EZ5i skinning competition

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    [​IMG] EZ5i skinning competition
    20 collectors edition EZ5i to win

    Competition now over

    EZ5i skinning competition
    20 collectors edition EZ5i to win

    Time for a GBAtemp competition.
    To coincide with the EZ5i review released today the EZTeam and GBAtemp have a contest to win some of a very limited run of "collectors edition EZ5i"- 25 have been made and we have 20 of them for this contest.

    If you fancy winning one you need to do is design a skin for use with the EZ5i flash cart and submit it to us. The 20 best skins will win one (prize breakdown below) once the competition ends on one month from start date (that is to say the contest ends on August 7th 2010).
    Prizes will be shipped by the EZTeam worldwide for free.

    Below you can find links to an EZ5 skin creation utility and some guides to it that that will make creating skins a delight. It includes full preview functionality so you do not even need an EZ5i cart to test the skins - you can completely test all functionality in the program.
    Should you win you get to use your skin on an EZ5i of your own

    rules and other stuff

    [​IMG]EZSkinner- a EZ5 skin making program.
    [​IMG]Skin making and slash.ani tutorial
    [​IMG]Tools and guide bundle on filetrip

    [​IMG]filetrip EZ5 skin upload

    [​IMG] Discuss/enter competition
  2. Mbmax

    Mbmax Homebrew addicted

    Nov 7, 2006
    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><u>Skin entries</u> :</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><u>Tips for skinners</u> :</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>First of all, always use the last version of Ez Skin Forger : <a href="http://filetrip.net/file.php?id=12302" target="_blank">>> Ez Skin Forger on filetrip <<</a></b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    1- no need to own any ez5 flashcart to test your splash.ani. Download moonshell 2.10 and install it on your microSD. replace the splash.ani in /moonshl2/internal folder. Launch moonshell 2.10 and watch the result. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B-)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />
    2- upper and lower splash screens are first loaded when kernel start (skinname_up.bin and skinname_bottom.bin)
    3- splash animation is played on upper screen just after. If no .ani found in /EZ5shell/skin folder, it play the default ez5 animation.
    That's why we advice you to not drop this part and make a splash animation for your entry.
    4- <b>skin name mustn't exceed 8 char + dat extension. example : <i>skinname.dat </i><= max name's lenght.</b>.
    5- don't hesitate to drag and drop your system icons where you wish on the lower screen. Just avoid collision with others (if collision is disabled in ez skin forger). There is almost no limit to your creativity.
    6- ESF support PNG files mean you are able to use transparency (alpha channel). don't hesitate to use it.
    All has been thought to not bridle skinner's mind creativity. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />
    7- to change selected bar color on upper screen, simply right click on it and select a color.
    8- to change selected bar color transparency, take a look at the <i>Setting.ini</i> file in ezskinforger, line <i>FileListSelectItemBGTransparency=170</i>.
    255 value is a plain color.
    9- to move system icons or system text, just left click on them and drop them where you wish.
    10- to test a system icon, right click on it. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><u>Tips for ADVANCED skinners</u> :</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    Ez Skin forger lets you edit main files but not all. As some of you as probably found, there is templates files in /makeskin/template folder.
    I will gives tips for those files in this section.
    <b>But be careful of 2 very important things here :
    * First, be sure to not use indexed color or the skin will crash under the ez5i kernel.Ez Skin Forger doesn't monitor the template folder to convert those indexed color. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
    * second, do not remove any of the file, you <u>must</u> have 64 pictures (i don't count the windows xp thumbs.db of course) in the template folder. Also be sure to respect their size (x,y) and their format (png or bmp).

    Note that now Ez Skin Forger RN93 is able to auto-load your custom template when you open your .ess project.</b> It will load the content of the folder named : essskinname_template_files. If it can't find it, it load the default template folder located in ezskinforger/makeskin/template.
    See the Sample Skin example for more information. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

    a- <a href="http://a.imageshack.us/img19/1931/ez5iprogresswnd.png" target="_blank">progress_wnd.png</a> picture is used to display the rom loading progress bar when a game is started. His size is 224x59 and it's displayed on touchscreen at coordinates X=16 and Y=66. The file progress_BootRom_bar.png is displayed at coordinates X=20 and Y=88 and duplicated incrementally on X axe until it reach X=235.
    b- scroll bar : SB_Grip_Normal.png & SB_Grip_Press.png are not displayed.
    The kernel uses 7 files for that : SB_BG.png (scroll bar background), SB_GripBG_Normal.png & SB_GripBG_Press.png (scroll bar body duplicated in Y axe by the kernel), SB_GripBottom_Normal.png & SB_GripBottom_Press.png (scroll bar bottom), SB_GripTop_Normal.png & SB_GripTop_Press.png (scroll bar top). Notice that the scroll_bar.png picture is used for the scroll bar background in the cheat window. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

    <!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><u>FAQs</u> :</b> <!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <b>- "is there a ez5i skin viewer ? i don't have a ez5i but i want to join this contest..."</b>
    <i>Sure there is. As explained in the main post, you can download Ez Skin Forger and read my tutorial on Ez-Flash forum.</i>

    <b>- "I suppose we are allowed to change our entry (for instance, if the game name became longer than the space I provided) as long as we do it before the contest ends."</b>
    <i>Sure, but revise the version number on filetrip so we know you have modified it</i>

