Creating a Customized Layout with Phone 8
Another benefit of this app is that it is very easy to use.
After launching from the apps list, you will be presented with the default choice of Windows Phone 7 layout. A quick scroll through the tiles will reveal the Settings tile, which you should tap to start customizing.
Here you can begin editing your Background, Colors and Tiles. The Background sections gives you the choices of using either a solid color or an image, so you can either breakout beyond the strong, bold colors that Microsoft permits in Windows Phone 7 for something subtler, or choose an image from your phone’s library.
Next, you can adjust the Colors, which covers border color, font color, accent foreground, accent background (for the background of live tiles) and the foreground color of the tiles. These options cover everything, and the app allows you to provide solid colors, images or textures to help you find the look you want.
Finally, you can edit the Tiles, and this is where the app really starts to show you what it can do. Using this setting you can adjust the radius of the corners of the tiles, thereby delivering an opportunity to move away from the square corners of the default user interface. Additionally, you can adjust the height and add a border, instantly changing the look of the tiles from the slightly business-like flat squares into something quite different!
When you’re happy with your choices, tap the Back button on your phone to see the results. Remember that you can flip your phone into landscape mode to check how the tiles will sit, and by tapping the Save button in the top-right corner you can save a screenshot of the layout.
If you like the idea of the Phone 8 app but can’t quite get to grips with the possibilities, why not take a look at some of the pre-packaged suggestions? These can be accessed via the Load screen, and you can see some of these examples accompanying this guide.