Design, Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 theme colors for Photoshop

A while ago I posted a Photoshop color swatch with the accent colors of Windows Phone 7. I’m currently working on the design of a few apps that will be released for Windows Phone 8 too. So I created a new set of colors. You can download the set here: WindowsPhone8Accent.

Design, WP7

Prevent ugly images on Windows Phone

Problem Sometimes images look nice on a regular computer screen, but when used in your Windows Phone application they become ugly. This effect is most often seen on gradients and images with smooth coloring. In gradient images you’ll start to see stripes and bands. It looks like the colors in the image don’t blend anymore. Below are the 32bit and 16bit versions of the same images. Notice the banding on the right one. Cause This problem may be caused by a setting in your application or just by screen of the phone itself. It occurs when a 32bit image is…