In this article, I’ll provide information on how to prepare a Samsung Themes Portfolio for review so you can pass your audition and gain access to the Samsung Mobile Theme Editor. The vetting process is rigorous, but if accepted you can start designing and distributing your designs to a global market of over 500 million phones.
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Theme Submission Window
Unlike other Samsung Developer Program services, the Samsung Theme Partnership requires you to fill out an application and submit digital designs to gain access to the Theme Editor software.
The Samsung Theme Partnership Account application is open for two weeks, beginning on the third week of every month. As a potential Theme partner, you want to make sure that you have these important dates marked on your calendar.
The first three submission dates for 2019 are:
- January 16-30
- March 20 – April 3
- May 15-29
Assemble your Samsung Theme Portfolio
In this section, I’ll provide a few tips that show you how to prepare your files and artwork. To be eligible for a Samsung Theme Partnership Account you need to submit one or more Theme conceptual designs accompanied by a short description.
I’ve personally examined many applications in the past where a portfolio submission has missing UI screens, text isn’t legible, graphics are pixelated, visually the designs are inconsistent, and so on. In these instances, the applicant will have to resubmit again before the window closes.
So, what is a Samsung Theme Portfolio? It’s a collection of six, highly-customized, UI screens and its components. A Theme portfolio should not be confused with an artist’s portfolio. To view sample Themes open the Samsung Theme app on a Samsung phone (Galaxy 6 or newer,) or visit the Samsung Theme Magazine website.
Note: Your Samsung Theme portfolio must have six UI screens to be considered.
Required UI Screens
- Lock Screen
- Home Screen
- Dial Pad Screen
- Contacts Screen
- Messages Screen
- Notification Screen
Take a look at the Outer Space theme below which adheres to the above requirements.
Now you have a good understanding of what is Samsung Theme is, and we can discuss image export format and specifications.
Preparing Your Digital Designs
Name your images in or files in a simple descriptive way, and export them with a graphics editing tool such as Gimp, Photoshop, or Illustrator using the specifications listed below. If you have multiple files, compress them as a ZIP file. Regardless of whether you’re submitting a ZIP, JPG, PNG, or PDF file, try to keep the total file size around 20 MBs.
Exporting your image:
- Width: 1882 px minimum
- Height: 551px minimum
- DPI: 72 minimum
- Color Mode: RGB
- Upload size: 20 MB or less
If you are uploading a PDF file with your application, make sure to lay out your text and Theme designs in a nice, organized fashion. Below is an example image of an ideal Samsung Theme Portfolio embedded in a PDF document.
An alternate way of sharing your Theme design is via a download link like Dropbox, Google Drive, or a URL to a web page displaying your Theme portfolio. You can use free website platforms like WordPress, Behance, or Deviant Art.
Whichever option you decide to use, remember to make your designs accessible (not locked behind a password). In the next section, we discuss how to upload or share your designs when filling out the online Theme application.
Samsung Theme Application
Follow the next steps to gain access to the Theme application form:
- Go to developer.samsung.com/theme and login using your Samsung Developer credentials. If you do not have a free Samsung Developer Program account, sign up here.
- Next, click on the [Get Access] button. If you do not see a [Get Access] button, that means the submission window is closed. Please refer to the Theme Submission Window for the next opening.
- Fill in your information using the online form.
- Fill out the [Theme Designer Information].
- Use the [Introduction] field to write a short description about your Samsung Theme conceptual design (200 words or less).
- In the [Reference Link] or [Attached File] field, insert your website, download link, or upload your Samsung Theme images, PDF or ZIP file.
- Click, the [Next] button to finish and submit.
Another requirement that should be included with your Samsung Theme Portfolio is a short description of your theme concept.
PHEW! That wasn’t so hard was it?
The Review Process
After clicking the Next button, your Samsung Theme Portfolio is ready to be reviewed. The review process can take between 3-4 weeks. If you don’t receive an email notification, contact the Samsung support team at email@example.com.
If You’re Accepted
If your application has been accepted, you will receive an email describing the next steps to take to download the Samsung Theme Editor and further information about how to begin publishing your Theme designs to the Samsung Theme Store.
If You’re Rejected
If you have received an email stating that you did not get access to the Samsung Theme Editor, don’t panic. Below is a list of action items to consider. Once you’ve made changes, you can resubmit your Samsung Theme Portfolio for review.
A rejection email from Samsung comes with a few tips, so the first thing to do is go through the checklist and review the comments. If the comments are unclear, submit a support ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your theme and (politely) ask for clarifications on what changes you need to make.
If you’re looking for inspiration or visual examples of successful Themes:
- Visit the Samsung Theme Magazine website
- Review design best practices: Samsung Theme Design Video
- Download the Sample Theme Portfolio Photoshop Template
Note: We recommend replying to the email with your updated designs during the open submission window. Otherwise, your submission won’t be reviewed again until the next submission window.
Below you can find links to additional resources to help you become a successful Theme designer.
Support and Resources
- For technical questions and answers, please contact us at email@example.com
- Register for the Samsung Developer Program
- Samsung Theme webinars
- Help from the global community