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What Makes Up a Skin?

In Chapter 1, “Understanding the Windows XP Graphical User Interface,” we defined a skin as a combination of a Windows theme and a visual style. And though theme elements such as desktop icons and the desktop background can give the Windows GUI quite a facelift, it is the visual style that really controls the overall look of the interface.

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A good image editor that allows you to control colors, gradients, and other image attributes is probably more important than the drawing software you select. High-end image editors like Photoshop can be expensive, but try to find image editing software that has a broad range of capabilities. It will make taking default visual style objects and modifying them according to your own skin specifications much easier.



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