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Windows 8 Aero - mockup by ap-graphik Windows 8 Aero - mockup by ap-graphik
19/12/11 : small updates for inactive captions, nav buttons and the superbar

This is the way I think Aero should look like in Windows 8.

I made it willing to respect Aero (so I added a +10 in shininess on everything ^^), but trying to enhance it in the effects and spacing.

(If I made a theme for myself it will be different)

There is not 50 different colors and effects, most important navigation buttons are not hidden by other less useful buttons like in Windows Developer Preview.
Even from far away, the 2 most visible buttons are "back" and "close".

Glossy effects gives importance and means you can interact with and it will perform an action. The exceptions are the buttons that are already part of the UI, which is it, not glossy.

The top part of this Explorer is a bit smaller than the actual one (every pixels are important), without the feeling of being oppressed (less colors, less effects, no limitation and homogeneous spacing for everything.

I didn't include the help button, I strongly believe it's useless, people that actually need help to use Windows won't receive it with this function anyway, as it will remains too complex for them.
On the other hand, less buttons makes things more simple.

The Command Bar works like in Windows 7, but include the options of the ribbon.
The same way as in a web browser, a right-click on it gives the choice to make it appear or not (because most people use it rarely).

The historic of navigation also work like a web browser, it can be access with a right-click on the navigation buttons (yes we have at least 2 buttons on a mouse, lets use it ! ^^), or a left click for more than 1s.

I will explain more on the start menu later. It works pretty much like in WDP but with different options.

A right-click on the Start Orb gives access to "All Programs".


I've got more ergonomic ideas to enhance the old Windows desktop but I'll keep them to myself for now :)


As always, don't hesitate to say what you think about it !


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:icontaylorcohron:
I find this to be an excellent vision of what Windows 8 Aero should look like. The more matte and soothing appearance far rivals anything Microsoft has done, and it is perfectly spaced, down to every pixel. The functionality of this is also just enough, without being too overbearing. Though I think the taskbar could be lightened up just a little bit, it's dark enough that it draws a little bit (really, just a little bit) too much attention to they eye. Other than that one little bit, this is excellent work as usual from AP-GRAPHIK.

Wonderful work my good sir.
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abe1223 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not a theme its a concept, :(  but here's the closest thing to it if you're running windows 7: mare-m.deviantart.com/art/Wind…
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Antwuan Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
link =(
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:iconmohamedalmoghazy:
mohamedalmoghazy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
think you
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:iconbrandonhughes-7:
BrandonHughes-7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 i like the way that looks

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derache123 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Please make this an actual theme!! this looks SO awesome.
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:iconskrell:
Skrell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I really love the way this looks, would you be willing to release the source for it?  psd or pngs would be great :)
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ShinSubarashiKage124 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013   Digital Artist
This should be an actual theme, this is awesome.
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:iconbtothedon:
BtotheDon Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Could somebody please make this into a theme? Windows 8 needs to look more like this.
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:iconericstrd:
ericstrd Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I love the glassy foggy textures. =3
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:iconsvahan:
SVaHaN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Why not upload a theme?
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Hi, a little explanation please ?
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:iconjuanelargosilva:
juanelargosilva Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Egoista.-
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:iconericstrd:
ericstrd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For Windows 7*
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ericstrd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice. You should turn this into a VS.
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link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have the PSD for this? I could make this on Windows 8 RTM!

I really like this concept. It's smooth, simple, and very easy on the eyes :)
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hi, there's actually one in my favourites : [link]
There's a link to the free version in the description. That's the one I'm using and the only one I've seen that was both usable and good ^^ If I had to make one myself I think it would be close from it.
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XTC-Fred Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Man, I would love to have this as a theme! I'm using the stock Windows 8 theme because I can't find any online. Would you happen to know of any working themes?
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Loccosa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
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:iconsvahan:
SVaHaN Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Does it appear as a theme for Windows 7 or not?
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LMH13442 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
full glassy Aero might not fit will with the other new bits of W8....but the same kind of transparency as the task bar would look pretty good and mesh well with Metro/Modern
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SVaHaN Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
What are your plans for the production of this topic? It would be good if the theme supports both Windows 8 and Windows 7 )
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Ausmitut Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Amazing! :O
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baddewil Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Brilliant!
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
It's only a mockup made in photoshop, this was supposed to give my point of view about the actual take of Microsoft on Windows 8.
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rexydallas Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
is this for 7 or 8..?
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:iconkazuki-ns:
kazuki-ns Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice! Can you share the PSD? Maybe I can make a theme based on this! :P
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:iconyawnman:
Yawnman Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
wait for the final version
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hmm... maybe windows 8 will look similar to this when it is release: [link]
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forceonatr Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I would love for you to release this as a Win7 VS. You know how popular it would be and it's a nice warmer direction from your usual.
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gifteddeviant Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   General Artist
Very, very nice!
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migueljohn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I want that start orb so bad....
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thank you very much !

I'm also a huge fan of what Zain did with this mockup of the start screen :)

And you should be theming again ! or make mockups, you've always made good works. I know it requires a lot of time and that's why I don't make much themes too, but mockups are more easily done and have no limits. When Windows 8 will be out we'll need people to make good themes for it ! :D
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giannisgx89 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Man you make feel that i should start theming windows again!
This is slick, clean crisp and really clean and with this metro start screen [link] we'll have a completely new experience of windows 8
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Voynich-Manuscript Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Will this ever be a windows 7 vs
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:iconlink6155:
link6155 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So when can i get a hold of that amazing start orb :D
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yarinsl45 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I really agree with you but i guess microsoft will make maybe minor changes in the theme like windows seven .
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I'd like to :) Thank you very much !
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I'll see when Windows 8 will be out and that I'll find the time.

Honestly, if I had to work on a theme for Windows 8, I think it will be different than that. I'm not a huge fan of Aero in general.
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yarinsl45 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
could you make this as a theme ?
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:iconalduin768:
Alduin768 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
You need to design the entirety of Windows 8, this is way better than anything Microsoft is ever going to create
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:iconevthan:
evthan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
mind share this awesome psd
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EndThisRapper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Create this Win7, and when Win8 comes out, create one for that, too.
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JudoisBlack Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Wow. This is so amazing. I usually wouldn't even pay for themes, no matter how awesome or very admiring they are, but this, oh yeah I would pay no doubt. My only downfall in my opinion, I would match the superbar transparency color with the window transparency color in aero.
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Well, I'll won't test Windows 8 until 1 or 2 weeks, I've get my hands on the Consumer Preview but didn't have the time to find places for it ^^ I'll do it when I'll get back from vacancy, and I'll try to see the possibilities at this time.

I'm not sure to like everything that's new but I'm also not sure that I could change anything :hmm: we'll see
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jeweltiti Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This mockup is already extremly close to the current win 8 style and your superbar is to die for.
Could you please enlighten me will your future win 8 work continue to reflect the automatic colour changing feature of win 8 itself?
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:iconjeweltiti:
jeweltiti Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This mockup is already extremly close to the current win 8 style and your superbar is to die for.
Could you please enlighten me will your future win 8 work continue to reflect the automatic colour changing feature of win 8 itself?
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
As a mockup, it may never came true, and it's based on Windows 8, so I couldn't work on it before the official release.
Now if I can make Windows 8 looks better, I'll sure do everything I can to do it :)
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:iconjeweltiti:
jeweltiti Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
So beautify when will it come true?
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:iconjustdc:
JustDC Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i like it. very minimalistic, and i dont know why but for some reason i always liked the white windows logo better.
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teries Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
nice man u can make this theme for windows 7 i love this style
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