    <b>- "Just something I'm hoping an EZ5 owner can do in their spare time (if they so wish to help the skinners in the competition), you would have my utmost respect and gratitude if you would be so kind as to give a complete video of every possible screen and icon that can appear (so there would be a demonstration of the progress bars and whatever else that most of the reviews I have seen don't show) preferably with crystal clear quality and a default skin, though just decent quality is fine."</b>
    <i>Here you go JP :</i>

    <b>- "Anyone know what toggle control does?"</b>
    <i>Toggle control open the rom setting panel where you can select Softreset, RTS, RTG, Cheat mode, Special Mode ... etc</i>

    <b>- "What does System control do then? Is that light settings?"</b>
    <i>It opens the system panel where you can select language, ez 3in1 rumble strenght, ez 3in1 mode and the skin.</i>

    <b>- "what is displayed on the bottom screen during the splash.ani"</b>
    <i>The file skinname_bottom.bin is displayed while skinname.ani is played.</i>

    <b>- "I want to replace the icons, but I'm not sure what those icons do.
    Could somebody explain what each icon does, so I can make a fitting icon for that?"</b>
    <i><a href="http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8819/ez5iconsexplanation.png" target="_blank">Take a look at this snapshot</a>. From left to right : Shutdown icon, moonshell icon (launch moonshel 2), brightness icon, system settings icon (where we set language, ez3in1 mode and rumble, skin), rom settings icon (where we set ROM's SR, RTS, IGG, Cheat). </i>

    <b>- "Do i need to have the launch button or my DS bios skin can launch the game using the game icon?"</b>
    <a href="http://gbatemp.net/t239950-ez5i-skinning-competition?view=findpost&p=2977209" target="_blank"><i>Check this answer</i></a>
  3. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    cool contest. limited stuff is fun. too bad flash kits don't have a 20yr resale value increase, lol.

    -another world
  4. Blastoise

    Blastoise GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 14, 2009
    Sounds good! Will have to start designing!
  5. Feels Good Man

    Feels Good Man GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Apr 15, 2007
    By "illegal" do you mean copyrighted images like video game characters?
  6. regnad

    regnad Button Masher

    May 19, 2008
    Just what we need!

    EZ-Flash has by far the smallest, crappest selection of skins.
  7. Cloudywolf

    Cloudywolf Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    New Zealand
    Ohh true... So are we aloud to make 'themed' skins if the images are traded marked/copyrighted?

    Will EZ5i actually be using out skins or something that will profit off the skins?

    (Will post entry in this post when done)

    Good luck and have fun everyone!
  8. jurassicplayer

    jurassicplayer Completionist Themer

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    Mar 7, 2009
    United States
    If that extends to all copyrighted characters...I better learn how to make abstract art, otherwise my entry might just be a bunch of scribbles on paper xD.
    Also, I looked at the images in the demo.dat and there seems to be more images there than I have been able to see on any video or some of the other skins I looked at (like the double_icon and screensaver images). Are those files even used/needed?
  9. BoxShot

    BoxShot Chiyo-chan :3

    Dec 18, 2008
    United States
    Middle of the ocean.
    XD I personally want to enter this but I can't make art.
  10. Alfadir

    Alfadir Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Cool, a contest, i will try to make something for this linker ^^
  11. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

    Apr 25, 2008
    SCUMM Bar
    Yay, a reason to make a skin again. I'm on it!
  12. JackSakamoto

    JackSakamoto Bad Ending Guy

    Sep 13, 2009
    I'm in this competition !
  13. viz

    viz neckbeard

    Sep 10, 2006
    United States
    im interested and willing to try [​IMG]
  14. janouis

    janouis GBAtemp Fan

    May 16, 2009
    is there a ez5i skin viewer? i don't have a ez5i but i want to join this contest...
  15. naglaro00

    naglaro00 Mildly disturbed

    Jun 5, 2009
    Awrighty then [​IMG]
    But if I do win, I only want the 3-in-1s
  16. Mbmax

    Mbmax Homebrew addicted

    Nov 7, 2006
    Started a FAQ in my first answer of this thread. [​IMG]
  17. pichon64

    pichon64 GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 21, 2009
    Man, those limited edition EZ5i look SO nice. Good luck to everyone involved.
  18. TLOZ

    TLOZ Advanced Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    Gambia, The
    My competition-submission:
    I'm new here and didn't know where to post the skin URL, so I'll post it here:
    Hope you like it, hope I win [​IMG]

    (Important to mention: All icons and backgrounds were completely made by me - I didn't change the template though)

    The "BlueCube"-Skin for ezflash - Preview:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    (Updated to version 1.2: Added arrows and the "launch"-button, hope you like it)

    +++ Another skin I made (NOT for this competition - Just a present for you guys [​IMG]) +++
    Download latest version of the Windows (aka Windoof) 98 skin...
  19. TotalInfinity

    TotalInfinity Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    United States
    Temporal Existence
    God, I got to replace my old Supercard SD. I'm so in, those look so awesome.
  20. viz

    viz neckbeard

    Sep 10, 2006
    United States
    nice one TLOZ

    so i take it ez5i isnt restricted to crappy 16bit .bmp like the scdstwo im used to skinning for is?

    thats good news
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