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Background

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xDayn
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Background

Post by xDayn »

Hello, I'm new to Rainmeter and would like to ask you guys if you can help me with creating backgrounds. I've seen some nice ones and was wondering where can I create or download some. Would like to get info about this. I'm not talking about skin, but about the background which you can use in your skin (something like the basic Background.png which you can see in illustro's @Resources in the very beginning of starting Rainmeter). Hope you understand me and thanks for your help. :)
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sephirotess
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Re: Background

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Hello,
You can use any type of drawing software, such as Paint.Net, Gimp or Photoshop. Or you can use Rainmeter and things like this:

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[Rainmeter]
Update=1000

[Style]
W=150
AntiAlias=1
UpdateDivider=-1

[Back]
Meter=Image
MeterStyle=Style
SolidColor=0,0,0,250
H=20

[Back2]
Meter=Image
MeterStyle=Style
SolidColor=0,0,0,50
Y=20
H=60
I hope this will help :welcome:.
Last edited by sephirotess on January 15th, 2017, 10:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
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balala
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Re: Background

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For a background, instead of a simple image meter, I'd be tempted to use a Shape meter, something like:

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[Back]
Meter=Shape
X=0
Y=0
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,200,100,10 | Extend MyModifiers1
MyModifiers1=Fill Color 0,0,0,150 | StrokeWidth 3 | Stroke Color 160,160,160,200
AntiAlias=1
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sephirotess
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Re: Background

Post by sephirotess »

balala wrote:For a background, instead of a simple image meter, I'd be tempted to use a Shape meter, something like:
It's better indeed, but for a beginner, this may seem confusing :D.
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fonpaolo
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Re: Background

Post by fonpaolo »

sephirotess wrote:It's better indeed, but for a beginner, this may seem confusing :D.
But if he succeeds, then, the addiction will be stronger! ;-) :lol:
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jsmorley
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Re: Background

Post by jsmorley »

balala wrote:For a background, instead of a simple image meter, I'd be tempted to use a Shape meter, something like:

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[Back]
Meter=Shape
X=0
Y=0
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,200,100,10 | Extend MyModifiers1
MyModifiers1=Fill Color 0,0,0,150 | StrokeWidth 3 | Stroke Color 160,160,160,200
AntiAlias=1
Be a bit careful, as that example won't be quite right just as it is. Since you have a StrokeWidth of 3, 1/2 of the stroke, or 1.5 pixels, will be "outside" the definition of the shape, and 1/2 will be "inside". Since you are at X=0 and Y=0, the stroke will be truncated on the top and left by 1.5 pixels.
2.jpg
I know it was just a quick example, but I would prefer:

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[Back]
Meter=Shape
X=2
Y=2
Shape=Rectangle 0,0,200,100,10 | Extend MyModifiers1
MyModifiers1=Fill Color 0,0,0,150 | StrokeWidth 3 | Stroke Color 160,160,160,200
1.jpg
Using the Shape meter for skin backgrounds is really nice, and quite easy... ;-)
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jsmorley
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Re: Background

Post by jsmorley »

Oh, and P.S.

AntiAlias is never needed with the Shape meter...
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balala
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Re: Background

Post by balala »

jsmorley wrote:Be a bit careful, as that example won't be quire right just as it is. Since you have a StrokeWidth of 3, 1/2 of the stroke, or 1.5 pixels, will be "outside" the definition of the shape, and 1/2 will be "inside". Since you are at X=0 and Y=0, the stroke will be truncated on the top and left by 1.5 pixels.
jsmorley wrote:AntiAlias is never needed with the Shape meter...
Well, it seems that I still didn't used to this new meter type and its details.
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xDayn
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Re: Background

Post by xDayn »

Thank you guys! That's exactly what I was looking for. Awesome :)