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changing forum style colours guide for dummies?

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by Martyn, May 30, 2011.

  1. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    im look at the kuler and trying to change colours, but jesus its hard!
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    What exactly are you struggling with?

    The Color Palette and Style Properties system couldn't really be any easier to use.

    The styling guide is here: http://xenforo.com/help/styling/
  3. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Do you have a basic colour scheme you want?
  4. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    just a nice darkish theme! :( that uses the default theme ( think it works well )
  5. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Dark styles are hard to get correct if you're not experienced with the style system, I would suggest browsing through some of the styles that are released currently and modify those, leaving credit where needed of course but... I know I customized Flexile Dark a ton to my liking.
  6. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    The Flexile dark skin is an excellent option, however if you are after something more unique and special to your site, I can understand.

    Do you want it to be warm or cool?

    Do you have a highlight colour in mind?

    What is your forum about? What would work for a Dog Breed site might be quite different to a Call of Duty or Gaming Clan site.
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  7. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's very hard to figure what colors go with what. Xenforo should have a few basic color themes/pallets to pick from for newbies.
  8. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member


    Theres a few other resources, but I prefer this one because I can download the swatch and load it to Photoshop.
  9. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    i wish i knew how to use this properly. i found one i liked, added it to what i think was the correct sections and it lokoed ugly! :*(
  10. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    Hello kim, its going to be about the EA Battlefield Series :)! and unsure about warm or cool? and colour? i guess a green or blue? current latest Battlefield release has a kind of nice blue within the logo etc
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    You're going to have to play around to get it looking properly.
  12. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    i do play about with it alot, and refuse to open my forums untill it looks good :p
  13. Panupat

    Panupat Well-Known Member

    It's quicker if you can do a mock up on some graphical programs like Gimp/photoshop. AT least you know exactly what you're coloring. Once you got the look you want, you're only left with finding the right properties to edit in Xenforo. Instead of doing both at once.
  14. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    OK.. well that is a good starting point.

    I just quickly googled EA Battlefield Series and found an image I liked the look of (now I have no idea about copyright of screenshots from games.. or if this is an official fan release or whatever, you would have to make sure it was OK to use whatever image you used.. this is an example!) And used that to get the colours for the style..

    Here is what I came up with in Photoshop in about 20 minutes using the background image as inspiration...


    So you could do something similar using a screenshot or some official EA released images that are OK for Fan sites :)

    To code this up in Xenforo shouldn't take long at all.
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  15. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    Kim that does look nice an clean! your very good.. i wish i had the time so i could learn photoshop, i only no the basics, and i used to be very good with vbulletin, but family just taken over my life! its not a bad thing! but does have its draw backs when it comes to things like this!
  16. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Well you may use that design if you like it, you will just have to find out if it is OK to use the background image - but all the rest.. go for it ;)

    hahaha.. Family, good for keeping you occupied! :)
  17. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    I wouldnt know where to being in copying it over, easily could add the colours i guess! but xenforo to me seems to advanced! lol
  18. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Turning the above into a skin is definately possible for you or indeed anyone with Xenforo... mostly using the Style Properties :)

    I think I might do this style as a "how to guide"
  19. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    oh damn :p was hoping it be unique :p lol

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