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Windows 7: Custom Start Menu Button Collection

02 Mar 2010   #81

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Found this set of flame start orbs from another site. I do not own or create this orbs. Credit goes to the original artist. Enjoy.



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02 Mar 2010   #82

 
 

I was hoping someone could make me a Dell logo start button. If you could use the image here as the orb it would look great I think. Could anyone help me?

image idea = Dell Manupilation by ~jaysnanavati on deviantART http://jaysnanavati.deviantart.com/a...ation-55054300

Any Dell logo would be cool... I work there and I'd like to customize the start orb with it.
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03 Mar 2010   #83

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by titansfan10 View Post
I was hoping someone could make me a Dell logo start button. If you could use the image here as the orb it would look great I think. Could anyone help me?

image idea = Dell Manupilation by ~jaysnanavati on deviantART Dell Manupilation by ~jaysnanavati on deviantART

Any Dell logo would be cool... I work there and I'd like to customize the start orb with it.
What about this one.... Unless there's anything you want me to change on it first?

Edit: I just edited the 'glow' on the mouse-over and clicked button states; I didn't make the differences clear enough on the first one.


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03 Mar 2010   #84

 
 

I tried doing a text with KEL on it but it wont show? could anyone help
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03 Mar 2010   #85

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Little View Post
I tried doing a text with KEL on it but it wont show? could anyone help
Hey Little. First off; welcome to SevenForums...

A bit more information regarding what you did might be helpful... Such as:
What program did you use to do this?
What size and format did you save it in?
When you say "but it wont show", do you mean the image itself doesn't show up properly, or when you set it as your Start Orb it doesn't show up?
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03 Mar 2010   #86

 
 

I used photoshop and saved as bmp (54 / 162).

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The text just does not show up = (

Could the text be too small to show?
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03 Mar 2010   #87

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Little View Post
I used photoshop and saved as bmp (54 / 162).

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The text just does not show up = (

Could the text be too small to show?
No, 54x162 is the perfect size.. Two very important points though (and I suspect this is where you're having trouble):

General Tip for Layers
When you create the image, make sure it is RGB with 8 colour bits per channel (16 and 32 also work, but makes the file larger), and work with as many layers as you need for different elements.

Probably the most important tip to make this easier is to make sure the button you want to use has the image with the rest of that layer transparent, not black. This will make things much easier for you.

Once you're done making the button look the way you want, flatten all layers except the background, so you end up with two layers at the end (this is needed for the final step).

Alpha Transparency Layer
With your button layer (with completely transparent background) and background layer (completely black layer), you can now setup the alpha layer of your image. This is the layer that determines which areas of your image are transparent and which aren't when it is applied to your taskbar.

Hold ctrl and click on the thumbnail of your button in the Layers panel, this will draw a selection around everything contained in that layer, and will take feathered edges into account (for smoother look). If you are satisfied that only your button is inside the selection, then carry on to the next step, otherwise use your lasso tool to fine tune it.

Switch to the Channels tab (next to the Layers tab); here you should see four options: RGB, Red, Green and Blue. At the bottom of this panel, click the "Create new channel" button and you'll then see a new channel named "Alpha 1".

Select the "Alpha 1" channel and switch to the brush tool. Set the bruush size nice and large and paint into the selection area (which should still be selected from earlier) with white. You'll notice a plain black and white image in the shape of your button. Finally, click the RGB layer again and unselect the image.

If you did the last step correctly, your image should not look any diferent, but when you save it, the image will default to a 32bit BMP and not a 24bit BMP.


Hope that helps...

Edit: Perhaps I should create a tutorial for this with screen shots sometime...? I couldn't find one on SevenForums when I looked earlier.
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03 Mar 2010   #88

windows 7 professional x64 bit RTM
 
 

clear explanations there mate!
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03 Mar 2010   #89

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZaLiTH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by titansfan10 View Post
I was hoping someone could make me a Dell logo start button. If you could use the image here as the orb it would look great I think. Could anyone help me?

image idea = Dell Manupilation by ~jaysnanavati on deviantART Dell Manupilation by ~jaysnanavati on deviantART

Any Dell logo would be cool... I work there and I'd like to customize the start orb with it.
What about this one.... Unless there's anything you want me to change on it first?

Edit: I just edited the 'glow' on the mouse-over and clicked button states; I didn't make the differences clear enough on the first one.
THANKS! Much appreciated.
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03 Mar 2010   #90

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

excellent details ZaLiTH. Couldn't rep you (have to spread some more before i can give to you).
Saved the info for my reference. (I normally use Paint.NET which doesn't support 32bit BMP's)
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