BlackBerry Theme Studio Tips: Using Adobe Photoshop

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If you’re a creative person that does design work on a computer, chances are pretty good that you’re using Adobe® Photoshop or Adobe® Photoshop Elements at some point in your creative process.  Did you know that you can use Adobe Photoshop comfortably alongside BlackBerry® Theme Studio to streamline the process of creating BlackBerry® themes?

One of the first things you’ll want to do when creating a theme is set your default image editor in BlackBerry Theme Builder, which is the BlackBerry Theme Studio tool that assembles all the pieces into a shiny new BlackBerry theme. If you set a default image editor, you can use it to edit the individual icon and background graphics easily.

Setting your default image editor

  • From your Windows Start menu, select BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0 and then select Theme Builder.
  • Once Theme Builder launches, select Edit -> Preferences
  • From the Preferences dialog, click Applications.
  • Under Select Default Image Editor, click Browse and locate the image editor you want to use in your Windows directory. Typically, this will be under Program Files, in a folder named after the company who makes the application. For example, on my computer, Adobe Photoshop is located at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Photoshop.exe.
  • Click OK

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Editing images

Once you have set your default image editor, you can use it to re-edit the images that you’ve imported into your theme, should you want to improve or change them.

For example, suppose I want to edit the image used as the background on my home screen. In Theme Builder’s inspector, I’ll click the Theme the Home Screen button. This brings up the features of the Home Screen that I can edit or change, including the Home Screen background.

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Beside the various icons and backgrounds that can be imported, you’ll notice a dropdown arrow. If you click the arrow, a menu appears. To edit the image that you’ve imported, click Edit

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From here, your default image editor of choice (Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, the GIMP, uLead PhotoImpact … whatever you’ve set up) will launch with that image ready to be edited using the tools of that editor. Make your design changes and save your work in the image editor.

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Then click the Dropdown again and click Reload. The updated image will be added to your theme.

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Importing Photoshop Files

A new feature that we’ve added into BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0 is the ability to import Adobe Photoshop .PSD files into BlackBerry Theme Builder. Any time you import an image into your theme, you now have the ability to import all the usual image suspects as well as Photoshop files as well.

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If you have any questions you’d like answered about building BlackBerry themes, please post them below in the comments section!

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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  • glassthorne

    While I like the concept of importing PSDs into a theme file, I personally prefer to work directly with PNGs and GIFs that I’ve created myself.
    Lately, with the new Theme Builder tool, I’ve found it annoying that even though I will select either PNG or GIF as the main file type I’m importing, that selection is not saved when I go to import another image into another slot.
    It would be nice if in a future Theme Builder update we could specify somewhere what our preferred filetype is, or at least remember what we selected last.
    Overall, though, aside from a few bugs/quirks I’m still figuring out, I do like the feel of this new Theme Builder.

  • glassthorne

    While I like the concept of importing PSDs into a theme file, I personally prefer to work directly with PNGs and GIFs that I’ve created myself.
    Lately, with the new Theme Builder tool, I’ve found it annoying that even though I will select either PNG or GIF as the main file type I’m importing, that selection is not saved when I go to import another image into another slot.
    It would be nice if in a future Theme Builder update we could specify somewhere what our preferred filetype is, or at least remember what we selected last.
    Overall, though, aside from a few bugs/quirks I’m still figuring out, I do like the feel of this new Theme Builder.

  • Guest

    Great!

  • Carlos

    i can't open up the tabs, and focus icons and all of that on my photoshop, why?

  • hwy

    I've tried this but when I click 'edit', it opens Photoshop but the image I've chosen to edit doesn't appear in Photoshop.

  • pattyweb

    it isnt working for me

  • Kevin

    I have the same problem with clicking on edit no image appears in photoshop. Any ideas?

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  • Akastinkee

    i cant open anything in photoshopp

  • Akastinkee

    i cant open anything in photoshopp

  • Tom Elcott

    It seems most of us have the problem with it opening Photoshop but not opening the image we want to edit… It happens sometimes for me… but only like twice out of about 50 times…

  • Vei_91

    I’ve tried making a theme for my blackberry in theme builder, but it always comes up with this:

    Errors:
    Problems encountered while building the theme.
    Unable to locate the application’s ‘main’ class. The class ‘net.rim.plazmic.app.themebundler.Main’ must be public and have a ‘public static void main(String[])’ method. (LAX)
    Unable to Launch Java Application: Unable to locate the application’s ‘main’ class. The class ‘net.rim.plazmic.app.themebundler.Main’ must be public and have a ‘public static void main(String[])’ method. (LAX)

    Warning: The following resources could not be included in the theme for reasons explained below:
    banner.svg
    homescreen.svg
    application-menu.svg
    lockscreen.svg

    Warnings:
    banner.svg: Failed to compile SVG file.
    homescreen.svg: Failed to compile SVG file.
    application-menu.svg: Failed to compile SVG file.
    lockscreen.svg: Failed to compile SVG file.

    Errors in banner.svg:

    Errors in homescreen.svg:

    Errors in application-menu.svg:

    Errors in lockscreen.svg:

    I really don’t know what I’m doing wrong :smileysad:
    Hopefully someone is clever enough to understand what it means!
    Thanks!

  • wooow

    thnnnnnnnnnnnnnnx

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