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Help making themes

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2 Development' started by maxnicks, Mar 4, 2011.

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    Can anybody point me in a general diection where I can learn to make themes? Sorry that I'm sucha n00b but I'm a really old guy trying to learn something new that's before I die.

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    There are quite a few guides by some of the top themers here. Find anyone with an "Official Themer" badge and click on it. Follow thebowers, xkape, and B-Boy's guides and you can learn some REALLY tricky stuff! Happy theming sir! :)

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    Thanks much for the direction. I really appreciate it!
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    I don't have a D2 therefore I never themed a ROM for it, but I'd be happy to give you some pointers I would assume are universal across different devices.

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    That's really right on! Thanks man! Ok, can you recommend a starting guide or something? I'm very comfortable using Photoshop. I have either CS3 or CS4. I know how to create images, backgrounds, icons, etc.
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    This is a pretty good starting point: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcdxIJRSH9ypZGZzc2pxNDlfMjdnazk4OHNxZA&hl=en&pli=1

    When I first started, xml edits and .9 pngs scared the bejesus out of me LOL. So, I pretty much stuck with straight png icon edits/replacements using 7zip and paint.net. I concentrated on section 2 from that guide above. I tinkered around with just playing with images for several months before I got into xml edits and .9 pngs - but then again I am stupid :D

    Great link for setting things up: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/team-inversion-conversion/116419-so-you-want-edit-xmls-more-adb-apk-manager-how-basics.html

    Other VERY useful links:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/team-inversion-conversion/27622-text-color-change-complete-how-do.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/team-inversion-conversion/60280-theming-guide-progress-bar.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/team-inversion-conversion/64994-theming-guide-changing-system-text-settings.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/team-fusion/83016-kooks-never-ending-theme-log.html#post849736

    I believe the links above would apply to the D2 framework-res.apk as well ... not 100% sure though.

    This all probably seems pretty overwhelming LOL But if you take it one step at a time you should be OK. In other words, don't set out to change all the images and all the .9's and make several xml edits your first go round! I recommend you pick one thing, whether it be images, .9's or xml edits and concentrate on that for a while until you get the hang of it.

    If you have any questions, I have found there is ALWAYS someone in the community willing to help out. Feel free to hit me up on GTalk (yankindasouth@gmail.com) or if you're familiar with IRC I am usually hanging out in #droidthemers ...

    WARNING!!!

    Once you start getting into this, it will CONSUME your life!! You will become obsessed with trying to figure this stuff out and you will constantly be thinking, "I wonder how I can ... (insert several scenarios here)". You will find yourself spending hours in front of the computer, sometimes in utter frustration - other times in utter disbelief at the things you just accomplished! Sometimes you will spend hour upon hour in front of the computer only to realize you accomplished absolutely nothing!​

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    Don't say I didn't warn you :tongue: In all seriousness though, theming is an extremely time consuming endevour that has a very addictive appeal to it. Continue with caution :)
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    @YankInDaSouth
    Thanks much for taking all the time to put that together for me. I've been developing Internet Applications and doing database work for 16 years now. I know how I am. I am exactly as you say. This will fully consume me until I consider myself decent at it. So that likely means forever....

    Cool beans. It's pretty awesome knowing there's people willing to help out there in the world. Thanks.
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    No problem ... good luck to ya!
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    there are waaay to many programs to have lol
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    Not really ... it can all be done with 7zip, APK manager, paint.net (GIMP or PS) and note pad plus.
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    grr wish i woulda known that b4 all the program installs =P i have all of those lol
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    Not really...depends on what you wanna do though.
    @Yank: You DEF hit the nail on the head when you said this stuff will consume your life...I had NO idea what I was getting into! Its a lot of fun though! :)



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    Keep them all, you'll find a use for them :)