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#1 SupSuper

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 02:59 AM

looking at many other X-Com forums (ok, so there aren't that many :P ), i truly think that we need a custom skin to make it stand out in the middle of the crowd ;)
i have made IPB skins previously and thus have some experience with it (i just hate editing IPB's CSS, since it's got lots of stuff. truly lots. it's evil!), so i think i'm gonna try to make a skin that will make this forum look cleaner... better... more xcom-ish :)
so... if anyone has any suggestions for images, color schemes and such, feel free to add them. i'll probably set up a forum on my lycos account to test the skin as i make it. i've got the IPB GDK 1.3 so i can easy change the color scheme of the images, font, etc.

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#2 Extralucas

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:29 AM

Something with this theme:

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#3 SupSuper

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:57 AM

Something with this theme:

so does that mean you want the forum to look organic? :P

hmmm... IPB seems to be working on v2.0. You can see it in action here (the amount of members scares me) or see the news here, here and here.

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#4 Extralucas

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 07:10 AM

As long as it's XCom organic. ;)
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:31 PM

How 'bout dark green overtones? Our colour is dark green. Maybe dark green parts, with black/ pale green? Just a thought.
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:35 PM

Forget black background, too cliche.
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:42 PM

cliche? I meant like black borders or type or something, with varying shades of green? Or maybe black buttons with dark green type?

How about using the sectoid eyes somewhere?
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 01:20 PM

But we'll be given chance to stick with current skin? :unsure:
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 01:27 PM

It's up to Mr. Gibson, of course, but I'm pretty sure he won't want us to have a "look" which could have us being confused for XTC.
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 01:28 PM

Personally I prefer this 'dull neutral' skin than one used at XTC.
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#11 SupSuper

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 02:22 AM

But we'll be given chance to stick with current skin? :unsure:

most likely.
i think i'll try to make a skin in the shades of green x-com uses (more or less), without using black background (no matter how much i like it) :)
hmmm... i can always stick sectoid eyes as the forum icons (instead of the IPB circles) ;)

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:08 AM

Yes, Stewart and I are aware of the ongoing development of IPB 2.0, and we're looking forward to it for many reasons. As far as the skin goes, if you want to go to the trouble of creating the entire thing yourself and testing it on your own test forum, I might, MIGHT :P import it to these forums and give people the option of switching to it in their control panels. No promises, though, especially if it turns out to be down right ugly.

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:16 AM

OMG their site is slow, either that or AOL is being retarded again.
I go for a skin exactly the same as this but in green, not too dark though. but then again no lime greens, lime green pi$$es me off for some strange reason

#14 SupSuper

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 02:28 AM

ok, then it's settled. green it is. later i'll work on a Xenocide skin, but that i'm sure it only looks good with black bg :P
anyways, i gave the buttons and such a x-com green color, you can see here: http://members.lycos...view=getnewpost
(yes, i know the frame ads are annoying, but it's just a test forum). think it's a good shade of green and i should make the rest of the images (and then the stylesheet) green? or is there something wrong with it?

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 05:46 AM

No black bacgrounds for xenocide. There are too many black backgrounds around and it makes sites look a little tacky and unprofessional.

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:49 AM

here here. We don't want to look like, frankly, EVERY other Xcom site.
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Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:58 AM

The green buttons are nice, I think if you followed the shading scheme here and made it shades of green, that would look very cool. Just keep the green light on the yellow, and you shouldn't have problems with lime-looking green. You should be able to just take the CSS from the forums here and adjust the color settings for each component, if you aren't doing that already.

#18 SupSuper

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 12:05 PM

basically, you want me to change the default IPB blue theme to green :P
no problem, that was my main goal. all that's left to do is change the CSS and make the green gradients (for table headers) :)

No black bacgrounds for xenocide. There are too many black backgrounds around and it makes sites look a little tacky and unprofessional.

well, i took the buttons from the xenocide ui we've got and they don't look so good in white background. i'll show you after i get the green skin done.

edit: ok, CSS is done (in a matter of minutes! all i had to do was get all the blue-ish colors and switched the Green and Blue values around (or, in other words, turned #RRGGBB in #RRBBGG), go and check it out. gradients need to be done (and i'm thinking of also making a logo :) ). btw Puasonen, thanks for posting on the board, i now know your IP :devillaugh:

Edited by SupSuper, 29 April 2004 - 12:26 PM.

