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moviemakerkid is not online. Last active: 1/13/2015 11:03:35 PM moviemakerkid
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How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 17 Mar 2011 08:54 PM
This post will be updated very shortly, I just figured I will make the post now to create a little hype.SmileyStay tuned folks.

Limitations:
Since .ico files are the only file type accepted in WLMM, using text in a custom icon is not recommended because it will be blurry in most cases.
You need an .ico creation software (there should be a free one somewhere)


Instructions:
1. You are going to need a program that creates icon files (.ico)
2. You need to set your .ico file to be 64x48 pixels. (highest color bits possible (32, true colors)
3. You then create (or paste) your image into your icon creator software.
4. Save your icon
5. Move your icon somewhere inside the "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\" folder.
6. In your custom template you will fill in the path <MetadataString containerField='value' name='TemplateThumbnailPath' value='""'/> where your icon is located. (So the photo Gallery folder is the root folder)
7. So if your icon is inside the "Photo Gallery" folder, then the value would be '"(name).ico"'

And tada your custom icon is now in Windows Live Movie Maker. This post will be updated and instructions/details will be improved.

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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 17 Mar 2011 09:35 PM
thanks MMK.... I'm staying tuned

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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 11 Apr 2011 07:05 PM
I know this post isn't important to most people, but it is important to developers. I hope others find it useful and encourage them to start developing for Windows Live Movie Maker.

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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 10 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
My custom icon's don't appear. When i open WLMM, there is an empty space where the effect should be, but it's not there...
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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 11 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
Can you click on the effect or is it gone but you can tell it should be there?

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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 01 Mar 2013 04:20 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this!

Thanks to you I am now picking apart and learning the software language by trial and error. Before I could not figure out how to make my new effect appear.

And I made my first custom effect already!

But if not for you I couldn't have done it!
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Re: How To: Create custom icons for your custom templates. (It's finally here!) :)
Posted: 28 May 2013 11:15 PM
Your welcome. Its nice to see people benefiting from my work. :)

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