Recently i have been looking into getting custom backgrounds for games to work, it was a bit of trial and error in multiMAN; but i finally got it working. This tutorial is for people who want to do the same.
This is very useful for games that cause problems when trying to read the text in multiMAN (example: because of bright colours), games with backgrounds that you just really hate or games that have no backgrounds (ie: GT5).
Firstly, Following this tut is only useful if you use multiMAN as your BM. If you don't want to change your background in multiMAN and only on the XMB (for what ever reason), you can stop at Step 4.
Second, the only problem i have had so far is accidentialy using a picture too big, which caused freezing issues and i couldn't get multiMAN working again until i replaced the original files. So remember:
ALWAYS BACKUP THE ORIGINAL FILES FIRST BEFORE CHANGING THEM!!!!!!
If you don't do this. It's not my fault. I gave a clear warning.
Finally (and obviously), is that this will only work with games that are on your PS3's HDD or an external HDD, and not with games that are on a disc. So please don't ask how to do this with games on disc.
The end result of this tutorial is you get something like this (sorry for the quality, pictures were taken on my phone):
Step 1. Search the internet for the new backgrounds you would like to replace the old ones with. Keep in mind these images must be 1920x1080 in size. (If using google images, on the left hand side you can make it search for images in a specific size). They can be any format. But the end result of this tutorial is they end up being .PNG files.
Step 2a. Covert the images to .PNG format (if they aren't already). You can use programs like Paint or Photoshop for this.
Step 2b. Make sure the file extension is ".PNG" and not ".png" for each file. The "PNG" must be in capital letters or this wont work. So when saving the file, make sure you do that.
Step 3a. Use your FTP client to navigate to where your games are stored. (It is recommended you use multiMAN as the PS3 side FTP server, so you can check straight away if this is working.)
Pick a game you have a new background for and open the directory. Now navigate to the "PS3_GAME" folder. Example: Gran Turismo 5 on my HDD is at: /dev_hdd0/GAMES/BCES00569/PS3_GAME
Step 3b. If your game already has a background, backup the associated file. The ONLY ONE that you need to backup will be called "PIC1.PNG", this is the same for every game, the background will always be "PIC1.PNG". If you don't see a file with that name, that means the game doesn't have a background.
Step 3c. After backing that file up, delete it from the PS3 HDD. Now take your custom background you just formatted into ".PNG", and place it into the "PS3_GAME" folder. Rename it to "PIC1.PNG".
Step 4. After doing that, navigate to the multiMAN directory and go to this folder:
Step 5. IMPORTANT - Backup the cache folder. Copy it to a location on your PC that you wont forget. If you forget to backup this folder and a game has troubles changing it's background in multiMAN; you will be stuck in an infinite freeze loop where multiMAN can't boot.
Step 6. Now back on your PS3 (in the cache folder), look for the 3 files that have the title ID of the game you just changed the background for. So for me it would be "BCES00569" for GT5. The 3 files are:
Delete those 3 files associated with your game. It will be different for each game, so don't just delete the ones i quoted above. (again, making sure you have backed them up first)
Step 7. Now, in multiMAN. Highlight the game you just changed the background for. It should take 1-2 seconds to load (because it's creating the new cache files), and then you should see your new background. And that's it. All done.
You can now click on that game to launch it from the XMB, and you will also see that same background on the XMB when you go to start it.
If at Step 7, multiMAN freezes on you; and you restart but multiMAN then wont boot up. You need to use another FTP server on your PS3 to replace the backup cache files for that game. Once you do that, multiMAN will be able to boot up properly and you can try again.
Any questions, feel free to ask
One member has requested how to add custom covers in multiMAN as well. This is also fairly easy, so here is a quick tut.
I should warn you though that doing this will result in no more covers being downloaded, not just the missing ones. So if you do this, be prepared to then create custom covers for all games you get from that point onwards.
Step 1a. Make sure multiMAN isn't auto-downloading covers. To do that, you need to go into the multiMAN diectory (/dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR) and copy the file "options_default.ini" over to your PC.
Step 1b. Open that file with notepad and look for:
And change the last line to "download_covers=0".# Option: download_covers
# Valid Parameter: 0 - do not download missing covers
# Valid Parameter: 1 - auto download missing covers (default)
Step 1c. FTP that file back into the same place you got it from and overwrite the old one.
Step 2a. Now get your custom covers and make them into .JPG format (once again make sure the ".JPG" is in capital letters). These covers must have the dimensions of 260x300 and the name must be the game's Title ID.
Step 2b. If you are unsure of the title ID of your game. First ftp the "PARAM.SFO" file from your PS3 to your PC. This file will be located in the "PS3_GAME" folder in the directory of your game.
Step 2c. Then use a file editor to open that file. I will be using this one as the example (open the ps3sys.exe file to use it). Then go "File > Open System File" and browse for the PARAM.SFO that you just copied over to your PC. The Title ID is displayed at the top of the window.
When naming your cover, you must not use spaces or dashes. So it should look like this: BCES00569.JPG
Step 3. Now take that edited custom cover and ftp it into this directory "/dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/covers".
And that's it. Simple