Now this is a tough one. Microsoft strictly tells us DON’T edit the Application.Master file found in the _layouts folder.
hmmm, maybe just changing the color scheme is possible.?
This is the best news I have heard in a long time.
On 2nd April Microsoft announced that SharePoint Designer is no longer available as part of volume licencing, but as a free download. This is great news since SharePoint Designer is a great tool for working with SharePoint and non-SharePoint sites. Click here to see the video interview with Tom Rizzo
or more importantly:
click here to download SharePoint Designer for free (registration required).