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pico tea 1.003 by nextmario pico tea 1.003 by nextmario
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ABOUT SCREENSHOT

top left:
glass clear sub, use-taskbar-glass-clear, use-panel-full-white, use-start-button-squares, pico tea styler

top right:
luna blue gloss sub, use-taskbar-white, use-panel-full-black, use-start-button-squares, pico tea styler

bottom left:
green darker gloss sub, use-taskbar-green-yellow-gloss, use-panel-full-white, use-start-button-drop, pico leaves styler

bottom right:
use-taskbar-gold-pasta, use-shellstyle-right, use-panel-compact-32px, hot pink sub, pico green styler toolbar


USAGE SUGGESTIONS

IMHO the most pleasing combinations are those that use flat taskbars. This focuses the eye on your wall instead of my skin. If you can't find a suitable taskbar color to match your wall use the black or white taskbar. Another option is to use the fullly transparent taskbar when you have a striking wall and a taskbar will just detract from it.

For the main sub match a bold color from your wall. If there isn't a close color select the black or default white sub. These complement any wall.

If you have wide displays try using the left and right taskbars. On my dual 1600x1200 this configuration seems to take advantage of the extra width.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q) Where is pico tea installed?
A) Usually, "c:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\WindowBlinds\pico tea". All batch files referred to below are in this folder.

Q) How do I customize this?
A) If you can navigate your way around windows and run batch files then read the Questions below. I made some batch files to change different elements of the skin. You may also view the video tutorial which walks you through the steps: [link]

It is necessary to switch subs in Window Blinds whenever one or more batch files are run. Select a different substyle, apply it then select the substyle you want and apply it.

Q) Are your batch files safe to run?
A) Yes, but don't blindly believe me. I suggest you have someone who understands DOS look at them if you're worried. I simply overwrite image and config files within the pico tea directory.

Q) How do I change the taskbar?
A) Double click any of the use-taskbar*.bat files. The name of the batch file corresponds to the sub in Window Blinds.

Q) How do I make the taskbar transparent?
A) Double click the use-taskbar-transparent.bat in the pico tea folder.

Q) How do I change the font and glyph colors on the taskbar?
A) The font color and start button color is tied to the start panel. Double click any of the use-panel*.bat batch files. The color at the end, black or white, is the font and start button color.

Q) How do I change the size of the start panel?
A) Double click any of the use-panel*.bat files. Pick the appropriate font color, black or white, version to contrast with your taskbar.

Q) How do I change the start button?
A) Double click any of the use-start-button*.bat files.

Q) Why don't substyles change the taskbar, panel, etc.
A) Substyles are inflexible. By allowing separate batch files, you have more freedom to mix and match taskbars, buttons, etc.

Q) Why are controls green? And why pico tea?
A) The skin was originally made to complement leafy, natural wallpapers. I had a specific green tea wallpaper in mind. I also like the aesthetic appeal of the iPod nano. I wanted something flatter---pico.

Q) How do I change the green?
A) Some users have been successful using the change color option in Window Blinds. Change everything to black. use-taskbar-black.bat, use-panel-full-white.bat and select the black sub. Then select change skin color in WB. YMMV. This changes colors globally so even icons in the shellstyle will change.

Q) How do I make Explorer look like your screenshots?
A) Use the Styler utility. See video tutorial: [link]

Q) What font is used in this skin?
A) Vista's Segoe UI font. I do not distribute the font with the skin. The skin may not look right if you do not have this font.

Q) How do I move the common tasks to the right in explorer?
A) Double click use-shellstyle-right


NOTE

This skin has a known issue with MS Office and MS Visual Studio. I created pico gray varation of this skin to address this: [link]


HISTORY

[1.01]

* changed bright color of scrollbar thumbs
* widened scrollbar thumbs by 2 px
* changed scrollbar track background
+ option to move common tasks to right (use-shellstyle-right, use-shellstyle-left)
+ sleeker, simpler pico green styler toolbar

[1.002]
* lightened scrollbar track background
* transparent taskbar now rounds corner like other taskbars

[1.003]
* fixed spacing on shellstyle
* removed cluttered graphics from shellstyle
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:iconxvagosx:
xvagosx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Hummm... Interesting...
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:icong0d1:
g0d1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
in 6.0 batch files doesnt appear... t_t
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:icong0d1:
g0d1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
this is.. the BEST, minimalistic skin.. luv it :D i have it for years
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:iconfoah:
Foah Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
As the 33,333th viewer I can just say this one's a STAY on my PC, I'll use this for so long! :D God I've been looking for a really nice simple design, and this one really just settled my mind, thanks for sharing this skin mate :) +fav
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Adisen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
I am using pico tea right now, and i love it, especially the glass-clear.

