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Official PS3 Custom Theme Thread

Marty Chinn

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With the release of PS3 Firmware 2.0, custom themes have now been added. Similar to the PSP, Sony has released a tool that will allow users to create their own themes. Basic knowledge of XML and some art skill is all that is needed.

SPECS FOR IMAGES

Wallpapers:
HD - 1920x1080 JPEG
SD - 640x480 JPEG

Theme Preview Img:
480x270 24bit PNG

Author Icon:
64x64 32bit PNG

Icon (for the theme):
64x64 32bit PNG

Icon (for xmb):
128x128 32bit PNG
exceptions: icon_photo_default, icon_photo_album_default (170x128 32bit PNG)
exceptions: icon_video_default, icon_video_album_default (228x128 32bit PNG)

Pointers:
48x48 32bit PNG

Notification Pop-up Img:
64x64 32bit PNG

TOOLS

PS3 Theme Compiler Tool
English
http://au.playstation.com/support/ps3/faqs/PS3_Custom_Theme_v101-E.zip
Japanese
http://www.jp.playstation.com/ps3/dl/tool/ps3_customtheme_tool_eula.html

To compile the sample, type the following from a command prompt:

p3tcompiler.exe sample\01\sample.xml

METHODS OF INSTALL

A) Download directly from the PS3 Web Browser
B) Download on your PC and place it on a flash card or USB device under the directory /PS3/THEME/

DOWNLOAD THEMES

Original


Air Paint


NeoGAF (m0dus)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~5yum47



MGS4 Theme (m0dus)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~h2edff



Okami (m0dus)(Fixed Ver)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~3qxv9u



Devil May Cry 4 (m0dus)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~86rdfc



Final Fantasy VII Theme (m0dus)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~nq4mvh



Classy Pink
http://cdn.jp.playstation.com/ps3update/dl/sampletheme/classypink.p3t



Nature
http://cdn.jp.playstation.com/ps3update/dl/sampletheme/nature.p3t



Pixels
http://cdn.jp.playstation.com/ps3update/dl/sampletheme/pixels.p3t



Sample
http://www.borgh.us/sample.p3t



Sfre (Not a direct D/L link to the PS3)
http://-kol.deviantart.com/art/Sfere-PlayStation-3-Themes-69323778



Sfre Black (Not a direct D/L link to the PS3)
http://-kol.deviantart.com/art/Sfere-PlayStation-3-Themes-69323778



Orange Skin
http://download75.mediafire.com/ht5wzhjgeidg/7nb0mj49vtg/OrangeSkin.p3t



Playstation Storm
http://vid.poocore.com/download/thumbnails/playstation storm.p3t



Apple Theme
http://www.sendspace.com/file/okcnc4



Shadow of the Collosus
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~h2edf8



Portal Theme
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~wlrmu8



Heavenly Live Play 3
http://jfblak.free.fr/FW2.0/theme p3t/theme/Liveplay3HS.p3t



Kingdom Hearts Theme (Septimus)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~1j13zx



Batman (shagg_187)
http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~jab4qd



Wii Theme
http://jfblak.free.fr/FW2.0/theme p3t/theme/Wii.p3t



Half Life 2 Theme
http://www.mediafire.com/?4nj3mmmddqc



ADDITIONAL LINKS

Sony's Japanese Page of Themes (Already linked above)
http://www.jp.playstation.com/ps3/update/exp_ver200.html#theme_setting

SPECIAL THANKS

m0dus - awesome art skills and theme making
Dot50Cal - Hosting images, and screen grabs

So let's get cracking and start sharing themes here!
 

Dizzan

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Nice.

I don't even know what XML means let alone know how to use it.

But I want me some themes.
 

gofreak

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I wonder how long it will be before we see a GAF theme..or a OSX-esque theme...

I'll have to fiddle around with this later. My art skills = teh crappy, but I know xml.
 

kassatsu

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Let's hope a site like this pops up for ps3 : )

http://psp.themesup.net/

Specs for the imgs

Wallpapers:
HD - 1920x1080 JPEG
SD - 640x480 JPEG

Theme Preview Img:
480x270 24bit PNG

Author Icon:
64x64 32bit PNG

Icon (for the theme):
64x64 32bit PNG

Icon (for xmb):
128x128 32bit PNG
exceptions: icon_photo_default, icon_photo_album_default (170x128 32bit PNG)
exceptions: icon_video_default, icon_video_album_default (228x128 32bit PNG)

Pointers:
48x48 32bit PNG

Notification Pop-up Img:
64x64 32bit PNG
 

mrklaw

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can you download the themes directly in the browser?

if so, can I request that people post direct links to completed themes in here, along with a *small* preview image? Then we can just browse this thread on the PS3 to download them.
 

