Phone Themes are one of the most exciting things through which you can change the look and feel and enjoy your phone also. In this article we will discuss on How to create personalized Sony Ericsson themes.
So, If you are using a Sony Ericsson phone and ever wanted to design a theme with your choice of images and styles, here is a simple tutorial to create SE themes. We will be covering right from requirement to selection of images and preview to final installation of the theme which is safe.
Requirements for creating Sony Ericsson Theme
- Sony Ericsson Theme Creator which is a freeware and can be downloaded from SE developer website. – Download Sony Ericsson Theme Creator Software. ( Now Supports XPERIA X2 )
- A good graphics design software preferably Photoshop, which you will need in case you want to modify your images a little bit. (If you have the images ready with you, no need to have photoshop.)
How to create theme using the software ?
Once you download and install the software, run the theme creator. Now since you have installed it lets get started.
Select Your Phone Model:
First step is you need to select the phone for which you are going to develop the theme as the screen size varies for different phone. This can be done by selecting the mode number listed on top right dropdown.
Once you have selected the phone, You will get a layout according to the phone. For example when I selected Sony Ericsson X2 Profile, I had an option to choose background for Landscape and Potrait Mode both. This changes according to phone selected.
For K750 the profile was completely different.
Create Images for Menu:
We need to create images and colors for each menu of the phone. In the left hand portion you can see the menu you have selected. There the different items for the particular screen are listed, like standby image, softkey image etc.
You have the option to choose images or can have colors alone. Each of these menus has the colors listed. Most of the SE phones supports 2,62,144 colors, so you have a variety of colors to chose from.
Most of the phones support JPEG, PNG and GIF images. You can add animated images to few menus like standby, highlight etc. JPEG is the best format to create themes and make sure that the size of images are not too high as this will lead to more memory consumption for the theme in the phone.
Another important thing to note here is the aspect ratio of images. Make sure that the image aspect ratio is perfect; otherwise it will lead to scaling of images. Also make sure that the colors and images selected blend well in the background.
Recheck Images and Colours:
Next thing is to make sure you have added images and colors to all the menu items in the theme. Check all the menu on the top of the theme creator. At the extreme right corner there is a check box called Show Images, make sure that it is checked, so that you will be able to view the images added to the theme.
Preview and Save your theme:
Good work, Now since you have created the theme for the entire menu, click the preview tool to see all the menus with and without images. Here you get a good idea about the theme and if it requires any color or image changes.
You can also add a ring tone to the theme with the Ring Signal menu. Finally when you are done with the theme, add your details in the author section of the menu and save the theme as .thm extension. File->Save. You are now ready with the theme. You can transfer to the phone and check out the looks of the theme.
Congrats!!!! You just learned how to create a Sony Ericsson Theme in simple steps. Now you can go ahead and experiment more with it and create your won unique design to make your friends a little jealous. Haha Just kidding but it will be fun .
This post was contributed by Nirmal who blogs about Technology and Internet at Life Rocks 2.0 Do visit his site for more tutorials and technical articles. If you have any questions feel free to ask him. I hope you enjoyed the article