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Icon-A-Day, Icon # 45, The Shortcut Overlay

This little guy never gets any love

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 45 (Shortcut Overlay)

Today we will do the only other "Overlay" icon in the standard icon Pack. The Shortcut overlay is always one of the easiest things to make, but not necessarily the easiest to design. It is simple enough to put a arrow in the corner of a square and call it done. I like to spend some time making sure that it matches the rest of the icons, and looks good overlaying the Folders, and Files.
 
Step 1:

First I start with a simple 2D arrow.
Step 2:

Then I slant I back a bit with the perspective tool.

Step 3:

Now using the
Contour tool I give our arrow a poor mans Bevel.

 
Step 4:

Now I give the backs of the arrow some gradients, and a blend. I also throw on a bit of
gloss.

Step 5:

Now we give it a
reflection, and a a shadow.

Finished Icon Image:




Click here to download the finished icon.
 

I know the final icon image is not very impressive, but I show it with a few examples in the screen shot. Tomorrow we will take a stab at the Desktop Icon.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles:
(Icon-A-Day Index)

Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the
Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 44, My Documents Folder.

One more of the major components.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 44 (My Documents)

Today we finally get around to making the My Documents folder, usually I make this right at the beginning of the pack, but with this pack I was not sure what I wanted to do, so I put it off until now. For this icon I we will re-use several elements and make one more that we will use again later I am sure.
 
Step 1:

First I gather some elements, the Open Folder, the Default Document, the Picture for the my Pictures Folder, The piece of file from the My Video Folder and last the HTML file from the Web Folder.

Step 2:

Now I size the film a bit and place it in front of the Html File.

Step 3:

Then I pile in the Picture from the My Pictures folder.

 
Step 4:

Then I move all our new elements into the folder.

Step 5:

Now I give our folder a new reflection.

Step 6:

Now I move our Default File in front of the Folder and Slant it back with the perspective tool. I also give the file a nice shadow.

Step 7:

Now I want a pen, so I am going to make a Sharpie like pen out of some rectangles, using the Mesh Fill.

Step 8:

I shape the new Mesh Objects to look more or less like a pen. I also give the pen a shadow.


Finished Icon Image





Click here to download the finished icon.
 

Well, now we have one more of the major components to our pack. We will be done before you know it. Tomorrow we shall try and do one of the "Other" icons.
Note: I thought the file Icon looked kind of bland in blue, so as you can see in the final image, I changed it to a red.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles:
(Icon-A-Day Index)

Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the
Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 43, The Favorites Folder

A Valentines Day Special.

Monday, February 14, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 43 (Favorites Folder)

Well, today is Valentines Day so I thought I should do something romantic. Then I realized I was making Icons, and metallic Sci-Fi style icons at that. Where the heck am I going to find romance?
Then I thought way back to the early days of the Internet and my first browser. I don't even remember which one it was now, but what ever it was it had a heart for the Favorites icon. Its a bit sappy, but hey its Valentines day, and its an excuse to do a big sappy heart. So lets do it.
 
Step 1:

We start by taking the Web folder icon and deleting the Globe and Cable. Then I make a simple 2D heart.

Step 2:

Now using the Perspective tool, I slant our heart back to make it look like it is leaning on the folder.

Step 3:

Now using Contour I give the heart a "poor mans bevel".
I also copy the heart make it smaller and offset it a bit. Then I blend the two hearts together to give the heart a bit of a rounded look.
 
Step 4:

Now we give our heart some gloss.

Step 5:

Then we re-do the folders reflection, and create two new reflections for the heart.
Step 6:

Lastly we give the heart a couple of drop shadows, one on the folder and one on the floor.


Finished Icon Image.



 



Click here to download the finished icon.
 

Well, happy Valentines day everyone. Tomorrow we will finally get the My Documents folder taken care. 

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles:
(Icon-A-Day Index)

Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the
Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 42, The Default Document

almost forgot this one.

Sunday, February 13, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 42 (Default Document)

I was planning on doing the My Documents folder today, but once I sat down to do it, I came to the realization that I did not have a Default Document icon. This may seem like nothing; we have the default file, the Word Document, assorted Music formats and so on. You see the problem is this: I use the Default Document icon a lot; I use it in several folder icons and as the base for several more file types. We have already more or less used it when making the DOC file icon.
How's that? How can we have used it already, when it is not done? Well it seems we may have already made it - kind of. Let me explain....
 
Step 1:

I have what is more or less our Default Document file in our Doc File, so we start by copying it.

Step 2:

I simply remove the Word Logo, as well as the DOC extension. This icon will end up being used for any document windows does not have an icon assigned for, so we have to leave the extension blank.

Step 3:

Now I want to change the title background color, I decided to do a Dark Grey, but as you can see in the last step today, I changed my mind and made it the same color as the default file title. I think we will use this for all the system file icons.

