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Watercolor Emico: Blue by Jamush Watercolor Emico: Blue by Jamush
Watercolor Emico: Blue

So.. almost a year after I've started working on this skin the 1st style is finally done. This version contains the Blue substyles with a "Modern" and a "Classic" taskbar.
This skin is based on the skin called "Watercolor". It's a skin that was being used in the beta's of XP.

I wanted to make my own skin so tornado5 aka em3 told me that I should try and make a new version of Watercolor.
This is the outcome.

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How to install:

Extract the folder called "WE" to "C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes".
Right click the desktop > properties > appearance > then from the first drop select "Watercolor Emico"
From the 2nd drop downlist you can make a choice between the "Modern" and the "Classic" taskbar.
In the 3rd drop downlist you can make a choice between a "Normal" or a "Compact" start panel.

To use this theme you need to patch the Windows system file uxtheme.dll. You can read about how to do that here: [link]

"bugs" I know of:
*Some palet frames arent drawn the correct way.(Application bug)
*In some webbrowsers the buttons might be resized the wrong way. (Browser bug)
* Multi row taskbar does not look good. (Theme)

Modification:
For personal use only.

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Bug fixes and updates:

06-06-08:
- Fixed the palet frames
- Fixed the palet caption buttons
- Fixed the black text on the side taskbars to white
- Changed the way the taskbar image is being stretched when using multiple rows.
- New toolbar and placebar images

14-06-08:
- Fixed the toolbar gripper in Blue Classic
- Fixed the vertical toolbar grippers in Blue Modern and Classic
- Fixed the placebar button in Blue Modern

16-04-09:
- Added the shellstyle

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Wallpaper used in the preview is Vplants X3 004 by DJMattRicks

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Contribution:

If you feel like contributing to this skin with application skins then go ahead and make them. All you have to do is ask me for permission by email with a screenshot.
My email address is: makeshift.grey@gmail.com.

For more info about further progress, application skins etc. read the journal that I've made on deviantART: Watercolor Emico: Further progress and info

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Credits:

Credits go out to all the beta testers.
Credits also go out to tornado5 aka em3.
Thanks to Des and Scirwode for helping me out with the shellstyles.
Thanks to euphoricallydead for notifying me about some bugs after the first release.

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Please give me some feedback about the skin.
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:iconpipe:
PiPE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Still needing this for Windows 8.1 :(
Watercolor themes were the best ever
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:iconpipe:
PiPE Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I need this on Windows 8 :(
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iHawe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Can you make this for Windows 7 Please .. i Love this theme and it's was my main theme on xp .. Please make this happened <3
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Jamush Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Sorry, but that won't happen. First of all; this is the successor to that theme: gelosea.deviantart.com/art/Nov… - It looks way better if you ask me. Also, I stopped theming after Novus because I liked the way Windows 7 looks. The themes that I made were meant for Windows XP. If I'd make a theme for Windows 7, then I'd rather not copy what I've made in the past but start something new instead.
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iHawe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Thanks man for response, but i hoped to get back my xp taste at least for once,
but it's ok because i've installed xp just right now to get back my old days ;$
Sorry but i'm an xp maniac xD
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Jamush Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Haha, I've noticed. I was planning on porting Novus to Windows 8, but then I figured the Windows 8 theme looks good enough as well, haha.
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:iconilnanny:
ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing:D
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i request in 2 groups,please accept and join in :squee:
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I've accepted both and will probably join both, haha :P
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:iconilnanny:
ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are wellcome :D
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:iconarjunsingh:
ArjunSingh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Owesome
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:iconpziig:
pziig Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
excellent,
you still working on for new themes?:]
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Yes, later this year I'll be releasing a Novus port for Windows 7.
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Shatoyarn-MoonGoddes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is such an awesome design style
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Thanks :)
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
absolutely brilliant! :) btw where did you get wallpaper from? :)
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Thanks. Have you read the info underneath the screenshot?
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:iconseawhisper:
SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
no, there was too much text so I only browsed it ;) but I see the place I missed, thanks :D
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Read that text next time you see a deviation with it. It's to avoid annoying questions like these.
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:iconseawhisper:
SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
make the text shorter then everybody will read it ;)
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Right. Do you really think that I wrote all that just to entertain myself? I wrote it all down to avoid questions which I have to answer often. Yet here you are, asking something which has already been answered. So who should do what here?
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:iconseawhisper:
SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Oh I know I know, just couldn't stop myself. Soooory, I'll be good. :D
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:iconforgeaus:
ForgeAus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome skin I always loved Whistler's decorator style.. nice job...

