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BlueMesa by toastyghost BlueMesa by toastyghost
A simple blue modification of the fantastic BlackMesa visualstyle, which can be found here:

[link]

Updated 6/6/2005: Added orange selection boxes for start menu, changed theme name in Appearance preference box to BlueMesa, and dropped saturation on the start button a little.
Updated again 6/6/2005: Fixed single pink pixel on start buttons.
Updated 7/6/2005: Added Tahoma substyles, shrunk start menu button area (Hopefully this fixes problems with French copies of Windows XP too.) Made Logoff button yellow.
Updated 8/6/2005: Fixed description text on start menu (now an attractive blue colour) and modified selection colour a little.

Permission:
This is the official resource kit for the Black Mesa visual style. Do what you want with it, my only request is that if you use these files in any other VS, skin, or website, you give me credit. No prior permission is required. :)

So if you feel so inclined as to make a wonderful modification to the Black Mesa VS, feel free to use these as you see fit, and release it at will!
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:icontropicaltuna:
TropicalTuna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
This theme has been laying on my hd for years, but I've never actually used it. What a fool I've been! Blue Mesa is both easy on the eyes and refreshing to look at. As a bonus it blends perfectly with Firefox's (version 3.1) Camifox theme. Love it! :+fav:
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:iconiranek:
Iranek Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
I absolutely adore it! I've been using this theme for a very long time. Great job!
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:iconr3ds0ld13r:
R3ds0Ld13r Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Student Photographer
you were linked here [link]
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:iconzaphodak42:
ZaphodAK42 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   Interface Designer
Probably the best XP theme there is. Great work, Ghost! :#1: :+fav:
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:iconyalovalee:
YalovaLee Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Hi, very good gallery ;)
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:iconktopaz:
ktopaz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
this is my main theme for a long time now

any chance that it would come out vista compatible ? (with the vista glass blue color)

i would really like to use this on my vista laptop
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:iconliu006:
liu006 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
very nice!
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:iconfeliciaraeann:
FeliciaRaeann Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
this skin is very pretty i love it!
i noticed also that most of the programs you have i have as well..including the singles 2 pc game hehe
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:icond4rks0ul:
D4rKs0uL Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
Amazing theme,Beautiful colors. Love it even tho im usually more into minimalistic themes. But I did find a small bug. When entering a directory with music files a part of the box on the left (Music Tasks) becomes discolored. Would be super if you could fix this. Apart from this, no other bugs found. Excellent job!
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:iconabgar:
Abgar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
A great theme. I enjoy it on 3 laptops. Could you also convert it for WindowsBlinds? A 'glass effect' could bring it to next level of the best themes ever...

A great, simple thing this theme - thank you!!! It makes XP a good looking system...
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:iconkael1:
Kael1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
I LOVE this dude thanks! First theme I actually REALLY REALLY enjoy
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:iconngamer01:
Ngamer01 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
I liked Black Mesa (v2) and automatically, I ended up liking Blue Mesa. Great color variation of Black Mesa here.
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:iconwangclark:
wangclark Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
Lovely
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:iconsanchez0x:
sanchez0x Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
very very very nice theme for everyday use, but has one problem>

the taskbar is only one line sized by default (and by every restart).. - does under tahoma (no compact) mode.. didnt tried the other modes..
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:iconmissinghorcrux:
MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Aw, it's so cute! It reminds me of cartoons, for some reason. *downloads*
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:iconmikeakabatman:
mikeakabatman Featured By Owner May 8, 2006
Could you make it so that the start button is always colored up?
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:iconxf-ader:
xF-AdeR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Where can I find those icons? Nice style though!
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:iconmojo7386:
mojo7386 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
must know how you got the little hard drives icons onto your desktop. Is that all part of the style building part?
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:iconbagnaj97:
bagnaj97 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2005   Photographer
Excellent theme. Thank you so much for making it.

Now for the shameless plug for one of my deviations. I think this [link] makes very good wallpaper to use with this theme, you can see a screenshot here [link]
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:iconr-iel:
R-iel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Great v-style, one of my favourites :clap:

[link] :nod:
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:iconahnteis:
ahnteis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005
I love this theme EXCEPT that I can't resize windows along the top border. The other 3 borders work fine for resizing.

However, sometimes a window will be too tall for my screen and it's a royal pain to make it shorter because the bottom border is hidden (so I can't use it) and the top border won't work for resizing.

Fix that one issue and this would be my favorite theme. =(
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
Sorry, its because of the way the compact size titlebars work. Nobody I know of has found a way around it yet, and I'm pretty much a full-time OS X user now anyway.
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:iconalexjohnc3:
AlexJohnc3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
I know this is completely off topic. Whoever has the IP Address: 213.194.248.109 why did you access my site from this page and then go directly to my 401 Error page, you better not be trying to steal my bandwidth because CPanel made sure no one can. ^_~
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:iconbutch123:
Butch123 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
toastyghost, in your Artist's Comments you say ....Permission:
This is the official resource kit for the Black Mesa visual style. Do what you want with it, my only request is that if you use these files in any other VS, skin, or website, you give me credit. No prior permission is required.

