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Elmer BeFuddled
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« on: August 21, 2010, 12:10:19 am »

So, I want a coloured "clear" taskbar. As in, if you use Photoshop, add 0.2 to 1.0 Gaussian blur to a text passage, you can still see what it says but it's not pin sharp. That's the effect I'm after.
Using the bog standard aero.msstyles a my base, I can see a window through the task bar but absolutely nothing is legible.
Can any one help?
More to the point, does that make any sense?
B.T.W. Running Win7 x64

as a N00b here, so many questions, so little time!
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2010, 02:14:06 am »

Just color your taskbar images and adjust their opacity in an image editor.

Check out Taskbar image locations in my Taskbar maps in Tutorials section.

Watch my Beginners video in Tips & Tricks section.

You can adjust opacity in Gimp for instance using the Opacity Slider in the Layers dialogue.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2010, 02:46:38 am »

Just color your taskbar images and adjust their opacity in an image editor.

Check out Taskbar image locations in my Taskbar maps in Tutorials section.

Watch my Beginners video in Tips & Tricks section.

You can adjust opacity in Gimp for instance using the Opacity Slider in the Layers dialogue.
Is it really that simple?? I thought (probably wrongly) that the taskbar or any other image that adjustments could be made to, had to be "lacking colour". As in, a Photoshop, I have PS5 (Chrimble prezzy off SWMBO!!, so after all them ££££ I don't want to use GIMP!!), anyway a PS5 layer mask is black to white, you don't see the black, you see the white, it affects what you do see. Please accept my ignorance, I'm new to this.

As an example, the bog standard taskbar (msstyles #'s 839 & 840) were a white (1 pixel) square highlight, a very dark low light above, and the actual bits I would call the taskbar were a mid to dark neutral tapering to nearly nothing. So, the more "BLACK" I can see, the less the desktop can see. Did I get that right?
Also, if I made a pea-soup green task bar, I believe, no matter what I do in the Personalise Window it will always be Pea green? (Now that is a daft Q, Elmer, you know that answer!). I apologise for what may seem like totally "eejit" questions to you, but if I know the basics (for definite) the less winky questions will appear down the road!!

And Thanks 3am for your original answer.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 03:00:07 am »

Is it really that simple?? I thought (probably wrongly) that the taskbar or any other image that adjustments could be made to, had to be "lacking colour". As in, a Photoshop, I have PS5 (Chrimble prezzy off SWMBO!!, so after all them ££££ I don't want to use GIMP!!), anyway a PS5 layer mask is black to white, you don't see the black, you see the white, it affects what you do see. Please accept my ignorance, I'm new to this.

As an example, the bog standard taskbar (msstyles #'s 839 & 840) were a white (1 pixel) square highlight, a very dark low light above, and the actual bits I would call the taskbar were a mid to dark neutral tapering to nearly nothing. So, the more "BLACK" I can see, the less the desktop can see. Did I get that right?
Also, if I made a pea-soup green task bar, I believe, no matter what I do in the Personalise Window it will always be Pea green? (Now that is a daft Q, Elmer, you know that answer!). I apologise for what may seem like totally "eejit" questions to you, but if I know the basics (for definite) the less winky questions will appear down the road!!

And Thanks 3am for your original answer.



Elmer

I don't know anything about Photoshop. Wish I had a wife who'd buy PS5 as a Christmas present for me!

Just color your taskbar images ( whatever they are) and adjust their opacity ( however you do it in Photoshop) to your liking and you'll be ok.

Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2010, 03:05:28 am »

I don't know anything about Photoshop. Wish I had a wife who'd buy PS5 as a Christmas present for me!

Aah! When I said I wanted PS5, I think she thought it was a new aftershave!! (Revenge for £3k settee!!)
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