[Preview] Black Silk

Started by bullbreedluverz, March 24, 2009, 02:16:16 PM

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bullbreedluverz

this theme is nearly ready to be submitted, ive just got a job im doing for a charitable organisation a friend runs to finish before i can do final touches on this theme so it can be submitted

Black Silk was loosely inspired by seeing an image while surfing of a glossy PS3 and ive tried to keep it as clean looking as possible

http://www.bullbreedluverz.com/rc1test/index.php?theme=17



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if its called Black silk you may wanna change the themes copyright :P

fords8

Nice theme! Looked at your site and I see you are doing a HL theme. Any chance I could see a preview on it?

bullbreedluverz

Quote from: Runic on March 24, 2009, 02:17:57 PM
if its called Black silk you may wanna change the themes copyright :P

thats the copy i made of it the other day when i was uploading it, the name will be correct at time of submission

bullbreedluverz

#4
Quote from: fords8 on March 24, 2009, 02:39:23 PM
Nice theme! Looked at your site and I see you are doing a HL theme. Any chance I could see a preview on it?

this is link for HL http://www.bullbreedluverz.com/rc1test/index.php?theme=12

this is near completion too, it needs a few tweeks but its almost there, i just need to get this job done that im working as its a personal favour to a good cause

im not into games, i just liked the image so if you have any suggestions that could improve or refine it they would be welcomed - you can log in on this site with;

username: test
password; test

phpMyTony


shadow82x

#6
Well done stikkki! :) I like the catbg images.

For the feedback..
1) You should change the guest form text to white
2) Possibly increase the width of the search textbox

Good work ;)
Colin B
Former Spammer, Customize, & Support Team Member

bullbreedluverz

Quote from: Shadow82x on March 24, 2009, 04:34:55 PM
Well done stikkki! :) I like the catbg images.

For the feedback..
1) You should change the guest form text to white
2) Possible increase the width of the search textbox

Good work ;)

guest form..... come on shadow ya know i dont know technical terms break it down for me m8 lol

i would like advice with search as to make font on search button bigger, i know how to incease text box size (i just ent done it yet)

shadow82x

#8
Quoteguest form..... come on shadow ya know i dont know technical terms break it down for me m8 lol
The login /guest text...

"Login with username, password and session length"

Although that appears to be fixed in your latest refresh.

Quotei would like advice with search as to make font on search button bigger, i know how to incease text box size (i just ent done it yet)
In style.css you can adjust the input button sizes
input, button

{

font-size: 90%;

}
Colin B
Former Spammer, Customize, & Support Team Member

Antechinus


bullbreedluverz

thanx ant, you was the instigator to way back with my 1.1.x design that lead to this design being made

Antechinus

Yeah you're making a lot of progress alright. You got skills, mate.

KahneFan

Those are both outstanding themes. Great Work!
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bullbreedluverz

#13

BxK

Someone has alot of time on their hands. AWESOME THEMES THOUGH!!!  ;D

Antechinus

Ok, my 2c: you're overdoing it on the headers. Sometimes less is more. People usually want to see content without having to scroll first.

bullbreedluverz

#16
if you mean the hieght of the header you should know that is totally upto the user in its height anything from 0 - infinity px, defineable in style.css, after all you designed it  ;)

the height of the header is determinable via simple edit in style.css to adust the height so you can have narrow or wide banner to either show a simple banner or a more graphic header that can be displayed in large header image- the width of the image is set to 1600px (thats for a resolution size of about 1300-1400) - and you can place the focus in the center to about 800-900 px if you want with a nice background - this size will be visible in standard resolution monitors upto high resolution monitors with the higher resoultion monitors showing more background image

examples of this can be seen in another preview of mine

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=296957.0

Antechinus

Yes I realise the height is adjustable. I was just opining, as one does, and in the course of said opining it occurred to me that perhaps less would be more. ;D

bullbreedluverz

less can be more - its up to the person who installs the theme, if they choose to install it, if it gets approved lol

i could show a narrow banner and say you can make it heighr but i feel as a whole its better to show it heigher and say you can make it naroower

i do like heigher banners myself compared to a lot of themes that give you the option off a 300px x 150px unless you go digging in the files and changing different images and style.css  to try to show a larger image - the design you helped create gives a lot easier manipulation of the header than is available with some other themes, a credit to your design skills to help create the ideas i come up with and ent got a clue how to instigate lol

