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How to change the button's colors (Colors Tab) 
Click over the image below in order to be taken to every available setting explanation: 
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The items whose color can be set are the following: 
 
Item name
Description
 
 
 
 
Normal state (Up)
Background color settings of the button surface in Normal state.
 
Normal state with special effects
Background color settings of the internal part of the button surface when a special effect has been applied. 
If this color should be left undefined, the "Normal state" settings would be kept. 
 
These colors can be swapped using the Swap special effects colors option.
 
Mouse over state
Background color settings of the button surface when the mouse pointer is over the button area. 
If this color should be left undefined, the "Normal state" settings would be kept.
 
Pressed state (Down)
Background color settings of the button surface in Pressed state. 
If this color should be left undefined, the "Normal state" settings would be kept.
 
Disabled state
Background color settings of the button surface in Disabled state. 
If this color should be left undefined, the "Normal state" settings would be kept.
 
Background highlight
The color used to highlight the raising and sunken effect on a button. 
If this color should be left undefined, it would be automatically calculated using the current surface color of the button.
 
Background shadow
The color used to shadow the raising and sunken effect on a button and to render the shadow under the button when a Shadow effect is applied. 
If this color should be left undefined, it would be automatically calculated using the current surface color of the button.
 
Container background
The container background color, i.e. the color surrounding the button area: this setting will determine the color applied to the picture corners when the button pictures will be exported. 
 
 
Changing this color will cause a color change of the Button Preview pane on the application Main screen.
 
Swap special effects colors
When a special effect has been selected (see Surface tab), swaps the colors set for the external and internal portions of the button's surface. 
 
Setting this option on the button above will create the following button: 
 
as you can see the colors have been swapped.
After having chosen the item of interest, you can change the following settings 
 
 
Item name
Description
 
 
 
 
Selected item color (or Selected item primary color)
Primary color associated to the selected item
 
Selected item secondary color
Secondary color used when the selected gradient 3D rendering is Bicolor
 
"Change..." button
This button will open the color choice dialog box
 
"Undefine" button
This button will set the color associated to the selected item to an "undefined" state: when a color is set to "undefined", the selected item will use the Normal state settings or will be calculated automatically. 
The "undefined" state is represented with the symbol in place of the color.
 
Best color match
Causes the button to adopt a gradient algorithm that will maintain the chosen color characteristics; in the samples below the chosen color is always Orange 
 
Best 3D rendering
Causes the button to adopt a gradient algorithm that will enhance the 3D look of the button surface 
 
Linear color match
Uses another coloring algorithm. 
 
Hyper 3D rendering
Uses an extended 3D gradient algorithm. 
 
Bicolor
Uses a gradient algorithm that makes use of two colors. In the the sample below the colors are Orange and Blue.  
 
Gradient type
Chooses the type of gradient 3D rendering. Examples: 
Gradient classic
Gradient linear
 
 
Gradient factor
Chooses the factor applied to the gradient 3D rendering algorithm. Examples: 
Gradient factor set to 2
Gradient factor set to 4
Gradient factor set to 6
 
Notes 
This section doesn't cover the coloring of texts visible over the button because text-related procedures are described inside the Texts Tab section. 
This section doesn't cover the coloring of the following surfaces: 
  • Vista's Aero style 
  • Office 2003 style 
  • Office 2007 style 
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