Supporting light and dark theme with dynamic background images - by Johan Lindfors
I’m still a bit surprised in finding applications on Windows Phone 7 that doesn’t take into consideration that the user might have either the dark or light theme enabled based on personal preferences. If your app is only supposed to work in one theme, then using Jeff Wilcox tool Phone Theme Manager helps a lot (it’s also available on NuGet, simply install with “install-package PhoneThemeManager”). But what if your app also want to leverage a background image that might be downloaded from the internet or specified by the user. Since images might be very light or dark this might impact the user experience with the foreground color blending into the image, but there are a couple of solutions to that as well.
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