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Guide: How to Create Your Own PS3 Themes for PlayStation 3

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220w ago - SCEE Online Designer Wael Naguib has shared a guide today on how to create your own PS3 Themes for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: I am one of the Online Designers here at PlayStation Europe and I am here to talk to you about how to create your very own PS3 custom themes. Here is the PS3 Custom Theme Tool download.

I have created several custom themes available on PlayStation Store - you may be familiar with themes such as Manga, Graffiti and Rag-doll Kung-fu. The Manga and Graffiti themes were created on a PC and are based on my creative interests in urban street art, Japanese anime and Manga comics.

Coming up with theme ideas is really fun and can be challenging; I've discovered it's always good to start your ideas by thinking of a good background image before you begin work on the icons. A character, scene or texture is a good starting point to begin with and that will help you ensure your icons will fit with the chosen background.

If you like to keep things simple you can use the icons provided with the theme kit and edit them however you like e.g. change the colour of the icons or maybe add some shadow behind.
 

Sony Announces a Kahoots PSP and PS3 Theme Giveaway

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244w ago - SCEE European Product Manager Adam Grant has announced news today of a Kahoots PSP and PS3 Theme giveaway on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: We know you like Kahoots and we do too. So we have created a Kahoots Theme for PS3 and PSP and we are giving this away free as part of minis month.

The wallpaper of the theme is a photo taken when a few of the Kahoots went for a picnic in the park. We catch them just as they have having tea, sitting on a fallen tree.

We have 5,000 of both the PS3 and PSP version available, and you can download them via the following codes:

PS3: N54G-HNBG-6KT4
PSP: 39JE-2QBF-ALPE


As this is part of the minis month promotion, the code will only work up until the end of February. So get downloading now.

To apply the theme to your PSP or PS3:
1) Choose Settings on the PS3 or PSP Home Menu and select the Theme Settings option
2) Press the CROSS button to display the Theme Menu, then press the CROSS button again to display a list of available themes
3) Scroll to the desired theme and select Apply

Enjoy.
 

Video: Demon's Souls PS3 Dynamic Theme: The Nexus

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258w ago - A few months ago we saw some videos of the available PS3 Dynamic / Animated Themes in action, and today another has been added to Sony's library.

Below is a video of the new Demon's Souls PS3 Dynamic Theme: The Nexus which is currently available on Japanese PSN Store for 200 yen.

To quote: "Sony's Demon's Souls dynamic theme shows the Maiden in Black in an empty Nexus, perhaps waiting for you to join her.

Currently, the theme is only available on Japan's PlayStation Store and it costs 200 yen ($2.25).

Demon's Souls has been pretty successful in North America so I imagine Atlus or Sony will release this theme here too."




 

A Peek Inside a Dynamic / Animated PS3 Theme

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268w ago - Today SKFU has shared his findings when peeking inside one of the new Dynamic / Animated PS3 Themes that have recently been introduced in PS3 Firmware 3.0.

To quote: "A quick look at the new animated themes shows that they are not really different to the common themes. I just downloaded the free theme from the Japanese store and decrypted the HDD again to see what is inside the package file. Well, it is:

1. JP9000-NPJQ00006_00-0000000000000000.p3t.edat

You see a normal .p3t file which is the same type of data, the old themes use. It is just encrypted as .edat file which is decrypted and installed on the PS3 on the fly after downloading it.

2. PS3LOGO.DAT

The default picture you see in any game when you press triangle - information about the game.

That's all. Wondering if there will be a homebrew program to develop your own animated themes soon, or even a SONY tool like the one for the old themes?!"
 

Videos: First Dynamic / Animated PS3 Theme is Available Now

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269w ago - The new PS3 Firmware 3.0 has changed the way the XMB looks.

One of the new features included is animated themes, but at first glance none are available. Keep looking, as there is already a free Afrika Dynamic PS3 Theme available in the Japanese PSN Store as of right now.

Excluding the free one above, the first regular Dynamic / Animated PS3 Theme costs a premium price of $2.99. Available right now in the PlayStation Store, you can download the LittleBigPlanet animated theme that was shown when PS3 Firmware 3.0 debuted.

Some videos of the new Dynamic / Animated PS3 Themes are below:








 
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