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Chameleon for 8-v2 by gsw953onDA Chameleon for 8-v2 by gsw953onDA
UPDATED-Dec.242013

I have updated this theme to be run with OldNewExplorer www.msfn.org/board/topic/17037…
This allow the theme to change the white Control Panel images
and it can also be used to disable the ribbon,plus a few more cool tweaks
you can red more about it here-www.askvg.com/freeware-to-brin…

There is now 2 themes in the download
1 for use with 8.1
and another one that is for 8.1 with StartIsBack or for 8 with or without StartIsBack

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The Chameleon series for Win7 has been very popular here
with over 40,000 downloads!

The theme it's self is a modded version of my UC8,it is mostly
the COLOR CHANGING option that is new,that and it can be fully
transparent!

Your system must be patched to allow the use of 3rd party themes
I use this patcher-www.syssel.net/hoefs/software_…

To install copy the c8 folder and the c8.theme file for the theme folder in
the download to C:WindowsResourcesThemes
Now right click on your desktop and from the context menu choose Personalize
and choose Chameleon for 8.

It will load as a black theme.
Now to add main color
Run Black Glass Enhanced.curiouso9.deviantart.com/art/B…
Normally on Win 7 this is used for transparency but in this case I'm first using it to get
the Explorer backgrond to change
For this app to begin working all Explorer windows
need to be closed and reopened so close the Personalize window and reopen it.

Now go to the Color tab,once in there choose any color you want and fine tune it
using the "color mixer"
For even more colors and better control try AeroTuner-winaero.com/comment.php?commen…

If you want to have the full transparent effect with blur you will also need to run Aero Glass-www.msfn.org/board/topic/16178…
It is only in beta but is being improved almost daily!


oh and I was unable to get the Ribbon 100% themed at this time
So you will might want to run Ribbon Disabler hb860.deviantart.com/art/Ribbo…

Other credits and links
The wallpaper-www.zastavki.com/eng/3D-graphi…
The font is Neogrey-www.dafont.com/neogrey.font
As usual my icons are Token brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token…

AS NO ONE REPORTED ANY MAJOR ISSUES I HAVE UPDATED IT
FROM BETA TO VERSION 1,CUSTOM SYSTEM FILES HAVE BEEN ADDED
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:iconanonymous1605:
Anonymous1605 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
hey i am using this theme but cannot get full transparent effect system is patched old new explorer installed and ribbons disabled but there is a black bar along the top where the minimize and close buttons are and i cannot fix it, any help would be appreciated. 
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gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Maybe this video can help www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dPk9…
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computec20 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  New Deviant
good
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z1mzAm Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
I download this theme and  change my desktop into it but it went black I don't see nothing.. I want to restore my old theme.. how will restore my desktop I don't see nothing on my admin account..
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gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have never heard of that happenig,do a refresh install of windows maybe
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dlmn Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
question, i can't change the icons but the theme is instal, what can i do? 
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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harp4663 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
great work thanks 
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Anonymous1605 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
ok when i use the black glass enhanced it works but when i take my laptop off of charge it changes back and blurs how can i fix this? i checked my power settings but cant find the issue there
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you need to enable Aero Glass to work on battery
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Anonymous1605 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
im new to window 8.1 so how can i do that?
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Jak523826 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Awesome! i must confess! you are good with themes man, was just looking for a full glass theme for my windows 8.1 PC and you've enabled me to have one of the best, would have loved it more if the thickness of the windows were just like it was in the windows 7 version, this one is thin and it makes the coloring something else. all the same its good and am grateful.  
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gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks,when I get some free time I will do a direct port of the 7 version
or maybe you could ask either lamiadc.deviantart.com/ or drakulaboy.deviantart.com/
if they could do it,they are both very good at porting 7 themes over to 8
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Jak523826 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
ok, will be expecting your own, but i the mean time i will also asked the ones you've suggested, am grateful man thanks for the links too.  
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jrsall92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome theme!!! the only problem is that I get a glossy-like start bar between the start button and the up arrow right next to the notification area... any help?

also, what font are you using?? I like them!
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have your taskbar set to small icons?
I will have to fix that,for now you could just switch to normal size
which should remove that glossy part.

