MajorWoody wrote:Any chance you could post the 'template' file? If it is a psd file gimp should still be able to open it.
Yeah I had a bit of a play around and have added some links below. I usually only work with .PNG's as I prefer Fireworks over Photoshop etc. But there is an option to 'save as' a .PSD in Fireworks whilst maintaining layers etc. I think the .PSD templates look ok, the only thing missing is a drop shadow around the Studio/Year/Audio info. Not sure why they were omitted.
So anyway I have a few links below containing a zip archive for the templates (both HD & standard):PNG Versions
Generic Template (No film rating classifications) http://files.me.com/bammac/6z8ik3
USA Template http://files.me.com/bammac/p8x5g7
UK Template http://files.me.com/bammac/q32fsg
Australian Template http://files.me.com/bammac/gd16lqPSD Version
Generic Template (No film rating classifications) http://files.me.com/bammac/7cpq3s
I will try and work on more country templates (Euro, NZ etc) as well as creating more .PSD templates, but I'm under the pump over the next 2 weeks finishing up an eLearn project. I'm not sure what the likelihood of getting these templates into the Thumbnail generator will be, as I think he is pretty busy last I had heard. I haven't requested him to consider the design yet anyway.
Perhaps the best interim solution would be to set up an account on Flckr or something to share designs/creations based on the templates? I'll leave that up to someone else who is more knowledgeable to these things.
I have had a couple of PM's (sorry I didn't get a chance to respond promptly) regarding folder thumbnails etc. The thumbnails in the shots above are all for individual files/episodes/films, so even though I have created thumbnails for 'Mad Men'
. They aren't for the folder but rather for each episode. Folder thumbnails can't be changed until the DLNA spec is changed and Sony support the updated spec.
In terms of the designs themselves I generally do the following:
1. Lock the layers (to prevent nudges, deletions etc)
2. use a 'widescreen' proportioned image to represent the film/tv show I'm creating (http://www.themoviedb.org
is a great source for landscape orientated images)
3. reduce the film/tv image to fit within the gray rounded frame on the template
4. send the image to the back so that it falls behind the template, if square edges are still present I just use the eraser tool to nip off the corners
TIP: Keep the designs simple, you can get intricate and they may look great on your PC. But many finer touches don't translate well on a TV screen (if at all).
Hope this helps guys, will try and get further updates out sooner rather than later!