Making A Theme - The in-Depth version

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    hockeypanda32 Well-Known Member

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    Making a Theme - The in-Depth version


    Today I will be walking through the Creation of making Themes

    Recommended App for those who cannot afford PhotoShop. The Gimp, Paint, Corel Draw, FireWorks
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    Wallpapers

    Wallpapers are the base of every great theme, if you had a boring wallpaper that is just 1 color or 2 striped or something with no effects at all than no one would like your theme, except those who like simple things!

    1st off make a new image thats is Width: 320 and Height: 480, this will be the base of your wallpaper, next create some interesting effects to make your wallpaper exciting, remember the key to a great theme is a great wallpaper. save as Wallpaper.png in your main theme folder
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    Icons​


    Icons are very important to a theme, if you have very low icon support who would bother to check your theme out? I wouldn't, before releasing your theme try and make lots of Icons that people will like, remember to not rush anything because "Quantity is much less important than Quality" (Quoted from CrazyLoof).

    Make a new 60x60 image in your image editing software, now if you are creating original icons unlike the standards do whatever you would think is awesome! If you are using standards than try this tutorial to make standard ipod/iphone icon templates! Most icons in a theme have the same kind of style so try to keep a this throughout your theme.
    Here is the Tut
    Save as "apps_Name_here".png and put into Icons folder in your theme folder
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    Dock​


    Docks are also very important for a great theme! They add to your already almost finished theme if you are using this tutorial. Docks can boost the popularity of your theme or make it last nights dinner remains so remember to spend lots of time on this!

    Make a new image Width: 320, Height: 90 and start messing around with some effects and shapes, Docks with a large middle icon are being overused now I think and would not be really original, try to stick with your own ideas here, remember it is Your theme. save as Dock.png in your main theme folder
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    Themes that should not be made over!


    VIsta theme - See Vista Maximus in Releases
    Leopard Theme - Already lots of these!
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    Adding your theme to SMBPrefs


    1. SSH in to your ipod
    2. go to /var/root/library/Summerboard/themes
    3. Drag your theme into there
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    Screenshots


    1. Download Screenshot.app from Installer
    2. Open Screenshot, turn it on
    3. Set where you want your images to save
    4. Buttons will appear on the top right of your screen when you press the home button, now press Snap on the top right, do not do anything until it says the buttons again
    5. SSH into your ipod/iphone and go to where you saved your screenshot, now save it
    6. On your ipod to turn the buttons off go back into Screenshot and turn it off.
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    Success!


    Try Super51fan's guide to theme success here if you want your theme to get really popular! Click for it!

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    I sure hope this helped all you aspiring theme makers!
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    spoons tut is better but this is still a very good one
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    Good tut, except the iCons and WallPapers. Icons, Wallpapers.
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    hockeypanda32 Well-Known Member

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    I will make some adjustments!
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    I was hinting at your capital letters. haha iCon? I'm pretty sure Apple did not make icons, or name them iCons for that matter. And the "P" instead of "p" in Wallpapers.
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    micaheljcaboose Well-Known Member

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    Nice tutorial hockey, I should try making a theme sometime...
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    hockeypanda32 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks you guys, just finished my HW too, yes!

    @Stephen.4, I will change those!

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    Any Ideas on things to add
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    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Great.

    -Add something about other PS alts
    -Paint, GimpSHOP, CorelDraw, Fireworks, etc.
    -Link to super51fan's successful theme guide
    -Link to my SMB FAQ if at all possible.
    -Capturate? <-I'm adding it to my FAQ.
    -ADDING TO SMB FAQ
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    Alright Thx wish I could rep and get another Llama but I already gave you some!
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