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    why are the icons hella big??

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    no matter what i do...the icons on the themes im making are HUGE. even when i resize them! i saw that on some people's themes, the icons are a lot smaller.... for example, deviant missy's...she doesnt change some of the default icons but they are still small... why is that??

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...q/bigicons.jpg

    thats how mine is turning out... rawr.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

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    The total size for icons will always be what is the default size for the icons for that series themes. To make them appear smaller, I paste the reduced icon image into a transparent background the size of the standard image. I usually use 50% images.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    When trying to make an icon smaller i recommend still using the default icons size as Rcbjr mentioned but taking the image you insert into that icon and reducing that a bit smaller. If you try in other ways the icons will pop out and look much larger.
    Notice in the two screen shots below (7100 series). Screen shot 1 has the same size icons as screen shot 2 but the icons are smaller and not distorted.

    8100 Icon Based theme = 60x55 icons
    8100 Zen Based theme = 48x36 icons



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    screen shot 2:

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    how do you reduce the image, but keep the icons size?? im kinda confused... sorry.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

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    What image editor do you use. You need to resize the original icon image then copy it to an new image the has a transparent background and is the size of the Icons required for your chosen base theme.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    i made a tutorial...

    http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com...arl_using.html

    same concept when making regular dimension icons

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    thanks peeps.. i'll be experimenting now! hehe.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcbjr
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    What image editor do you use. You need to resize the original icon image then copy it to an new image the has a transparent background and is the size of the Icons required for your chosen base theme.

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    i use adobe photoshop cs.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    im sure its the same concept in PS as it is in gimp...

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

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    The procedure or process is the same, I use photoshop elements for mine.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    okay...so i took a .png image that was 128x128....i resized it to 60x55...then i put it on another transparent layer....is that what i was supposed to do? coz it just gets big again when i try it as an icon.... eh... will i have to use Zen to get the same small effect on deviantmissy's themes?

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    Quote Originally Posted by pikxirebel
    okay...so i took a .png image that was 128x128....i resized it to 60x55...then i put it on another transparent layer....is that what i was supposed to do? coz it just gets big again when i try it as an icon.... eh... will i have to use Zen to get the same small effect on deviantmissy's themes?
    8100 Zen Based theme = 48x36 icons

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

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    The icon that you are resizing to 60x55. Try makin it smaller. Like 50x50 or whatever is relative. Then cut/paste it onto the transparent 60x55 and center it. Then lock layers and save it

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

    The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit comes with a program called "Composer" that can help here. It isn't as feature rich as Photoshop, but it is free - and you already have it on your machine.
    1. Open Composer.
    2. Create a new document. The new document window might come up by default when you launch Composer, depending on your preferences. If it doesn't, choose "File-New".
    3. In the "New document" window, change the width and height to the preferred width and height for icons. For 8100 Icon themes, this should be 60x55. For 8100 Zen themes, this should be 48x36.
    4. In the "New document" window, change the background to be transparent.
    5. Once the new document is open, choose "File->Import" to import the icon you wish to modify.
    6. You can use the arrow tool to place and resize the image.
    7. Once you're done, choose "File->Export->PNG" to save the image for use in Theme Builder.

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    Re: why are the icons hella big??

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    jhayman, Thanks for reminding us about some of the capabilities of the CDJ. And keep up the good work with the Plazmic Graphics products.

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