 
Step 4:

Now I need to give it a new reflection so I do that. Straight down to go with the new style of reflections. (Note to self, fix reflections on earlier File icons.)
Step 5:

Now I throw a box with some different colors behind the file, to make sure that it looks ok on different color backgrounds.

Finished Icon Image.




Click here to download the finished icon.

It may seem a bit odd to spend an entire tutorial doing such minor changes to an existing icon, but The Default Document needs to be simple, and generic, and that I think is what we have here.

Tune in tomorrow for a Valentine's day treat, as we do the Favorites folder.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles:
(Icon-A-Day Index)

Check out the CorelDRAW for Skinner Index, for links to all the related Video Tutorials.

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the
Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Stardock Chat log: February 2005

DesktopX 3, Multiplicity, ThinkDesk, and more!

Saturday, February 12, 2005 by Frogboy | Discussion: Community

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 34, JPG File

Let us take a brake from folders.

Monday, February 07, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 34 (JPG File)

    Today we will take a bit a break from the folder icons, and do one of the File Type icons. I am still not quite set in my ways on the File icons and hope this one will go a bit further in establishing the style that will carry thru the entire pack.
Step 1:

We will start by, copying our Default document and My Pictures folder.
Step 2:

I want to have the color band of all the Graphics file types to have a kind of RGB fade. So I mess with the band until I like what I see.
Step 3:

Now I copy the Picture out of one of the Photos in the My Pictures folder, and crop it down to fit on the white portion of our file.

 
Step 4:

I am going make the entire file area show a transparent version of the photo, so I use the Interactive Transparency tool and give it a gradient.
Step 5:

Now we copy the photo from the folder and place it in front of the file. I skew it a bit to make it look like it is leaning a bit more on the file.

Step 5:

Then I copy the paint brush from our Shared Pictures folder, and set it in front of the picture.
Using the Reflection techniques I give our file and picture a reflection.
Step 7:
The last thing I do is give the picture a shadow.

Finished Icon image

 

Click here to download the finished icon.

Well, I am still not 100% sold on the underlining style of the file icons, but we will move on to another tomorrow and see if it grows on me.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: (Icon-A-Day Index)

CorelDRAW for Skinners.
Part 1: Mesh Tool 101 & Gloss 101
Part 2: Drop Shadows 101 & Reflections 101
Part 3: Exporting 101, Contour & Line 101
Part 4: Transparency 101 & Transparency 102

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 33, Network Connections Folder

1, 2, 3, Bam were done.

Sunday, February 06, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 33 (Network Connections)

   Most likely this will be the easiest icon we will do. We already have the Web Folder icon from Lesson # 20, and we already have several "System Folders" from icons like last nights. To make our Network Connections icon we will simply take elements from two icons and move them together. I know some of you will say it looks too much like the Web Folder, but the truth is that most people will never see the web folder, and this one will be seen much more often, since it is a Control Panel icon.

Note: When in Package Builder mode of IconPackager this Icon is called "Dialup Networking"
 
Step 1:

First thing we do is copy our Web Folder, & ActiveX Folders from earlier.

Step 2:

Now I delete the Folder Portion of our Web Folder, and the X part of out ActiveX folder.

Step 4:

Now I move the Two Elements together. Bam. We're done.

Finished Icon Image

Click here to download the finished icon.

Tune in tomorrow for something more exiting. :)

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: Icon # 1, Icon # 2, Icon #3, Icon # 4, Icon #5, Icon # 6, Icon # 7, Icon # 8, Icon # 9, Icon #10, Icon # 11. Icon 12 & 13, Icon # 14, Icon # 15, Icon # 16, Icon #17, Icon #18, Icon # 19, Icon #20, Icon # 21, Icon # 22. Icon #22, Icon # 23, Icon # 24. Icon #25, Icon # 26, Icon # 26, Icon # 27, Icon # 28, 29 & 30, Icon # 31, Icon # 32.

CorelDRAW for Skinners.
Part 1: Mesh Tool 101 & Gloss 101
Part 2: Drop Shadows 101 & Reflections 101
Part 3: Exporting 101, Contour & Line 101
Part 4: Transparency 101 & Transparency 102

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

WinCustomize User Page Focus: gef

The WinCustomize User Focus Articles

Sunday, February 06, 2005 by joeKnowledge | Discussion: Community

gef, gef, mighty gef!!! DesktopX's greatest ally in theme submissions.

Is anyone else singing the 'gef song'?

If you look into the DesktopX theme category, there is a very large chance that you will see gef's name a few times more than some others. Maybe this is why he has the lead in DesktopX theme downloads. gef also has like a billion trillion downloads (closer to a million)!

gef has made countless themes and other such customization objects on WinCustomize.



Take a look at some of the recent uploads:


Stalkers!!!!! gef has stalkers watching his every move. I personally, rather be a watcher then to STALK people but to each his own. I guess if I had to stalk someone I would give gef a shot.

Oh, and by the way, a skin you might want to check out is Destruction...



