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Watercolor Emico: Ergo Blue by Gelosea Watercolor Emico: Ergo Blue by Gelosea
Watercolor Emico: Ergonomic Blue

So.. almost a year after I've started working on this skin the 1st style is finally done. This version contains the Blue substyles with a "Modern" and a "Classic" taskbar.
This skin is based on the skin called "Watercolor". It's a skin that was being used in the beta's of XP.

I wanted to make my own skin so tornado5 aka em3 told me that I should try and make a new version of Watercolor.
This is the outcome.


How to install:

Extract the folder called "WE Ergo" to "C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes".
Right click the desktop > properties > appearance > then from the first drop select "Watercolor Emico: Ergonomic Blue"
From the 2nd drop downlist you can make a choice between the "Modern" and the "Classic" taskbar.
In the 3rd drop downlist you can make a choice between a "Normal" or a "Compact" start panel.

To use this theme you need to patch the Windows system file uxtheme.dll. You can read about how to do that here: [link]

"bugs" I know of:
* Some palet frames arent drawn the correct way. (Now idea how to fix this yet)
* In some webbrowsers the buttons might be resized the wrong way. (Browser bug)
* Multi row taskbar does not look good in the Modern substyle. (Theme)

For personal use only.


Bug fixes and updates:

- Changed the orange on the buttons
- Changed the orange on the tabs
- Changed the orange on the checkboxes
- Changed the orange on the radiobuttons
- Removed some gloss in the flash button. There was a bit to much gloss in that button compared to the others.

- Added the shellstyle


Wallpaper used in the preview is Vplants X3 029 by DJMattRicks



If you feel like contributing to this skin with application skins then go ahead and make them. All you have to do is ask me for permission by email with a screenshot.
My email address is:

For more info about further progress, application skins etc. read the journal that I've made on deviantART: Watercolor Emico: Further progress and info



Credits go out to all the beta testers.
Credits also go out to tornado5 aka em3.
Thanks to Des and Scirwode for helping me out with the shellstyles.
Thanks to euphoricallydead for notifying me about some bugs after the first release.


Please give me some feedback about the skin.
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Dj-Maz Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome concept !
It's more than just a concept though, it's an actual finished product :)
Tiido Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been using this on my Win98SE machine forever, easily my favorite theme :D
LOL, through Windowblinds? XD Thanks!
Tiido Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, through Revolutions Pack 9.x (fairly recent and much more powerful)
Ah, alright. Did they pack my theme with the app?
Tiido Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it seems to be like that. There is few more themes in the setup, and they're probably all altered slightly to work correctly since its not interpreting things 1:1 to XP.
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