I can't remember the font now,I think it was NeoGrey www.dafont.com/neogrey.font
I use option 3 of this method to change fonts www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/…
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jrsall92 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just found out that moving the taskbar to the top of the screen fixes the glossy part (and works better for me :P ) and thanks for the fonts!!
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downpat2012 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Artist
I would want the ribbon to change automatically along with the color and border frames ...so would this visual style allow that to happen or is there a way to add your own image for ribbon background ....so Im asking im a semi newbie ,where is the ribbon background image in res hack or wsb  or is it an explorer image or shell 32? and I like this VS so I was going to combine it with the Clear 3.0 full glass Vs but keep my ribbon ...its just I want to change the color of it or add my own image as the ribbon background..i noticed someone asked how did you change the color and you refered them to this theme but didn't answer how to change the color ...if you can help thanks i'm a compulsive themer lol
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The way this theme works is it uses Aero Glass and Blackglass Enhance.
Basically the ribbon was made to be black so when you run Blackglass
it becomes transparent,after that if you can change the color by using the
Personalize\color window and adjusting the color intensity slider will change
the transparency level.All the way to the right will give you a solid color.
I only know how to make the ribbon black in wsb-btn color black90,0,0) and bth text color must be white(255,255,255)
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downpat2012 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Artist
Coool thanks man
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:icondagearts:
Dagearts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
What Icon pack are you using?
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this one slightly modified
ultimatedesktops.deviantart.co…
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Dagearts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Reply ASAP thnx
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lightsourcetrickster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aero glass is a piece of shit, it nearly borked my 8.1. Had to restart in command prompt and delete the entire aeroglass folder to get the system working again. Friggin hated that. Is there a version that works as of the 8.1 update?
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I didn't have any problems but I see lots of other people have.
Maybe check here to see if there is a solution www.msfn.org/board/forum/174-w…
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dukdulguun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
tnx
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Bloodangel619 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Man this is epic!
I was sick of win 8.1's disgusting look ...

Just could you please tell me how to install the fonts and also how to install the icons and where to get them from?
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I use this method to change the font www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/… scroll down until you find option 3.
The easiest way to change icons is with a 7tsp pack for Windows 8\8.1 like this one ultimatedesktops.deviantart.co…
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TheKreatR Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
How to install the themes (I'm newbee :()
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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TheKreatR Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesomeexcited Yeah SpongeBob (Spread the love) [V1] 

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Dante66688 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Re, Problem solved it's Ultra Patcher UX theme realy doesn't work on Win 8.1 
pour this success I've installed this uxstyle.com/
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Dante66688 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Hi, I install your wonderfull theme but I've problem with him, Indeed After I've follow the all instruction, I Don't have the full glass because probably of Ultra UX Theme Patcher who doen't work on Win 8.1 

(I Ever try to install many times)
thank you in advance :) :)
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:icondante66688:
Dante66688 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Hi, I install your wonderfull theme but I've problem with him, Indeed After I've follow the all instruction, I Don't have the full glass because probably of Ultra UX Theme Patcher who doen't work on Win 8.1 

(I Ever try to install many times)
thank you in advance :) :)
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Dante66688 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014

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:iconlamboman7:
LamboMan7 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Het there gsw953onDA, awesome modder and theme maker! Thank you so much for your amazing themes! I have been using Chameleon ever since I got windows 8. I would be really grateful if you could help me solve a little problem i'm getting with the latest version of this theme.


I recently updated to windows 8.1 and re installed the uxtheme patcher (which you use) and Aero glass 8.1. I'm also using OldNewExplorer (ONE). Now the problem is that when I try any theme other than Chameleon, the command bar (thanks to ONE) works properly, but as soon as I load Chameleon it gets hidden. This happen only with this theme and none of your other themes (like Gray 8.1 and Touch of Color).


I've downloaded the latest version from here, and I've tried a lot of things like using different UXtheme patchers and activating and deactivating ONE but the command bar always vanishes. Funny thing is that when I change the ONE command bar Appearance Style from Default to Silver Cream or Flat white, the command bar returns from hiding. This is really bugging me cos using Silver cream or flat white style in ONE spoils the clean look of your Chameleon theme with gradients or white lines.


Sorry for bugging you but I would be really grateful if you could kindly help me out on this.


PS: Do you experience a loss of color intensity or darkness of the transparency inside the windows when you minimise and maximise again? Do you know of any solution to this? (I have increased the color intensity of the black to make it darker, using the color mixer in Personalisation)

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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Let me investigate,I don't have to work on Sunday
so I should have time then
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LamboMan7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks bro, looking forward to what you find! :)
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:iconalexfirst:
Alexfirst Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Hi, how to make windows transparent? I did not get
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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:iconalexfirst:
Alexfirst Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Does this work on Windows 8.1?
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yes
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:iconalexfirst:
Alexfirst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
but it says Aero Glass for Win8 v1.2 - change log
IMPORTANT: This is for Windows 8 ONLY and it does NOT work on Windows 8.1.
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There is 2 downloads on the page,1 for Windows 8 and 1 for Windows 8.1
or you can use this version virtualcustoms.net/showthread.…
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Alexfirst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
<font><font>но он говорит  </font></font><font><font>Aero Glass для Win8 v1.2 </font></font> <font><font>- </font></font> <font><font>История изменений </font></font>
<font><font>ВАЖНО: Это для Windows 8 только, и это не работает на Windows, 8.1.</font></font>
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ArAjiNryU Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i replace shell32.dll file in system32??
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gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If you are on 8.1 you can't change it.
If you are on 8 it is still hard to change and can cause problems with Windows Update.
I will be releasing an updated version of this theme shortly.
The new version won't require changing the shell32.dll 
similar to how these themes work-
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ArAjiNryU Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
am on win8. And thnx for your support. And i will be wait for your new version :)

how do i change icons manually like yours?? Am just using skinpack icons its easy to use. Only installation required
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:icongsw953onda:
gsw953onDA Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
update is done
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ArAjiNryU Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
link?
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