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Accent Builder for Windows Phone 8.1 will help you make beautiful Start backgrounds

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Ever since Windows Phone 8.1 came we’ve been busy making our Start backgrounds look perfect. We’ve looked at various apps and given you some tips on how to pick the killer image for a Start background. However, sometimes simplicity wins out. Which is why we’re sure many of you would be fans of a new app called Accent Builder.

Head to the Windows Phone Store and you’ll find Accent Builder. The app allows you to create images that will make your Live tiles pop. Instead of creating a solid background, Accent Builder allows you to control the individual colors of the columns. You’re given the ability to control the colors on up to 6 columns when you pay for the app. The free version lets you choose up to two colors.

It’s a really nice app and we love the color picker. You can go around the color wheel and get the color you want. Or you can dial in the RGB values and get the specific color you’re after. 

Accent Builder

Accent Builder comes to us from Windows Phone Central community member Nik Rolls. You might be quite familiar with him in both the comments on the front page and the forums. Show some support and give the app a download. Have any feedback? Sound off below or reach out to him on Twitter (@NikRolls).

Accent Builder is free, but an in-app purchase of $0.99 gives you the ability to select colors for up to 6 columns.

Download Accent Builder from the Windows Phone Store.

Via: Windows Phone Central Forums

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Accent Builder for Windows Phone 8.1 will help you make beautiful Start backgrounds

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Who cares man? Offer something constructive. It's a great app which has a market for people like myself.

Cool concept and I probably won't use it a lot, but worth the .99 cents to support another WP developer. Let's not become Android users :)

And then we wonder why no one wants to develope for WP. lol. 

People are ok spending $7 on a cup of starbucks and give them a $2 tip, but ask them to pay .99 for an app and they think that is ridiculous.

People ... we waste money on jewelry and all kinds of other completely useless stuff, but try to get somone to spend a dollar or two on an app and people intstantly turn into a tight wad. 

Bet those same people that won't spend a dollar on an app would hand the bell ringing santa at walmart a 5 spot during the Christmas season. 

smh.... I will never understand people and their logic. NOT upsizing your fries and diet coke on that Triple cheese combo would pay for an app like this. 

Hi Paul, sorry to hear that. Can you please contact me via the app (or @NikRolls on Twitter) and I will see if I can resolve this for you.

Ok that's good to hear. It should sync your purchase licenses dry time you open it, but something must have gone wrong -- I'll see if I can reproduce it. Thanks for the heads up!

You could. However this gives you a nicer colour picker, an instant preview, and saves you the hassle transferring it to your phone.

I consider It a hassle so yes. Why not have something native on your phone? Using paint would be a hassle that not everybody can do anyway

Its less than the price of a soda at McDonalds. If it saves 5 minutes and is useful to you support the dev.

Why not buy a canvas, paint it on there, and take a picture? Than, you could print that picture, and scan it using a scanner. Upload in onh Onedrive and you're good to go! <3

Thanks for a great app mate. From Australia :) Purchased, I think my time saved doing this in paint is well worth a dollar!

You can download the Dev version now (search the web to show how), or wait 2-3 months for your carrier to provide it. I went the Dev way and don't regret it :)

my mobile  just  got freezed while i was selecting color and even buttons stopped responding would suggest not to download it

Hi, I'm keen to understand what may have gone wrong so I can fix it. Can you please contact me via the app or @NikRolls on Twitter and I will do my best to resolve it for you.

Nothing much. While I was choosing the color the screen freezed and I had to remove the battery . happened first time for me

I think if you can control just the text colors on apps icon to fit with my screen pictures background would be awesome.. Thanks anyway

How to change the theme colour....i just completed all the steps and even saved it on memory card.... Buy how can I apply the colour

You will need to go to the start+theme section in Settings. In there is an option called 'Start background'. Tap 'choose photo' and then select the image you just created.

It can also provide preset of default colors and some other beautiful colors.
But it just wont work for me as it can't do anything about different sized tiles in a column and I have cortana pinned up wide.

Yes, unfortunately that's an issue because the Start screen scrolls the tiles over an almost stationary image, so there only option is to provide columns rather than rows.

Well, this would've been great on W7 and W8 but I'm guessing the majority will be using some form of transparency tiles with their own backgrounds now and more importantly when W8.1 goes live globally. I was suggesting this type of app and the ability to colour each tile when I had my Lumia 800 running W7, this type of app shows how important it is to be the leading OS on the market and not playing catch up all the time against Android and Apple.

When I saw this app, I downloaded it bought it, and THEN tried it. I love ❤ it! It's a marvelous idea.

Five star this app, people.

If I was so vehemently for doing this in Paint, I'd be on Paint actually doing this instead of wasting my time bitching on an article for an app I supposedly have no interest in.

Smart idea app. Nice work. Suggest it doesn't pop up how to apply image every time you save. Also remember last saved location. Thanks

Good suggestion, I will look at a way of indicating a successful save without the popup after you've seen it once. I'll also check out the functionality available on the Save dialog, it may be possible to achieve what you mentioned also. Thanks!

I like the fact that this app addresses/previews the WP background darkening problem. If custom backgrounds are to really take off then I think there will have to be a future system option to turn this tinting on and off.

Thanks, this was quite frustrating for me. I'm considering a 'tint preview' option so you can see exactly what the colours will look like, but it requires a lot of figuring out the exact tint and I didn't want to delay the app launch. Look for that on the way soon.

That's odd, I chose the option to publish in all countries. Which country are you in? I can take a look and see why it's not showing for you.

Hi Nik- Wow thanks for replying to my comment.  I am in New Zealand. I have tried several times searching all the keywords and a thorough page by page search and nothing.  It's now the next morning from my last post and will try again anyway.  Thanks again for helping !!!

Unfortunately not yet, however I've been able to verify it. The reason myself and the others could get it in NZ is because we had switched to the US region to get Cortana. The Store is listing it as published in NZ but no matter what I do it doesn't show up. So I've raised a support ticket to get them to fix it. I'll let you know when it's available.

Unfortunately not, you will need to use an app like Transparency Tiles to create transparent tiles for those apps.

Hmmm, the ability to change the color on individual tiles to better see logical groupings on the start screen would be awesome!