How to make custom GBA icons

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Jul 18, 2010
  1. N4RU70 FR34K
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    Okay so I was getting tired of not having icons for every GBA game on my AKAIO it really bugged me so I tought other people may be having the same people and decided to find out how to make icons and make a guide about it so other people can make there own custom icons and the never have to suffer threw this like I did [​IMG]

    The Image
    Okay so first you need to find and image google is a good place to find these images. The only picture formats I tested are jpg,jpeg,png, and gif and the one that failed to load was gif so you cannot use gif format.

    What you will need

    You will need to use this website for the icon : http://www.genfavicon.com/

    You will need to download a program to format these pictures : http://www.gimp.org/windows/

    You will need : computer (duh)

    You will also need : the picture (duh again)
    What to do

    Step 1 : First of all you need the image (google is your friend for pics), to check what the format of the picture check the end of the url here is and example of an image that would work notice the end : http://pokemondb.net/images/sprites/diamon...al/rayquaza.png

    Step 2 : Next you go to http://www.genfavicon.com/ and type the url of your picture and press upload which your image is displayed in the box at the right side of the screen.

    Step 3 : Now you have the option of moving the square and shrinking it or enlarging it to fit the part of the icon you desire [​IMG]

    Step 4 : After that you select the size which always has to be 32x32 and click capture and preview and you just click donwload : jpg, jpeg, or png

    Step 5 : Now you got your image and you're ready to use GIMP [​IMG] and you open GIMP or GIMP 2, which ever one you got and hit file and then clik on open and select the image you got from genfavicon.com

    Step 6 : Now that your picture is open all you have to do is hit fle again the click on Save As after this it will open another window and you will choose Select File Type (By Extension) and it will open another window [​IMG] and you click on Advance Options and under the 16 bit header you check the box that has this : X1 R5 G5 B5 that will format your picture so it works on AKAIO or Wood R4.

    Step 7 (for AKAIO uses) : Now all you have to do is name it the same name as the GBA rom for example : Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (U).gba is the rom and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (U) is the picture. After that place the image in the same folder as the GBA rom and now you have your icon [​IMG]

    Step 7 (for R4 Wood users) : Okay name the bmp file the exact same thing as the GBA rom including the .gba so the rom is Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (U).gba and the bmp file is Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (U).gba, after that just go to the __rpg folder then go to the icons folder and place the bmp file there and you're done [​IMG]

    Now go play those GBA games and be happy [​IMG]

    My GBA Icons


    Here are are the icons I made but there is a problem if you use one's with black you might be able to see threw it one the AKAIO or WOOD menu if anyone knows how to fix this please pm me thanks : GBA Icons
     


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    Heh, thanks for this, I've been wondering how to do this for a while! [​IMG]

    Best regards,

    Gaara.
     
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    You're welcome it took me a really long time to figure how to make these icons and I'm glad someone appreciates the work I done [​IMG]
     
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    I'll try this once I get back from vacation. Where do I put the image for M3 Real?
     
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    Have somebody made complete GBA icons pack? I found one on Filetrip which actually had correct filenames (yay!) and very good quality icons but it's not even near complete.

    Of the instruction: Is genfavicon actually necessary? I think Gimp has pretty good cutting and shrinking options on itself.

    If someone can't find good pictures then good places are sprites from games and Google the game name and search 240x160 size images.
     
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    I am stuck after I click on file type by extension, there is no advance options or headers saying 16 bit. I have GIMP2.
     
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    Are you using any other format picture besides jpg, jpeg, and png on favicon because you can only use does to get the 16-bit header hope this helps [​IMG]
     
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    Icons won't work for the M3 Real sorry I wish they did thow that would be so epic [​IMG]
     
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    When saving as .bmp:
    [​IMG]
     
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    This is what I am saying, I don't get the above box when I follow the instructions?
     
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    Just reinstalled GIMP" and it works!!!
     
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    If I want to change a non GBA icon, ie homebrew or SD card etc. is it the same as the above guide for where to save etc I am using wood r4
     
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    someone should make a webpage or something with a collection of GBA and DS custom icons, i wouldnt mind changing a few but im not talented with pixels at 32*32
     
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    For the wood r4 which i have [​IMG] i put the icons in icons folder but what you need to do is this

    Instead of the game name.bmp like Lemmings DS.bmp .you need to put this for example;

    Lemmings DS.nds.bmp
     
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    @ NarutoFreak, nice looking GBA icons, though i think your guide is over-complicated. Theres actually an excellent icon creation guide at the AKAIO wiki that (iirc) Cannonfoddr put together.

    I figure you just overlooked it (along with others in this thread it seems), but there is a stickied topic here for akaio custom icons, with -2- 3 big ol' GBA packs, a HB pack, and a file extension pack.

    Anyways, its nice to see some new options for icons, so i added a link to your pack to the stickies OP.
    Now yer creations wont get lost in the quagmire of daily posts here =)
     
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    Oh sorry I never could find a guide and thanks for adding my icons [​IMG]
     
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    I think this guide is great, and for me easier to understand than wiki page. Well done and thanks!!!

    PS can the sd icon be changed in wood r4?
     
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    No I mean the SD card icon on startup
     
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    Oh I don't think that's possible because it's like the root of the card but one person that might be able to help you with that question is VatoLoco the person who knows almost everything about icons.
     

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