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Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:51 pm
by MaryAnn
I love the beveled style of the "Dream" skin. The same as in Office Adaptive. I previously had this type of skin in several colors but with the upgrade to ll.5 20 build all my skins no longer work.

I downloaded the AB Skin Maker but really don't know what to do with it. I know where to pick the skin I want to work on but have no idea how to change the color. That's all I want to do----change the color.

Please help me to make my AB perfect again.

Thanks.........MaryAnn

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:01 am
by Sara
You can either run your old skins thru the new skin maker using the crystal setting and then re-save them. You might need to lighten the progress bar in the address bar sso the txt is visible. This will maintain the icons you have as well. Or take a small sample of the color you want, save it as a bmp file and then use it to change the top and bottom backgrounds. Click on stretch. You'll have the new default icons with this method. You don't need a big sample. You'll need a graphics program that can crop a sample for you. Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com/ is free and fairly easy to use.

Sara :)

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:21 am
by MaryAnn
I tried cropping a small piece of color I like and applied it as you advised. I can see how this works but I lose the bevel look. How do I keep that look?

Thanks for the help......MaryAnn

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 12:39 am
by Sara
That may not transfer well. You'd need a clean cut of the background (top or bottom) from top to bottom. and it may not line up as well as in the old skin. I tried to convert a couple of skins like that and they looked odd. Did you try the first method? You may have the same problem.

Sara :)

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:22 am
by MaryAnn
I tried both ways but still lose the bevel look.

I guess I'll just wait until someone else uploads a new release of the skins.

Thanks for the info. I'll keep playing with the Skin Maker.

MaryAnn

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:17 am
by Sara
If you are talking about the old default beveled Drean skin, try this:
Dreamy.skn
(92.57 KiB) Downloaded 283 times
Every time I tried to save it as Dream.skn it reverted to the new icons. I had to change the name to keep the originals.

If this isn't it, could you upload the one you want and I'll give it a try. BTW, I don't like the active tab color (orange), but I don't think we can change that yet--just the font color.

Sara :)

Re: Changing Color of Skins

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:14 pm
by MaryAnn
Yes...that's the one I like...Dream/Dreamy.

I have it in light blue, med. blue and off white. I would love to have it in beige, teal blue or light yellow.

I don't know why, but I only like to use the bevel-look toolbars. It gives Avant a definite different look from any other browser.

Thanks again..........MaryAnn