Old 29th January 2003, 21:19   #1
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If I post this, maybe I'll finish it...

LOL, started another one (well, started about 5, but this is the only one I feel inspired to keep going with right now). Keeping with the tragic myth theme, this one is supposed to be more of a dark watery feel, comments and rotten tomatoes welcome as always
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Old 29th January 2003, 21:25   #2
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waw thats realy nice
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Old 29th January 2003, 21:33   #3
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"Too early to tell" - who holds the copyright on this?

Looks nice so far though! Keepa goin'.
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Old 29th January 2003, 21:37   #4
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watery

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Old 29th January 2003, 22:13   #5
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neat

Reminds me of an alien homeworld. what about little orbs with those stuff wrapped around for buttons. And maybe they could lit up when you click on them. just an idea.
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Old 29th January 2003, 22:27   #6
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LMAO - I have clear bubbles there as we speak with some small random ones scattered in blank spots Now I have to think of something for the volume and balance (and shuf/rep) and other stuffs. I'm thinking of trying to do spiralling growing seaweed for the equalizer with some random small bubbles, we shall see what I can come up with, and something similar for the PL stacks. It's the vol/bal and shuf/rep that always give me the hardest time...
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Old 29th January 2003, 22:43   #7
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Same here, but the balance i think is the hardest. hmm... never mind they're all hard. You can do a little animation for the volume and leave out the button for it.

question: who do you make those little tenacles? do you use a vector tool?
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Old 29th January 2003, 23:18   #8
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no, I use the 3 pixel paintbrush to paint the basic shape, and then erase to fine tune it, add a line of white with the 1 pixel brush for the highlight area, and 3 pixel smudge tool at about 40% strength. I sux0rz at vector shapes, maybe some day I'll understand how to use them... right now I end up with them looking just awful.
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Old 30th January 2003, 00:48   #9
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Ooooo . . . villainessy!

Yes, it's fluid, but in my tiny little mind, not watery. I see kind of a fairytale Gothicky architecture, the kind you always see in villain's castles.

But that's probably because the bg is a solid colour right now. Are you going to make it glow with water/light reflections? Or is that wandering into button headache territory.

Love the colours. Please finish.
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Old 30th January 2003, 11:09   #10
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i really don't like that coluor, but it seems it's only me (maybe the gamma on this monitor is fudged, the taskbar looks decidedly yellow, so it could be this...)

other than that, i think it looks too symmetrical,and i don't like the fiddly bits you have on the titlebars.
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Old 30th January 2003, 17:14   #11
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I agree with bh about the symetric part, other than that I like it so far.

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Old 30th January 2003, 17:54   #12
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Another dark skin! Yayness! I agree with bh and simon. The skin looks too symmetrical and looks like you just did a bit of copy paste.
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Old 22nd February 2003, 19:46   #13
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finally started working on this a bit more, the cbuttons aren't finished, and I might add a bit more "stuff" in some areas, but here's how it looks so far, suggestions?
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Old 22nd February 2003, 20:10   #14
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OMG! It looks awesome. I'm really liking all the bubbles.
IMHO the eq border could be a bit brighter but I guess you want it to be darker.

Your gfx skills have certainly improved in leaps and bounds.
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Old 22nd February 2003, 20:31   #15
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Hmm, some highlights on the eq border might be what that's missing, I'll try it, because it seemed a bit more drab and I couldn't put my finger on what it was.

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Old 22nd February 2003, 20:46   #16
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wow i'm obsessed with the filmy watery feel of it

about the bubbly cbuttons - i don't think they fit very well, other than that it is awesome

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Old 22nd February 2003, 21:16   #17
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any suggestions for cbuttons? They're making me insane
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Old 22nd February 2003, 22:52   #18
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well i see it as a compromise between aesthetics and functionality,
the hardest decision to make is whether to label them or not (i think no labels'd look better)
stop,next,open could remain bubbles, but maybe a bit smaller and darker (like those on the eq-bars)
prev,play,pause need to be integrated or take a form, similar to their background

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Old 23rd February 2003, 00:29   #19
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LOL, the art of compromise... changed a few things, added some labelling as unintrusively as possible, cbuttons are suggestive of function, pressed state is bubble overlay with the traditional symbols, next SS arrives

oh, and added some highlighting in the eq border and a couple other small areas
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Old 23rd February 2003, 04:14   #20
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Old 23rd February 2003, 06:29   #21
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working on PL stack ideas now, but here it is about hmm, 3/4 done... still have shade modes and close/shade buttons to do as well, and "stuff" in the one PL section, and in the MB
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Old 23rd February 2003, 10:50   #22
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This is going to be superb! It's only missing a Britney picture

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Old 23rd February 2003, 19:13   #23
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Does the skins even have cbuttons? Hard to tell.
I actually liked the cbutton bubbles.
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Old 23rd February 2003, 19:19   #24
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the "stuff" growing at the bottom of the cbutton area I *tried* to make suggestive of the function; ie, backwards pointing tendril is back, forwards pointing is play, etc... hmm, maybe I can come up with something between the two...

edit - anyone else cbutton comments?