Features:
  • Semi-transparent
  • Longhorn dock activates on mouseover
  • Full menu system
  • Analogue clock
  • DXPlayer controls
  • Shortcut buttons activated on mouseover

And you might want to see these 2 also:



Longhorn_V2 for DesktopX


GT2 for DesktopX


Until the next WinCustomize User Page Focus, I'm joeknowledge/joetheblow

Icon-A-Day, Icon # 32, Folder options.

Folder Options Folder, is hard to say.

Saturday, February 05, 2005 by mormegil | Discussion: Icons

Icon 32 (Folder Options)

    I wanted to do something simple today so I could have time for the making this weeks issue of CorelDRAW for skinners, so I thought it would be nice to do the Folder Options folder. This is a new icon in the supported folders of IconPackager, and one that you will see if you look for it in the Control Panel. The icon ended up taking a bit more time than I expected, because I wanted to do something kind of neat. (And because I was watching bad movies while I did it). So off we go.
 
Step 1:

Once more we will start with the Admin Folder, removing the people overlays.

Step 2:

My idea for this icon is to do a check box overlaying a "System Folder" But I want the check to be cool so I am going to place it on a piece of glass. So we start by drawing a check, and placing it on top of a few rectangles.
Step 3:

Now I group those together and slant it back with the Perspective tool.

 
Step 4:

Now fill the back shape, with white, and using the Interactive Transparency tool I give it a gradient transparency. I copy the back shape twice, then offset the two copies and trim them down. This gives us the illusion of depth to our glass.

Step 5:

Now I fill the check with a Contour and Gradient, Much like in the last two icons, but without the glare. Then I pull a simple drop shadow of the check. I trim the shadow down a bit with the node edit tool, to make it look like it is only dropping on the glass.

Step 5:

Using the Reflection techniques on our check box we make a nice reflection.


Step 5:

Using the Shadow Techniques I make a pretty elaborate shadow to place behind our checkbox. It is subtle in the finial image but it is the polish we want.
Finished Icon Image

 

Click here to download the finished icon.

One more folder down. I'm off to do CorelDRAW for skinners #4. Check back in tomorrow for more.

Read the other Icon-A-Day Articles: Icon # 1, Icon # 2, Icon #3, Icon # 4, Icon #5, Icon # 6, Icon # 7, Icon # 8, Icon # 9, Icon #10, Icon # 11. Icon 12 & 13, Icon # 14, Icon # 15, Icon # 16, Icon #17, Icon #18, Icon # 19, Icon #20, Icon # 21, Icon # 22. Icon #22, Icon # 23, Icon # 24. Icon #25, Icon # 26, Icon # 26, Icon # 27, Icon # 28, 29 & 30, Icon # 31.

CorelDRAW for Skinners.
Part 1: Mesh Tool 101 & Gloss 101
Part 2: Drop Shadows 101 & Reflections 101
Part 3: Part 3: Exporting 101, Contour & Line 101

And don't forget to check for all the Icon-A-Day icons as they get made, in the Miscellaneous Icons Gallery at Wincustomize.com

WinCustomize User Page Focus: SS Goku

The WinCustomize User Focus Articles

Saturday, February 05, 2005 by joeKnowledge | Discussion: Community

SS Guko's user pictureIf there was a king of screenshots, SS Guko took his place in the category!

Son GOKU’S-HOUSE has well over a billion (MAYBE LESS) screenshots of desktop configurations that included some of the hottest skins on the net. If you wanted to figure out what style you wanted to set up your desktop to day, you can take a hint from SS Guko home page full of screenshots.

Are screenshots helpful? Yes they can be! Maybe you haven’t noticed a skin from another website but then see it in a screenshot and you inquire the screenshot author where such and item can be found. Looking at SS Goku’s screenshot will give you plenty to ask and wonder about. (By the way learn how to make screenshots HERE and don't forget to say what is in it!)

As a member since 2002, he has been around long enough to have skins such as DuoPixels’ Doublet (Screenshot HERE) and Alien Technology

SS Goku will respond to requests as to what something is if its not mentioned in the comments. There are times where there is something there that isn’t available. At that point someone asks and BEHOLD SS Goku made a matching skin.

Now that’s the spirit of getting into skinning (or does it make people lazy by asking SS Goku to make matching skins... hmmm... sounds like me should do and interview and ask SS Goku himself.



Take a look at some of the recent uploads:


SS Goku has made some cool matching skins in calendars, (Rainlender and DesktopX) and weather widgets. He has a Devaint Art account that your welcome to visit here:
SS Goku on Deviant Art

He seems to have a few watchers there…



Speaking of recommendations, it would seem SS Guko has a few here at WinCustomize as well.


Recommendations

As well as some watchers:



SS Goku also has contributed to WinCustomize in other was such as commenting on works, giving ratings and is also a subscriber.

So long live SS Goku, King of Screenshots



Until the next WinCustomize User Page Focus, I'm joeknowledge/joetheblow

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