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Old 04-25-2015, 07:32 AM   #1
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Default How to make selected track turn white when tracks are colored?

How can you make the selected track turn white when tracks are randomly colored? I like the appearance of colored tracks. Easier to tell tracks apart at a glance and easier on the eyes for me.

The cost of that is not being able to see the selected track(s). They turn a different color if selected when colored. Yes, it's a lighter shade of the original but it literally looks like a different random color and the end effect is you can't see it highlighted from the rest of the tracks.

Can I randomly color the tracks but make selected tracks turn bright white?
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Old 04-25-2015, 07:48 AM   #2
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This is exactly what I do in my themes. But recently I have done a pure white to 50% white transparency gradient which leaves a bit of the original track color in the trasparent part.

You have to modify files in your theme.
tcp_bgsel.png
and mcp_bgsel.png

paint white pixels without transparency in the inside
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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Thanks heda!
OK, I think I see what's going on. You basically have to manually fill in the transparent area in the image? (The white background was already set to 100% opaque.) Looks tedious as I don't do graphics work in any way shape or form...

Care to share those files? (the pure white version)

Thanks for the answer though! (In case I get ambitious later on.)

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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oh wait... it may not work if the tracks are tinted...
it only adds brightness but not 100% white. It would work with other colors, like yellow for example.. but white doesn't.
I changed the tcp one to white, while keeping the mcp one in yellow as I had it to compare:

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:09 AM   #5
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That's the thing. If you have all one color tracks, highlighting it works. But for multiple colors it just has the effect of turning the track a different color.

Or maybe there's an easier way? Different color set or something?

I'm looking for random colors with the ability to see selected tracks visually obviously. The coloring needs to be random because I won't spend any time trying to pick colors for tracks otherwise.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:20 AM   #6
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black would be the one that works then

https://stash.reaper.fm/v/23935/tcp_bgsel.png
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