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Lumi, a first preview

Tue Jan 31, 2012, 9:33 AM
Hey ! :]

So I've made some new changes on Lumi, my future Visual Style for Windows 7. It will continue to change in some details, and it's certainly not over yet, different parts are still the one from Soft7.

Anyway here's the actual result :




White isn't it ? ^^

My main ideas were :
more "minimal", less transparent, and add a tiny color.

The window on top left is active, the others are inactive (mainly a difference in the shadow, but the windows themselves are a bit more transparent).

The "Yes" button is hovered, like the Music icons. The DVD drive is selected

I believe the caption buttons are too subtle right now, and I'm still trying to do a nice hover effect, subtle but visible.


It includes the new icons on the Navigation Pane, obviously based on the icons in Mac OS Lion, entirely made from scratch (all of them) with the subtle blue of the theme.


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By the way, don't get it wrong, I hardly have time to play all this video games, I haven't touched Batman AC in 2 months...

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:iconrm005759:
rm005759 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I really want this theme. I can't wait. Could you share for my personal use? :)
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I have to finish some little details first, but yes I'm thinking on how to release it, not finished, but sooner ^^ I'm hardly working on it this days, and Windows 8 is coming very quick, that's also why I've lost a bit my motivation.
And I'm also not sure that I will customize Win8 since it seems not ready for that, and not good looking to begin with... But we'll see what happens then.
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rm005759 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Okay. Yes Win8 closer and closer. Waiting for new news. :)
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:iconkapazz2009:
kapazz2009 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
no more??
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I'm still changing things, but I couldn't say that I really work on it, I only modify things when I feel the need to it. But the main reason is that I don't find the time anymore to work on something like this, and I'm certainly not submitting screenshots for something that merely evolved, even if it did evolved.
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kapazz2009 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
i hope that you will finish someday, your themes always looks awesome :)
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Here's a new screenshot which you can see full size, showing how it looks right now, you could say that many things have been done but not much have change, and it still contains elements from Soft7 2.0.

[link]

I try to work more on it lately, but I have to admit that I use Windows 8 more and more frequently (when it doesn't crash ^^)
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kapazz2009 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
looks nice and clear, the buttons are great and the color combination of the bar and the windows is magnificent :) is very fine
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:iconzeer:
zeer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Believe it or not, I come to your profile page at least once a week to check on the progress on this. I really want my PC to look like this, it's a complete improvement over the default Windows 7 look.
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superxtian Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
any updates?
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vipervoid1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I like the idea ~
Any update pls tell us ~
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bello2185 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any updates? :eager:
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:iconzeer:
zeer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is the look I always wanted Windows to have, but couldn't: dark Superbar, white windows, and little transparency. Looks amazing, looking forward to use this.
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Phendrome Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Extremely nice! Looking forward to seeing it progress man! I also noticed some new and updated kARÉ icons. :wow:
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milder69 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Now I switched to Mac Os X, but still think :your work is amasing! THX Bro.
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
also. Add no more color then there is. This is perfect for the direction you are taking.
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great. The direction is perfect. The caption buttons are too subtle.

And other thing. redo the recycle bin icon in the shortcut bar. The middle dent is a pixel too thick. :P
other then that finally i will stop using my blend 2.0 :P whenever this comes out.
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
The bin is intended to be that way, the difference of size in the lines is because of the perspective ;) (and not because I can't change it without making it not symmetrical :D), but it was made some time ago and maybe I'll make these lines lighter, since it's the inside and not the outline.

Over time the windows begins to be less and less transparent, the effect stronger, etc... The color is still in question but I don't think I'll make it more saturated.
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
the colors are perfect. And i get the perspective point :)
And well lets see how you do it :)
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ilifino Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:thumbsup:
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NomNuggetNom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
It looks great, but it needs a bit of color. Maybe some blue or red :).
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Thanks
I try to play a bit with the blue, I've added a bit more since this screenshot, a bit more saturation, but I still want it to remain subtle. I don't think colors are always useful on a UI, it easily distract the eye to what we are really interested about. Especially about Windows since we (customizers) know every functions of it, we don't need help, which is the main goal of colors.
But there will definitely be no red :D
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WK-Graphic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Another great fantastic skin!

