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    Storm fade overlay looks like garbage :(

    I've been working on this storm theme... it's my first storm theme ever!!!
    The only thing left to do is the icons. But after staying up till 6 in the morning, IT LOOKS LIKE GARBAGE. I made this wicked cool fade overlay thingy, but its all choppy looking. I know its because the BB doesnt suppost as many colours as and computer. So i was wondering if anyone knows a workaround. Maybe a way to set the program to only use as much as the BB can support. I currently use paint.net, but I also have photoshop cs2.



    There's a pic for ya... see what i mean?? GARBAGE!!!

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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    Im soo tired, so I'm going to bed. See ya in the morning

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    well i cant help you but its looking cute so far...

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    It looks like the old banding issue. Try adding noise to your fade graphic...if that's possible. I only know a little graphic design so I'm not 100% sure if you can or not but try adding noise to your overlay....in photoshop. You'll have to play with the levels up and down to find the right amount, too much and it looks grainy, just the right amount smooths it out. I made gradient wallpapers and they always had similar banding issues...adding noise took care of it. I hope this helps.
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    Linda, you COULD try setting your PCs color depth to 16-bit temporarily so the on-screen display more closely matches the Storm's capabilities.

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    this is kinda funny to me...first of all it doesn't look like garbage.it looks great! if we weren't so smart with all the color banding issues and such,we would be saying WOW what a great effect you have with the rainbow looking overlay!
    actually i do know a little about color banding and i still think it looks pretty dang cool.
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    I am guess its what one person here suggested.. do you have 4.7.0.148 for the device simulator for the storm? If so that will look like that.. but once you put it on a phone you will not see that on the newer builds

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    That's Theme Builder actually. I find that when i add graphics in theme builder, the color banding is outrageous, In composer...nothing. I wish i had a sample pic of each to show you but I had a PNG file that gave me terrible color banding in Theme Builder when i was lining up the text and indicators, then when I added the piece in Composer it looked, and still looks Beautiful! What did i learn...Besides all the other bugs, keep gradients away from theme builder!!! :aargh4: And that's tough for me cause I use theme everywhere! :haha:.

    Edit: I think its Theme Builders programing running something that still outputs the color settings on its graphics to match whatever it was pre 4.7.0.151. It is in a terrible need for an update, hopefully Plazmic 5.0 is coming soon!
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    Linda how did you create this fade icon? I know when I first started making themes I would just re color the originals (and I still do for some stuff). But for some reason when I do that there is no banding like that.

    My color might be off a bit but try this and see if it has the banding issues...if you want.

    And I really like that theme, nicely done. If you ever do a tour one, my sister in law would love it.
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    I run into some of the same issues with my stuff, but I have to agree with everyone else. That is a really nice looking theme.

    The same stuff keeps me up at night too lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rookietrader View Post
    well i cant help you but its looking cute so far...
    Thanks, Glad u like it

    Quote Originally Posted by rsmiff View Post
    It looks like the old banding issue. Try adding noise to your fade graphic...if that's possible. I only know a little graphic design so I'm not 100% sure if you can or not but try adding noise to your overlay....in photoshop. You'll have to play with the levels up and down to find the right amount, too much and it looks grainy, just the right amount smooths it out. I made gradient wallpapers and they always had similar banding issues...adding noise took care of it. I hope this helps.
    i'll give it a try THANKS!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave12308 View Post
    Linda, you COULD try setting your PCs color depth to 16-bit temporarily so the on-screen display more closely matches the Storm's capabilities.
    16bit... so thats the magic number. THANK YOU

    Quote Originally Posted by catstide View Post
    this is kinda funny to me...first of all it doesn't look like garbage.it looks great! if we weren't so smart with all the color banding issues and such,we would be saying WOW what a great effect you have with the rainbow looking overlay!
    actually i do know a little about color banding and i still think it looks pretty dang cool.
    LOL, thats funny, but seriously.. a rainbow overlay would look sooo cool. Thanks, you just gave me a great new theme to make

