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    Default need help with creating themes
    need help with creating themes. compleatly new to thisand don't know where to start. please help.

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    Wrong forum!
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    did you not get the "I'm new to all of this" part?

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    Moved to skin/theme creation...

    I'd suggest installing SummerBoard, if you haven't already, and try creating a theme for it (as it uses a theme package setup rather than forcing you to replace the system .png's).
    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.apptapp.com/summerboard/

    How do I make iPhone themes?

    SummerBoard themes are designed to be easy to make -- here's all you need to know to make a theme (or more) of your own:

    SummerBoard themes reside on your iPhone in the folder below: /var/root/Library/SummerBoard/Themes/

    You have a folder per theme in there, with the following structure: ThemeName/StatusBar.png - Status bar image (optional, 320x20 PNG, no alpha)
    ThemeName/Wallpaper.png - The wallpaper (320x480 PNG, no alpha)
    ThemeName/Dock.png - The dock image for the large dock (320x91 PNG, alpha)
    ThemeName/MiniDock.png - The dock image for the mini dock (320x37 PNG, alpha)

    Then your icons (optional, 59x60 PNG, alpha) go in: ThemeName/Icons/

    Name them as such: Phone.png Text.png iPod.png Clock.png etc...

    When saving your graphic files be sure to use Adobe Photoshop's "Save for Web & Devices" function (or something similar). This can reduce icon sizes from ~65kb down to ~10kb for example. Optimizing your graphics is very important, It saves server bandwidth, air time for the user and space on the user's iPhone.

    Also, take note that SummerBoard has various appearance settings in its Advanced section of SMBPrefs -- you can use them to your advantage -- for example, try out "Solid StatusBar" -- you'll see what I mean.

    Enjoy!
    That should be all the info you need to get started, and feel free to ask any more question if you need to! Also, you might want to download a theme packaged for SummerBoard and open it up to see the format if the instructions above are at all confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
    did you not get the "I'm new to all of this" part?
    i got it but its common sence...why ask something in this forum where it says its not inteneded for iphone support..
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    what is "alpha" and "no alpha" mean? is there any way to create icon buttons easily or is everything up to me? also how do I choose where the icons go?
    Last edited by cory; 10-04-2007 at 09:22 AM.

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