HAHA - knew something was missing! *adds britney pic*
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Old 23rd February 2003, 22:59   #25
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the cbuttons
they now look better to me, a lot better, especially the prev and play btns, the rest of them are nice but sort of...overdetailed or something, keep tweaking and i'm sure you'll achieve the perfect look

some additional contrast(lightness) will also help i think

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Old 24th February 2003, 01:49   #26
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cbuttons and stuffs

Well, after a few comments of "what buttons" from people I was talking to lol, changed them again; fixed the top of the PL, added detail to the bottom, though the stacks aren't done just yet (they will be soon though); more critiques welcomed!
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Old 24th February 2003, 11:24   #27
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my god woman! you made me swallow my fruit pastille whole.

really really really really good. when you said "dark and watery" up in the top post, i thought it would end up looking pretty average...but WOW.

(maybe make the pl bg colour a bit darker?)
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Old 24th February 2003, 12:49   #28
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*thumps BH on the back* Sorry 'bout that

and thanks ^_^!!! Except for a couple things, I'm pretty pleased with this one.

PL color, oh boy, hahaha, that'll defintely be an update item, because I just finished everything but the mbinner and cursors (I think, I thought I had finished and realized I hadn't done the scrollbutton a bit ago) and the color runs into almost every piece in there (and if there's an EASY way to change it, I have yet to discover it)

As soon as I get those done I'll post for anyone who wants to bugtest this thingy
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Old 24th February 2003, 14:12   #29
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oooOOOooo


like seriously.

OOOOO

i like this.

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Old 24th February 2003, 14:15   #30
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^_^!! Thanks guys!

uploaded here for anyone who wants to check it out real quick, I've gone through a bug huntin', but you never know... if nothing pops up, I'll publish at 1001 in a bit and queue 'er up at winamp
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Old 24th February 2003, 15:44   #31
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thats one nice skin, really love it! ( thumbs up!) ....looks like you draw on photoshop way better than me
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Old 24th February 2003, 17:49   #32
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What's wrong with the PL colour? I like it.

Not a fan of the cbutton pressed states tho

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that was the only labelling compromise I could come up with after something like, 26 tries (no exaggeration ) Believe me, any other suggestions are welcome...

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Old 24th February 2003, 21:03   #34
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This is fantastic stuff dimichan, a really thorough job, well done

I've had a quick test - these may or may not be bugs:
ON and AUTO - the bubble disappears in the pressed state between ON and OFF. (Maybe you intended it like that. I expected it to shink or something.)
EQ sliders - the animation is quite abrupt between frames. Would be great if the vines could slowly crawl upwards.
WINSHADES - the vol and balance are hard to see on my monitor. Some of the \/ /\ X buttons on main winshade leave behind the wrong image if you click and drag, I can't remember if this is fixable or not
STOP button - there's a little pixel popping underneath the button when pressed.

Congrats on a great job!

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let's see... ON/AUTO, yep, goes from single to double bubble, that was intentional for something different

EQ - tried the climbing thing, but most people have their bars fairly close setting wise, and they looked just too identical ;_;

Hmm, I can't seem to replicate the image drag problem in the winshade O_o

STOP button, me needs to fix I think

and it's at 1001 here http://www.1001winampskins.com/skin_...s.html?id=2904 ; our favorite viral influence has already struck.

EDIT: Oops, and thanks!!!
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Hmm, I can't seem to replicate the image drag problem in the winshade O_o
It's not a biggy. Press the menu button in winshade then let go.

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Ok, I'm pissed off at myself for not doing this earlier. This is Saotome, and I just created this new account, because everybody calls me 667, so, hey...

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your skin, dimi. I wish someone could get me an eval of PSP, or PhotoShop. I SUCK at GIMP. I'm gonna upload my latest SS. It's an old friend, and I figured, if you guys are all giving help to dimi, I might be able to beg some help too.
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hmm, never used GIMP, I think evals of both PSP and PS are available at download.com, try them out and see if one of the interfaces seems easier to you; it varies from person to person, I always found PS easier, but I know plenty of people who found PSP easier. For lightning, I'd be tempted to lay in a fade about halfway down the eq background into something that can be used in the PL and MB, either relatively plain, or scenic, depending on if you want strictly an artistic look, or more of a pic/scene appeareance, to pull it together. If you're not sure what I mean, post the original background and I'll throw up a couple ideas
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