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Black Mesa

Update: I fixed the black text in the detail box in the shellstyle. It's now white, as it should be.

It's finally arrived. Incredibly, this theme has survived a year of neglect, tons of bugs, a hard drive wipe, and even being started over from scratch! I've always liked dark themes, but either found them too dark, or plagued by hardcoded black text, making it unreadable. So I decided, against my better judgement, to attempt to create a dark theme that was both uber-sleek and usable at the same time. This is the result. :o

I will be releasing a VSRK for this VS. What's a VSRK? Why, a Visual Style Resource Kit! It will include all the Photoshop resource files for you to play around with, study, and use for future modifications.

A compact menu and thin taskbar is included, so there's no need to ask. :giggle:

I'm currently adding a database of bug reports, but please feel free to submit any bugs you notice, even if I'm already aware of them. Thank yooooou! :p

Enjoy, you deviants! :)

Whoops! I almost forgot, I'd like to thank curran for beta testing this for me. He tested it a lot and was very helpful. Drop by his site, deftunes and listen to his radio program!

VERSION 2 IS AVAILABLE HERE
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:iconniatz:
Niatz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007   Digital Artist
In use right now m8 :]
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:iconmigang:
migang Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
great theme! love it!
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:icondumuzi:
dumuzi Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
very nice... the best VS i'v seen
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:iconandr3i003:
andr3i003 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
The best ever! Onest. It's a really good theme which I use even at work because it has pleasant colors. Thank you.
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:iconxlauranne:
xLAURANNE Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
OK.. It was this one =]
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:icongolebara:
golebara Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God this is awesome! I love this theme.
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:iconwilleatthefood:
WillEatTheFood Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
I will eat it for you.
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:iconpopmiracle:
PopMiracle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
Beautiful
[link]
Love
THX
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:iconsistematyk:
Sistematyk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Lovely style, but that orange is annoying, could you change it?
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:icongillette:
gillette Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GREAT visual style dude
GREAT job
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:iconaudiovoid:
audiovoid Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
I'm in LOve with this theme. It stays with me always and Seriously makes it posible for me to be infront of my computer/studio for longer periods of time:)
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:iconaquaglow:
aquaglow Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
Great skin, I especially like it as the main parts of the interface are a gradient grey colour, whereas other skins have a dark coloured title bar but then the rest is almost white, too harsh on the eyes :)
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:iconoverlordatdeviant:
OverlorDatDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Good one!
And original too
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:iconmadcoffee:
madcoffee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
this is cool

*downloads*
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:iconvenqwish:
VenQWish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
Simply, awesome! This is the best dark theme out there. I prefer this one over v2 (don't like the shiny buttons) so this is exactly what I need. Thx again for this amazing piece of work.
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:iconthe-shadowwolf:
the-shadowwolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
valkyre excellent work.
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:iconnowhereland:
NoWhereLand Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
I wish there were a port of this for gnome/gtk!
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006   Interface Designer
Although I do use Ubuntu, I'm not familiar with skinning Linux, therefore I myself can't port it. If anyone else has extensive knowledge of how to do so, I'd be more than happy to give them the resource files.
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:iconnowhereland:
NoWhereLand Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
thank you for your prompt reply :)

Gtk pixmap engine should be the way to go, but I wouldn't do myself the port (I'm not that good, neither I have the time).

Anyway AFAIK it should be easier that windows, even though there's no visual editor, it is a matter of editing a text file pointing to the proper bitmaps :)

bye
(Ubuntu rocks!)
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:iconky1201:
ky1201 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006
This theme rocks! It's not so shinny that you need shades and it looks pretty good thanks alot keep it up!
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:iconabstract:
abstract Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
This Is My Favorite. And I Love You For It. <3
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:iconomzig89:
omzig89 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
what are those amazing wallpapers?
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:iconzim1:
zim1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
where is the .dll to download????
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:iconmrkab00m:
mrkab00m Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
lol, Half Life.
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:iconp2ikezej2nku:
p2ikezej2nku Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
could you tell me what's the name of the font under the thumbnails? (:
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006   Interface Designer
I'm assuming Verdana, since it's the default font for the theme.
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:iconnightdimness:
nightdimness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
i know this would sound very stupid, but how do i install this?
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006   Interface Designer
StyleXP can do that for you.
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:iconandsd91:
andsd91 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
best theme ever!!! nice job!
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:iconanotherlostmemorie:
anotherLostMemorie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006   Digital Artist
Why I can't download it? :|

