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augustborn99
post Jun 23 2005, 09:12 PM
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AW,

1. do not overwhelm yourself with special effects/techniques yet.

2. start with the basics:
*wallpaper selection.
tip:
-make sure subject of the wallpaper is "in focus"
-avoid contrasting colors (ie, blak and white together) in your wallpaper, as it will be difficult to pick a text color later.
*make sure text is readable (beware the phone displays lighter than the preview)

3. if you want to play, look into "gradients", transparencies" "glassbuttons", and for god's sake do not use "bevel/emboss" on a theme, it is simply overused.

*your efforts are not "beginner" in my eye. it just needs some polishing
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ArthurWill
post Jun 24 2005, 03:15 AM
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Thanks August for your advice...for now i will have a go on others themes around here in M9...and learn from you guys...i will have to start from real basic of learning...as you said wall chossing...i never realised that it is so important but when i look back...i missed that part...

I am fortunate to have advice from all of you guys here in M9 who is willing to help...i will learn.

QUOTE(augustborn99 @ Jun 24 2005, 02:12 PM)
*your efforts are not "beginner" in my eye. it just needs some polishing
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Thanks a lot :pray:
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ArthurWill
post Jun 25 2005, 12:46 PM
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(IMG:http://img23.echo.cx/img23/2197/done9gl.jpg)

This is my first TMC entry...and any comments guys?? they are welcome as always...

I got to sleep now....6 am here in Oz...my eyes could barely open.... :sleeping:
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adonisdemon
post Jun 25 2005, 02:07 PM
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that is one major jump in improement :o

fantastic theme Arthur :10:
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ArthurWill
post Jun 25 2005, 06:12 PM
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QUOTE(adonisdemon @ Jun 26 2005, 07:07 AM)
that is one major jump in improement :o

fantastic theme Arthur :10:
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Really?? :unsure: ... thanks a lot adonis...my nearly 24 hours work sound stupid....but at least see some improvement in it....really thanks :pray:
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jing0304
post Jun 25 2005, 06:52 PM
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I agree with adonis..
It's really fantastic..
Snickers,eh?
Man,I wish I could just take out the snickers from the theme..
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ArthurWill
post Jun 25 2005, 07:10 PM
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Welcome Jing, and thanks for your compliment... :cheers: ...

QUOTE(jing0304 @ Jun 26 2005, 11:52 AM)
Snickers,eh?
Man,I wish I could just take out the snickers from the theme..
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:haha: luckily i was having Crunch while making it...if not probably would have been busy...finding tissues to wipe off saliva on my PC..:lol:
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elton
post Jun 26 2005, 05:35 AM
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Great progress...keep going. :good:

The snicker bar is too big for the single title highlight tho? the bottom part is fixed to the background. :)
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post Jun 26 2005, 05:44 AM
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Thanks Elton... :)
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The snicker bar is too big for the single title highlight tho? the bottom part is fixed to the background. :)
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Yeah...when i resized it to proper single highlight....it looks small..:( so i "join" it with the background....
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post Jun 26 2005, 05:57 AM
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But that wont look any good on the phone when using the highlight. :(

It looked small because the highlight was still full size (169x55),i usually make them at 165x48 on a transparent background,this way they you can add shadows and overlaping parts,and they will still be included in the max size 169x55.
Having a small amount of transparency around the HL,also means you have room for small adjustments if you want to incorporate the highlight into the background like in my vortex,neon and galaxy bounce themes. :good:
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ArthurWill
post Jun 26 2005, 06:24 AM
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QUOTE(elton @ Jun 26 2005, 10:57 PM)
But that wont look any good on the phone when using the highlight. :(

:opps: I completely miss that :wallbash:.....


QUOTE(elton @ Jun 26 2005, 10:57 PM)
Having a small amount of transparency around the HL,also means you have room for small adjustments if you want to incorporate the highlight into the background like in my vortex,neon and galaxy bounce themes. :good:
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I am a little confused here....but after looking through your neon theme....is it when we make it precisely the actual 169x55...then we can't include shadows since it will be covered by the upper text (did you ever notice) ??...but if make it with 169x48 on transparent background...we could have some space between the highlight and the upper text to have some shadows....is that what you were trying to explain just now?? :unsure:
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post Jun 26 2005, 06:45 AM
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No,
The highlight needs to be saved as a 169x55 image otherwise you will get errors....what i mean is...you dont have to use the whole area....if you make the HL smaller than the max size,you are then free to add shadows and overlapping parts without exeeding the total max size of 169x55,you can then move the highlight around inside the area if you need to fine tune the exact location. :good:
Btw: The theme preview screens are not true to all the areas tho,so you need to test on the phone and adjust if needed.

Dont worry about doing this yet tho,there are more important things to practice first. :good:

Attached example,
This HL can me moved around a good few pixels (in any direction),to make it fit its location. :)

Edit: Forgot the attachment. :wallbash:

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ArthurWill
post Jun 26 2005, 06:57 AM
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:pray: ..its much clearer to me now....:good:...yeah long way to go in theme making...but will learn as it goes...and you guys are fantastic in helping me....thanks a lot.. :cheers:

I am still with phone that dun support theme...:( ....how i wish i could get one soon..
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elton
post Jun 26 2005, 07:00 AM
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Its not a long way,coz there is no destination. :surrender:

Everyone is constantly learning. :good:
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post Jun 26 2005, 07:03 AM
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Excellent work on your entry Arthur. Keep them coming :good:
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