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Ceramic Brown VS - RC1 by Circumflex Ceramic Brown VS - RC1 by Circumflex
So, I finally decided to release Ceramic Brown, but I did it as a Release candidate 1. There are some text colors I just can't find in the HEX codes. I'll update this whenever I do find them. I started modifying from the RoyalNoir Beta VS so if there's any left overs still in the hex or so, I apologize, I tried to remove it all.

I got the inspiration from Mass Effect where almost every armor was called ceramic and had these extremely nice glassy smooth top layers.

This comes in two versions, one with a square button and one with a round button.


This is for Aero only and only with the taskbar at the bottom.


I hope you like it, it's the first VS I've ever done. :)
Feedback much appreciated...

Recommended wallpaper is [link]

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I've updated the package. There was some spelling errors in the first. Sorry for that. Thanks to kalel90 for pointing it out.
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P.S. I'm working on a graniteblue colored version
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:iconklar78:
klar78 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Nice work :) The only suggestion I would make would be to do the taskbar with a transparent glassy look.
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:iconelucas:
elucas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Thanks, works great now
Feel free to do a matching itunes skin!
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elucas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Oh i guess I have to patch and replace stuff, could you please explain how?
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure thing, easiest way is to download this: [link]
and follow the instructions.

Then your files will be patched and you will be able to use custom themes.
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elucas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Gorgeous skin!
Unfortunately, I'm a noob and all it does for me is make windows classic brown, even though I was on aero. I just coped the unzipped folder and .theme file to the "Themes" folder. What am I doing wrong?
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wert613 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Photographer
Very nice!
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
No no the naming problem is the mui file everything else is fine as of right now your mui file is named Ceramic Brown(Square).mui for the square version but it needs to be Ceramic Brown(Square).msstyles.mui understand now?

Same goes for the circle version and any theme your make from here on out lol.
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh right.. I see what you mean. Yeah, I need to fix that. Thanks for noticing!
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
You must have an uber high res screen can you make a 22 px/thin taskbar version of this for those of us who have lower res screens?
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I got a 20" monitor and hmm.. Not likely right now since I'm working on another skin and theme. When I'm done with that perhaps.
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Actually for the top taskbar start button i need you to make me a version of the button with the outside border flipped but the inside image left the same. (im not great at photoshop or i would do it)
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kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
ooooh the genius i am figured it out lol J/k the problem is you need to name the mui file Ceramic Brown(Square).msstyles.mui basically just add .msstyles to he current name of both styles.
If for some reason you cant understand this i can do it for you im gonna fix the taskbar on top issue (the start button is gone when the taskbar is moved to the top) also for those who like it at the top i can send it to you if you want let me know.
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wierd.. I can't find any naming mistakes here in my themes folder. And they both got seperate .msstyles. One for round and one for square.

Yeah, I didn't include the top taskbar version due to time. It's simple but I wanted to release it and leave it behind me kinda. ;)
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Did you make this on a 64-bit version of vista? Otherwise i have no clue why this style isn't working i also patched the uxtheme after i did the updates to make sure that wasn't the cause so idk.
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Well apparently this style isn't working for some reason says it cant be applied.
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to replace the 3 hacked system files manually after an Windows Update. Alot of themes didn't work after that particular update.
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Get to work on a top version lol actually i'll do it if you don't have time.
Good visualstyle though.
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks man, I'll give it some thought.
I'm swamped by making props for a photoshoot right now anyway.
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
i found bug =( after update windows, it won't work. other themes are working. fug fug fug :|
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That happened to me too and not only my skin but alot of other skins too.
I fixed it by re-installing the patched uxtheme files. I think maybe the update did something to them.
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
i re-installed the patched files, but it's still not working :(((
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you do it with Vistaglazz or manually? I had to do it manually.

Rename the old files to uxtheme_OLD.dll etc, then..
Replace all these files manually:

uxtheme.dll
themeui.dll
shsvcs.dll
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
manually (;
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha oh damn... I'm sorry.. I don't know how to help you then.. :(
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
ufff now it's working again! lol
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha wierd!! I'm glad you got it working :)
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Austin8159 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Artist
Nice Taskbar and Square Start Button :thumbsup:
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks man!
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:iconvathanx:
Vathanx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Looking forward for the final :)
Could you show the shellstyle?
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I have it removed and therefor didn't bother skinning it.
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Vathanx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Uhh, visual style without a shellstyle? I would like to have seen that...
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, sorry, I must have misunderstood.
I'm not sure what you mean by shellstyle and what isn't showing in the pic, care to explain? Thanks
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Vathanx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Heheh... If you skin Vista you must know what is it :)
I see you skinned the folderband already :thumbsup:
The shellstyle is a part of visual style that defines the look of the folderband, preview pane, info pane, fav pane & folder tree & some other parts of the explorer window's background (the white area with items) :)
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah right, I think I know what you mean. Like the info bar bottom of the explorer windows and such?

Honestly, I didn't check much when I skinned this, I just opened the files and tried to find the right PNG's. :)
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Vathanx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:nod:
I like your vs, waiting for the final :)
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mmmattos Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Gorgeous, warm style...
Nice work!
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks man! :)
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
i luv it! but i cant find there any browseui or icons :(
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I fucked the browseui up totally when I tried and edit it haha! So I left it alone for now.. I will defenitly edit the browseui in later versions! Thanks for loving it! :D
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
what about icons?:bucktooth:
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
These are the icons I'm using: [link]

and these for my Rocketdock: [link]

Not very consistent but I forgot to change them at the time of the screenshot. ;)
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sleepsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
:hug:
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Steel89 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
I was not able to use the visual style.
To make it working, I had to rename the file contained on the en.US folder from Ceramic Brown(Round).mui to Ceramic Brown(Round).msstyles.mui :)
On the Wallpaper folder there are not wallpapers yet.
The shellstyle is not really matching with the style for me.
I suggest you to change the color of the text of the buttons to something like a white brownish, if you can.
There is something more to do, but I think that you will do them for the final version, like the internet explorer/firefox bar and the status bar.

Hope it will helps you for the Final Version.
Good RC1 :)
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah right.. might have been some clumpsy renaming when I put it in the zip, thanks for noticing.
And the wallpapers, I removed them cause I didn't ask the original author for permission of including them in this release.

The black text on some of the buttons is one of the hex codes I couldn't find, but it seems i got some help now and will update it when I've fixed it.

Thanks for the comment and feedback! :)
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:iconsteel89:
Steel89 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Ok man, no problem :)
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Looks interesting! Will you make more color variations?
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:iconcircumflex:
Circumflex Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, working on a granite blueish color right now.
It'll look a little different but based on the same idea.
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Butch123 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
I like this one !
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Ice-Gecko Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
very nice
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