How to change the R4DS theme.ini

Putting a skin on the R4DS is easy, it’s just the matter of making 4 8bit or 24bit bitmap (.bmp) images, naming them correctlyThe theme.ini and transferring them onto the R4 (well, Micro SD card).

Making the skin ‘work’ better is how the text looks and that’s where the theme.ini file comes in. In that file are the ‘color’ commands to tell the R4 what colour text and stuff should be and this post is to show you which ‘color’ is for what. You can download a basic ini file from here which has the info in the pic on the right there (click for bigger pic) –>

There isn’t a specific way to ‘tell’ you how to change the theme.ini, it’s just a case of opening it up in notepad and changing the values of each hex number, there’s a chart below which has all the basic colours, but if you’re after a more obscure colour, using a paint/photo imaging program would be more useful.

Due to some big images, the post will continue after the jump…

The colours of the rainbow and more

There is the chart of all the standard colours which should get you started on making that skin a bit more unique, the next 2 images show the colour numbers and their theme.ini names.

Colour numbers and their theme.ini names

Colour numbers and their theme.ini names

I hope that’s given you the info needed to tweak your theme.ini to however you want it to make the colours in your skin appear, just remember to put it in the same folder as your skin for it to take effect. By the way, if anyone would like the Spongebob skin as used in the images, it’s available on the Spongebob skins page.

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21 thoughts on “How to change the R4DS theme.ini

  1. very helpful. now if only i can change the images. i drop in properly-renamed bmp images but they don’t show. help?

  2. They have to be EXACTLY 256*192 pixels or they won’t show, double-check the size of the image before putting it onto the R4. I made that mistake a few times when I first started making them. 😦

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  4. What a star – my boy wanted his R4 skinned with a Portsmouth FC theme (argh?) so after some amateur graphical work and this theme information he is very happy. Thankyou

  5. Very useful, especially the screen prints showing where each of the colours is displayed on the top & bottom DS screens.

    Thanks again

  6. I tried making my own. Somehow the colours changed but the background stayed the same. Whats wrong with it?

  7. hehe, really helpful tutorial. thanks n good work, been getting confused with the colour’s part

  8. A picture’s worth a thousand words. That was very useful, thanks! (The DS photo, specifically; I already know hexadecimal color codes)

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