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TUTORIAL for creating Sony Ericsson Themes by hand.

I have been getting a number of requests recently to make theme tutorials, specifically two kinds. First request: Theme Making for Dummies and the other request Theme making for the V800.
I've decided to do them both in one go, so for experienced themers there is probably little new information.

This tutorial can be applied to any and all models, but I will use the Sony Ericsson V800 as demo model.

Before you start making a theme, you need to make sure you have the correct tools. Minimum requirements are:
* Image Editing Software (whichever you want. In this tutorial I'll be using Photoshop 7)
* An example .xml file (usually you'd get this from a theme that is already on your phone, however for V800 users this does not apply as the predefined themes have one minor coding error in them.
* Some images to work with (either downloaded or created yourself)
* an .xml writer (I use XML Writer)
* a TAR archiver (I use ZipZag)

What you need to know is the size of each image that goes into the theme. Once again, normally you would extract those from an existing theme on your phone and just write them down for future reference.
For V800 I have already done so.
The full screen of the V800 is 176x220 pixels.

The V800 theme supports a maximum of 18 different image components. We'll take a look at each one when making the theme.

I'll be making a MAC OSX 'panther' theme today for somebody.
We will start by creating the wallpaper. As shown in the image above the wallpaper needs to be 176x182 pixels. As it happens our wallpaper is an actual Mac wallpaper and it's size does not correspond with our phone wallpaper requirements at all.
So first I shrink the wallpaper by altering the image sizes (Photoshop: Image - Image Size) to a square. This would not work well with non-abstract images, but on the wallpaper it does not do too much harm in my opinion. So now we have a perfect square image to work from.

We will now use the Marquee Tool to create the image size we need. Click the Rectangular marquee Tool and set your settings to 'Fixed Aspect ratio'. Normally you would use the following dimensions: width 176 and height 182, however today I want both the wallpaper and the softkeys to have this panther background, so I will use 176 x 204 instead.
Hit 'Image - Crop' to crop the image to the selected part. Then click 'Image - Image size' and shrink the image to 176 x 204 pixels.
If necessary use the 'Unsharp Mask' to increase the sharpness of the image. 'Filter - Sharpen - Unsharp Mask'
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- Vlammetje   Tutorial For Creating Sony Ericson Themes By Hand   Nov 20 2004, 11:18 AM
- - Vlammetje   Next we will create the separate wallpaper and sof...   Nov 20 2004, 11:19 AM
|- - samanthareid992   Ive read ur theme making thing. still too hard fo...   Feb 13 2006, 12:56 PM
- - Vlammetje   First of all I will set a new guide at 40 px horiz...   Nov 20 2004, 11:20 AM
- - Vlammetje   The biggest chunk of image components is now done....   Nov 20 2004, 11:20 AM
- - adonisdemon   fantabulous   Nov 20 2004, 11:35 AM
- - expert_21   this thread should be renamed to "Sony Ericss...   Nov 22 2004, 08:57 PM
- - Spawn   not sure I got it - could you please go through it...   Dec 2 2004, 11:18 AM
- - Vlammetje   thanks mate I could always come over to teach y...   Dec 2 2004, 01:04 PM
- - naren_prj   Hi, cool.... but i think its very difficult to go...   Dec 29 2004, 04:51 AM
- - Vlammetje   read the FAQs and look around this forum, there ar...   Dec 29 2004, 10:57 AM
- - evanrue   @Vlamm - u r an absolute gem dont really own a ...   Jan 2 2005, 02:08 PM
- - simtoolkit   hi. I'm new here and I'm using V800. I rea...   Feb 1 2005, 09:20 AM
|- - stanbize   QUOTE(simtoolkit @ Feb 2 2005, 12:20 AM)hi. I...   Mar 4 2005, 07:47 AM
|- - stanbize   I have eventually get it solved with "Theme C...   Mar 11 2005, 07:20 PM
|- - johnflea   this tutorial is great thanks! but you didnt m...   May 19 2005, 02:49 PM
- - Vlammetje   Besure to set zipzag to create a 'tape archive...   Mar 9 2005, 02:53 AM
- - dLazaros   You simply make the 176 X 220 image, add the guy w...   May 20 2005, 12:31 AM
- - adonisdemon   johnflea - that's more to do with photoshop te...   May 20 2005, 01:12 AM
|- - samanthareid992   [B][FONT=Arial][COLOR=purple] hiya Where and how ...   Feb 13 2006, 01:02 PM
- - Patrick_Lippe   Well i say it else, theming is photoshop!   May 20 2005, 02:01 AM
|- - johnflea   QUOTE(Patrick_Lippe @ May 20 2005, 02:01 AM)W...   May 20 2005, 03:38 AM
- - anjoO   sorri wrong post   Oct 2 2005, 11:13 PM
- - Xiao Jian   May i know where can i download your fantastic the...   Oct 11 2005, 07:34 AM
- - adonisdemon   themes can be found in the gallery, and are free t...   Oct 11 2005, 08:36 AM
- - lejeri   How about those animated orbs...I've poked and...   Feb 3 2006, 12:09 AM
- - Patrick_Lippe   Aurora theme? Well animations are quite simple, ju...   Feb 4 2006, 10:58 AM
- - Patrick_Lippe   Hello Sam, Just download some pictures and cut th...   Feb 14 2006, 01:56 AM
- - Sowexpowempal   To actually warm-up, settle down a vital powder ro...   Apr 13 2013, 02:46 PM
- - Sowexpowempal   To successfully warm-up, take it easy an essential...   Apr 13 2013, 09:03 PM

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