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#19 Cpl. Facehugger

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 01:37 PM

How about we use a color scheme similar to what is used on the current version of the Xenocide Nova? That bluish and almost organic texture could look really cool when applied to the forums.
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#20 SupSuper

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 03:30 AM

How about we use a color scheme similar to what is used on the current version of the Xenocide Nova? That bluish and almost organic texture could look really cool when applied to the forums.

i'll probably need help from the Art team to do that, and they probably need to be concentrated more on Xenocide than a Xenocide skin ;)

anyways, green skin is pretty much done (wow that was easier and quicker than i thought), you can go check it. all that could use some adjusting could be the logo: i don't know whether i should keep that V icon, remove it, try to change it to an X, etc.

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#21 Breunor

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 07:03 AM

We definitely need to stick to CSS for the majority of the page, applying textures might look cool, but would really slow down the page load time. Not good for modem users. The green looks very nice SupSuper.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 07:43 AM

I like the relaxing coolness of the green. Nice job Sup.

#23 SupSuper

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Posted 01 May 2004 - 05:04 PM

ok, i think everyone's happy with the skin. i made the gradients a bit more green and i was going to make the green a bit darker like you asked, dipstick, but tripod decided to screw it up and i'm not gonna do it again. maybe later :P
anyways, i'm e-mailing the skin to Micah so he can put it up on the forum.

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#24 Micah

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 12:19 AM

It's lookin pretty good. For anyone who does not already know, in order to switch to the green skin, click on "My Controls" at the top of any forum screen and under "Options" click "Skin and Languages." Click the drop-down under "Board Skin," choose "IPB Skin Set 1.2 (NEW) Green" and click "Change my Account Options."

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 02:16 AM

Now a red one and we have all three dune2 houses :)
looks good!
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Posted 02 May 2004 - 02:24 AM

red would be good :D How about red and purple? Or maybe Purple with orange spots? Failing that, why not just a random set of colours :D that should keep everyone happy.

I think that it looks great, well done.
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Posted 02 May 2004 - 03:10 AM

Now a red one and we have all three dune2 houses :)
looks good!

We would need purple to cover the emperor's house, as well, and we're not going there. Same on the rainbow of colors mentioned by dipstick :P

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 03:23 AM

Well, we don't need the Imperial House, so red, green and blue would be enough :)

Something else: does googlebot disturb my board settings? For here I was, quietly browsing the green forum and suddenly it turned blue again? :wacko:
:sly: Some insidious Atreides weapon? :D


edit: besides, look at this!!! :wub: (ok, it might need some tweaking ^_^ )

edit2: those forum colours keep changing from green to blue and back :blink:

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 04:43 AM

In my book that is pink. Hmmm, some hybrid of blue and green? I think not.
late edit by j'ordos: It looks more like magenta to me

Edited by j'ordos, 15 July 2005 - 01:26 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 04:58 AM

Hmph, how about this then.... It worked abit better when I didn't set green to 0, but to the value red was before, like supsuper did :)
edit : although I liked the buttons better in the previous pic.

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#31 j'ordos

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 05:15 AM

purple didn't work out too well :blink: , guess it's something Jenny would like tho :)
Maybe it's time I stop doing these pretty much useless things :rolleyes:

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#32 j'ordos

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 05:40 AM

found out the skin changes as soon as I enter one of the workshop subforums...
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#33 SupSuper

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Posted 02 May 2004 - 05:46 AM

sheesh, you guys sure like to give me work :P
alright, i'll make another colored skin. all you've got to do is make up your mind on what color you want, since i'm probably not gonna make more. it's hard work ;)

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 02:29 AM

hmmm... now that i look at this skin... i'm wondering where the "skin by aya all images 2002 www.ayasolutions.com" line came from :huh?:
also, this is just an excuse for me to bump this thread so you'll ppl see it on the "Last Unread Post" and make up your minds on what new skin color do you want :P

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 07:47 AM

I figured green was pretty much decided on? You can add multiple skins anyway :)
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#36 Micah

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 10:49 AM

I saw that ayasolutions, too, supsuper. I assumed you had grabbed part of the stuff from them. If this is not the case, I will edit and remove it.