one thing strange though for mine. The taskbar have curved corners below when the taskbar is below and have curved corners above when the taskbar is above, as this deviation's preview image shows. but, why isn't mine working this way? When I place my taskbar above, the curve corners are BELOW the taskbar and not ABOVE.
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:iconadisen:
Adisen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
the problem is now fixed with an installation of windowblinds 6...

anyway its nice to see this skin working with the new version of windowblinds - the batch files work still even though the skin directory is moved to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\Stardock\WindowBlinds\ ...
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:icontechk:
TechK Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
NextMario:

I think your WB skins are great! I like the .bat file approach. Pico Tea is my favorite.

I'm still looking for new stuff from you!
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:iconshemgwapo:
shemgwapo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
nevermind found it. didnt actually read the manual :P
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shemgwapo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
where are the .bat files to enable the taskbar to become transparent?
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:icondanadaidouji:
danadaidouji Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
This is great! The tutorial was very easy to learn too! Where do I get the wallpapers?
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:iconsax155:
sax155 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
just what i needed, thx dude, nice work
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:iconswede:
swede Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
I love this skin. I think I will use this for a very long time. It's simple but still beautiful!

I only have a few issues with it. I use the green version (Green Yellow Gloss) And the title bar has the perfect color of green, but in the taskbar the mouse-over green doesn't 100% match the titlebar, this grieves me a bit. Also, the green outline on the hidden system bar button looks a bit bad, like a glow made badly.

Only minor issues but perhaps I'll fix it myself one day I can be bothered ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks to the most perfect skin up to date!
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:iconakosilovin:
akosilovin Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
where do i get your wonderful wallpapers :d
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:icon22drum:
22drum Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Wow~ cool~! This is the best I've ever seen. Thank you.
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:iconstrike-rouge:
Strike-Rouge Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, guess not *read previous pages*. Good job though. I love your use of transparency. Ive been looking for a Visual Style like that for a while, but can't seem to find one ^^; Your gradients are flawless and your use of colour is quirky but in a nice way. Can't say Im too fond of the blue though, seems overdone imo. Great style though :3
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Strike-Rouge Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it possible to use as a msstyle?
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:iconcdpirate8:
cdpirate8 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
yeah me too!!!!
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:iconivanisevic82:
ivanisevic82 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
I have a new question, waiting per the first one...
I tried to change the color green, but the solution in the FAQ in my case doesn't work...
Can anybody can help me?

Thanks!
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:iconivanisevic82:
ivanisevic82 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Hi!
Congrotulation for this wonderfull theme!

I have a question for you: I downloaded your video help to use this theme.
I saw that around the start panel, in the screen of your video, there is a glass board, that I like very much when I use che compact panel.

So, in my theme, I don't know why, the panel is absolutly white, in the normale and in the compact mode. I have not the glas border...

How can I resolve this problem?

Thanks for your support and sorry for my bad english!

Bye!
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:iconricgarcas:
ricgarcas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007   Interface Designer
A question... how can i change the font of the hour in the taskbar?
Awesome Skin BTW :]
:+fav:
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:iconwaterneer:
waterneer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
i like it very much!
great work!!
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:iconstarswarsguy:
StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
[link] I can seem to get them to same, I try and try and I can figure it out, could you help?
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:iconnextmario:
nextmario Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
does your video card support per pixel? when window blinds doesn't detect per pixel it uses the MDI windows which don't look very good. there should be a jpg file in the download highlighting what you need to look for.
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:iconstarswarsguy:
StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
My problem is that I would like the windows top taskbar thing to become clear like it does in the picture but i does not let me.. I was wondering how I could do it? with your help..
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t-gizzle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Whenever I use this skin, Firefox and Thunderbird use like a Times New Roman Font. If I go to advanced options in Windowblinds and change the menu text, it looks fine but it changes back whenever I restart....
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:icont-gizzle:
t-gizzle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
nevermind, for some reason i was missing the Seg-whatever font, now it works fine.
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:iconstarswarsguy:
StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
There is no batch in my folder....
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:iconstarswarsguy:
StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
None of the things are on the list that makes them change!
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:iconstarswarsguy:
StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
I found it but it dose not work.
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StarsWarsGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Okay they work but I can't find out how to get the windows bars to become see-through... theres no batch for that.
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:iconbiggeoff:
biggeoff Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
I like the theme, but I'm having compatibility problems with Yahoo widgets. Widgets on the desktop are below windows, but above the titlebars. The picture shows a white, not transparent, titlebar:
[link]
This is a problem with all of the skins of yours I've tried, plus several by other people. It's not intrinsic in Windowblinds, as all kol's themes, amongst others, work perfectly. I hope there is a simple fix for this, as I like the pico themes but they are unusable at present. :-(