You have BF3? What's your Battlelog name? :D
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thanks

It's Arezius444 :)
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:iconps26:
PS26 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Oh, man you ar just getting better and better everytime!
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:iconap-graphik:
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
hehe Thank you very much !
In a way I agree, because I don't like my ancient works everytime I check :D
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PS26 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
i hope your new theme will be ready as quick as possible, but with that i hope you will take your time and make it even better the your soft theme, which is the best right now.
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Stalast1ck Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Looks pretty good! My favourite part is the taskbar. Oh and we need those updated kAre icons :D
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BenSow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student General Artist
As usual awesome work. However I do believe a little more color for the hard drive space bar would look nice.. but who am I to say? Keep it up :)
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Every feedback is always welcome :)
I try to play with this blue and yes it may evolve, I've already added more saturation on it in other places and I'll work on this one too. The goal is to add a nice touch of blue, showing that the part is "alive", but definitely not too much to avoid being distractive.
Thanks
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zurbaua Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Do you know how long I was waiting for a nice white skin to be released? I even look for a tutorial to learn to do it myself..
I found my fav black one..I think this can be what i want for white ..and still waiting for an "wood" one..so give it all the sweat it needs! ;)
I hope you will finish it soon! Looks great so far ! :eager:
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Almost 10 days to answer, "nice" on me...
I'm glad you like it ! That's actually my one and only theme, so I want it to be perfect yes, I modify the saturation of the blue and the "white" and transparency of the windows almost everyday :D In fact other than the adress bar almost everything have been updated :D

A wood VS would be very hard to do ! It's also not the most usable UI I think, which would make everything even more hard. Mac OS would be perfect for this, because I can't imagine the windows' borders of 7 made of wood :hmm: where only the top could be great if well made (something like that [link] even if I'd prefer a lighter wood and more simple effects).

By the way yes I've seen your screenshot with the black VS, the whole desktop is very nice indeed ! (and no I don't necessarily speak about the picture :))
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xanKazo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
It looks really beautiful! Can't wait!
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Viski94 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Looks really nice... and the name suits it perfectly, too :)
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
:) Thanks !
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:iconwyzoman:
WyzoMan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Can't wait! :)
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:iconkaoxt:
Kaoxt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Looks great!

Btw, mind me asking what your using for the folders on the left? Which rainmeter skin is that?

Thanks!
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
It's my own skin but it's not Rainmeter, it's Avedesk. I wanted to have icons well placed on my desktop and I've used Avedesk to do so, nothing fancy :)
I don't remember all the icons but I'm sure you can find them on deviantArt. And I don't have released all that belong to the karé series.
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Kaoxt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thanks, they look great!
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jasmin986 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Looks perfect. ;)
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RaDMaN1201 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It's just great, really looking forward to. :)
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anakborneo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
vidko uniko=lumi the best theme ever 2012..cant wait to use it..
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bello2185 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, looks very nice! Only a tiny little bit more transparent couldn't hurt. :D
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Thanks ! :)
I think I've played too much with transparency with Soft7 and now I don't find as great, I believe it's a problem depending on the wallpaper you're using, as well as all the different background there could be with a normal use of a desktop. This diminish transparency became one of my main goal with this theme, it's still here though, I just don't find it as great as before.
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S-Penguin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I like it a lot! Despite wanting it to be less transparent, I'd love using it if it were more transparent, and have a matching color'ed taskbar (But that's just me)
Everything I see looks quite polished, and as a theme the different sections compliment each other in a way so that it is easy, and pleasing to the eye.

The only thing that I noticed that was "wrong" was how text looked blurry in the explorer title bar, but I'm sure that it's a minor thing that won't be a problem when the theme is fully developed.
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I'm tired of transparency I must confess, that's why during the development I've made it less and less transparent at each update. I don't like the way the windows can look so different depending on the background, especially when it's dark.
But I can understand the request that many seems to will, being more transparent is how it was first meant to be, so I'll see what I can at the end of the development and maybe I'll do a second version, that's not that hard to do.

About the blurry text, I'm afraid I can't do anything about that, it's only Windows that deals with the text to make it less pixeled and on that particular places it can look a bit blurry on some letter. But actually I've never pay attention to that since it's perfect on the other useful places.
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bgjerlowdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Looks rather good so far. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out :)
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superxtian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
new VS + new set of icons, cant wait anymore :D
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vanessabanessa89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REALLY like this. I'm especially fond of the explorer frames and the navigation pane. ^_^
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