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Frequently Asked Question #64. How do I create a custom mood theme?

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Paid, Permanent, and Plus users can create, edit, and delete custom mood themes with the Custom Mood Theme Editor. Mood themes for personal journals can be created and edited with Admin Console commands.
Images used in custom mood themes can either be uploaded to your ScrapBook or to a webspace provider that allows remote loading to LiveJournal. URLs for custom mood theme images cannot exceed 100 characters. In addition, you will need to input the width and the height of the image in pixels. Any mood theme images that are larger than 100 x 100 pixels will be scaled down to be within this size limit.

You can view a particular mood theme along with the mood theme IDs by appending &mode=tree to the mood theme URL:
  • http://www.livejournal.com/moodlist.bml?moodtheme=themeid&mode=tree
Submissions for new public mood themes are not accepted currently, due to the increase in bandwidth caused by new mood themes; however, you can always create your own private mood theme.

Community Mood Themes & Deleting Personal Mood Themes

You must use the
Custom Mood Theme Editor to create, edit, or delete a custom mood theme for a Paid, Plus, or Permanent community, since it is not possible to use Admin Console commands for community mood themes. You will also need to use the Custom Mood Theme Editor to delete a mood theme for your personal journal.

Make sure to select your community from the Work as user: drop-down menu and click Switch before beginning work on your community's mood theme.

Once created, you can preview your community's mood theme. Replace themeid with the themeID for your mood theme and ownerid with your user ID number (found on your User Info page in parentheses right next to your username).
  • http://www.livejournal.com/moodlist.bml?moodtheme=themeid&ownerid=ownerid

Creating & Editing Mood Themes Manually

After creating a custom mood theme with the instructions on the Mood Icons documentation page or the Custom Mood Theme Editor, you can edit your mood theme manually, by using your mood theme's themeid and the same moodtheme_setpic command that you would use to create the mood theme manually.

The Admin Console has two other custom mood theme commands:
  • moodtheme_list: If you have forgotten your mood theme's themeid, you can use this command to recover it. The moodtheme_list command lists all public mood themes, followed by any mood themes that you own.
  • moodtheme_list themeid: Replace themeid with the themeid of your mood theme to see which moods are defined in your mood theme.

Last Updated: June 26th, 2010

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