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[.net] Creating .NET Skins for free

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I have looked into user conrols and skins and skins look the best option to use for my app. I can replace my dodgy code with cool skin effects. But i have zero budget and most skining systems are expensive (compared to notheing) so is there a freeware / open source (code, componant or app) way of making skins easily ? (all burst in to laughter?)

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A skin is not going to fix your code. All skinning does is remove the visual portion of the code and allow it to be changed by a skin. The code undernieth is still your code. Skinning just allows the "looks" of the UI to change, not the functionality.

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I know that...
what I mean is that My user controls use the onPaint method to make it look good... but the don't scale well ect and the design is very simple still.
If I used skin I could use the standard controls and not have to worry about distributing the class library.
I have found a free one called USKin that says it is .NET compatable (I think) but Im not sure how to use it in .NET... all the sample are MFC.

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If you need good scaling you should use vector graphics.
http://www.vgdotnet.com/
or XAML with CSS (requires WinFX though).

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did you check www.codeproject.com? they have some skinning articles

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