This guide is now fully updated. If you have any more additions that you would like to see in this guide, feel free to pm me.
The following guide was made because of the FAQ's regarding this and the number of simple requests, and this guide is more step-by-step
If you have any questions about backgrounds, they are either answered in the sections of the guide and/or the FAQ section at the bottom
Short, Simple Guide: Changing/Creating PSP Backgrounds/Retrieving backgrounds/FAQ's
How it works (PSPersonalize):
With the program PSPersonalize you are able to change your background on the PSP. The default backgrounds are .bmp files that are color gradiented. This means for th month of May (green) it will be a .bmp file with green-black gradient as the picture. All of these .bmp files are stored on/inside the PSP itself (on the firmware). To change these, PSPersonalize is a program that moves .bmp files from your memmory stick and flashes it to the firmware. It thus, removes the old and puts on the new. When you change your background, you will still have that swirvling line thingy, that is put behind the .bmp, but still shows through. So basically, PSPersonalize takes a .bmp that you have created and replaces the one on the PSP. This should not damage your PSP, but since it is "homebrewed" you must use it at your own risk.
Will it Damage my PSP?
As famous user/mod Giga Phil once said:It will start leaving "ghostings" on your PSP if you leave it on for an extended (very long) period of time, but that is only a cosmetic thing. This was the main reason why Sony did not include custom backgrounds and warned against leaving "still images" on your PSP. So far, no one has experienced these "ghostings", so do not worry at al. Do not get scared by this post, almost all 1.5 users have been using custom backgrounds since they came out, and none have reported this.Originally Posted by Giga Phil
Use PSPersonalize at your own risk.
How to Change a Background
-Note: Make sure that you have "Hide known file extensions" checked under the folder options-->view tab. Make sure that this is unchecked, this simply allows users to make sure that their file is not named 06.bmp.bmp when it should just be named 06, with the .bmp extension
1.) First download the PSPersonalize program: [Download for 1.5]
2.) Once downloaded, extract the contents.
3.) Move the two folders shown to your memory stick. (Put them in the PSP/GAME directory).
4.) Now name all your images that you want to their appropriate month. For example: If you want to change this month's picture name the picture "06" without quotes.
01.BMP - January
02.BMP - February
03.BMP - March
04.BMP - April
05.BMP - May
06.BMP - June
07.BMP - July
08.BMP - August
09.BMP - September
10.BMP - October
11.BMP - November
12.BMP – December
5.) Put the files under the Main Directory on your PSP (thats the part where you are in no folder on the psp and you can see the folder entitiled PSP, do not put it in any folders, just directly onto the drive)
6.) Go to the Game Section and highlight PSPersonalize and click on it.
7.) If the program will not start or once started it says finished.. read the FAQ below
8.) Select the picture you want to flash to memory/use, only 1 at a time is recommended, but you can do all at once.
9.) Enjoy your PSP!!
10.) Yell: Holy Sh*t this is sweeet.
How to create an image for use
FOLLOW THESE PARAMETERS:
-150kbs or less (If higher it will load incorrectly)
-24-bit BMP image (Only this format)
-no bigger than 300:170, recommended size is: 250 x 142
-Not too dark or too light (self-explanatory)
The following is a guide on how to create your own backgrounds using a template that Spiffman aquired
Spiffman's PSP Background (template) Tutorial: [Click here for the link]
Spiffman's Template (Required for above tutorial): [Click here] or Junkmates "perfected" version [Template Here]
A big thanks goes out to Spiffman for his great guide!!
If just resizing and placing on PSP:
When using a wallpaper or large image
1.) Find an image you like
2.) Save it or copy it
3.) Open it up with a decent image editor
4.) Resize the image to the paramater requirements (300x170)(150kbs)(24-bit BMP), remember: 250 x 142 is recommended
5.) Save it as a month (01,02..etc)
6.) Transfer on PSP and use it! (Defualt/Main Directory)
7.) To exit out of PSPersonalize click HOME and then YES
NOTE: If you are having problems, make sure that Windows is not set to "Hide Known Extensions", resulting in your BMP files being named "06.BMP.BMP".
How to Retrieve the "Old" Backgrounds/Original Backgrounds
To obtain the original backgrounds images:
1.) Download them [Here]
2.) Move them to the root directory, the place where you view the folder called "PSP" and paste or move them there.
3.) Run PSPersonalize and click the confirm action on all the images
4.) When it says it is finished, click home and yes
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: My background was not uploaded, it is white and will not show, what do i do?
Answer: First try this: go to the date/time settings, and click on Date and time, and then click it once again with X (US PSP)/ O (JAP PSP)
Of the above did not work, try this: completely turn off your PSP, with the month you want it to show selected as the date, and turn back on.
Question: PSPersonalize will not detect my picture/background, what do i do?
Answer: Make sure you have "Hide known file extensions" unchecked under the Tools-->Folder Options-->View tab of your computer. Once unchecked look at the file and make sure it reads ##.bmp and not ##.bmp.bmp Sometimes hiding known file extensions makes the user want to put .bmp after it, when secretly it is already there.
Answer (2): Make sure that your pictures are in the default directory
Question: PSPersonalize will not start up, what do I do?
Answer: Make sure that the folders are named PSPersonalize and PSPersonalize%. If they are named this, make sure you have downloaded it from a pre-made eboot thread (these are most reliable).
Question: When updating my firmware, do the backgrounds get deleted/what happens?
Answer: When you upgrade your firmware while you have a custom background installed, these custom backgrounds will be overwrited by the firmware upgrade, thus adding the original backgrounds. This should not harm your PSP in any way
Question: How do I get rid of the wavey lines in the backgrounds?
Answer: Download Flashmod! Search dl.qj.net for it!
Please ask questions if you have any or correct any of my mistakes