I was poking around in XPs shell32 the other day and I noticed that the backgrounds for the toolbar bitmaps are black instead of "magic pink". Does anyone know if this can be changed and the pink used instead. I tried a simple colour replace in psp but it wouldn't work at all. I was gound to do up some new toolbars for explorer but as I wanted to make the individual glyphs black...
They're 32-bit, 24-bit plus alpha channel, but not a lot of apps let you save a .bmp with alpha channel. Workaround, if you know how to create a decent .png (where's that simple freeware tool that handles those ?!), you can load it in Paint, XP version, and save as .bmp, will still be 32-bit, correct channel info. I believe you can handle this with PS and Gif Movie gear though, or so I heard .
hmmz. I use win2k. tried to change the toolbar bmp's the other day, it was a success, although, all the "icons" got, pardon my french, fucked up colours. What am I doing wrong? I used a 256 colour palette of course. Saved as an 8-bit bmp etc. But still, the colours aren't the original ones. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Do I have to use a sertain palette or something?
Yes, problably, sometimes palette is hardcoded into a system file (xp boot screen comes to mind, but that's just 16 colors, so easy to change). Use palette as it comes with extracted bitmaps first time - save palette with gfx app first original bitmap you encounter in a file. With 256 colors, creating your own look should be possible.
Decreasing color depths to 256 colors can be a pain in the butt unless are kind of used to doing it. The best thing to do is to decrease them before you save, if they look like poo then change them back and try less.
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