Skins and walls from Ron Meijer
Skinning a Music player.

Written by: Ron Meijer

Programs needed:
Graphic program.
Text program. (Personaly I use Editplus, available here: )

In this text I will explain you the basics of skinning Windows media player (wmp).

We will begin with Windows media player.
In your wmp folder (witch should be: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\) you find the map skins.
When you open this map you should see Some files with the wmp icon on it. These are your skin files.
For example we will take the skin 'Headspace'.
Click right mouse button on this skin> open with > choose program.
Now you should get a little popup window where you can pick a program. Press the button browse and go to your winzip map.
(this one is probably locatet here: C:\Program Files\WinZip)
Click on your WINZIP32.exe icon and open it.
Now you should get your winzip screen with all kind of files in it. (most should be .bmp.)
Go to extract, and extract it in this folder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\headspace.
Now if everything went ok, you should have your map headspace, and it should be filled with all kind of files.

Ok, now we have the map, we are going to leave this alone for a while.
It now is the best time to make your skin. (this can be done in Adobe Photoshop, or paintshop pro.)
While you are making your skin, make sure the BACKGROUND of the skin is in this collour: #00FF00
This is what we will call 'magic pink'. It makes things transparent in .bmp files.
When your skin is ready, make sure you keep the file it's made in. (like the .psd file in photoshop.)
Save your your skin as a .bmp file in your C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins\headspace folder, under the name: "background".

This was the first part. Stay tuned for PART 2, then we will get to the code work!!
on Apr 04, 2004
Shouldn't this be in the "Skinning" section?

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on Apr 04, 2004
man!!! try to help and get the third degree

I for one will just say thanks for your time and help, I learn something new everyday.
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on Apr 04, 2004
No third degree, just suggesting he start this, and related threads in the Skinning section. That's all.

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on Apr 04, 2004
Anyway........ Ron, if you'll start this in the Skinning section, I'll make it a Sticky, and this one.

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on Apr 04, 2004
Tought I would post it in the help section as that should be the place people would come to when they need... help?
Its quite late now and really have to get some sleep. will post it in the skinning section tomorrow and will also post PART II then.
on Apr 04, 2004
But they would go to the Skinning section for information on skinning, wouldn't they? Whatever, I give up..... leave it here.

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on Apr 04, 2004
I 2nd Koasati's view that this fits better under "skinning" than "help" - help is more often used for users of the skins, where as skinning is used by people making them...or so it seems to me.
on Apr 05, 2004
If you need anything Styl, I hope I can contribute. By the way, dont use colour maps! They lead to serious issues eventually.

Hmm, the color map thing may come across pretty bluntly. But I think doing conventional button techniques is the better way to go.
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on Apr 06, 2004
Yes, I am going to handle the buttons etc by defining images. just the way of img= x="20" y="30"
Color maps can speed up the proces but I also prefer to do it the code way.
on Apr 06, 2004
Good stuff!