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Sh4rp by The-Greenhouse-Troll Sh4rp by The-Greenhouse-Troll
This is my first attempt at creating a Visual Style. I put a lot of work into this and I think it turned out pretty well... I tried to make it somewhat easy on the eyes.. It also includes vertical taskbar support. enjoy!

If you modify or redistribute this style, please let me know, credit me and link to the original.
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jjcizhe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Really nice i like it!!
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks:)
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Kael1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
This is my favourite xp skin ^^ only thing I don't like is the xp side bar is blue not all frosted looking
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Kael1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
I love it except for the word "start" on the start menu.. but that can be res hacked I guess..

Also the XP side bar in explorer is still blue o_O

I am using it though it is unique ^^
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!:) If I ever have time to make v2 I will change the shell style and also start button.
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happy33 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Pretty. Alot of colors everywhere. You even changed the IE7 top taskbar. My Tweak UI can't do that. Nice.
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Auraxx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
I like the colour of the buttons. It's a really good first try. Congrats!

Waiting for a second version if the theme... will u please do it? Compact and with a better start button, that's all i ask ;)

bye
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SigmaticM Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
great VS! I'm using it now :D I really love the colours too! keep up the good work n___n
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks a lot:)
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MikeAkehurst Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
I like it, just getting it now, got my fingers crossed that if I have an MSN windowed minimised and get a message it flashes.

Good work though, keep it up :)
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007   Digital Artist
Yep it should flash:P thanks
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MikeAkehurst Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
It does indeed :)
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badteddy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
nice VS! very unique.. finally glad to see some cool "frozen" colors there. just a suggestion could you possibly do a different start button?
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you! yes maybe I will change the Start button in future versions.
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aldonecheeba Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
man this style is really unic, i hope you will find time and will to make lots of visual styles !
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks! I will try:)
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spilttmilkk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
im supposed to extract it to c/windows/themes right ?

well i did but its still not in my properties/appearance window. :hmm:
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007   Digital Artist
well just double click the msstyles file and it should apply it
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spilttmilkk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
:o yay thanks :)
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shimo1989 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
nice to see people still producing nice msstyles themes, even during the holiday season (which is pretty much over now), unlike the windowblinds section, which has practically been dead for the last few weeks.

all in all, its a pretty good theme. i wouldnt use it personally, but i think its a pretty good idea. now here are some suggestions to make a good idea into an even better skin, but please PLEASE dont take offense if you dont agree with them.

- the shellstyle doesnt really go well with the style. i think a horizontal shellstyle with a blue/black background like the rest of the theme would look cool.
- again, no offense, but the start button is kinda bad. it looks overly rigid, and does not blend in well with the rest of the taskbar, with no smooth transitions, such as a border of some sort in between.
- the hard corners of the start menu doesnt look all that great with the skin. sharp corners are better suited for minimalistic themes, not a more complex, elaborate skin like yours.
- perhaps the skin would look better with a lighter menu background color? a dark color is pretty hard to work with.
- the bright borders between menus in both windows explorer and firefox look a bit too sharp. a somewhat darker color would look nice?
- the white colored border on top of the task bar looks annoying. i know its often a problem but can you please change it to a darker color that matches the rest of the taskbar better?
- the skin in general looks overly dark. i can see that you're going for the dark look, but i personally think the theme looks a bit overly dirty. hopefully nobody else thinks like i do! anyways i think the skin would look better if instead of dark spots, having bright spots in the theme's graphics would make it look like a piece of ice shining in the sun, which i think would be pretty cool. a substyle, maybe?

anyways, thats all i have to say. i know i probably didnt make much sense, since i typed this in a hurry, but i sincerely hope ive been able to provide you with some useful information, and if i failed to do so, dont take this personally as an attack on you or your skin.
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks for the critique! As I said it's my first style so I know there are problems. You are definetely right about the shellstyle, and for the start button, I was trying to get it to look good horizontal as well as vertical (it looks better vertical) but maybe I can work on that too. Thanks again
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Iesys Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Absolutely perfect.:clap:
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
thank you so much:D
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5nak3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
hey really nice VS but there are a few niggles.

The shell style really doesn't fit in with the rest of the VS, and i also feel the start button might be too square. It doesn't look right. Finally, i think some of the colours could be worked on just a bit to give a nicer contrast.

I dont mean to offend your work in any way, afterall i have tried to make VS and i know it is not easy. And i will also gladly say this is a much needed change from the vista clones i see every day.

As a personal preference i always choose compact start menus, but this is down to choice rather than anything wrong with your VS, maybe in a future update you could possibly look into it?

Anyways, good work and hopefully you will consider my comment.
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks for the comments! ..and no offence taken heh.

You're right about the shell style that needs some work. I tried to get the start button so it would look good on the horizontal and the vertical taskbar which I think is why it looks a bit weird. Also I think the bottom gets cut off a bit so I should fix that. And maybe I'll look into the compact start menu.

Thanks again.:)
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bangboombang Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Great colours, looks like diving ...thx !
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
:D
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QTR4333 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Nice, it's original
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks!
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fazedreality Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Very interesting! It looks like it was frozen or something :) Nice effect!
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The-Greenhouse-Troll Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
thank you!:)
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