M3wThr33

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mrklaw said:
can you download the themes directly in the browser?

if so, can I request that people post direct links to completed themes in here, along with a *small* preview image? Then we can just browse this thread on the PS3 to download them.
Supposedly people downloaded them straight from the browser, so it can be done.
 

gray_fox224

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Blablurn said:
because i have no art skills i'm looking forward to some of your works
go go go!

Yep, I completely fail at drawing stick men. Art people of Gaf, use your skills.
 

Marty Chinn

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mrklaw said:
can you download the themes directly in the browser?

if so, can I request that people post direct links to completed themes in here, along with a *small* preview image? Then we can just browse this thread on the PS3 to download them.
Supposedly you can but I'm having trouble figuring out how to do it right now. The document says this:

To upload your theme file to the server for later download via the Internet browser implemented on the
PLAYSTATION®3 system software, the theme file must be assigned a special MIME-Type and extension.
The MIME-Type and extension are shown below.
MIME-Type Extension
application/x-ps3-theme p3t
 

Tieno

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mrklaw said:
can you download the themes directly in the browser?

if so, can I request that people post direct links to completed themes in here, along with a *small* preview image? Then we can just browse this thread on the PS3 to download them.
I approve of your suggestion, this needs to be done!
 
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Yeah, I just went to the site on my PS3's browser and DL'd the few that were on there. They were waiting under the theme settings.
 

Flek

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i just did some icons for a test but the fking compiler still doesnt work for me ... if i drag and drop the xml in it i get an error (system couldnt find the path..) and it failes

~___~
 

Tr4nce

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Is there someone here who can make that awesome looking sample Theme downloadable for me please?? Through PS3 browser it doesn't work and when I put it on my USB stick, go to Theme settings and choose install from USB stick, the PS3 doesn't see the sample.p3t I put on the USB stick. Weird.


Never mind, I didn't see that you actually have to put the themes in /PS3/THEME directory on the USB stick!!!

Nice theme this one!!!


Now, were are my Transformers the movie themes?????????

:D :D :D
 

borghe

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so sony is giving us the tools to make our own themes?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....

at microsoft. :)

make me some kick ass themes guys. I didn't get a chance to get remote play up and working last night so I'll have to wait until I get home to get it going.
 

Raist

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Tr4nce said:
Is there someone here who can make that awesome looking sample Theme downloadable for me please?? Through PS3 browser it doesn't work and when I put it on my USB stick, go to Theme settings and choose install from USB stick, the PS3 doesn't see the sample.p3t I put on the USB stick. Weird.

You have to put it in a THEME sub-folder, the latter being in a PS3 folder
 

gofreak

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Tr4nce said:
Now, were are my Transformers the movie themes?????????

:D :D :D
Got me thinking..it'd be nice if they put themes on Blu-ray movies given how many blu-ray users are on PS3.

I'm sure we'll see them as game unlockables and extras too, asides from whatever goes on the store.
 
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Don't themes edit the icons as well? Are those customized/editable too? I quite like the effect, especially on that, uh, the one with the stuff that's in that computer commercial? Time-lapse light pictures?
 

reminder

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I downloaded the Sample theme, put it on my USB stick, tried to install it from the Theme menu, but it said that there is no theme on my USB stick. Anyone else had problems with the sample theme?
 

Flek

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Flek said:
i just did some icons for a test but the fking compiler still doesnt work for me ... if i drag and drop the xml in it i get an error (system couldnt find the path..) and it failes

~___~


has anyone any idea? Do i need something for this (like ms netframework kit or whatever)
ok forget it i got it ....drag and drop doestn work ....fucking readme text is a lie xD
 

neorej

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Tr4nce said:
Is there someone here who can make that awesome looking sample Theme downloadable for me please?? Through PS3 browser it doesn't work and when I put it on my USB stick, go to Theme settings and choose install from USB stick, the PS3 doesn't see the sample.p3t I put on the USB stick. Weird.


Never mind, I didn't see that you actually have to put the themes in /PS3/THEME directory on the USB stick!!!

Nice theme this one!!!


Now, were are my Transformers the movie themes?????????

