Hey! You were faster than me!
i see a lot of variations that have been uploaded. very good job! can you consider making a shiny black version? pretty please!
Let's see... Hopefully I made something better than that. These were the old variations: Sterling XP (the original)
Sterling Silver (light grey)
After that I made this one: Sterling Blue (dark blue) (Actually Windows Media Center glassy blue)
and then I converted that one into a Sterling Skinning Kit (!) that will be available via support site.
With that kit I made 7 more variations in about 2 hours. It's way too easy now... The best ones are these: Sterling Slate Grey (dark grey)
Sterling Army Green (green/grey)
Sterling Baby Blue (light blue)
Sterling Pink (pink)
The rest of them are bit more like tests and jokes, and will be also available via support site: Sterling Winter Camo
Sterling Hot Dog Stand
Sterling Zune Brown
The skinning kit is a bit too fat to fit as an attachment here (1.1 Mb in .7z format), but it contains one smartly layered photoshop image, and a crop-and-save script (requires ImageMagick
). The script turns that .psd into working a skin.
This means that 90% of color combinations can now be achieved by the following procedure (from the README.TXT):
The Five Easy Steps
1. Unzip the Skinning Kit into a new directory under the XMPlay directory.
2. Open the "skin.psd" template file with your favorite graphics editor.
3. Adjust the image as you want. It is layered for easy editing!
* Keep the green transparency color (00ff00) clean.
* Keep images where they are. No moving!
4. Save the image as "skin_variation.png" (or .psd, or something).
5. Create the skin by executing the following command:
$ makeskin.bat "skin_variation.png"
Now... I said 90% of color combinations. There are now 7 examples included that are created with that kit. Black is not one of them, because if you create a black theme you probably want to match the black Vista theme, and I do not have a Vista.
This is the first reason.
The second one is that black and white are the most difficult theme colors, because in reality, they are not black or white. They grey. So you have to match the "greyness" very exactly to get that black look. Or white. They're tricky.
So, perhaps I will make an official(?) black version, but perhaps now someone else can do it also.