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    HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    After only being able to find posts of people asking this question i decided to explore and find out how to do it. Great thanks to garry for his tuto at -- http://ubuntusatanic.org/forum/comme...onID=21&page=1

    So first things first, create an image you wont to use for usplash
    try and keep the colours to a minimum

    1.) Make the image 1024x768.

    2.) Flatten the image so it only has one layer.
    -- in GIMP do this by {Image-->flatten image}.

    3.) Reduce the colours by doing
    {Image-->Mode-->Indexed} Select "Generate optimum palette" and set the number of colours to 256.

    4.) Play around with dithering to set optimum appearance, then save as a .png

    5.) Repeat this for sizes -- 800x600, 1365x768, 640x480 & 640x400

    ------------------------------section 2 ---------------------------------

    - Install some build utilities

    1.)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install cdbs debhelper dpkg-dev fakeroot devscripts autotools-dev
    - Install the build dependencies for the usplash stuff

    2.)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get build-dep usplash-theme-ubuntu
    - Get the source code - I'd base it on the xubuntu usplash.

    3.)
    Code:
    cd && apt-get source xubuntu-artwork-usplash

    - Make sure you have permission to overwrite everything

    4.)
    Code:
    user=$(whoami) ; sudo chmod -R 777 /home/$user/xubuntu-artwork-0.19*
    - Build the package

    5.)
    Code:
    user=$(whoami) ; cd /home/$user/xubuntu-artwork-0.19/ && dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
    Installation. The compilation process generates a .so file. Copy it
    to /usr/lib/usplash. To install it, run

    6.)
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/lib/usplash/usplash-artwork.so usplash-artwork.so /usr/lib/usplash/usplash-theme-xubuntu.so 10
    - Finally

    7.)
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config usplash-artwork.so && sudo update-initramfs -u
    - Test it with

    8.)
    Code:
    sudo usplash -c
    Enjoy!!!
    Last edited by Bodsda; September 7th, 2008 at 06:15 PM.
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    Smile Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    Been looking a long time for this topic big txs!!!
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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    No probs m8, the only thing i would say is when designing your art for usplash make sure your only using a 16 bit colour palette, keep colour to a minimum, try and make do with bold colours and not many different shades -- usplash is fairly limited to the amount of colour you can use.
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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    Thanks for Writing this, It was really needed. Wiki version?
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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    Great post Bodsda. You have a typo in step 6

    where it says ..../usr/lib/usplash/usplash-them-xubuntu.so 10

    should say ..../usr/lib/usplash/usplash-theme-xubuntu.so 10

    I used a 256 image (fairly big) with no problem in my laptop.

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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    I tried this and wound up with an Xbuntu theme, I wanted my own theme

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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    You are really something.

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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    Quote Originally Posted by zakeytech View Post
    You are really something.
    What something am i??

    I tried this and wound up with an Xbuntu theme, I wanted my own theme
    Can you paste all the commands you typed in please -- you were meant to substitute some of the names for your own ones.

    Great post Bodsda. You have a typo in step 6

    where it says ..../usr/lib/usplash/usplash-them-xubuntu.so 10

    should say ..../usr/lib/usplash/usplash-theme-xubuntu.so 10

    I used a 256 image (fairly big) with no problem in my laptop.
    Glad i could help -- Typo fixed, thanks
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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    /home/$USER and user=$(whoami) can be replaced by $HOME
    nice tutorial btw
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    Re: HOW-TO make custom usplash art

    Quote Originally Posted by soxs View Post
    /home/$USER and user=$(whoami) can be replaced by $HOME
    nice tutorial btw
    Cheers -- i know bout the $HOME and things now, i wrote this tut quite a while back when i was less knowledgable -- maybe i should rewrite it
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