:D :D :D

HOLY CRAP I NEED THIS TOO!
 

mrklaw

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m0dus said:
I have the resources to begin work on an offical NeoGAF theme. Either using vector art, 3-D studio, or a mix of the two. any preferences?

this thread got good fast :)


whichever you like m0dus
 

h3ro

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m0ldus, lets go vector!!

Also, is there a way to skin those shiny new folders/"albums" we were able to make? The new folders don't match the skinned folders in the Games section and it sticks out. Minor gripe, but still!
 

Niks

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If font color cant be changed this fails, I'm not seeing that option anywhere?
Also what are .gim files for?
 

Flek

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my first test theme works fine


now iam going to make a complete theme :D

@niks
.gim are the converted picture files..you dont need them
 

Draft

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Those Sony made themes are sick. I still can't believe people actually pay MS for X360 wallpapers. Pay. For WALLPAPERS!

It's madness.
 

RobertM

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Draft said:
Those Sony made themes are sick. I still can't believe people actually pay MS for X360 wallpapers. Pay. For WALLPAPERS!

It's madness.
THQ says it's the best service EVER.
 

glaurung

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Vaandaviii said:
Is there a way to change the font color in the theme xml specification? I mean, the ONLY failure on all those downloadable themes is the white text not being readable at all ¬¬
Apparently the last two items in the XML file are the font type and color parameters.

Has anyone tested compiling the sample theme with a modified XML table?

The fonts being designated by a number seems queer, seemingly hinting at a fixed selection of 2-3 fonts installed on the machine.
 

borghe

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glaurung said:
Apparently the last two items in the XML file are the font type and color parameters.
this is incorrect. according to the documentation, the font selection number is for one of three predefined system fonts. the color selection is for the background color from one of 12 predefined background colors, for the options screen and when you choose not to have a wallpaper with the font.

unless it's undocumented, currently it doesn't look like there's a way to change the font color.

and while the font is technically white, the fact that it is transparent and luminescent at least provides some assistance in creating backgrounds. I mean having a white or very light background is going to be tough (like the PSN Simpsons wallpaper.. uggh), but at least you'll be able to work with it somewhat.
 

hamdammage

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Any way to keep the swirly waves with a custom theme/background? I love those swirly things and can't give them up.
 

msdstc

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alright who's gunna be the first to make an uncharted theme:D . I have so much free time lately I'll try to see if i can figure this out at all.
 

seanoff

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glaurung said:
Apparently the last two items in the XML file are the font type and color parameters.

Has anyone tested compiling the sample theme with a modified XML table?

The fonts being designated by a number seems queer, seemingly hinting at a fixed selection of 2-3 fonts installed on the machine.

There are three fonts
"The font of character strings to be displayed on the system software screen can be customized.
Select one of the following fonts provided by the system.
• Standard
• Maru Gothic
• Pop"

The colours seem to be the base colour as below

"Theme Color
The color of the system software screen can be customized. The customized color will be used for the
following scenes:
• Color of the background graphics when the background image is not applied
• Color of the Options menu
Select one of the following theme colors provided by the system."

there are 12, font colour does not seem to be changeable


This is the complete XML file. pretty easy to understand.
Can't see anything for font colour.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<theme>

<infotable>
<info
name="sample"
icon="icon.png"
url="http://www.scei.co.jp/"
author="scei"
authoricon="authoricon.png"
genre="others"
version="version 1.0"
comment="this is a sample theme."
preview="preview.png"
/>
<localizedinfo
locale="en"
name="sample"
/>
<localizedinfo
locale="jp"
name="&#12469;&#12531;&#12503;&#12523;"
comment="&#12371;&#12428;&#12399;&#12469;&#12531;&#12503;&#12523;&#12486;&#12540;&#12510;&#12501;&#12449;&#12452;&#12523;&#12391;&#12377;&#12290;"
/>
</infotable>

<icontable>

<!-- horizontal icon -->
<icon id="icon_user" src="Icons.6.png" />
<icon id="icon_setting" src="Icons.35.png" />
<icon id="icon_photo" src="Icons.1.png" />
<icon id="icon_music" src="Icons.16.png" />
<icon id="icon_video" src="Icons.38.png" />
<icon id="icon_game" src="Icons.39.png" />
<icon id="icon_network" src="Icons.18.png" />
<icon id="icon_friend" src="Icons.9.png" />
<icon id="icon_tv" src="Icons.41.png" />

