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Shifty Lem

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PostSubject: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 17th 2008, 3:59 pm

Not sure how helpful this will be (or how much sense it will make lol )

Pick the dock skin you want to port and open it in graphics app (photoshop, gimp etc.)

resize the canvass if you need to so that there is no transparent space around the image

then you have to cut the ends of the image but make sure that the right and left are both the same size i.e. 40x100 for both ends, rename each end to RightBorder/LeftBorder respectively.

the section you are left with will be the MiddleBorder so save it as this again resize the canvas to remove any transparent space.

the running indicator an be left as it is but it may have to be renamed to Indicator

the separator will have to be resized to match the height of your MiddleBorder image.
Save all images as Png's NOTE All dock images right,left & middle MUST Now be 40px high
that's it for the actual dock images.


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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 17th 2008, 4:07 pm

Now for putting the skin together copy all of the images you've just made into your XWindows Dock/tools folder.

go back to the XWindows Dock/skins folder and copy the contents of the Current folder to the /tools folder. At this point you can change the images used for the folder, trash can, stacks on/off etc. just rename them to match the ones already there.

open the config file and edit the first line (Description=Whatever the dock name is)

select everything but the XskinMaker Important when you drag all the items to the xskinmaker make sure you grab the config file and nothing else this should generate a skin.smxd file rename to match the dock and cut/copy to skins folder

restart XWindows Dock and then select your skin
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 17th 2008, 7:00 pm

Nice guide, very useful thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 17th 2008, 7:42 pm

dude thanks u finally a tut i understand. as soon as i have time i am doing this. But how do u cut in photoshop every time i trie crop it cuts out everything or do u use the cut tool. I am good in photoshop but i cant figure that out FAIL
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 18th 2008, 2:10 am

I use ctrl+x to cut simple but it works happy
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 18th 2008, 9:09 am

ok thanks. Hopefully i can try this week
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 18th 2008, 8:40 pm

So when you decided make skin for XWindows Dock, you should know it:

name; size ( Width x Height pixels ) ; Can use transparency ( ALPHA - channel );

* Break 14x40 Yes
* Check 16x16 No
* Close 48x48 No
* Left ?x40 No
* Middle ?x40 No
* Right ?x40 No
* ControlPanel ?x? ?
* MyComputer ?x? ?
* Recycler ?x? ?
* RecyclerFull ?x? ?
* StackOn ?x? ?
* StackOff ?x? ?

Where you can see "?" it's mean that you can use what you want.
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 18th 2008, 9:12 pm

that just confuses me more
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 19th 2008, 2:17 am

The border pieces don't have to be 40 high if you look at the studio docks I ported the silver version is 101 high and the black 103 and they both look fine some of the docks ported by Eiq2 are not 40 high either, the other parts (control panel, computer, trash cans etc.) just make sure they are the same size as the default ones. I've not tried it yet but I'm thinking you could use any size as long as its square 48x48, 512x512 and so on. really you have to make sure you rename the replacement file to the same as the one your replacing or change the config file to use the name of your file.
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 19th 2008, 12:01 pm

Thank you for this very useful tut ! thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 24th 2008, 6:53 pm

great tut!! thanks a lot very usefull happy
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 24th 2008, 9:56 pm

i didn't knew this Xwindows Dock... is it worth the try happy:D
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock October 26th 2008, 1:25 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. Very useful. smile
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PostSubject: Re: A quick guide to skinning XWindows Dock April 12th 2009, 12:04 am

What about the maskborders?
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