Create Your Own Custom Skins: The EASY Way

15 02 2009

For those who like to dabble with digital images, Stu’s Quiz Boxes offers the exciting feature of having a total makeover done by you, the user. And it’s ridiculously simple to do now – just follow this step-by-step guide.

So, what do you need to make a Stu’s Quiz Boxes Skin? Basically, it’s just a folder that contains just three JPEG images named a specific way and formatted to specific sizes. If you can do that, you’ve made yourself a new skin. You can use any photo editing tool to produce the necessary image files – from top-of-the-line Adobe Photoshop to any number of free tools like PhotoFiltre or The GIMP.

Quiz Boxes skins you create should preferably follow some kind of theme. Sure, you can have a whole bunch of random images that make up your Jeopardy game, but what’s the point?  So, let’s go through the images that you’ll need to create to make your own skins –

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Fireworks Template for Creating Your Own Skins

25 01 2009

Recently I received an email from Ann Hodgson from Marrickville High School:

“Hi Stu,

I tried the Total Image Slicer program but found it added unwanted borders to my images (I’m using Vista – maybe that was the problem).  Anyway, as a result I made up two Fireworks templates which cut out much of the drudgery of slicing the image and then adding the text. The text, in particular, remains constant.

The user only needs to add a new image. The slices are already in place and have been correctly named. Feel free to put them on your site if you think they will be useful. I haven’t included detailed instructions – the user would need to be familiar with the Fireworks program and using slices.”

Hey, thanks for that Ann.  Anything that gives users an option is great, and Fireworks (Adobe, formerly Macromedia) is a brilliant image editing tool. Many schools have Adobe Creative Suite, so they’d actually have Fireworks.

You can download Ann’s Jeopardy Skin Templates for Fireworks from this direct link at MediaFire.  NOTE: If MediaFire is blocked at your school, you’ll have to download it from home.

Include Images in your Quizzes: Step by Step

10 08 2008

The free download of Stu’s Quiz Boxes includes the ability to include images or photos on any or all question panels! Probably the most common request received from Quiz Boxes game makers around the world has been – “Please include photos in your next version” – so that’s exactly what I did.

With Stu’s Quiz Boxes, you can choose to have an image by itself as the question, or have an image with a text question beside it as shown below:

An image/photo without question text

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