Themers Question and Answer.....

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    I don't consider myself a great themer. I am fairly new to the scene and I'm pretty much learning as I go. Everything I learned....I learned from this forum. It either had the information here or had a link to it.

    So I would like to invite any experienced themer willing to join and share the knowledge they've acquired with the up and coming themers.

    I will try and answer as much as I can. If I don't have the answer, I'll try and help find it.....

    Thanks to all!
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    Question: how in the hell do I pronounce your screen Name!!!
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    koo-kah-doo

    Did that answer your question Bill? ;)
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    Yup sure did

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    I have one, how do you change the background and text colors of the phone/contacts/settings apk's?

    :)

    I am not afraid to dive into source, xml, hexediting or smali so hit me! :D thanks!
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    This will be a great thread kookahdoo..thanks for posting and offering help.

    No questions from me yet but I will be following along.
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    trying to create woodgrain based icon set

    I am in the middle of creating a wood grain based icon set i can get the image in the text but cannot get the text the right size for the launcher pro dock and such to make it big enough and then when i enlarge it cuts off the edges. any takers on what i can do
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    Do a google search for apkmanager 4.8. It decompiles the apks, allows you to edit the xmls, re-compile and sign them accordingly. It's a pain in the ass to set up, but well worth it. Once I figured it out, it opened up a whole new world.

    A hint to setting it up. Make certain you only have 1 java installed on your computer (The one they recommend). That was my main problem when setting it up.

    Can you enlarge the dock?
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    I can try to enlarge

    I could try that i did a new custom dock background to go with the icons based off another one it was its 480x100 right now what would you suggest.?
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    I can't recommend without seeing it as I've never edited that. The only thing I could suggest is eyeball it. If it hangs over about 1/4, adjust it that much and see.

    Part of this theming crap is that it's kind of mundane and boring. But the end results are pretty cool.

    Good luck bud. Hit me up with any more questions.

    Edit: If the dock doesn't change correctly, remember that with .9's you have to get the patch correctly of it won't work/fit right.
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    Ok. I've been trying to theme the Vending.apk over the last few days... every single time I theme it, it starts Force Closing. I didn't have this issue last week. All I'm literally changing is the framework-res, drawable-hdpi... whats going wrong?

    It can't just be linked to the Market, I'm getting FCs on Settings and ROM Manager (RM when theming CM6 since it comes pre-installed).
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    Did you touch framework at all? It's probably an image you changed in framework. There's an image called activity_title_bar.9 in res/drawable_hdpi that causes FCs with settings if you don't edit it correctly. I'd check that image.
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    Thanks, I did edit that, though I'm not sure what I did incorrectly. I didn't change dimensions or anything on it.
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    I couldn't tell you either....it's just one of those things. So it worked out ok for you?
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    Trying it now, pushed the new framework and I'm rebooting.

    Market loaded up just fine, so that seems to have worked. Thanks for your help! Oddly enough, in the last framework push my notification bar color went back to stock. I realized I somehow forgot to include it. :)
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    Sweet....good luck bud.
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    I'm working on a white theme. Not sure why people hate white so much. I think it looks good. Icons I'm too lazy to create just this moment so I'm using a set from another theme. I just went through and inverted all of them from white icons to be black so I can see them against my white bar. :)
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    Any hints on making my own set of icons? They all come out pretty terrible when I do them. I'd rather not have to ask someone if I can use a set they've made because I feel as if they put all the work in, it wouldn't be right for me to just change them a bit or flip the colors.
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    You making them from scratch?
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    I'd like to, but I might not now. I find however if I just play with the colors of the stock icons, many times things go wrong. Button highlights and tab highlights/indicators and such get all wonky when I load them up on to the device.
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