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  • Learning Silverlight – Advanced Color Animations

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 27, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Tags: Animations , Colors , Viktor Larsson
    In this post Viktor Larsson explains what you need to make a more advanced color animation than color to color.

    I wanted to do this animation at runtime. I’ve noticed that XAML is great when you know exactly which pre-created object you want to animate in a pre-determined way. If you however haven’t created the object yet or want to use some custom parameters, using C# code can sometimes be a better way to achieve your goals.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 05, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Tags: Brushes , Colors , WPF , C#
    Ailon demonstrates a way to change the brightness of a Brush or Color in WPF and Silverlight.

    System.Windows.Media.Color structure represents colors as 4 channels: alpha (opacity) channel and 3 channels for each core color (red, green and blue). aRGB color space is good for representing colors but it’s quite problematic to control such properties as brightness with these 4 channels. We will convert our colors to and from a HSB color space which is good at exactly what we need – controlling such perceptual color characteristics as hue, saturation and brightness.

  • Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Nov 25, 2009 (7 months ago)
    Tags: Colors , Styles , Controls
    Corrina Barber has created a control and navigation template theme that map to Windows system colors.

    Accessibility is important to consider when designing applications. Not only do those with visual, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities benefit from software that is accessible, but those without these disabilities benefit as well. Silverlight makes it possible to create applications that address accessibility needs, and some colleagues of mine and I decided to explore some of the possibilities by creating a control and navigation template theme that maps to Windows system colors (this will allow the application to seamlessly respond to Windows high contrast mode color changes).

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 24, 2009 (9 months ago)
    Tags: Colors , Images
    Matthias Shapiro found that the Color Images Scale might be very useful so he decided to share it with you.Image

    If you’re a designer, you’re almost certainly interested in color. And if you’re interested in color, you could hardly do better than to pick up a copy of Shigenobu Kobayashi’s Color Image Scale. [...]

    Kobayashi’s work is particularly awesome because he categorizes three-color combinations along a “soft-to-hard/warm-to-cool” axis and assigns zones of color that match how we respond to the combinations.

  • Adding ToArgb() to the Silverlight Color Class

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 24, 2009 (9 months ago)
    In this post Jeff Wilcox explains why you should add ToArgb() to your Silverlight color class.

    If you’re using existing imaging libraries with your Silverlight applications, they often represent a Color from the System.Drawing world in the full framework as an integer. An ARGB value is a 32-bit integer with the byte-ordering of AARRGGBB. Using some simple bit shifts and an extension method, you can have this functionality in Silverlight as well.

  • Simple Color Animation in Blend for a Button State

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 01, 2009 (9 months ago)
    This tutorial of Adam Kinney shows off a few concepts in Silverlight that Blend makes very simple to work with including: Custom Control creation, Color Animation, Resources and State Management.

    Although you can not animate between Brushes during different States, this tutorial demonstrates how to animate Colors to create a similar effect.

  • 5 comments  /  posted by  Pencho Popadiyn  on  Aug 21, 2009 (10 months ago)

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    Download source code.

    Have you ever wondered why the XAML parser recognizes the full palette of 141 colors (by name), but the Silverlight Colors class does not support the same full range of color names, for example, as WPF? I haven’t even noted that until the last week. In Silverlight in the XAML markup you can access all colors by name:

     Unfortunately, this not valid if you try the same operation in the code behind file:

    If you check in MSDN you will see that the Colors class allows you to access only 16 colors.

  • Using All of the WPF Colors in Silverlight

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Aug 12, 2009 (10 months ago)
    Tags: Colors , WPF
    In this post Scott Marlowe talks about accessing the full range of WPF colors through Silverlight.

    In my recent TagCloud control series, I listed out a number of enhancements I wanted to implement. One of those enhancements was the ability to specify the tag item font color (as well as the mouseover/hover color as each tag is a hyperlink) as an initial parameter. When you consider deploying the control to more than one web site, the need for such customizations should be clear.

  • Plenty of Color Resources for Expression

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jul 22, 2009 (11 months ago)
    Tags: COLOURLovers , Colors , Expression Blend
    If you are thinking about a color palette for your new website or application project, read this post of Qixing Zheng and learn where to find some fresh ideas.Pic

    I’ve been using the site to get color inspirations. It’s a virtual color library where you can find thousands of color palettes, articles on color design, and follow color trends from magazine and websites.

    What’s more useful about the site is that you can import the color palettes into Expression Design as swatches or add them into Expression Blend as application resources. Let me show you an example.

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