Here's the easiest way to edit your theme graphics and use them at once! No need to modify your themes for editing! It is possible to improve them and let people work on selected graphics only. Anyway, the object is an ordinary RW theme!!
RapidWeaver Themes and compatibility with RWmultitool:
Theme must include images:
Supported theme image formats are JPG with several quality
settings, Tiff, Tga and Png ( Png also with alpha channel).
RWmultitool open the original image into the theme and s
ave with the same image format.
RapidWeaver themes compatibility :
RWmultiTool read and can edit the themes contained into the folder Library/ApplicationSupport/Rapidweaver/.
First of all the Theme must include some images.
Several images inside a theme are just buttons, small
icons or patterns. RWmultitool can edit such images too,
but they are not useful for theme customisation,
therefore you should not consider them,
even though they appear in RWmultitool list (using "View All Themes"option).
Make your theme compatibile with RWmultitool:
1 just edit all images. The "yourTheme/content/images/editable_images/....." folder will automatically be created.
2 If needed change names to your theme images. Use simple names for your images, for example "Green_header_700px.jpg"
3 Now move images to be edited (../images/editable_images/...) and update their links in the related CSS files (with CSSedit or similar appplications).
4 Edit also related options in the Plist options; all names of related options with this prefix "•" before any option that you can edit with RWmultitool ( for example "• Header Red" ).
Note for developers:
With RWmultitool you can see a selection of the best images ready to be customized.If you open the complete list of themes, you have a wider selection of images. However, not all images in this list can be customized. For this reason it's very important that you use the "..editable_images/.." folder!!!!! The user must see only prediposed images...
RWmultitool (also the Lite version) can read "yourTheme/content/images/editable_images/....." but also "yourTheme/content/images/....." (with "view all themes" option)
Themes with tiles or pattern:
Some themes with variable width have the graphics divided into three parts: you will edit the left one or the center one (look at the sample image) which should be large enough to let you put place graphic elements in it them. If you want the compatibility with RWmt you must change the width of your tile (header).
You must correctly size the image to match the page header width and height.
CSS note: change the css to something like top left no-repeat or Center no-repeat.
Centered header (long image) with sides images ( corners).
You see only a part of the total image, the window width depend from the width you choose in the theme options.
Consider also the corners width
Centered header (long image).
You see only a part of the total image, the window width depend from the width you choose in
the theme options.
Long header with Left orientation. You see only a part of the total image, the window width depend from the width you choose in the theme options.
RWmultiTool can edit all images contained into the folder "yourTheme/content/images" and in the first two folders nested in it; just select "all images".
By default RWmultitool shows a list of all compatible themes (new generation themes) which will display images contained into the folder "yourTheme/content/images/editable_images/" only (best images only).
Note: The "all images" option is available both for RWmultitool Full version and LITE version.
Backup of Original images:
Backup is automatically performed by RWmultitool and (it creates a folder named "orignal" into the theme folder). If When you restore the original file (deleting your edited version) the original copy will be removed from the folder. RWmultitool avoids filling your theme folder and keeps only what you need.
Note: Themes will only include the original images and the images edited by RWmultitool; the graphic elements you used for your composition will not be included.
Note about compatibility:
Even though images have compatible formats, RWmultitool may sometimes not be able to save them. This may depend upon meta information included in the file, like color profiles. The workaround is opening each image in Photoshop and "save it for Web" (PNG or JPG); replace the original and you're out.