Getting The Necessary Tools
This article will be dedicated to setting up your theme building environment. If you would like to know how to further design theme please visit "How To Create Your Own Personal Blackberry Theme (Advanced Tutorial)".
The first step to building or making anything is, of course, collecting the right tools to do so. In this case the bricks and mortar are a little easier to get a hold of and quite a bit cheaper. In order to create your custom theme you will need several things which are listed below.
The necessary tools to continue include:
- A Computer - obviously.
- A Mini-USB data cable - to connect your BlackBerry to the computer.
- BlackBerry Theme Studio Software
Photo Editing Software - To edit and change the theme files for your device.
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager - To install and remove existing themes and applications on the device.
The very first step we must take is to download and install the BlackBerry Theme Studio.
(Edit: The additional downloads listed may not be needed for the newer BlackBerry Theme Studio. They were however required material for the older Plazmic Theme Creator Software. I will however leave the download links in case the additional material is in fact needed.)
Step 1: Download the BlackBerry Theme Studio (you will have to give your name and address and an existing e-mail address, this is simply to register the software).
Step 1.5: Download and install Java JDK version 1.5 or higher on your computer, the latest release at the time this article was edited was Java JDK version 1.6.
Step 2: Download BlackBerry JDE (you will have to register for BlackBerry's development program in order to download this but it does not cost anything).
Step 3: Download the BlackBerry MDS/Email simulator.
Step 4: Download the BlackBerry Device Simulator.
Step 5: Install all the programs in that same order before starting Plazmic. It seems like a long and worthless process but I assure you once the theme builder is up and running you will have tons of custom themes on your phone all made by you!