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PixelVision - Skin for Steam by pulseh PixelVision - Skin for Steam by pulseh
:bulletgreen: Steam Community Group

:bulletgreen: 2014.06.29: updated to v2014-0629 (see SPUF thread for details [Link]).

:bulletred: 2014.09.04: v2014-0904 Update for the ongoing Steam Client Beta available - [Link]

Well, it's been a while!

The last time I submitted a deviation was March 2005, if memory serves. And my last skin for Steam was even earlier than that, September 2004!

This was a while back, but it used to only take a few hours in Photoshop to work on a background, then assemble a skin within minutes... All you had to do was place an image and rearrange buttons. Good old Steam v1 [Link] ... Steam's a tad more complicated and time consuming to skin nowadays, but I reckon I did allright for being 7 years out of practice.

It did take some figuring out. The main culprit being the fact that Steam doesn't allow you to change everything right out of the skins folder, which took me several headaches to realise. Apart from that though the learning curve is quite forgiving and similar in nature to css.

The end result is something that I'm quite happy with. I set out with a clear concept in mind, but as things moved along I just kept stumbling upon ideas that improved it. The tabbed browsing was never part of the original concept for example, that came up while watching an old video about Steam's developer mode back before the 2010 UI update -- Steam v3 had tabs at the top, which I had completely forgotten about. The icons came up in a similar manner while I was building the info panels in the Library Details page, something was simply missing. After that, the idea of placing icons next to major titles or headers made its way throughout the skin.

The rest just came by ironing things out towards a Pixel Perfect style which I've always been a big fan of. It's sort of what lead to the name Pixel Vision as well.

Anyway, I wanted to keep this about the skin's creation process, but you can find more Steam-specific information and instructions on the PixelVision thread over at the SteamPowered User Forums - [Link]

Thanks for reading/downloading!
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You sir rock, i have searched many sites for a half decent skin for steam and all i have found is sheet, like fpsbanana those kids haven't a clue how to make a skin, this is the best i have seen yet, hope to see more of your work sir.Damn 50 words to post this well now, what else can i say, this is just awsome, and i will stick with this skin till steam goes to V5. so i am sure i'm set for a few years to come, but plz ide love to see some more nice work like this in the future.
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This is definately a good skin for Steam, you've proven you know about VGUI stylesheets. If you keep it updated (Valve likes to break skins with new buttons), I may stick to it. You put a lot of time into changing every aspect of the client, adding a few background images and making the detail view of the library look great!

So, enough saying it's awesome (you probably already know), here are some negative points:

- The images next to the main tabs do not blur when selected
- The colors seem to be a bit bright on the friends list
- The link to open the friends window could be bigger, altough moving it to the top is the right choice
- The fonts seem a bit blurry, like pre-.NET 4.0 WPF fonts

Keep on being awesome.
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Iamfullyshibe Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Is this and Metro for Steam the only GOOD Steam skins still being updated?
Nekropanzer Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014
Looks very nice!Thank you, i was tired of my previous pink theme and the default one.
pulseh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad you like it :)
nielox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I like it it's not as obnoxious as the original steam skin, looks neat :D
shadow80926 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
please update it worked  really well before the  beta client went live now  im geting bugs :(
pulseh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Latest beta update in description :bulletred:
shadow80926 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
ive tried that update it  still had the  issue im geting  its with the  friends list like where my name shows looks fine but  past it looks like a solid color and unlike where my name is 
pulseh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The previous update would, yes (the one from the 8th of august). However I released a new version yesterday which fixes any bugs from the music beta.
panamoncreel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
For some reason the text in the chat boxes for this skin is just absolutely tiny. I'd say it's almost half the size of the default text. I've tried changing the settings with the font size tweaks but it only seems to effect the main window and not the chat.
I installed the necessary fonts and everything am I missing something?
pulseh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hmm, the font size tweaks in settings.ini *should* work.

I'll take a look at that next time I have some spare time. I just managed to fix the bugs in the skin from the latest music beta client update and I don't have more time to get into this particular bug at the moment. I'll try and have it sorted for the next update.
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