Using VBA to Recolor Navigation Button Images

Hi Experts,

Just trying to do something a little snazzy for this workbook, basically I'm calling for an image to recolor to grayscale or normal depending upon the activated sheet.

How does this the attached workbook look and can you change anything to give the images/buttons more of a "depressed button" appearance?

PS use the buttons to switch sheets not the worksheet tabs to get a feel for the behavior.
NavigationButtons-EESafe2.xlsm
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-PolakAsked:
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
I believe you'd need to have two sets of images with one indicating it's active and the other not. You (or I) could probably use Photoshop to create the inactive set from your two images.
-PolakAuthor Commented:
I'm pretty happy with the simplicity of just using msoPictureGrayscale and msoPictureAutomatic.... are you sure that there isn't something that could be done to create a border around the image, with rounded corners, and modify the light angle to make it look depressed?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
There are a lot of things you can do. Enter design mode and right-click on one of the images and then select 'Size and Properties'. You'll find settings there for such things as 'Shadow', 'Reflection' and '3D'.
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-PolakAuthor Commented:
I did mess around in there a bit, but didn't continue because I was concerned that VBA wouldn't have the necessary language to modify the shape with gradients/transparency/etc... (at least not from Record Macro). I've messed around with 3D Light Angle before on shapes, but not much else... Is everything and anything possible?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Here is what I'd do. I added two new shapes, one on top of the other, one of them "glowing" just to show a different version of the same shape. I also added code in 3 places all marked with 'new. Note that one of them turns off your color swap code for the purposes of this demo. Click the command button several times.
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-PolakAuthor Commented:
Glow, now there's an idea! Do you have any opposition to me just adding this to the UpdateButtonColor Sub? (Versioning issues?)
Sub UpdateButtonColor()
    'change color of any shape begining with "BT" & the ActiveSheet Name
    For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes
        If Left(shp.Name, 5) = "BT" & Left(ActiveSheet.Name, 3) Then
            shp.PictureFormat.ColorType = msoPictureGrayscale
            shp.Glow.Color.ObjectThemeColor = msoThemeColorAccent2                                                                                                                                                        
            shp.Glow.Color.TintAndShade = 0
            shp.Glow.Color.Brightness = 0
            shp.Glow.Transparency = 0.6000000238
            shp.Glow.Radius = 8
        ElseIf Left(shp.Name, 2) = "BT" Then
            shp.PictureFormat.ColorType = msoPictureAutomatic
            shp.Glow.Radius = 0
        End If
    Next
End Sub

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Also, other than activating a blank worksheet on workbook open, do you have any better suggestion for not having any buttons "active" on workbook open.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You've most likely tested that code, so if it does what you want then go for it. I don't however know what you mean by "versioning issues".

As for not having any buttons "active", did you see what I did in my Workbook_Open?
-PolakAuthor Commented:
Ala, does "msoThemeColorAccent2" mean the same color in Excel 2010 as it does in Excel 2013...
No I didn't see that, certainly an advantage of doing it it your way vs. mine.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
does "msoThemeColorAccent2" mean the same color in Excel 2010 as it does in Excel 2013
Sorry but I don't have any idea.
-PolakAuthor Commented:
While I didn't end up approaching it from the hidden vs show solution; your method did point me in the right direction just by using the term "glow" so thank you!
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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