This time, I will present you how to add a theme to your GUI with better controls design, i will just present some possibilities to use.
In my case I used a theme called Elysium with Visual Studio 2012.
I applied this theme to the tool Microsoft EXE extractor.
How to download it ?
Elysium has been created by Aleksandr Vishnyakov, very great job from him.
You can download it here.
It requires at least .Net Framework 4.5
How to install it ?
- Once You have downloaded the Elysium, run "Elysium SDK.exe"
- Click on "I agree ..." and "Next"
- Check all and click on "Install"
- Click on "Finish"
How to use it ?
- Create a WPF project using Visual Studio
- Add it to your references in Visual Studio
|Right click on references|
|Elysium is now added|
- Add some controls to your form as below
- Now add below lines to the beginning of the XAML part
- Now your previous controls should be as below (so much pretty)
- You can also choose the color which will be applied to your controls, using the below line : params:Manager.AccentBrush="Blue"
|Controls using Blue color|
Controls using LightCoral color
|LightCoral color applied on all the GUI|
- You can applied metro style to your progressbar adding <metro:ProgressBar/>
|ProgressBar without Metro style|
|ProgressBar using Metro style|
- You can also change the progressbar for a ring adding <metro:ProgressRing/>
As presented in my previous post, you have to load the XAML from your PS1 file, and also to load elysium and Microsoft Drawing DLL.
Load Elysium and XAML from PS1
How to get DLL files ?
To use Elysium on a tool you have to integrate DLL files.
You can find them after generationg your vvisual Studio project.
You can also find them Here.
How to see more with Elysium ?
After installing Elysium, you can run a quick exe which will show different design from Elysium.
- Run "Elysium Test app" from All programs
- Elysium controls design example
|Example of Buttons design|
|Example of Selectors and ranges design|
- Right click to see more
- Switch "Theme type"
- Light theme type
|Light theme type design|
You can find in the below rar file the new Microsoft EXE exctrator tool.
You can extract the content in order to get the XAML and PS1 files.
|Download the Tool|