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Windows 7: Easy make a rectangular Start Button with The Gimp, RWCE, and W7SBC


06 Jul 2010   #1

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Easy make a rectangular Start Button with The Gimp, RWCE, and W7SBC

I posted this in Tutorials section. Will leave this up for a bit before removing it.

tutorial section version(nearly identical to this one)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...no-layers.html

Short - A simple rectangle start button with no messing with layers and only using free software. This is my first tutorial, good luck. You may try moving 16 pixels down instead of 15 when you get to those steps.

Long -
After trying to follow other make your own start button tutorials and all that playing with layers and alpha channel this and that and 8 bit channels and whatever... I found an easier method using three free programs.

This tutorial is for a rectangular start button that will fit nicely in the task bar with "Use Small Icons" enabled. I don't like the orbs, especially when they stick up above the task bar when small icons are chosen. You could probably get away with 28 instead of 27 pixels high for the button and 54 instead of 52 pixels wide for it as well. I like the 1 pixel gap under and around it though.

The button I made is one pixel too high, so you may try moving 16 pixels down instead of 15 when you get to those steps. I didn't want to revise it after all the screenshots.

Each step, except step one, has a screenshot to help. I don't do in line stuff, so you'll have to refer to the two included pictures as you go.

This is my first tutorial, good luck.

You will need...

A Picture - Any picture you like, though some will work better than others.

The Gimp -
http://www.gimp.org/windows/

Real World Cursor Editor
http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-maker

Windows 7 Start Button Changer -
http://kishan-bagaria.deviantart.com...-2-6-153001999


1. Run Gimp

2. Open a picture of your choice
2.5 If you don't want the whole picture, select the part you do want and copy it, then paste it as a new image.

3. Click on Image then choose Scale Image

4. Click the chain to Unlink the values. Change Width to 52, height to 27. Choose whichever value of Interpolation gives you the best result after you press Scale. If you don't like the interpolation, undo with CTRL+Z and try a different one.

5.You now have a tiny 52x27 picture. That's one of three buttons finished.

6. Click File and choose New. Change Width to 54 and Height to 162. Change resolution to 72 for X and Y if they are not already. RGB is fine.

7. Using a Size 1 Circle Pencil, put a dot at pixel 0,27, pixel 0,81, and pixel 0,135. These are where the center of each button will be close to. You will move the picture up or down as you choose.

8. Click on the Small button image's window, Select All(CTRL + A), then Copy. Select the 54x162 image's window again. Paste the button. Move the bottom left corner of the button to right next to the top dot. Move the button down 15 pixels while keeping the picture against, but not on, the dot. Anchor it by clicking out of the selected area. The Normal start button is in place.

9. Select the small button image window again. Click on Filters, apply whichever you like.
9.5 I chose Sharpen and set it to 58 for a highlight effect.

10. Select All, choose copy. Select the 54x162 image window again. Paste the button and move it next to the second dot at 0,81. Again move it down 15 pixels and anchor it.

11. Select the small button image window again. Add another filter.
11.5 I added a second Sharpen filter for more brightening effect.

12. Select All, choose copy. Select the 54x162 image window again. Paste the button and move it next to the second dot at 0,135. Again move it down 15 pixels and anchor it.

13. Save your picture(optional), Select All, Choose Copy, you are now Done with The Gimp though you may want to leave it open anyway for now in case you want to make any edits.

14. Run Real World Cursor Editor. Select Create. Choose Paste Image From Clipboard.
14.5. Your picture from The Gimp should be on the screen and ready to finish. If not, try copying again from the gimp.

15. Select Pencil, Right click on the picture, choose Swap Colors. Choose your favorite pencil shape, I suggest a square.

16. Since you swapped the default colors, you are drawing Alpha color(the grid) Draw the Alpha around your buttons remembering to get the single pixel column left on the sides.
16.5. You may play with Flood Fill to do this too. If you do want to use flood fill... swap the colors back to how they started. Be careful you don't flood into the button itself.

17. When the buttons have been surrounded by Alpha you are ready to save. If you want to be more creative, you may draw partial alpha over edges and whatever, feel free to experiment.

18. Save as BMP.

19. Load Windows 7 Start Button Changer and click on the orb. Select your BMP, you are done except for any corrections you want to make.
19.5 If the button is too high, Restore Explorer. In The Gimp - move each button down the same number of pixels they were too high.



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07 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Good one tannim

You could try making this into a tutorial in the Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums section.
Check out the How to Create a New Tutorial here,
Welcome to the Windows 7 Forums Tutorial Section
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07 Jul 2010   #3

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I Posted it to the tutorial section. Link has been added to this topic near the top. Should I just go ahead and erase this one or wait a bit?
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07 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Let it be here.
Also separate images inserted between each step would be nice in the tut

You can insert an image in the post itself (instead of in the attachments) by selecting the paper clip icon and then selecting the image you want to insert.

Quote:
How do I add an image to a post?
If you have uploaded an image as an attachment, you can click the arrow next to the 'Attachment Icon' and select it from the list. This will be inserted into your post and can be located where you want it displayed.
To include an image that is not uploaded as an attachment and is located on another website, you can do so by copying the full URL to the image, (not the page on which the image is located), and either pressing the 'Insert Image' icon or by typing [img] before the URL and [/img] after it, ensuring that you do not have any spaces before or after the URL of the image. You can insert pictures from your albums (?) in this way too.
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07 Jul 2010   #5

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I went ahead and did the inline stuff. A pain but it does look better.
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07 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

good job. looks nice now
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