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Use a background/bitmap/wallpaper for a skin?
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Author:  Gaurav [ Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:09 am ]
Post subject:  Use a background/bitmap/wallpaper for a skin?

How to use an image as the background for the entire menu of two columns and have the image stretched dynamically to the height and width of the menu?

The two ways I know are:
1. To use Jcee's skin: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5622
2. To use the Metallic skin and specify image for first and second column.

But I want a simple GUI option in all of the skins to specify a bitmap and have it stretch to fit automatically, like Jcee's AeroGlassZ skin.

Currently I am using the Metallic skin's options but it is not easy to align the left and right column images like only a continuous stretchable image can do:

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Author:  fonpaolo [ Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Use a background/bitmap/wallpaper for a skin?

Waiting eagerly for any solution... :D

Author:  juniper7 [ Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Use a background/bitmap/wallpaper for a skin?

That "can't pinch an inch" guy has got to be the best pixture to use for picture menu.
There are no highlights. All the text is readable. :)

That would be a good option to have added,
but dynamic picture option would have to have some way of making it seamless at the column 1/2 border junction.
With Jcee picture menu, the two inner slices don't stretch and shrink, along with rest of picture.
This leaves distortion in that area where lines don't line up.
People have asked me how to get rid of that. Only way is make the inside border slices 0, or 1 pixel.
If Ivo can figure out a way to eliminate the slices interacting with the picture, that would be great.

I have'nt looked at Metallic skin for awhile. Can't you just make an emblem mask for the whole menu?

Last thing. Whatever is going on in the picture looks like a a great effect.
Where there is part on left side, left top, and left bottom,
that the frame I guess has the the repeated tile effect of the right picture. It's like a reflection effect. :)
If the right middle part has same look to match, would be super.

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