to images and animated previews (like GIFs) use AniTuner.

    Shareware / 30 day full-working demo:
    -Use built-in tools, easy interface one click animated cursor creation from filmstrip image, use Axialis CursorWorkshop.

    Lately I need to create the multi-layered ANIs with the first program (RW) but I tend to combine them depending on the work.

    Difficulty depends, what you need here is an image editor that can create the colorizing and the glow.
    Modifying existing pointers is easier than starting from scratch of course. Usually you open the cursor file with the cursor editor, export to PNG and then use an image editor like GIMP or Photoshop to modify the color. Then import the new PNG in the cursor editor.

    CursorWorkshop is easy to use for static cursors (CUR-format) in multi-layer as well.
    Since I mentioned multi-layered: you basically need to do the same thing for each layer. Automatization might exist but I don't know of any except batch operations on images in GIMP and Photoshop where all the coloring can be done very fast but cursors take more time.

    That's all.
    Feel free to give it a shot anytime.
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  9. #159


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Like your new avatar, Horace. Great one!
    Thank you Tony!

    Cheers!

    Click image for larger version
    Usually the original one is bigger, then resize it until it fits.
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  10. #160


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Win8Spinner Yellow (XL) update:

    The scheme name was renamed adding extra-large in the name, otherwise it would mean this is the normal-sized cursor scheme: modified install.inf file.
    This should fix the naming if the normal edition of this cursor gets installed
    See previous post above, link, just in case.
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