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Now, let’s take a look as some of the application themes I’ve put together over the past few months. At this time, there are 10 themes that you can easily apply to your Silverlight 3 projects created using either the ‘Silverlight Navigation Application’ or ‘Silverlight Business Application’ Visual Studio project templates.
To apply these themes, simply swap out the ‘Styles.xaml’ file found in the project ‘Assets’ folder with the desired ‘Styles.xaml’ theme file.
This theme was just completed, and I'm including an application mockup for you to reference, so you can see how you might actually use it in the real world.
The application colors in many of the subsequent themes can be customized by modifying the brushes found at the top of the 'Styles.xaml' file or by using Blend as shown below.
The themes are available for download here or on the Microsoft Expression community website.
One last thing, I have a few theme questions that I would appreciate your feedback on...
Please, send me your feedback using the direct comment section at the bottom of this post. I will use the information to improve the themes in the future, so your feedback really matters, and I look forward to hearing from you!