Questions about Theme developer application

Hello,
This is my second time applying to become a theme developer after I’ve been rejected last year, so I want to get all technicalities absolutely right.

Last time I sent every theme design as a single PDF, but now I found it mentioned somewhere that everything should be in one PDF, so does that mean that I should add all themes in one PDF document and send it? wouldn’t that be confusing, jumping from one design to the next in one document? and without names for each theme? and what if I have more than 3 themes?

Also, should I change all fonts or is it alright to leave some as is? if I just change the font of the lock screen clock and leave everything else the same, would that be ok?

Lastly, I know I can’t use copyrighted or stock images, but what about AI generated images that I generated myself from websites that gives me all the rights for commercial use and that I’ve not sold anywhere?

Thank you.

No one can tell you what to do to get accepted, you need to go through your application PDF as if you were a team of people who are reviewing 200 applications to find the best. Does yours stand out, have you made the effort to customize and be unique? Does your design show that you understand what can be themed on a Samsung phone? Your concept is important too.

I’m no reviewer, but i would say if you are using AI generated anything you probably are wasting your time. The store is full of that high contrast junk right now I’m guessing they don’t want more. But that’s just my opinion.

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I understand, but that still doesn’t answer my questions about the PDFs and fonts.
I need to get the technicalities right so that I’ll only be judged on the themes quality, and not get rejected just because I didn’t send the right documents or didn’t change the font of that menu.

Your question on the PDF was answered in another recent thread, no? We can’t see what fonts you may want to change… which is why I stated you need to understand what fonts can and cannot be changed on an actual phone.

Ok, I don’t have the actual Galaxy Themes Studio so I don’t know the extent of its capabilities, but for example, I can download fonts from the store and change the font of every single word, can themes work the same way? Or is there certain text that are changed by way of images only and others that stay text and in the font applied to the phone independent of the theme?

The clock on the lock screen and the dial numbers are a given, but what about the “Settings” title in that menu? I changed it in a couple of themes, is that alright? But at the same time I didn’t change the text in the sub menus there, is that alright too? I also changed all the small system icons there, is that ok?

I know I’m asking a lot of questions, and maybe I seem a bit stupid, but I’m certain that a big reason I was rejected last year was because I misunderstood and sent each individual theme in a separate PDF (I wasn’t actually given a rejection reason), that’s why I’m fixating on the details.

The more you highlight your skills, and the more you stand out, the better. I can only offer suggestions. The reviewers are human, if your theme submission is exemplary I doubt they would reject you for minor technical details if you follow their main guidelines. Good luck.

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Read this blog I believe the dates are off but the rest is relevant

Yes if you had them on more than one pdf they would be rejected. But the odds of it being rejected are very high. So many are rejected so they don’t usually respond negatively. This year it is going to be even harder. Thousands submit and a handful of elite designers are selected.

Ron
Samsung Developer Relations

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What does these particular points mean exactly?:

  • Theme portfolio was not cohesive
  • Theme design was too simple

First let me say this. The biggest complaint I hear from Theme Sellers is the flood of crappy box cutter themes being released and making it hard for their quality theme to be seen. Samsung has tightened up recruitment and cracking down on many theme designers to get rid of these designer factories.

  • Theme portfolio was not cohesive
    The individual parts didn’t blend together for one unified theme

  • Theme design was too simple
    It was plain, didn’t stand out, wasn’t exciting.

This is why they don’t normally send out reasons for not being accepted. It is very hard to write an objective critique that doesn’t seem offensive since you can’t see the persons body expression, hand gestures and eye movement. It is even more difficult when it is being translated instead of interpreted. That is exact word replacement and not what is the overall meaning of a sentence.

Ron
Samsung Developer Relations

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good response :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Can I confirm again about presenting/arrangement 18 screens in one PDF file? I mean, we have to submit one screen per page in one PDF file (3 themes → 18 screens → 18 pages) and we don’t have to note each themes names? Is there any sample/example/previous submission so that we can understand it clearly?

If so, my PDF file is about 150MB (18 pages) but it said that “The file size should not exceed 20MB.”, so is there any confusion here?

See this Blog

Make sure each screen design is 1440 pixels wide by 3040 pixels tall.
and you may need to use .png optimization tool to make the images smaller in size, or compress the .pdf file.

Ron
Samsung Developer Relations

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