Zip includes the wallpaper and .msstyle/theme files with matching Rainlendar skin also included...WYSWYG! The matching Winamp Modern skin shown in the preview is available for download in the Media Player/Winamp skins section...
I use several different programs to create my graphics...sometimes Photoshop, sometimes Paintshop and sometimes Gimp...it's according to the material I'm working with as I've found certain programs render certain materials better than others. It would be hard to explain the hows and whys, I think, it's just something you learn with time and use, my friend...
I personally like Visual Styles better and very rarely use Windowblinds on my machines but I do like to skin WB because of all the extra options available (especially the per pixel translucency). There's alot of debate about which is best but I suppose it's a matter of personal taste when all is said and done. For me, VS's respond much better, faster and more stable but some swear by WB's. Guess you could use both, alternating the two for awhile, and decide which one best suits your desktop needs....
I really respect your "eye for art" so it makes me feel like I'm doing something right when you leave such inspirational comments, my friend! It's what motivates me to do a little better each time, Oliver, and I'm grateful to you for that, my friend!
This is a theme that's amazed me. You see, it's not every day you see a theme like this. I love the colours, I love the style, I love the overall design. The wallpaper just really "makes" the theme work, if you know what I mean. Your use of gradients and reflections are getting better on every theme I download. Nice work!
I changed the caption buttons at the last minute from bright to very dark metal (also added that little animation effect when they're pressed... ) and was kind of stuck on the start menu so I just flooded the "stuck" areas with magic pinky. Guess you can't go wrong with transparency, huh, my friend?
Take care, Olaf!
---- YO!!!! - Just dl'd your skin and if you are part of Win.Cust. then you've seen me there.-- You got a WINNER here -- in my book a 5 and let me give you the "ATTABOY" award for a skin that really trips 'My' trigger anyway.------ Super Job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!