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Chapter 7. The Basics of Creating Your O... > Creating Simple and Complex Skins

Creating Simple and Complex Skins

You can create simple skins with either of the skin editors discussed in the last section (StyleBuilder and SkinStudio). Because the visual style dictates the graphics and colors used for the 3D objects in the skin, you can make simple changes to a particular object (and its various states) from within the skin editor itself.

For example, I can make color changes and some margin changes (I have changed the shape of the Start button and removed the start text; more about color and margin changes to bitmaps in the next two chapters) to the visual style and apply the visual style to a theme that contains a custom background and icons. I have, in effect, made a very simple skin by modifying all the elements of the GUI, including the visual style (see Figure 7.11). This skin also uses a custom skin on the Windows Media Player (more about skinning applications and other ways to extend the Windows desktop in Chapter 14).


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