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Chapter 17. Hacking Mac OS X > Redoing Mac OS X's Graphics

17.2. Redoing Mac OS X's Graphics

The professional interface artists at Apple use Photoshop, just like professional artists everywhere else. But in Mac OS X, they've made very little effort to cover their tracks. In Cocoa programs and even a few Carbonized ones, every element of the famous Aqua interface is nothing more than a Photoshop-generated graphics file.

The beauty of graphics files, of course, is that you can edit them. Maybe you just want to adjust the colors. Maybe you found a replacement graphic online. Or maybe you actually want to draw a new graphic from scratch. In each of these cases, using a program like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or GraphicConverter, you can dress up your own desktop in your own way.


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