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    Is there a way to test icon skinning without having to reboot the phone and clear the cache all the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripLock View Post
    Is there a way to test icon skinning without having to reboot the phone and clear the cache all the time?
    Hey you don't have to do that anymore winterboard automatically resets the cache so just put the images into the winterboard theme select it and close out of winterboard it will automatically respring.

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    Hey ziggy!!! I love your theme amplified in cydia, its my favorite!

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    Ok, so - I got everything to work: the shadow, mask, and overlay. However, the overlay doesn't work on all icons. I'm guessing this can be disabled by developers in the app's plist, no?

    Is there any way to force AppIconOverlay to work with every icon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by santaf View Post
    the mask isn't anything that shows the mask is what cuts down your icon image so that it fits within the border. It does this by using gray scale the darker the gray the more transparent the image so black is fully transparent (can not be seen) and white is fully visible. the shadow yes on the deice is under the image because it is the shadow by default skin it is just a dark shadow under the icon that you see. we just change the shadow image to contain the border we want to use and then we use the mask to trim the image to fit inside of the shadow. I'm not really sure what you are asking but it sounds to me that you just ahven't made your mask to cut the image enough to show the shadow underneath
    This makes a lot of sense now. Is there a way to make the shadow show on top of the image? I think I've seen people make it so that the shadow shows on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    Ok, so - I got everything to work: the shadow, mask, and overlay. However, the overlay doesn't work on all icons. I'm guessing this can be disabled by developers in the app's plist, no?

    Is there any way to force AppIconOverlay to work with every icon?
    no this is why you have to incorporate your overlay by coming up with ways to use the mask and the shadow together and just use a transparent overlay. you can accomplish this by using different shades of gray. It works the same as if you use an image mask in photoshop on a layer.

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    This makes a lot of sense now. Is there a way to make the shadow show on top of the image? I think I've seen people make it so that the shadow shows on top.
    no the shadow will always be on the bottom if you want it to appear like you are using an overlay (such as in my graphite theme) you have to use different shades of gray to make the icon slightly see-through and to have the shadow have the actually color you want shown if that makes sense. it's like i said to the other person use image mask in photoshop layers to see what it would look like on your icon image

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    Is there anyway to change the icon size so its not only 118 x 120 for the retina icons? I doubt there is but figured I would ask anyway. I've always felt the icons were a bit on the big side. I've seen several new themes out that was orbs or circles and it looks like they are changing the size but it might just be a backgorund effect used witht he masking.

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    Sorry for the reviving this thread but how come mine doesnt work? I even tried copying a working theme's com.apple.mobileicons.framework and it still didnt work


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    Quote Originally Posted by iBub View Post
    Sorry for the reviving this thread but how come mine doesnt work? I even tried copying a working theme's com.apple.mobileicons.framework and it still didnt work
    make sure the images in there are called this... assuming it's for an iphone 4/4s:

    AppIconMask@2x~iphone.png
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    AppIconShadow@2x~iphone.png

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    Still didnt work for me I even tried AppIconMask@2x~iphone.png


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    Quote Originally Posted by iBub View Post
    Still didnt work for me I even tried AppIconMask@2x~iphone.png
    oh woops haha didn't notice i coppied the names of my ipad theme one, sorry. yes it must have iphone at the ned of all of them. i'm sure you are deselecting and reselecting the theme to restart winterboard with the new icon images. winterboard needs to clear the cache. If you are doing this, and isn't working, then can you post the file path of the com.apple.mobileicons.framework? The problem might be there.

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    Hmm.. I think it does work and I just failed at the mas and shadow thingy
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    Quote Originally Posted by iBub View Post
    Hmm.. I think it does work and I just failed at the mas and shadow thingy

    Attachment 569578Attachment 569579

    So what should I do to make it look like? : Attachment 569580
    well hmm well basically you want the mask to be black everywhere except the inside of the border that should be white. To get that dark to light effect you will have to make that gradient a gray on the mask. The darker the gray, the more transparent the image will be. So your mask is very close to how it should be, and your shadow should not have a black background. If you post an image of what the icon with an image should look like, and the psd maybe i can help but I can't make any promises

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    Thanks bro , ill give it a try


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    Quote Originally Posted by iBub View Post
    Thanks bro , ill give it a try
    No problem I hope we solve this. I edited what I said above. I added this:

    So your mask is very close to how it should be, and your shadow should not have a black background. If you post an image of what the icon with an image should look like, and the psd maybe i can help but I can't make any promises

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    I've attached the psd. Im getting confused @.@ so Im still experimenting on it



    EDIT: Finally got it working except for the gradient xD trying to figure out what i can do since I used a bevel setting and not just a gradient
    Thank you so much again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iBub View Post
    I've attached the psd. Im getting confused @.@ so Im still experimenting on it



    EDIT: Finally got it working except for the gradient xD trying to figure out what i can do since I used a bevel setting and not just a gradient
    Thank you so much again!
    Here I gave it a try maybe you'll like this, it isn't exactly the same. I supply you the mask overlay and shadow, and a new psd that will allow you to create icons that work in the same way the iphone creates icons, with the mask and shadow. Here is a sample of what it would look like.

    How to Create AUTO-SKINNING App-Store Icons for Your Theme....-bitesms_sample.png

    edit: hmm it isn't letting me attatch the zip hold on

    edit 2: here I'll just upload it to another website and post download link here it isn't working: http://www.sendspace.com/file/t4mily

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    Dood! Thanks Again!


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    emmm. i dont really understand... i dont have photoshop either. I use a custom theme and encounter auto skinning issues, as in the icons all look squarish. Stock apps all have a squarish appearance, while App-store applications have the mask applied. So if i get the mask pictures in 24 i'll be able to apply the mask manually? could someone kindly upload the standard iphone mask pngs in the 24 format please? and please tell me where i must place the mask images in order for it to take effect? I'm on iOS 5.. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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