BlackBerry Theme Studio – Build your own BlackBerry Theme! (Part Two)

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In my previous BlackBerry® Theme Studio post, I explained the main features and tools of new version 5.0. Now that you have this information under your belt, the process for creating a BlackBerry theme is pretty easy. I suggest you download BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0 and have the software open as you read along. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Make your theme assets.

Design your icons, backgrounds and other theme images in your favorite design tool – Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, BlackBerry® Composer etc.

For fun, I’ve designed a new background image for my theme:

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Step 2: Import your assets into the right spot in Theme Builder.

For example, suppose I want to change the background on my Home Screen to this space background. I will:

  1. Jump into Theme Builder.
  2. Click the Home Screen button in the Inspector.
  3. Click the Background button.
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  5. Add the background I want. Theme Builder can accept JPEGs, BMP,  GIF, PNG and(new in this release!) Photoshop files.
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  7. The new Background is added to my theme.
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Customizing your theme icons, highlights and backgrounds throughout works pretty much the same way. Design the graphic, bring it in and Theme Builder puts it in the right spot.

Step 3: Put your theme on a BlackBerry® smartphone.

Once you have the Theme looking the way that you want, it’s time to put it on a real BlackBerry smartphone:

  1. Click File ->  Export. This pops up the export dialog.
  2. Select Install To BlackBerry.
  3. Enter a Theme Name and your BlackBerry password.
  4. Plug in your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer using a USB cable.
  5. Click OK.
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  7. BlackBerry Theme Studio packages up your theme into a format that the BlackBerry smartphone can read.
  8. You’ll be asked to “Activate” your new theme on your BlackBerry smartphone, which means that you’re making it the default theme on your BlackBerry. Click YES
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And the theme is up and running!

In future posts, we’ll introduce a series of tips and tricks to aid your BlackBerry theme creation. For now, post a comment below of what type of BlackBerry theme you’d like to make and what you think of the new BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0.

About Mark R.

Product Manager, BlackBerry Application Platform Mark has been at Research In Motion for 2 years, spending his time working on various BlackBerry Application Platform products including the Plazmic Content Developer’s Kit (CDK), the new BlackBerry Theme Studio and BlackBerry App World. Prior to joining RIM, Mark spent 8 years in consumer software industry working on graphics, digital photography and productivity software. When not pondering ways to help people to personalize their BlackBerry smartphones, Mark can be found hiking with his dog or watching off-beat cult movies from the last few decades.

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  • Anonymous

    where could I download this software for Mac?

  • Hoity Toity

    Can somebody please help me, I'm running vista 64bit and it installs only upto the fonts then it stops and sticks there and nothing happens!

  • MsJones41

    Your instructions were so easy! I was able to make my very own first theme and it was truly simple. Thanks so much!

  • cheyannerain

    hello i have downloaded this software and so far everything works except the properties sometime it shows up sometime it dont can some one please help me

  • drc226

    Where can I download all the different icons, backgrounds, and images for Theme builder and other developing.

  • Rob

    Did the same to me so I kept clicking on the “X” top right to stop the installation. A window came up asking me to cancel installation or resume. I clicked on resume and it installed the next font. I kept repeating the process until the installation was completed.

  • Mg574

    Can blackberry them studio make a theme for my blackberry pearl ?

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hello,

    Yes it can.

    Thank you

  • duzhiyuan

    I still have some questions to ask ,I did have made some themes for my 8700smart phone ,but many times ,the fonts do not compate very well,please give me some guide,thankyou

  • naomi

    Where can I download all the different icons, backgrounds, and images for Theme builder and other developing

  • Mirre

    when my theme is on my phone it won't activate!
    can somebody help?
    x

  • Gabbers

    can you make themes for the latest storm2 OS? it says that it's not compatible

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hi,

    You can find all the documentation on support for BlackBerry Theme Studio here: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/software/t

    Thank you

  • Alex

    When will we be able to export to 9650 phones?

  • NateDowg

    I do that but it says that i dont have to right blackberry but i do

  • Kenzie

    Where could I get this for a Mac? Please PLEASE answer this, someone! If you do know, send me a BB message at 2204BDF8. Thank you!!

  • Kenzie

    Where could I get this for a Mac? Please PLEASE answer this, someone! If you do know, send me a BB message at 2204BDF8. Thank you!!

  • Theroyalbeast

    Download the program and put it on a flash drive. Then run windows using boot camp and install the program. It works great

  • Ghekko

    im sure i have this theme creator alreaddy. However i have the new Blackberry Curve 9300 series. unfortunately this service pack is not up to date with my phone so its pointless to make a brill theme and not being able to use it any suggestions ?

  • RaneeAmanda

    it says i must connect my blackberry to my computer, but it is connected? how do i fix this problem

  • Msz Icecandy

    I have a problem . I get to step 5 and on the theme builder it shows that its loading on my blackberry but when I check my phone there is no theme. Any advice?

    • BlackBerryHelp_Heather

      Hello Msz,

      Maybe our BlackBerry Support Community Forums can help: http://bbry.lv/9BImCp.

      Thanks!

  • Msz Icecandy

    I have a problem . I get to step 5 and on the theme builder it shows that its loading on my blackberry but when I check my phone there is no theme. Any advice?

  • http://www.twitter.com/BlackBerryHelp BlackBerryHelp_Brian

    Hey Lithium_600mg,

    You can download the beta version of the BlackBerry Theme Studio 6 here http://bbry.lv/hW1ctK which will allow you to create themes for the BlackBerry Torch.

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