Neil
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:iconnextmario:
nextmario Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
is this happening with Vista like skins? some older WB skins are not per pixel skins. i've seen this quirk immediately after changing to a different WB skin. z-order of the windows is nothing i have control over. it is window blinds itself. i've seen similar issues posted on Stardock's forums. each border for per pixel skins is a separate window and they can and will get out of order.
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:iconriley1983:
riley1983 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
nice job ,man!!
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:iconsilv3rmind:
silv3rmind Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I've been using pico gray for a while and now pico tea =) meanwhile I noticed a flaw, I'm almost 100% positive it's something with the pico tea theme, I use Opera lots of times and when I use the pico tea theme, the font in the browser (menus, tabs, URL) changes to an old style font, very squared and pixelized but if I switch back to pico gray everything is normal again, it's very odd lol btw what programs do you use to accomplish this awesome work? Keep up :aww:

PS: Your new p-ubuntu theme is very nice too and you pointed out some little things that I also would like different =) and you got them right with the ubuntu one
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:iconnextmario:
nextmario Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
that is strange about the fonts. it's the same font used by pico gray. it's probably the use of white on white. this causes lots of problems with microsoft apps. i don't have opera so i can't confirm.

if you have any other suggestions, criticisms feel free to leave them on the p-ubuntu thread. always striving for that ultra-clean theme.
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silv3rmind Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, installing Segoe UI font from another skin around DA solved the problem =) everything is now fine with Opera and btw it was reverting to the windows classic style font.
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:iconrubiejo:
rubiejo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Great skin! Would love to know where I can download the bottom left and the upper right wallpapers???? =0)
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:iconpflegma:
Pflegma Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Nice Theme, is there a Visual Style plan in the Future?

Greets Pflegma
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:iconalessa-valentine:
Alessa-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
Fantastic skin ! Thanks !
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:iconk3nny:
k3nny Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Oops...sorry, didn't notice the other skin version ;)
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:iconk3nny:
k3nny Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Very great..but!

There is no support for excluding apps from being skinned. This is especially annoying in the new Word 2007 where the classic windows design is used.

Without that bug, i would use this skin :(
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:iconekko:
ekko Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great skin thanks !
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:iconmcdope:
McDope Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
Wohoo, this Skin is really amazing.
Really nice Work!

But i have two little Question:
Where can i find the wallpaper on the bottom left screen?
And what Icons you are using with this skin? (Want to have overall expierence ;-) )
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:iconkazoh0lic:
kazoh0lic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
I think I found a bug, not sure but it definitely is troublesome.

Every time I use 'use-panel-full-white' it reverts back to a brown colour when I restart. Here is a pic:

[link]

Also, would it be possible for you to create customisable minimise/close/Maximise buttons? I mean having them black means you can't really have a dark wallpaper because you can't see the buttons to close the window except when you kinda hover over them.

Thanks bro, I love your skin.
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:iconsugasuga42:
SugaSuga42 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you change the green color when you hover over the buttons?
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:iconoliviermdvy:
OlivierMDVY Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
This theme looks very good but I haven't WindowBlinds.

Can you convert it from WB to VS?


That would be nice :)
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:iconnoespam:
noespam Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Wow, wow, wow.
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:iconshrapier:
Shrapier Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
the strange thing is that this task bar doesnt work either but if you look closely the start menu does. you can see through it and see the text behind it.
[link]
im using this skin [link]
and WB 5.0 enhanced
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mtspknwildcat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I didn't realize you were the one that made pico tea while talking to you. I saw this on WindowBlinds. It looks like a great skin. I haven't tried it yet, but one thing distracts me: The orange and the white taskbars have no glass effect on them. If you were to put a white background on the white taskbar you wouldn't even be able to see the shape of the taskbar. It would just be... white. And I feel that the glass effect on them would add to the total feel of the skin. You did it to the green and clear versions, why not make it match with the rest? :)
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:iconnextmario:
nextmario Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
oops clicked send on accident

the skin was designed not to detract from your wallpaper. in fact i suggest using flat taskbars as that focuses the eye on the wallpaper. the flat taskbars are subtle but as you have the option of using glossy taskbars with any sub, there's almost 50 task bars.
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