    Quote Originally Posted by jnepsa View Post
    I am guess its what one person here suggested.. do you have 4.7.0.148 for the device simulator for the storm? If so that will look like that.. but once you put it on a phone you will not see that on the newer builds
    I have the 5.0 simulator... the leaked one. I dont have a storm, so i'll have to get some storm owners to test it for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalMiles View Post
    That's Theme Builder actually. I find that when i add graphics in theme builder, the color banding is outrageous, In composer...nothing. I wish i had a sample pic of each to show you but I had a PNG file that gave me terrible color banding in Theme Builder when i was lining up the text and indicators, then when I added the piece in Composer it looked, and still looks Beautiful! What did i learn...Besides all the other bugs, keep gradients away from theme builder!!! :aargh4: And that's tough for me cause I use theme everywhere! :haha:.

    Edit: I think its Theme Builders programing running something that still outputs the color settings on its graphics to match whatever it was pre 4.7.0.151. It is in a terrible need for an update, hopefully Plazmic 5.0 is coming soon!
    Me too, I love gradients, it makes the icons look like they're glowing.
    I CANT WAIT for plazmic 5.0!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rellims View Post
    Linda how did you create this fade icon? I know when I first started making themes I would just re color the originals (and I still do for some stuff). But for some reason when I do that there is no banding like that.

    My color might be off a bit but try this and see if it has the banding issues...if you want.

    And I really like that theme, nicely done. If you ever do a tour one, my sister in law would love it.
    I made it with paint.net, with the gradient button. Its half Pink and half transparent. I wanted it to be transparent so i could see the wallpaper through it a tiny bit. And then it looks like the button is glowing.

    And your overlay looks alot better, I might just recolour the originals then make it more transparent. Thanks for the tip!

    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzieBalzonya View Post
    I run into some of the same issues with my stuff, but I have to agree with everyone else. That is a really nice looking theme.

    The same stuff keeps me up at night too lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda View Post
    16bit... so thats the magic number. THANK YOU
    Yeppers.... it breaks down like this:

    1-bit = monochrome
    2-bit = 4 colors
    3-bit = 8 colors
    4-bit = 16 colors
    8-bit = 256 colors
    12-bit = 4096 colors
    15-bit = 32,768 colors
    16-bit = 65,536 colors
    18-bit = 261,144 colors
    24-bit = 16,777,216 colors
    32-bit (in display terms) = 16,777,216 colors + 8 bits of non-color data

    True 32-bit would represent over 4.2 billion distinct colors.

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    I would be happy to test it for you if you're still looking for some one. I think it looks great!
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    my storm doesnt handle that much pink but nor would i let it try

    but from the first cap picture looks fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave12308 View Post
    Yeppers.... it breaks down like this:

    1-bit = monochrome
    2-bit = 4 colors
    3-bit = 8 colors
    4-bit = 16 colors
    8-bit = 256 colors
    12-bit = 4096 colors
    15-bit = 32,768 colors
    16-bit = 65,536 colors
    18-bit = 261,144 colors
    24-bit = 16,777,216 colors
    32-bit (in display terms) = 16,777,216 colors + 8 bits of non-color data

    True 32-bit would represent over 4.2 billion distinct colors.

    (Now aren't you sorry you asked???? :laugh2
    Wow, thats really complicated... whoever came up with that must have had alot of time on his hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newberry View Post
    my storm doesnt handle that much pink but nor would i let it try

    but from the first cap picture looks fine

    Storm themes are REALLY complicated to make... So once i get this one done, I'll make something manly for the guys out there.

    Any suggestions? Its hard to pick out stuff that guys will like.

    Maybe cars, beer, hot girls... ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by naillady_1 View Post
    I would be happy to test it for you if you're still looking for some one. I think it looks great!
    yes, i am looking for someone... I should have it done by tomorrow. I'll post it for you when im done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda View Post
    yes, i am looking for someone... I should have it done by tomorrow. I'll post it for you when im done.
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    Great, looking forward to it!
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