How to create a style for PokerTH

1. Game Table Styles
1.1 Creating a game table
The best way to start building a custom PokerTH game table is to take a look at the file "defaulttablestyle.xml". You can find this file in source code or in installation path of PokerTH >= 0.7 in the subfolder data/gfx/gui/table/default/. The defaulttablestyle.xml is the control center of your style. The file also contains comments which describe the use of the controls.

Maybe you would like to play around with the default table to see how the controls will work. To do this, you should copy the whole data/gfx/gui/table/default/ directory to another place.

In order to avoid confusing styles, please first change the descriptio:
description value="PokerTH default table style"> --> (e.g.) .

It is recommended to also rename the file:
"defaulttablestyle.xml" --> (e.g.) "mycustomstyle.xml"

and the directory name:
"default" --> (e.g.) "mycustomtable".

Now you can start playing around with color values or change/edit gfx files. For best table drawing performance you should draw your gfx files with optimal size, mentioned in the corresponding comment in xml file.

1.2 Testing your style
In order to test your style simply load it in PokerTH using "Settings" -> "Style" -> "Game Table Styles" --> "Add ...". After you have selected your file the value of "StyleDescription" is shown in the list. Select the corresponding entry and click "Activate". Closing the Settings dialog will refresh the style of the game table.

If you change your mycustomstyle.xml there is no need to re-add it in the settings or to restart PokerTH. The simplest way is just to open the settings dialog and close it immediately. This will refresh the game table style and display your changes.


2. Card Deck Styles
2.1 Start building a card deck
Setting up a card deck is not as complex as the game table. The xml file is only used for StyleDescription, StyleMaintainerEMail and Preview. In the file data/gfx/cards/default/defaultdeckstyle.xml you will find all required information to set these values.

Maybe you would like to play around with the default card deck. To do this, you should copy the whole data/gfx/cards/default/ directory to another place. In order to avoid confusing "card deck styles" please first change the description:
--> (e.g.) .

It is also recommended to rename the file:
"defaultdeckstyle.xml" --> (e.g.) "mycustomcardstyle.xml"

and the directory name:

"default" --> (e.g.) "mycustomdeck".

Now you can start changing/editing gfx files.

If you take a look at all files from 0.png to 51.png you will see which card value belongs to which number. It is VERY IMPORTANT to leave the filenames untouched. PokerTH will always take 0.png for "diamond 2", 51.png for "club ace" and 24.png for "heart king" for example. Also a flipside image called "flipside.png" has to be in the card deck directory.

The SIZE for all cards should be 48x76 pixel. If the size of an imgage does not fit into 48x76 pixel, PokerTH will scale it automatically. But this picture scaling might cause speed issues for example when drawing animations.

2.2 Testing your deck
In order to test your deck simply load it into PokerTH using "Settings" -> "Style" -> "Card Deck Styles" --> "Add ...". After you have selected your file the value of "StyleDescription" is shown in the list. Select the corresponding entry and click "Activate". Closing the Settings dialog will refresh the style of the card deck.

If you change your mycustomcardstyle.xml there is no need to re-add it in the settings or restart PokerTH. The simplest way is just to open the settings dialog and close it immediately. This will refresh the card deck style and display your changes.


3. Distributing Styles
Once your game table or card deck style is finished you should complete the style information StyleDescription, StyleMaintainerEMail and Preview. The best way for game table preview will be a screenshot of the game table style running in PokerTH. For card deck style maybe you like to create a picture like data/gfx/cards/default/preview.png

If you style is ready to be shipped please pack the whole directory into a zip archive.

If you like your style to be added into styles gallery on http://www.pokerth.net please send a link to the address where you are hosting your archive to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We cannot promise that every style will be added, but if everything works fine and the legal issues are also clear there should be no problem.

NOTE: Please understand that just changing the flipside of a card deck is not enough for placing a whole card deck style into the gallery.

Please read PokerTH GUI styling legal notices carefully if you like to have a link to your style archive from http://www.pokerth.net.

And now ... have a lot of fun when building a lot of
stylish PokerTH styles ;-)

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