KahneFan

#19
OK, since Ant gave .02, I'll make it .04;

In regards to the banners on (all) themes. (Personally) I really would like to see more people use the SMF default coding for the banner area. In this situation, where it has your logo, using the SMF default logo/name code, you could enter your logo URL into the admin panel and use THAT logo while you're building the theme and even when you take a screen shot. But then, when you go to package the theme, what would display upon a new user's load is the forum's name, or they could input the code for their own logo easily in the admin panel. In doing so, Stikki and Antechinus would both be happy since the large logo was used for prep, but a user's forum name/logo would be used in the real world (with no coding needed). You could then include the logo within the package if someone wants to use the logo. One thing I've seen many support threads about is "How to change the logo", when this is really easy to solve if theme designers just would not use hard coded logos, but use the SMF default coding. [/soap box]

Again, love the theme(s), just wanted to give my thoughts on the banner area (since it was being discussed).
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bullbreedluverz

#20
this theme simply takes an adjustment of height in style.css at moment with this theme its set at 200px but within seconds you can change that to be 20, 40, 100, 300 px, no complicated hunt for the code as it says clearly right at the top, the first code entry, of style.css "logobox"

make your image
decide how heigh you want it
edit style.css with the height, upload and thats it

theres no left, middle, right image, theres no overlap - it uses hidden overflow to adjust from large resolution down to low resolution

unlike some themes that have a tiny image, that wont center without rewriting code, juggling images, moving this images, changing that etc etc

there are lots of posts about how do i change the logo and lot time these are a pain in arse to change but this 1 really is simplicity

decide height
make image
change height from 200px to desired height
upload style.css and image
thats it

my logo isnt hard coded, can be changed for any image called logo.jpg - i change my logos every other second when making my themes and can do it within seconds even if i change its size - it does my head in with themes that hard code logos and make it hard to change, dont see the point other than un willingness to give flexibility, so tried to make mine as simple as possible really
background would be included in image as would be blank on/offs, blank user rank images

KahneFan

Quote from: stikkki on March 24, 2009, 09:37:29 PM
decide height
make image
change height from 200px to desired height
upload style.css and image
thats it

I agree with that. Again, not stating hard coding a theme is wrong, just harder. And when I say harder, I mean harder for those "weekender" forum owners who just want to add a forum to their site, throw a theme on it and be done... but wait... how do I adjust this here logo dealy? CSS? What's that? (for even less knowledgeable)... I have my name in the "Site Name" area of my admin panel, but it's not showing up anywhere?

Again, not saying your way is wrong, or even bad, just throwing something out there. Again, I dig your themes (and many other that use your method), just $.02 how to make life easier on site owners.
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bullbreedluverz

#22
i am a "weekender" forum owners - i ent got a clue about coding to be honest with you i just got some help, to make a design that enables site to produce larger banner logos that can employ backgrounds that can be utilised whilst having a central focal point - this theme doesnt really display that but some my other themes do such as

http://www.bullbreedluverz.com/rc1test/index.php?%20theme=11

high resolution this banner shows a full width tunnel with a car in it, low resolution shows the car with a narrow view of the tunnel - try it in a resolution viewer

as far as i know there is no other themes that provide a logo image that can work well for high res and low res screens with the size this provides - just a pokey 300x150px image thats left aligned that takes a rejigging of the css to even add an image 10px larger because they are hard coded into it - i dont think my theme will be suitable for everyone but for sites that utilise large banners, like gaming sites i think this lends its self well to them

thius is same image shown in high resolution and low resolution, no editing, no changing of image

low res - 800x600



high resolution 1680x1050



the image hasnt been changed, theres no compression, no distortion, you can display 1 image to all members with different resolutions by adding background, i try to make my logos work in 800x600 although most forum owners will probly not be too interested in 800x600 which gives wider scope to size of central focus of logo

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