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This tutorial will show you how to create themes using BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0, despite the fact that v6.0 is out in its beta release. Theme Studio v5.0 is recommended for new users and works with a wide variety of BlackBerry phones, so we will stick that that version. If you are a more experienced user, v6.0 is what you are looking for. Keep in mind that v5.0 will not support smartphones using the BlackBerry 6 operating system, such as the Style 9670, Bold 9780, Curve 9300, Torch 9800, and others.

  1. Working with BlackBerry Themes
  2. Creating a BlackBerry Theme
By: wubayou
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March 28, 2011

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The first step is to create your theme's essential elements.  This includes things such as your backgrounds, icons, and anything else you want to customize.  As stated earlier, Theme Studio has the BlackBerry Composer that can help you in creating these elements.  If you are not comfortable with the Composer, however, you can use other design programs that you may have experience with, such as Paint Shop, Photoshop, etc.  When you create your theme elements, remember to save them as one of the following supported formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG.  The software will also support Photoshop files.

Once all of your theme elements are created, you can now import them into the program to develop a full theme.  In actuality, the hardest part of the entire process is creating your elements.  After that is finished, it's just a matter of placing the elements into their correct category in the Theme Builder.

As an example, let's import a background, since its usually one of the most noticeable aspects of a them and sets a good foundation for the rest of your work.

To import the background, enter the Theme Builder.  In the Inspector, click on the Home Screen icon.  Next, click on the Background icon.  Locate the Background file you created that you want to appear in your new theme.  Remember, it has to be one of the aforementioned formats to work properly.  Select the file, and click Open.  You should now see your custom background inserted in the preview pane.

Now that your background is finished, you can move on to importing the other theme elements.  The process is the same, and involves plugging them into the proper category.

After all of your theme elements are imported and you are satisfied with your theme, you can now put it into action.  There are a few options here.  You can install it to your BlackBerry, publish it for Desktop Manager, or publish it for the web.  Let's put it to use on the BlackBerry and see how it looks in person.

Click File and select Export.  The Export window should appear.  You will see the three options listed on the left.  Click next to Install to BlackBerry, since we want to make use of it immediately.  In the Theme Name field, enter an appropriate name for your new theme.  Next, enter your BlackBerry password.  Before you click OK, make sure that your BlackBerry is connected to your computer via USB.  After it is connected, click OK.  Give it a little time to process.  You should see a notice appear on your BlackBerry stating that your theme has been found.  You will be asked if you want to activate it now.  Click Yes.  Your new theme should now be visible on your BlackBerry.

Thanks to BlackBerry Theme Studio, creating your own BlackBerry themes is both easy and fun.  Now that you know how to do it, you can customize your BlackBerry to fit your style.


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