How are cool looking GUI's made?

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    How are cool looking GUI's made?

    To be a bit more specifque, do programmers use VC++ to make cool looking GUI's like Winamp?, i kinda dislike gray.

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    of course you can use VC, but with stuff like VB or Delphi or java or C# it's tons easier.

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    you mean that there is a Visual C?, ah and with Java/C# you can make colorful GUIs?

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    i would guess winamp was made in VC or something like it for ease, but by contrast the Windows GUI and GDI are written in C++...
    Java has a built in GUI system so it works on any platform that supports java, as for C# i got no clue and im not gonna get one either.
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    C#'s a VB-Java hybrid with window creation. It's great.

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    Question You could...

    You can use Regions in C++ to make shapes other than rectangles. Also, you can draw on windows, or make the backgrounds different colors.

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    I had a similar question a while a go and Zen pointed me to layered windows. Regions are a bit out of date. they are slow, only let you use transparency and you lose system performence. If you use win2k or XP you can use the style WS_EX_LAYERED and ad transluceny and stuff. Maybe you can also use it on win98 because the MS office agent was made like that (according to the link above)

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    Arrow MS paint + Adobe Photoshop

    Create a nice base design in Microsoft Paint. Save it and open it in Adobe Photoshop. Then make some graphical enhancements and you have a great looking GUI for your program.

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    why use MS Paint at all? its crap... besides Photoshop can do anything it can a hundred times better...
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    Arrow I didn't mean....

    I didn't mean MS Paint was the best tool, I said it was the best base design art program for making GUIs. Quite simply you draw out all the design features -> Save it -> Open it in Adobe Photoshop and make it look great by filtering it or whatever.
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