<!-- user -->
<icon id="icon_newuser" src="Icons.37.png" />

<!-- setting -->
<icon id="icon_update" src="Icons.17.png" />
<icon id="icon_game_setting" src="Icons.27.png" />
<icon id="icon_bdvd_setting" src="Icons.22.png" />
<icon id="icon_music_setting" src="Icons.29.png" />
<icon id="icon_chat_setting" src="Icons.24.png" />
<icon id="icon_system_setting" src="Icons.36.png" />
<icon id="icon_theme_setting" src="Icons.23.png" />
<icon id="icon_datetime_setting" src="Icons.25.png" />
<icon id="icon_accessory" src="Icons.28.png" />
<icon id="icon_printer_setting" src="Icons.31.png" />
<icon id="icon_display_setting" src="Icons.26.png" />
<icon id="icon_sound_setting" src="Icons.34.png" />
<icon id="icon_security_setting" src="Icons.33.png" />
<icon id="icon_remoteplay_setting" src="Icons.32.png" />
<icon id="icon_network_setting" src="Icons.30.png" />

<!-- setting submenu -->
<icon id="icon_setting_item" src="Icons.3.png" />

<!-- photo / music / video -->
<icon id="icon_photo_default" src="Photo_Default_PS3.png" />
<icon id="icon_photo_album_default" src="Photo_Default_Thumb.png" />
<icon id="icon_music_default" src="Music_Default_PS3.png" />
<icon id="icon_music_album_default" src="Music_Default_Thumb.png" />
<icon id="icon_video_default" src="Video_Default_PS3.png" />
<icon id="icon_video_album_default" src="Video_Default_Thumb.png" />

<icon id="icon_mediaserver_search" src="Icons.13.png" />

<icon id="icon_ms" src="Icons.50.png" />
<icon id="icon_sd" src="Icons.53.png" />
<icon id="icon_cf" src="Icons.52.png" />
<icon id="icon_usb" src="Icons.54.png" />
<icon id="icon_pspms" src="Icons.43.png" />
<icon id="icon_usbcamera" src="Icons.45.png" />
<icon id="icon_usbaad" src="Icons.51.png" />

<!-- game -->
<icon id="icon_gamedata" src="Icons.8.png" />
<icon id="icon_savedata" src="Icons.14.png" />
<icon id="icon_vmc" src="Icons.5.png" />
<icon id="icon_newvmc" src="Icons.20.png" />

<!-- network -->
<icon id="icon_onlinemanual" src="Icons.40.png" />
<icon id="icon_remoteplay" src="Icons.21.png" />
<icon id="icon_browser" src="Icons.2.png" />
<icon id="icon_download" src="Icons.49.png" />

<!-- psn -->
<icon id="icon_accountmanage" src="Icons.7.png" />

<!-- friend -->
<icon id="icon_blocklist" src="Icons.10.png" />
<icon id="icon_addfriend" src="Icons.11.png" />
<icon id="icon_playermet" src="Icons.12.png" />
<icon id="icon_chat" src="Icons.4.png" />
<icon id="icon_chatroom" src="ChatRoom_Default_PS3_new.png" />
<icon id="icon_mbox" src="Icons.15.png" />

<icon id="icon_mbox_received" src="Icons.47.png" />
<icon id="icon_mbox_sent" src="Icons.48.png" />
<icon id="icon_mbox_create" src="Icons.46.png" />

<icon id="icon_default_h" src="Icons.40.png" />
<icon id="icon_default_v" src="Icons.40.png" />

</icontable>

<pointertable>
<pointer id="pointer_arrow" src="pointer_arrow.png" base_x="20" base_y="2" />
<pointer id="pointer_finger" src="pointer_finger.png" base_x="16" base_y="10" />
<pointer id="pointer_click" src="pointer_click.png" base_x="16" base_y="10" />
<pointer id="pointer_pen" src="pointer_pen.png" base_x="6" base_y="38" />
<pointer id="pointer_hand" src="pointer_hand.png" base_x="23" base_y="17" />
<pointer id="pointer_grab" src="pointer_grab.png" base_x="23" base_y="17" />
</pointertable>

<notification src="notification.png" />

<bgimagetable>
<bgimage hd="a_HD.jpg" sd="a_SD.jpg" />
<bgimage hd="b_HD.jpg" sd="b_SD.jpg" />
<bgimage hd="c_HD.jpg" sd="c_SD.jpg" />
</bgimagetable>

<font selection="2" /> Note - there are 3 choices here

<color selection="4" /> Note - there are 12 choices here


</theme>