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My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP
"...and-and I'm gonna put everything in tiles! And put them up on a big wall so it's easy to use. And you can change the colours and have pretty patterns in the background and stuff and move them around and I'm gonna make these things called live tiles - oh, they are really cool - they will, um, display data in real time so you can see what's up without opening your apps and I'm so excited, I can't wait for everyone to try it, I hope they like it..."

Aw, Metri. You were so eager to share your ideas.

Well, I like it. It's definitely pretty. :)

You really butchered the search feature though, just sayin'.

Say hello to "Aeris" and "Metri" - the two ponies representing Windows 7 and 8, respectively. Guess who is who ;)

They each adopt part of their OS logo's design parameters. In terms of logos, Windows 7 was quite colorful and flowing. Windows 8, meanwhile, was fairly monotone and quite boxy. It also made sense for Metri to be young, not unlike her OS :D

Why is the background grey when Windows 8 allows so many different colours? Mostly to make the characters pop. Also the other colour themes are all really rather vibrant which isn't really a good thing when you're trying to pop colourful characters in the foreground. Also my desktop is configured in this colour scheme because it's awesome (Since people will ask, no, my start screen doesn't look quite like this!).

I'm sort of wondering whether Aeris should have coloured wing-tips... hmm. Here's a version where she does: [link] what do you reckon? The problem for me is I was trying to keep red, green and blue separate as they don't sit too well together. Conversely, I do think coloured wing-tips make things more interesting. DISCUSS. :D

EDIT: Woa, this is a very polarising topic. Seems half of you like it one way, half the other. If you have reasons for why you reckon they should be coloured/not coloured, please elaborate :) maybe I should make a poll, haha.

Hmm. What if, they were "monotone" but a slightly lighter colour than the rest of her body? Like this: [link] ?
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Zoluki Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
This is perfect!
Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Did you ever do a version of this without the tiles?  It'd be fun to use on my Surface, with the actual tiles. <_<
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Hey, Rhiss! Yeah I did actually, not sure how well it works but it was in the comments here... believe this was the one I linked:…
Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
It was a pain to make work, but that's entirely on Windows, not you.  I got it in the end, but Windows wants to collapse the tiles left and up, and won't allow empty groups to get blank space.  If it'd just let me put them where I want them... still, it's set now and it's adorable.  Thanks! :)
markhunger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
there is one physicly mentalisticly mention how did that guy made pictures *gaasp*.......magic.
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Windows 7 uses Windows Aero cursor set.
Windows 8 also uses aero.
applejack138 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Nice job up Thumbs Up 
Antibullllseye Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Photographer
I've dealt with both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 and I like both. When it came to choosing one for my PC I went with 7 because more programs are supported and it is reliably stable. 8/8.1 is basically Windows 7 with a more graphics heavy UI and some more features. I will admit that the first time I used 8/8.1 I was completely confused, but after a few days of use I had it figured out. All I can say is that 7 is a good desktop OS and 8/8.1 is more mobile/tablet oriented. And that none will be as stable as XP and none (I hope) will ever be as terribad as Vista. (If I remember correctly somewhere around half the computers in the world are still running Windows XP.)
EllyCoo9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Art Rage Studio comes with many cheaper Wacom tablets (like the Bamboo range, although I think they're just called Intuos now).

The latest Illustrator and Photoshop you can get on monthly subscription now, with a discount if you're a student or somesuch. Alternatively you will very likely find "free" versions floating around the web -_- I'm not sure Adobe really mind the piracy since it gets more people hooked on their products and probably leads to more purchases later down the road. That's really up to you.

Alternatively there are various free programs for vector and raster art which seem to work great for people!
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