Just curious have you tried or do you know anyone who has tried sending a visual style (msstyle) to Microsoft to get it signed?... I know unsigned drivers require a hack/patch of uxtheme.dll for XP (if not windowblinds or other 3rd party desktop software), but I've only heard of about 3 (Luna, Royale and Zune) styles from microsoft themselves, and no others (including Watermark from Whistler, which is the one I personally use) that have been signed for general use on unpatched systems... afaik this should be similar to getting device drivers signed... (only microsoft don't give the user the choice to use unsigned msstyles)
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Jamush Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Thanks :)

Well, it's not of much use for Microsoft if other themes, besides their own, are being used. We're basically "modifying" their work. Drivers are a must for an OS to work, a visual style isn't. Therefor I know for sure that Microsoft won't be signing themes made by the public. If they did, everyone could send in requests for work that they didn't even make, or work with low quality.
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Direct2Brain Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great work. :-)
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miktlan86 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
El tema es genial me gusta mucho, sin embargo encontre un bug y creo esta en todos los demas temas (Ergo blue, Olive, Black y Silver) en la ventana de busquedas el panel izquierdo en donde se escogen los parametros de busqueda en todos los temas aparece el original de Windows XP (color azul) espero puedas solucionar ese pequeño bug, por lo demas todo esta muy bien, saludos desde México.
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Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
What?! I'm not Spanish, or whatever that language is. Please reply back in English.
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:iconmiktlan86:
miktlan86 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:( Sorry, my English is bad I will try to write well.

I found a bug in all the themes (Blue, Ergo Blue, Black and Silver) in the window of "Search" the "Assistant search"(left side) it appears in Default color of Windows XP, I think that could be of color of theme.

I hope that you have understood me, greetings from México
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
What's wrong with that English? It's perfectly fine :)

I noticed this today a while ago while checking some stuff out. The shellstyle isn't made by me. Since this is a minor bug and the first notification of it, I'm gonna let it be as it is. I hope this isn't a problem for you :)
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markosky Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
can you make a less bright version? an ergo version?
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
There already is: [link]
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markosky Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
thanks I just found it!
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AngryTattedGuy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Yup i scoured the net for hours looking for a good theme. I hated vista so bad i went back to xp and couldn't stand the bulky idiot looking luna theme but i wanted something similar and you nailed it dead on. Thanx ill be installing this on all my custom pcs:)
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Thanks a lot for the kind comment. I think that my upcoming theme will suit your needs a bit more :)
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:iconangrytattedguy:
AngryTattedGuy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Awesome ill keep checking back to your profile for updates.
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scorpion616 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Nice...
[link]
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Scott-Evo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Thanxxx for the update, love this VS. :thanks:
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Thanks! :D
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nikhil110 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
oh wow! sooooooo rich and refreshing
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
The successor to this theme, which is currently in the making, is going to be way nicer then this one IMO.
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psyviant Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
One question: Can you make this theme also in other colors? Or otherwise your next style you are working on.
I change my Windows colors from time to time. Now I've found a nice orange firefox theme, but none of the emico styles fits together with the firefox theme. Primarily I miss the colors orange and violet or indigo. Perhaps also red...
It would be nice if there will be other colors in future. Currently I'm using your Emico Blue style. The blue orange combination is just okay.

Greetings
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
The Emico series are done. I'm never going to make orange themes because I simply don't want to use that as a main color on borders. I rather use it as an indication color. Violet, Indigo and Red are also out of the question. I like to use blue and black visual styles. I didn't even want to make Emico: Olive because I was border of working on Emico and I just didn't like the color at all.

My next visual style will be the successor of Emico Blue. It'll look a lot nicer.
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psyviant Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okay, sorry. That's no problem.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
You don't have to say sorry for it :P
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:iconpsyviant:
psyviant Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
okay =)
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l0k3 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
realy geat vs , cant u make a "dock style" like the one were the preview of the taskbar is .
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Jamush Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I could do a dock like it but it wont have the vivid color effect on it.
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Jamush Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
What do you mean?
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