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    So it seems I need to make the battery meter I want to use. Since I know some of you other designers out there are making your own meters and icons, what is your application of choice?

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    tucker, im using photoshop cs2, but gimp (which is free) will suffice for making meters.

    there are guidelines (mini tutorial) in the help files .. check that out.

    for battery meters, your final size has to be divisible by 12, signal 9 ..
    what i generally do is make ONE and save many copies of it in its various stages. then make one transparent layer/image that is that image, x's 12 wide and x's 2 high (for charging battery) and place all of your 12 (24) images into that big one, then reduce to size.

    so, let's say your image is 100x100, then your final image will be 1200x200, make sense? im not the best at explaining things, so if you get stuck, hit me up and i'll help as best i can

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    Does it need to a png file or can it be jpg? I got the set made in photoshop finally but png doesn't seem to be an option to save it as. If it does need to be a png how do I make it into a png if it's not an option to save it as one.

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    PNG format is an option for both Photoshop and GIMP. For Photoshop the easiest method is to use the file/save for Web option. I 've been using Photoshop dements for a while but any just getting into GIMP.

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    Ah, I see, gotcha. PNG-8 or PNG-24? Any other settings I need to include when I do it? Thanks.

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    It world be your choice. when using save for the web it will let you see the quality of the served image and the file size. You need to note sure it it smaller that the plazmic CDK limit.

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    Cool, thanks, I'm on the right track now. Seems I've got some editing to do again but it's showing in plazmic. I can fix the image, dang this is a pain. lol

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