Sunday, September 1, 2013


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Another pretty straightforward one today. I know that a lot of my themes do away with the wallpaper altogether to make room for some new way to interact with your phone. I know that a lot of people want to show off their puppy, or their girlfriend, or the girl they could never get in a million years, so here is a theme that lets you use the wallpaper that you want.


Nova Launcher
Shapely White Icons
Resources Folder

Nova Launcher:

Ok, there are two facets to this theme for Nova Launcher. The first is the desktop; the second is the app drawer. Let me just start by says that for all of the elements in this theme, the transparent black is a true black and set to 67% and the white is a true white at 60% opacity which is always sitting on top of that black. This is kind of important in a little bit.

First, set the desktop grid to 9Cx16R. Remember, to do this, you need to go into the labs menu (see the sidebar) and enable big grid sizes. Turn of the width and height margins, and make sure you have widget overlap on.

Second, go into the drawer settings and change the background transparency to about the same as the UCCW widgets. Since you don’t see the percentage, just a slider, move the slider about 1/3 of the way up. Next, set the drawer up however you want. I have my drawer set to 5 rows by 4 columns and scrolling vertically. No pages, just one long scroll.

Finally, go into the Look and Feel settings. Change your icon theme to Shapely White, and your icon size to 70%. The scale is important because the grid cuts the screen into 80x80 pixel boxes which will chop off those icons and make them look wonky. Lastly, find a color that you like from your wallpaper and set that as your color theme. It doesn’t pop up that often but it’s a nice subtle difference.


After you’ve set up your Nova settings, all you have to do is drop the resources in place. The top and Bottom UZIPs get resized to 5x3, the center stripe gets resized to 9x10. Then drop the icons onto the bottom UCCW widget. After you drop the icons, you will have to manually change the app drawer to the Shapely Whites icon.

If you want to change or add any of the information to the UCCW widgets, remember to set the angle to -27°, white, and change the alpha to 60%.

That’s it for today. Hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend of themes, and remember to check back tomorrow for a surprise. It’s a thank you of sorts for indulging me in my nerdy obsession.

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