…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.