So if you feel so inclined as to make a wonderful modification to the Black Mesa VS, feel free to use these as you see fit, and release it at will!

in my windowblind there is a link to you and i name you as the Artist of the V.S SO YOUR COMMENT5 WAS NOT REQUIRED.. BY THE Way do you know how to send a note...
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
yes, i do know how to send a note. but i wanted everyone to know.

you linked valkyre, not me. and the text you quoted was his permission to modify blackmesa, not mine to modify bluemesa. i don't mean to be an asshole over this, but credit where credit's due right?

like i said in my comments, i don't mind people porting it at all, it just would have been nice to have been asked. this is obviously just a misunderstanding, and i've had a crappy day so i came across a bit vicious.

no worries, but if you could update your description i'd really appreciate it.
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:iconswarfega:
swarfega Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is nice. Ive just converted it into a windowblind version for my use.
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
At least you didn't try to claim credit for it like this guy:

[link] :(

I have no problems with ports for personal use, but its not nice to be denied any kind of linkback.


Glad you like it though.
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:iconswarfega:
swarfega Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive never claimed credit for anything I havent made in my life! And I agree with you about not getting credit for original work, it sucks.
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:iconnebular:
Nebular Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
woah thats a nice theme man *steals* im afraid im gonna have to use it! but also what program do you use to get those Hard Drive desktop icons and what skin nice one :#1:
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
Its AveDesk, using the Elements icons by pAntoni. Both can be found at aqua-soft.org. The font is HandelGotD and is payware, so you'll have to get that yourself.

I'm amazed at how popular this has been.
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:iconchriszg:
chriszg Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
It is so pretty!
Thanks
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:iconfischziege:
Fischziege Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005
looks great!
faved it.
but how do i get these crazy hard drive icons on the desktop. please, i need to know!
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:iconmajestyk:
majestyk Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005
just great, as great as it's parent! :D

gj dude! :+fav:
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:iconaudixx:
audixx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005
Damn, now that is pretty.... Gradient goodness! :+fav:
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:iconmichaeljackson-rand:
MichaelJackson-Rand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2005
w00t go americas army that game is DA BOMB!!
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:iconelaaron:
elaaron Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
whereupon program samples the information of the hard disk?
I use desktopx but single she can in MB and not in GB

PD: I do not speak ingles
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:iconelaaron:
elaaron Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
icons hard drive??
where with himself?
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:icontiou-tiou:
tiou-tiou Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
the winamp theme !! the winamp theme !!! the winamp theme :w00t:
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:iconcyph0ner:
Cyph0ner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
V.Nice skin // 1 question how to set up transparency in "start--->all programs" plz. answer //sorry noob :[ i know how to do it but only in start
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:icont0rnad0:
t0rnad0 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
nice modification idd, kewl colours :) looks pretty! using it already as an alternative to black_mesa :)

still i got a few things i don't like so much about the xxx_mesa releases:

- normal version has a really thick taskbar
- compact(&thin) version has HUGE spaces between the icons in the quicklaunch-bar
- progress-bar is "continouos" only when using FireFox, other applications (IE etc.) show a normal, windowsXP classic, progress-bar
- the same progress-bar has a not-enough-contrasted/not suitable colour for the main-colour of the VS. those orange buttons are SOO nice, why not using the same colour in the progress-bar? would be a nice alternative, I am sure about it!

...2bad I don't possess enough knowledge in modifying/creating a VS... :|
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:icont0rnad0:
t0rnad0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
forgo to say NO OFFENCE, btw :D
just a few ideas for a possible new variation of the Mesa release ;)
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:iconpsnider:
psnider Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
omg... here

[link]

and $^*#!@ people who don't know how to add themes should be placed back underneath a rock

i'm so sick of n00bs... yes i was once a n00b.. and now i'm a professional n00b... lmao
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:iconbigl523:
bigl523 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
yea, what wallpaper is this?
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:icondamirko:
damirko Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
Where I can find this nice VS wallpaper
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:iconstradivarius:
Stradivarius Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
Very beautiful VS. Even better than the original Black Mesa in my opinion. Is it possible to make sub styles with other fonts? I'd like Tahoma 8 but unfortunately it is not used in normal or compact version.

>;Please ignore the embarassing start-menu entries, I don't really play Singles2
Just remove the item (right click / Remove from this list) before taking the screenshot :-)
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
As you wish, sir.

:)

Redownload please. I'm actually using it with the Tahoma font now, and it looks a lot nicer. Thanks for the suggestion.
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:icontiou-tiou:
tiou-tiou Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
hey man ... your theme is awesome but it is the same bug as the first black messa = with french windows the start bar bug :(
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:icontoastyghost:
toastyghost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
I think I fixed it. Could you test it for me? Just redownload.
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:icontiou-tiou:
tiou-tiou Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
okay no problem man ;) i test !
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:iconhairymike:
Hairymike Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
Nice work, i am still using the black mesa one, Its probably the best vs i have had since code opus
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