[HELP] How to make rom and skin android interface

Discussion in 'Android Roms' started by CompleteGFX, Mar 4, 2010.

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    Hello,

    I am a web designer and I have a Motorola Droid. I have been following the community for a few months now and have finally decided to step up to see about designing some interfaces for the droid.

    I have been searching ALL over google and other droid websites and forums for information on how to make custom roms/interfaces and I haven't come up with anything. I want to contribute to the community with some different styles but I need some help getting started. With your help I can create FREE releases with some new quality themes.

    Basically can someone lead me in the right path to creating THEMES for the droid. That is my goal.

    Thanks for the help! :)
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    It's pretty simple for the most part.
    The applications are stored in a .apk format which can be pulled off the phone and the renamed to a .zip for extraction.

    From there is just a matter of making the desired changes to the png's.
    Images will always be inside the res folder so I usually just extract it and leave the rest.
    Once you have completed your changes, you can just drag and drop the res folder onto the old .zip file( just makes it easy, no need to worry about zip settings this way).
    Rename back to .apk and then push back onto the phone.

    You will also find .9.png files which are scalable graphics.

    Draw 9-patch | Android Developers

    Is a intro guide to how you set up a ninepatch image

    Here is an old thread on proper editing for theming.

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-themes/13783-proper-png-editing-theming.html

    P.S.
    Was just today considering working on a buuf theme, then i saw your signature..small world eh.
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    Thank you for the information! I knew it wouldn't be to hard. Now I just need to find out what kind of styles ppl are wanting.

    Do you have any suggestions for theme designs?
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    Maybe do a thread in the theme's section where people can put in requests?

    Not sure if there is one already, but I think it's a great idea.
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