- Courtesy of the PlayStation Blog today: Hi, folks!
My name‚‚ā¨ôs Noel Silvia
, and I‚‚ā¨ôm a Graphic Artist and part of the PlayStation Network team.
I‚‚ā¨ôm here today to walk you through how to make and install your own Themes for your PLAYSTATION 3. All you‚‚ā¨ôll need are:
- an image editing program (MSPaint
, Adobe PhotoShop
- the provided ‚‚ā¨úcompiler‚‚ā¨Ě program
- a little time
Start by downloading the ‚‚ā¨úHowToMakePS3Themes.zip‚‚ā¨Ě.zip file HERE
and extracting it onto your computer.
In this zip are folders with the necessary files for each step of the process.
Step 1: Create
Let‚‚ā¨ôs start at the very beginning.
- In this folder, you‚‚ā¨ôll find the images that make the XMB, its sub-icons, and the background wallpapers for HD and SD resolutions.
- There is also a file called ‚‚ā¨úPS3Theme_template.xml‚‚ā¨Ě, but we‚‚ā¨ôll come back to that a little later.
- It‚‚ā¨ôs important that you don‚‚ā¨ôt change any of the file names in this folder. If you do, it will cause problems later on.
- Start by deciding which icon you‚‚ā¨ôd like to customize and open that image in your image editing program.
- You can alter the image any way you‚‚ā¨ôd like (change the color, skin the icon, add effects, etc.). You can even replace the image completely with personal photos if you‚‚ā¨ôd like.
- Just make sure not to change the Pixel Dimensions of the image; so if the icon image is 140 x 140 pixels at the start, make sure it‚‚ā¨ôs the same size at the end.
- When you are done with your new icon, overwrite the original image with your new custom image.
- Make sure you save it as a ‚‚ā¨úPNG‚‚ā¨Ě file, and not a JPG, BMP, GIF, or any other file type.
- To create your background wallpaper, follow the same steps above, making sure to maintain the original Pixel Dimensions.
- The only difference is that when you save your wallpaper image, you‚‚ā¨ôre going to save it as a ‚‚ā¨úJPG‚‚ā¨Ě file, and not a ‚‚ā¨úPNG‚‚ā¨Ě file like the icons.
Step 2: Assemble
When you‚‚ā¨ôre done making your new icons, it‚‚ā¨ôs time to put the whole thing together and make the actual Theme file.
It helps to have two windows open for this part, one showing the contents of the ‚‚ā¨úStep 1_Create‚‚ā¨Ě folder, the other showing ‚‚ā¨úStep 2_Assemble‚‚ā¨Ě.
- From the ‚‚ā¨úStep 1_Create‚‚ā¨Ě folder, click and drag the ‚‚ā¨úPS3Theme_template.xml‚‚ā¨Ě file and drop it onto the ‚‚ā¨úp3tcompiler.exe‚‚ā¨Ě program found in the ‚‚ā¨úStep 2_Assemble‚‚ā¨Ě folder.
- A new window should appear, showing the program working as it puts together your Theme.
- If there are any errors, the program will stop at the error, letting you know which file is causing problems.
- When it has finished assembling the pieces successfully, a ‚‚ā¨ú‚‚ā¨Ě message will appear, prompting you to press ‚‚ā¨úENTER‚‚ā¨Ě and close the program.
Step 3: Install
Return to your ‚‚ā¨úStep 1_Create folder.
- You should see a bunch of new files in the folder.
- The files with the ‚‚ā¨úGIM‚‚ā¨Ě extension are special temp files. They were created during assembly but can be deleted now.
- You should also find a new file called ‚‚ā¨úPS3Theme_template.p3t‚‚ā¨Ě. This is your new Theme file.
- Copy the file onto a detectable USB device or a one of the compatible memory sticks into the proper ‚‚ā¨úTheme‚‚ā¨Ě folder ( PS3THEME )
- Connect the device to your PS3 or insert the memory stick into the reader.
- Under ‚‚ā¨úSettings‚‚ā¨Ě, select ‚‚ā¨úTheme Settings‚‚ā¨Ě, and then ‚‚ā¨úTheme‚‚ā¨Ě.
- At the very top, there is an ‚‚ā¨úInstall‚‚ā¨Ě option. Once you‚‚ā¨ôve installed your Theme to your PS3, your theme will now be selectable your ‚‚ā¨úTheme List‚‚ā¨Ě.
...and that‚‚ā¨ôs how you make your own PS3 Themes!
For those of you that‚‚ā¨ôd like a little more customization, please read the ‚‚ā¨úAdvanced Tips Guide‚‚ā¨Ě in the included ‚‚ā¨úStep 4‚‚ā¨Ě folder with some extra info on how to:
- change your Theme‚‚ā¨ôs title
- change your Theme‚‚ā¨ôs preview art
- change your Theme‚‚ā¨ôs font
- change your Theme‚‚ā¨ôs color selection
- change your Theme‚‚ā¨ôs Author avatar
- create a Theme with random background images
I‚‚ā¨ôll be back next time to show you how to make your own custom Themes for the PSP, but until then, have fun making your own PS3 Themes!