Drawing Button Images for Windows Vista Applications

Developing standalone application or developing an online project? Make sure your project looks current and contemporary by checking the graphics used against current standards. This text explains the newest trends in designing contemporary, good-looking images for your software and on-line projects.

With every new release of Windows, Microsoft updates guidelines for icon designers. If you want your product look consistent with the newest Windows, it is important to read and understand the guidelines.

Not going much into technical details, Microsoft points out that Vista-style graphics differ from older XP-style icons in several ways. The style of the new graphics becomes more realistic than cartoon-line XP icons, but still remains symbolic without becoming too realistic. Microsoft also extends the standard by defining the largest size of the images to PNG-compressed 256×256 pixel images, effectively ensuring that applications look detailed on modern hi-definition displays. Finally, Microsoft recommends that toolbar icons are optimized for smaller sizes, and advises that toolbar images bear enough visual distinctiveness even in their lowest resolutions. Toolbar icons in Windows Vista have no details such as shadows, and are flat with no perspective.

Well-designed and carefully thought of icons enhance the appearance of your programs, making them more consistent with Windows and third-party software installed on the user’s PC. Great icons improve usability and efficiency of programs, making it easier to learn and more intuitive through better communication of ideas through symbols. Good icons make objects and actions simpler to learn and to use day by day.

Vista Toolbar Icons

Vista Toolbar Icons are a set of stock application and toolbar icon images designed in the new Windows Vista/7 style. Strictly adhering to the latest guidelines, the icons share common style, colors and gamma, and come in all standard sizes, including the recently added 256×256 True Color format with semi-transparency. Vista Toolbar Icons can be used in programs designed for Windows Vista, as application or toolbar icons, on Web sites and on-line portals. Simply visit www.777icons.com to view full-size previews of Vista Toolbar Icons.

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