Yes, jordos, you can add a lot of skins. There are actually 2 other skins that have been imported for over a year but are currently disabled.

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 12:46 PM

sheesh, you guys sure like to give me work :P
alright, i'll make another colored skin. all you've got to do is make up your mind on what color you want, since i'm probably not gonna make more. it's hard work ;)

actually, while you're at it, www.xcomufo.com\chat could use a bit of paint as well, I mean, with the recent burst of activity there... :rolleyes: ;)

I think I used to be able to choose between a 'new' and 'old' skin or something... Didn't know about another one :)

edit : and forums skin stopped changing from green to blue and vice versa now :)

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#38 Micah

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 01:39 PM

I'll accept ANY changes to that thing's skin.

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 02:44 PM

I saw that ayasolutions, too, supsuper. I assumed you had grabbed part of the stuff from them. If this is not the case, I will edit and remove it.

i don't remember getting anything from them. i just edited the default IPB stylesheet and changing the color images with the IPB GDK (it's somewhere around their website). i'd like my "Green Skin SupSuper" line back now :P

oh, and if you give me what i need to change that chat thingy's skin (if it's a CSS or just plain HTML or something) i'll give it a shot

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 03:54 PM

Very nice work, I like it!

Only do what you want with this stuff, they are only requests after all, not mandates. :D Well, except my requests! ;)

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 01:19 AM

The chat program is called phpmychat, which you can find here:
http://www.phpheaven.../rubrique4.html
Download it and take a look, and let me know what you need to change it.

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Posted 03 August 2004 - 09:52 AM

just to let you know i've started work (well i've done the stylesheet) on the green skin for v2.0. go see it or post about it here: http://members.lycos...php?showtopic=2

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Posted 30 August 2004 - 11:36 AM

bump

any progress here?? I want that 'House Ordos' skin :D
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#44 SupSuper

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Posted 30 August 2004 - 12:29 PM

bump

any progress here?? I want that 'House Ordos' skin :D

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well, it's like this. i can't make the images green easily (as before) because the 2.0 GDK is only available to paying IPB customers :(
and editing the images manually isn't easy either, since i have to carefully select with the Wand tool the area(s) of each image that it's blue (so that only the button becomes green, and not text and icon too).
well, if anyone finds that job easier, you can do it for me ;) here's the images folder, you don't need to edit them all, just make the ones with buttons green.

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 07:17 AM

bump

any progress here?? I want that 'House Ordos' skin :D

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well, it's like this. i can't make the images green easily (as before) because the 2.0 GDK is only available to paying IPB customers :(
and editing the images manually isn't easy either, since i have to carefully select with the Wand tool the area(s) of each image that it's blue (so that only the button becomes green, and not text and icon too).
well, if anyone finds that job easier, you can do it for me ;) here's the images folder, you don't need to edit them all, just make the ones with buttons green.

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Well, I converted them to the green color, most images look fine anyway :)
Only real problem is that I couldn't save the transparency, it doesn't look like there are many images using that (and in most cases you can still use the original image, as it has no blue in it), but you'll have to do that yourself (only the admin.gif image still has transparency)

edit: while I was at it, here's a red one. But I'm not sure what it'll look like as a whole... And it seems to have f*cked up some images a bit (more so than with the green one). Transparency still not there.

edit2: update, silver added, color errors fixed (I think :) )

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 09:07 AM

"After-a-year" bumps are really weird, although you may find some useful things ^^
Let's check those skins :D

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 10:55 AM

I hope supsuper will notice them anytime soon, haven't seen him for a while... Imagine he wouldn't, I would've wasted time! :noway:

Edited by j'ordos, 14 July 2005 - 10:55 AM.

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 11:00 AM

I want a black skin!

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 11:21 AM

I think I'll first wait for Supsuper ;)
Besides, if you look at the first posts, black skins seem a big no-no :)
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Posted 14 July 2005 - 11:32 AM

I know :( but for a X-Com, nothing fits better than a dark skin! just look at StrategyCore forums, they look awesome!



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