The INI file / [all] section
The INI file is a plain text file that determines how cFos
displays status information on screen.
Let's just name ours skin.ini
and save it to MySkin
, a new folder we should first create
as a subdirectory of the cFos
main directory (e.g., C:\Program Files\cFosSpeed\MySkin
The new INI file must contain an [all]
section listing version information, a skin name and background definition, much
like the one shown below:
Since there is only one version number at this point (V1.0), we'll just go ahead and use it.
The skin will show up later in the program's context menu under "Select Skin" by the name given to it in the second entry above.
The background for this skin is built from a simple square image filled with a color gradient (back.bmp
) and a grayscale mask defining the skin's actual shape (backmask.bmp
For each individual pixel, the grayscale value of the background_mask
determines the alpha value (i.e., opacity) of the resulting skin background,
whereas the actual color information is taken from the background
image. In the mask, black (0) denotes total transparency, while white (255) means full opacity.
|square gradient image
If you get a chance to work with 32-bit *.TGA or *.BMP files, you can achieve the same result more easily by using a single image for both color and alpha information.
In this case, all mask information is taken directly from that image, meaning there's no need to define a separate background_mask
section. For additional background-definition techniques, please refer to our skin definition reference page
What we'll do now to add some eye candy is have the skin blend in and out when it is being started.
We'll also take this opportunity to define a global R,G,B transparentcolor
value doesn't really need to be specified here, but doing so may help
during skin creation by making it easier to check which pixels of an image are fully transparent.
Remember that it remains valid for all
the images we'll use as part of this skin.
Next step: Basic font definition
The font definition