One of the coolest design elements of a Windows Phone application is the parallax effect that uses the background image to make the content pop out at the user. You probably won’t believe this, but yes, Microsoft had one of the coolest design concepts in their mobile platform before even Apple. Apple is just getting this effect in iOS 7. Over 2 years after Microsoft introduced it in Windows Phone 7.
Okay, so we have gone over how to use Metro Studio, by SyncFusion, to create splash screens, Metro Studio, Part 1 – Splash Screen, and icons/tiles, Metro Studio, Part 2 – Icons and Tiles. Now, let’s use the parallax effect in our application. The best part is that it is already built into the controls that come with the Windows Phone SDK. It is called the Panorama control and allows us to easily set a property defining the background image that it uses.