It's the visual style perfect for me! :XD:
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:iconscigeek602:
SciGeek602 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
The Theme's Awesome! :hug: thanx so much! But the theme does not come with the wallpapers you show in the preview! :( They would make a fine addition! Where did u get the Endless Desertification & Fog wallpapers?
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:iconbonekhan123:
bonekhan123 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
Its awesome :D I'm hunting for a new theme for my computer; This is definitly the top contender :)
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:iconmooboy:
mooboy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Curran, as in *curran? He has a radio show on there?
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005   Interface Designer
Yep! :D
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:iconmooboy:
mooboy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005
Which show...is he still on?
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005   Interface Designer
No idea, I never listened to his show. :lmao:
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:iconmiamiguy:
MiamiGuy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005
Sweet style. I am using it right now!

Oh also may I get a link to the wallpaper you are using?
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:icondeathscyte:
deathscyte Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
what program can u use to make themes
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Interface Designer
StyleBuilder 2.0 Beta. :)
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:iconmidwestswing4:
MidwestSwing4 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
windows blinds?
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Interface Designer
Unfortunetaly, no. I never made an official port to Windowblinds. However, once SkinStudio 5 is released, I will be making an updated version (3.0?) with full tranpsarency support, smooth window borders, and all that jazz.
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:iconmatthewedwardcornish:
matthewedwardcornish Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
very, very smart
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:iconcnd:
cnd Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2005
I see this style and use it!
It is so great!
Thanks for your work! Great Job.

I'm searching a rainlenfar skin an windows icons wich fits to this theme.
Some ideas?
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:iconxeen-dc:
xeen-dc Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
I love that theme! It's one of the best dark themes I've seen, since it offers a good shading rather than just setting parts black and making a white 1px border - so it's quite easy to distingush between the toolbar and titlebars of a window. However, I've got a question. When using the compact version the "all programs" list is shortened quite early. So, if a name is too long it gets cut and the rest is repalced with 3 dots. However, the compact version cuts them off much too early - if you have a (sub)menu where the widest name is, let's say 5 letters it'll cut the last two and replace them with 3 dots. This is quite annoying because if you have similar beginnings it's not always obvious (fast to see) which one you're actualy looking for. Any chance to fix that? I've tried using ResBuild and copy the parts from "Normal" to the "Compact" version, but it didn't work, maybe I oversaw some. Can you help me?
xeen, an thanks for that theme.
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005   Interface Designer
Black Mesa v2 is almost out, and all of the bugs will be fixed. :)
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:iconxeen-dc:
xeen-dc Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
woo, nice to hear... well read. However, I hope it stayed quite the "same" since v2 somehow sounds to me like a redesign, just keeping eg. the way of looking but recreating everything. Either way, I hope it will be at least as good as your current bm skin :)
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005   Interface Designer
Only a few minor design tweaks, basically looks the same. :)
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:icondiscokill:
discokill Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005
Great theme, that I've been using for some time. Have two questions:

1) The icons on the windows minimize/close/resize on the top right of my windows all have disappeared are are different from what's pictured. Any idea how to fix that? Tried reinstalling.

2) Any suggestions for good explorer bar icon sets to match?

Thanks!
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:icongigas-vii:
Gigas-VII Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for this one, looks great. I'll be playing around with it.

+fav
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:iconandyiomoon:
AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've installed countless themes in the past but this is the first that has had the whole package for me. It looks amazing. Love your work.
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