Change Your Skin

…on your PS3, that is.

I’ve already mentioned that you can make you’re own themes for the PS3 and even uploaded one I made. Today I’m going to point out two programs you can use to make your theme and also provide an updated Fringe theme, complete with FW v2.40 icon upgrades (who wants a custom theme with a question mark for their trophy?) I’ll also upload two more themes for you to give your PS3 that individual look, and provide the XML code I’ve modified for the Fringe theme so you know what the icon tags are for the newest icons on the XMB.

The first thing you’ll probably want to know is if a newbie could do this. Making a theme for the PS3 is easy, but time-consuming. It’ll really help if you know the basics of Photoshop (or a similar program) so that you can do more with your theme. Mine tend to be fairly simple and I’d suggest you keep yours simple. Here’s why: a busy background will make it very difficult to see your icons, which will make navigation a headache. I may not know as much about Photoshop as some, but I’ve been learning and I tend to have a pretty good eye for design. So here are my tips for the fledgling theme-maker.

Washing the background out a little will make your icons stand out better. Again, try not to make your background busy. If you notice, most professional backgrounds you see are very simple, with a lot of one solid color and other matching colors. Any contrast is a small part of the background. Remember: less is more, particularly in this area.

Icons are not my strong point, but if you have the time and patience to change them all out, go ahead and do it. When you do, make sure there is either an outer glow or a drop shadow to give it extra contrast from the background. And you might think it’s silly, but I like to put the most eye-catching icons to work as my music, photo, video, and game icons. That puts them up front and right in the middle of your XMB.
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Catch Fringe on Your PS3

For those of you who don’t yet know (as I didn’t until last week), there is actually a program Sony has provided to help in the making of custom themes for the PS3. I’ve recently been obsessing over the upcoming Fringe and wanting a new theme, so I decided to combine those with my new-found Photoshop skills (nowhere near l33t yet but I’m working on it) to make my very own Fringe theme. And not to toot my own horn but I think I’ve done a pretty good job:

So, for those of you that are as excited about Fringe as I am, own a PS3, and are really bored with the available themes, I give you the download of my own Fringe theme.

Be on the look-out for more PS3 themes as I’ll be occasionally posting new ones when something strikes my fancy. Also, I’ll try to post a little guide on how to make your own PS3 theme, complete with links to other people with more skills than I, a few tips I picked up that you will definitely want to know to avoid becoming massively frustrated, and the actual p3t compiler program Sony has provided.

And for those of you who just want to use the background for your computer, please feel free to grab either the widescreen or standard size.

Keep in mind these background files are at PS3 specs so they might require some adjusting on your part. I admit right now I’m just too lazy to do it myself. Oh, and just so nobody can say I tried to steal anything, the images used for these backgrounds and the PS3 theme are not mine and I’m not making any money off of them, either. This is purely to spread the love of Fringe.